SEA Moon has been scratched from the Melbourne Cup. Owner Lloyd Williams contacted Racing Victoria chairman of stewards Terry Bailey with the news that the former European had a temperature.

Sea Moon was officially scratched from the Cup at 7.48 am

Bailey said he was told that Sea Moon had a temperature of 38.5, swelling in his back legs and a virus appeared to be coming on.

Sea Moon, to be ridden by Tommy Berry, was an $81 chance in the latest market that hasAdmire Rakti a $5.50 favourite.

There are no emergencies in the Melbourne Cup.