"The horse was inspected by RV veterinarians upon request of the stable and was found to be lame in its off fore leg," Racing Victoria (RV) stewards said in a statement.

The two-mile handicap starts at 3 p.m. local time (0400 GMT) at a closed Flemington Racecourse.

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Local trainer O'Brien still has three runners, including last year's winner Vow and Declare, Russian Camelot and Miami Bound.

Aidan O'Brien-trained Tiger Moth was an 11-2 favourite among bookmakers to win "the race that stops the nation".

($1 = 1.4178 Australian dollars) (Reporting by Ian Ransom; Editing by Richard Pullin)

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