2010 Melbourne Cup Ballot – So You Think Needs Cox Plate Win to Make Melbourne Cup Field

Yesterday Racing Victoria released the latest 2010 Melbourne Cup order of entry, with Caulfield Cup winner Descarado the biggest mover in the ballot.

Gai Waterhouse’s High Chaparral four-year-old Descarado claimed a surprise win in the 2010 Caulfield Cup last Saturday, earning him a ballot exemption from the $6 million Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) on Tuesday November 2 at Flemington.

Descarado now sits second on the order of entry behind Irish St Leger winner Sans Frontieres who has since been ruled out of contention.

Following his Caulfield Cup success, Descarado has shortened into $17 to win the 2010 Melbourne Cup at Ladbrokes.com.au.

The race is now heating up among the Melbourne Cup entries to make the 24-horse final field for the 150th edition of world’s richest handicap, worth a record $6 million in prize money and trophies this year.

Early favourite in the Melbourne Cup betting markets is Bart Cummings’ Cox Plate champion So You Think paying $5.

Also well backed to win the 2010 Cox Plate this Saturday, So You Think needs to place within the top three in the $3 million weight-for-age feature at Moonee Valley in order to gain a Melbourne Cup start.

Sitting 56th on the current order of entry, So You Think is the most notable runner yet to pass the first elimination clause for the Melbourne Cup.

The Cups King Bart Cummings, vying for 13th Melbourne Cup victory this year, has star mares Faint Perfume (11th) and Dariana (14th) assured of a Melbourne Cup start, but his emerging star and JRA Cup winner Precedence is still outside of the field in 39th spot.

Zabeel five-year-old Precedence is nominated for the Group 2 Cathay Pacific Airways Cup (2500m) on Cox Plate Day this Saturday where a win will see him move into the Melbourne Cup starting line-up.

Other high profile horses that remain outside of the top 25 Melbourne Cup entries and are seeking a feature race victory over the next two weeks to assure a start include Luca Cumain’s 2008 Melbourne Cup runner-up Bauer (26th), Gai Waterhouse’s The Metropolitan winner Herculian Prince (30th), last year’s beaten favourite Alcopop (31st) and Lloyd Williams’ lightly-raced Galileo grey Linton (32nd).

Notable Runners Not Assured of a 2010 Melbourne Cup Start:

  • Bauer (26th)
  • Herculian Prince (30th)
  • Alcopop (31st)
  • Linton (32nd)
  • Precedence (39th)
  • So You Think (56th)

Meanwhile, international hopeful Drunken Sailor (34th) will attempt to improve his chance of a Melbourne Cup run when the Luca Cumani-trained gelding starts in the Group 3 Geelong Cup (2400m) today.

The 2010 Melbourne Cup third declarations close next Monday, October 25.

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2010 Emirates Melbourne Cup Field & Ballot Order

