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Talking Horses: British runner tried to bite rival at Melbourne Cup start

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Marmelo swung his head to the right and had a right old go at Avilius before finishing second in Australia’s biggest race

Oh dear. While the British runners in Tuesday’s Melbourne Cup covered themselves in glory by filling the first three places, it has now emerged that in fact one of them had also got himself into a bit of trouble.

Marmelo, who finished second after briefly looking the likely winner, caught the belated attention of the stewards as they pored over footage of the race’s opening stages. It became clear that, as soon as he stepped out of the starting stalls, Marmelo swung his head to the right and had a right old go at Avilius, who was unfortunate enough to be drawn in the next stall.

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Nottingham 12.05 Queen Constantine 12.35 Surfman 1.05 Private Secretary 1.40 Fox Fearless 2.15 Mirza 2.50 Gnaad 3.20 Secret Potion 3.50 Debatable
Musselburgh 12.45 Andhaar 1.15 Good Boy Alfie 1.50 Return Ticket (nap) 2.25 Island Heights 3.00 Iolani 3.30 Lord Fendale
Chepstow 12.55 Head Lad 1.25 Ebony Gale 2.00 Whin Park 2.35 Laugharne 3.10 Marley Firth (nb) 3.40 Drumlee Watar 4.15 Chuffy Chuffnell
Newcastle 4.00 Young John 4.35 Al Suil Eile 5.10 Solid Stone 5.40 Harvest Day 6.10 Merweb 6.40 Cape Hill Cotter 7.10 Cardaw Lily 7.40 Bomad
Chelmsford 5.20 Flarepath 5.50 Jack Nevison 6.20 Coachella 6.50 It’s Not Unusual 7.20 Carvelas 7.50 Footsteps Forever-

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