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140 Nominations For Melbourne Cup
Nominations for the Melbourne Cup have closed with 140 horses entered for Australia's most famous race, including 31 internationals, reports Racing.com. Last year's Melbourne Cup trifecta of Protectionist, Red Cadeaux and Who Shot Thebarman are back for another shot, while veteran stayer Precedence is in contention to give the late Bart Cummings an incredible 13th win in the race. Racing Victoria's chief handicapper Greg Carpenter has described this year's international entries as among the best ever. "The Emirates Melbourne Cup is the world's premier staying race and the quality of the local and international entries for this year's race is outstanding," Carpenter said. "The depth amongst the international contingent is exceptional, with the Ascot Gold Cup quinella, Hardwicke Stakes winner, Goodwood Cup trifecta, Lonsdale Cup winner and a pair of Japan's elite stayers amongst 31 international entries." He added: "Following the passing of the 'Cups King' Bart Cummings this week there will naturally be plenty of people hoping that Precedence can secure his place in a fifth Melbourne Cup and it would be most fitting if he could. With crowd favourite Red Cadeaux also set to return for a fifth appearance and last year's brilliant winner Protectionist among the entries, the scene is set for yet another brilliant and memorable renewal of the Emirates Melbourne Cup." Some of the highlights include:
- Two entrants from dual Melbourne Cup-winning trainer Dermot Weld in Manalapan and Zafayan. Weld trained the first international winner of the Cup when Vintage Crop saluted in 1993;
- Four entrants from Aidan O'Brien, who has not had a runner since 2008, in Kingfisher, Order Of St George, Bondi Beach and Fields Of Athenry;
- Two Japanese entries, Fame Game and Hokko Brave, who are the first internationals scheduled to arrive in Melbourne on Saturday, 19 September;
- This year's winners of top European staying races in Hardwicke Stakes winner Snow Sky, Lonsdale Cup winner Max Dynamite and Goodwood Cup winner Big Orange.
Weights for the Emirates Melbourne Cup will be released on Tuesday, 15 September, with first acceptances taken at 12 noon (AEST) on Tuesday, 6 October. Click here to view nominations.