Kiwi trainer Stephen Marsh was playing a straight bat even as the shock of having Crown Prosecutor scratched out of today's A$5 million Caulfield Cup sank in.

Vets ordered the 4-year-old be scratched from the 2400m group one last night when they were not satisfied with his trotting action, based around a front hoof, after two inspections.

Marsh says while his opinion differs from the vets he respects the fact they and the stewards have a job to do.

"It is obviously disappointing but we will get over this then talk with the owners before we decide where he goes next," says Marsh.

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The scratching of the Vodafone Derby winner leaves The Chosen One as the only NZ-trained horse in today's Cup.

First emergency Sound now gains a start. The Mike Moroney-trained Sound, to be ridden by James Winks, was at $101 yesterday.