The likelihood of a strong international presence in the 2010 Melbourne Cup field strengthened over the weekend as 10 European stayers arrived in Victoria on Saturday ready to take on the Aussies in the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival features.
The $6 million Melbourne Cup (3200m), to be held at Flemington on Tuesday November 2, is the richest handicap race in the world and the 150th edition has drawn one of the largest overseas contingents in history.
There are currently 14 internationals vying for a spot in the 24-horse Melbourne Cup field this spring, eight of which are already ranked in the top 24 in the order of entry.
Below is a list of overseas horses having secured a spot in the field along with their current order of entry.
International Horses Ranked in the Top 24 for the Melbourne Cup Order of Entry:
- Sans Frontieres (1st)
- Campanologist (7th)
- Profound Beauty (11th)
- Mr Medici (12th)
- Illustrious Blue (14th)
- Tokai Trick (15th)
Following closely are Manighar (25th) and Americain (27th), both arriving in Melbourne on Saturday.
The Luca Cumani-trained Manighar was accompanied by stablemate Drunken Sailor, while France’s Americain was the other most notable horse to land.
Drunken Sailor and the Alain De Royer-Dupre-trained Americain are both expected to run in the Geelong Cup (2400m) on October 20 before progressing onto the Melbourne Cup.
Five-year-old Manighar is already assured of a start in the 2010 Caulfield Cup on October 16, currently paying $19 to win through Sportsbet.
Sportsbet have Manighar and Ameircain at an equal $21 quote in their 2010 Melbourne Cup betting markets, while Drunken Sailor is at longer odds of $31.
Other horses on the plane included Lloyd Williams recent acquisition Akzar, French stayer Laristan to be trained by David Hayes, and Stanstill, all three well down the elimination order for the Melbourne Cup.
A third Melbourne Cup hopeful from Cumani was also aboard in Becqu Adoree.
Cumani is attempting his first Melbourne Cup win after twice preparing the runner-up with Purple Moon (2007 and Bauer (2003).
Already a number of other top horses high up the ballot have been pulled out of the race including Cavalryman (3rd), Rite Of Passage (5th) and Rebel Raider, making room for horses further down the order.
The internationals joined Japan’s Tokai Trick and Hong Kong Group 1 winner Mr Medici at the Werribee International Horse Centre in Victoria.
The next planeload of invaders heading towards the Melbourne Cup is due on October 9.
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