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25 Overseas Stars Among 128 Melb Cup 1st Declarations
Racing Victoria received 25 overseas acceptors (8 more than last year) among the 128 1st declarations at yesterday's deadline for the $5.1 million Gr1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) at Flemington on November 6. They include: Irish star Yeats & his Aidan-O'Brien-trained stable-mates Scorpion, Septimus & Mahler; fellow Irish trainer Dermot Weld's Bellamy Cat; UK trainer Luca Cumani's duo Purple Moon & Bauer; 7 Godolphin contenders including Best Alibi, Formal Decree & Stage Gift; French trainer Andre Fabre's stayer Kocab; Canada's leading horse of 2007 Sky Conqueror; & US gallopers Marsh Side & Obrigado.