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Defending champion Mr O'Ceirin joins raft of Cup scratchings

OUT: Mr O'Ceirin was officially scratched from the Grafton Cup late Tuesday afternoon.
OUT: Mr O'Ceirin was officially scratched from the Grafton Cup late Tuesday afternoon. Adam Hourigan

CIARON Maher's Mr O'Ceirin has become the latest horse to be scratched from the Grafton Cup.

Mr O'Ceirin, who Blake Shinn guided to last year's Grafton Cup and was booked to potentially do the same on Thursday, was officially scratched late on Tuesday.

"I'm just doing a bit of form on the race today and working out whether I run or not," Maher told Racing Victoria on Tuesday morning.

"I just want to see whether I think he can win or not.

"I was hoping for a bit of rain - it looks like it's a good three now and hot and windy leading into it, which is not in his favour - and he's got a wide gate and a bit of weight.

"We've just got to weigh all that up and make a decision."

He becomes the fifth scratching after the Chris Waller stable officially ruled Permit and Mulaqen out of the $150,000 GDSC Grafton Cup.

Who will win the 2014 Grafton Cup?

This poll ended on 10 July 2014.

Current Results

Travolta

4%

Brave Ali (scratched)

13%

Secessio

8%

Hoylonny

8%

Ironstein

13%

Pretty Pins

8%

Queenstown

13%

Wazn

0%

Noisy Ocean

13%

Garud (scratched)

0%

Mullet Man

17%

Phrases

0%

Ongoing Venture

0%

Samsili

0%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

Both horses are likely to start in Melbourne on Saturday.

"We'll only be bringing Secessio and Hoylonny," trainer Chris Waller's stable manager Liam Prior confirmed yesterday.

In addition the Stewart McKinnon-trained High Kin and Grey Assignment, trained by Brian Smith are also scratchings.

The scratching's paves the way for emergencies Phrases and Murwillumbah Cup winner Ongoing Venture and Samsili to gain a start in the 2350m feature.

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