2010 Melbourne Cup Second Declarations Leave 78 on Cup Path

The 2010 Melbourne Cup second declarations were taken by VRC today narrowing down the list of stayers vying for a spot in the 24-horse Melbourne Cup field to 78.

Seventy-three horses have dropped out of contention since the first declaration stage for the 150th Melbourne Cup, due to run as Race 7 at Flemington on Tuesday November 2.

Cups King Bart Cummings has paid up for five of his stable stars to continue on the $6 million Melbourne Cup path as the legendary trainer attempts his 13th Melbourne Cup win.

Cummings still has Cox Plate champion So You Think, recent JRA Cup winner Precedence, top mare Faint Perfume, seven-year-old Empires Choice coming back into contention after an eye-catching third in the George Main Stakes, and Dariana entered for the famous handicap.

Bart Cummings Horses Still on 2010 Melbourne Cup Trail:

  • So You Think
  • Precedence
  • Faint Perfume
  • Empires Choice
  • Dariana

Notable absentees from the Melbourne Cup second declaration stage include Gai Waterhouse’s imported galloper Black Mamba, Godolphin’s Cavalryman, the David Hayes-trained Chartreux, British galloper Imposing, Rebel Raider and Rite Of Passage.

Notable Absentees from 2010 Melbourne Cup Second Declarations:

  • Black Mamba (Gai Waterhouse)
  • Cavalryman (Saeed Bin Suroor)
  • Chartreux (David Hayes)
  • Doubtful Jack (Peter Moody)
  • Imposing (Robert Hickmott)
  • Rebel Raider (Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas)
  • Rite Of Passage (Dermot K Weld)
  • Speed Gifted (Lee Freedman)
  • Trusting (John P Thompson)

A number of quality international horses are also still heading towards a run in the 2010 Melbourne Cup including French stayer Americain, Hong Kong’s Mr Medici, the Dermot Weld-trained Profound Beauty and the only horse yet to pass the Melbourne Cup ballot exemption, Sans Frontieres.

Also released at midday today were the 2010 Caulfield Cup third declarations leaving 41 in contention, and the 2010 Cox Plate third declarations with just 24 weight-for-age runners paid up for, heating up the betting markets for these other Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival features.

Third declarations for this year’s Melbourne Cup are taken at the end of the month on October 25.

Leading online bookmaker Sportsbet are set to reopen their Melbourne Cup betting shortly following the reshuffle after second declarations, with reigning champion Shocking still expected to be the favourite.

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2010 Emirates Melbourne Cup Second Declarations

# Horse Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 ABOVE AVERAGE (IRE) Lee Freedman 100
2 AJHAR (USA) Lee Freedman 94
3 ALCOPOP Jake Stephens 106
4 AMERICAIN (USA) Alain de Royer Dupre 110
5 APPREHEND Tony Vasil 96
6 AVIENUS Mark Webb 93
7 BASALTICO (IRE) Bill & Symon Wilde 95
8 BAUER (IRE) Luca Cumani 110
9 BECQU ADOREE (FR) Luca Cumani 82
10 BERLIOZ (NZ) David Hayes 93
11 BUCCELLATI (GB) Tony Noonan 109
12 C’EST LA GUERRE (NZ) Robert Hickmott 108
13 CAMPANOLOGIST (USA) Saeed Bin Suroor 116
14 CAPECOVER (NZ) Patrick Payne 106
15 CEDARBERG Pat Carey 66
16 COUNT ENCOSTA John P Thompson 93
17 CROCODILE CANYON (NZ) Howard Mathews
18 DARIANA Bart Cummings 106
19 DESCARADO (NZ) Gai Waterhouse 107
20 DOCTOR FREMANTLE (GB) Lee Freedman 109
21 DRUNKEN SAILOR (IRE) Luca Cumani 108
22 EASTERN ARIA (UAE) Mark Johnston 108
23 EMPIRES CHOICE (NZ) Bart Cummings 103
24 EXCEPTIONALLY (NZ) Terry & Karina O’Sullivan 82
25 FAINT PERFUME Bart Cummings 108
26 GET UP JUDE Kevin Moses 91
27 GOLDEN CHARMER Dan O’Sullivan 82
28 GOTHIC CROWN Todd Balfour 64
29 HARRIS TWEED (NZ) Murray & Bjorn Baker 107
30 HERCULIAN PRINCE (NZ) Gai Waterhouse 104
31 HOLBERG (UAE) Saeed Bin Suroor 107
32 HOME ON A WING Anthony Cummings
33 ILLUSTRIOUS BLUE (GB) William J Knight 112
34 JESSICABEEL (NZ) John O’Shea 108
35 JEUNEYS END Allan Fitzgerald 78
36 LINTON Robert Hickmott 99
37 MALUCKYDAY (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 73
38 MANIGHAR (FR) Luca Cumani 110
39 MASTER O’REILLY (NZ) Danny O’Brien 109
40 METAL BENDER (NZ) Chris Waller 116
41 MILES ABOVE Denis Daffy 88
42 MONACO CONSUL (NZ) Michael Moroney 108
43 MONTAHLIA (NZ) Michael Kent 89
44 MOUDRE Ciaron Maher 100
45 MOURAYAN (IRE) Robert Hickmott 107
46 MR CHARLIE (NZ) Peter G Moody 82
47 MR MEDICI (IRE) Peter Ho 112
48 MUIR (GB) Robert Hickmott 82
49 MY BENTLEY (NZ) Michael Kent 82
50 NIPTIOUS Danny Curran 86
51 NO WINE NO SONG Kevin Moses 108
52 NOTHIN’ LEICA CAT (NZ) Anthony Cummings 89
53 ONCE WERE WILD Gai Waterhouse 108
54 PERSIAN STAR Robert Smerdon 101
55 PHAZE ACTION Robbie Laing 86
56 POMPEYANO (IRE) Saeed Bin Suroor 101
57 PRECEDENCE (NZ) Bart Cummings 101
58 PROFOUND BEAUTY (IRE) Dermot K Weld 112
59 RED RULER (NZ) John Sargent 108
60 RIGHT FONG David Balfour 97
61 RUNDLE Robert Hickmott 78
62 SAINT ENCOSTA John P Thompson
63 SANS FRONTIERES (IRE) Jeremy Noseda 117
64 SEA GALLEON Colin & Cindy Alderson 70
65 SHOCKING Mark Kavanagh 115
66 SHOOT OUT John Wallace 115
67 SO YOU THINK (NZ) Bart Cummings 118
68 STANSTILL (IRE) Michael Kent
69 STERLING PRINCE (NZ) Wayne Hillis 102
70 THE HOMBRE John Bary
71 TOKAI TRICK (JPN) Kenji Nonaka 111
72 TRIPLE HONOUR (NZ) Chris Waller 114
73 VALDEMORO Tony Vasil 98
74 VIGOR (NZ) Danny O’Brien 110
75 ZABRASIVE (NZ) John O’Shea 107
76 ZANTELAGH Mark Kavanagh 71
77 ZAVITE (NZ) Anthony Cummings 110
78 ZIPPING Robert Hickmott 116