No. Horse Trainer Ballot Weight Penalty Handicapper Rating
1 SANS FRONTIERES (IRE) Jeremy Noseda 1 57 2.0 117
2 SHOCKING Mark Kavanagh 3 57 115
3 METAL BENDER (NZ) Chris Waller 5 56 116
4 CAMPANOLOGIST (USA) Saeed Bin Suroor 6 56 116
5 SO YOU THINK (NZ) Bart Cummings 56 56 118
6 ZIPPING Robert Hickmott 7 55.5 116
7 SHOOT OUT John Wallace 4 55 115
8 MR MEDICI (IRE) Peter Ho 10 55 112
9 ILLUSTRIOUS BLUE (GB) William J Knight 12 55 112
10 TOKAI TRICK (JPN) Kenji Nonaka 13 54.5 111
11 DESCARADO (NZ) Gai Waterhouse 2 54 1.5 115
12 MONACO CONSUL (NZ) Michael Moroney 8 54 110
13 PROFOUND BEAUTY (IRE) Dermot K Weld 9 54 112
14 ZAVITE (NZ) Anthony Cummings 17 54 110
15 HARRIS TWEED (NZ) Murray & Bjorn Baker 18 54 107
16 MASTER O’REILLY (NZ) Danny O’Brien 19 54 109
17 C’EST LA GUERRE (NZ) Robert Hickmott 20 54 108
18 MANIGHAR (FR) Luca Cumani 21 54 110
19 BUCCELLATI (GB) Tony Noonan 22 54 109
20 AMERICAIN (USA) Alain de Royer Dupre 24 54 110
21 DOCTOR FREMANTLE (GB) Lee Freedman 25 54 105
22 TRIPLE HONOUR (NZ) Chris Waller 57 54 114
23 BAUER (IRE) Luca Cumani 26 53.5 110
24 VIGOR (NZ) Danny O’Brien 27 53.5 110
25 RED RULER (NZ) John Sargent 28 53.5 107
26 MOURAYAN (IRE) Robert Hickmott 29 53.5 107
27 HERCULIAN PRINCE (NZ) Gai Waterhouse 30 53.5 2.0 110
28 ALCOPOP Jake Stephens 31 53.5 108
29 HOLBERG (UAE) Saeed Bin Suroor 33 53.5 107
30 ZABRASIVE (NZ) John O’Shea 15 53 107
31 DRUNKEN SAILOR (IRE) Luca Cumani 34 53 108
32 NO WINE NO SONG Kevin Moses 36 53 108
33 JESSICABEEL (NZ) John O’Shea 23 52.5 108
34 CAPECOVER (NZ) Patrick Payne 37 52.5 106
35 FAINT PERFUME Bart Cummings 11 52 108
36 LINTON Robert Hickmott 32 52 1.0 99
37 PRECEDENCE (NZ) Bart Cummings 39 52 1.5 101
38 DARIANA Bart Cummings 14 51.5 106
39 ONCE WERE WILD Gai Waterhouse 16 51.5 108
40 EASTERN ARIA (UAE) Mark Johnston 35 51.5 1.0 108
41 ABOVE AVERAGE (IRE) Lee Freedman 40 51.5 100
42 STERLING PRINCE (NZ) Wayne Hillis 41 51 102
43 MOUDRE Ciaron Maher 58 51 100
44 POMPEYANO (IRE) Saeed Bin Suroor 59 51 101
45 EMPIRES CHOICE (NZ) Bart Cummings 60 51 103
46 VALDEMORO Tony Vasil 38 50 98
47 PERSIAN STAR Robert Smerdon 42 50 100
48 BERLIOZ (NZ) David Hayes 43 50 93
49 PHAZE ACTION Robbie Laing 44 50 86
50 GET UP JUDE Kevin Moses 45 50 91
51 EXCEPTIONALLY (NZ) Terry & Karina O’Sullivan 46 50 82
52 AJHAR (USA) Lee Freedman 47 50 94
53 BECQU ADOREE (FR) Luca Cumani 48 50 82
54 NOTHIN’ LEICA CAT (NZ) Anthony Cummings 49 50 89
55 MALUCKYDAY (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 50 50 73
56 CEDARBERG Pat Carey 51 50 94
57 BASALTICO (IRE) Bill & Symon Wilde 52 50 95
58 MR CHARLIE (NZ) Peter G Moody 53 50 82
59 RUNDLE Robert Hickmott 54 50 78
60 SEA GALLEON Colin & Cindy Alderson 55 50 70
61 COUNT ENCOSTA John P Thompson 61 50 93
62 THE HOMBRE John Bary 62 50
63 AVIENUS Mark Webb 63 50 93
64 APPREHEND Tony Vasil 64 50 96
65 RIGHT FONG David Balfour 65 50 97
66 MILES ABOVE Denis Daffy 66 50 88
67 MONTAHLIA (NZ) Michael Kent 67 50 89
68 GOLDEN CHARMER Dan O’Sullivan 68 50 82
69 NIPTIOUS Danny Curran 69 50 86
70 ZANTELAGH Mark Kavanagh 70 50 71
71 MUIR (GB) Robert Hickmott 71 50 82
72 SAINT ENCOSTA John P Thompson 72 50
73 STANSTILL (IRE) Michael Kent 73 50
74 JEUNEYS END Allan Fitzgerald 74 50 78
75 MY BENTLEY (NZ) Michael Kent 75 50 82
76 CROCODILE CANYON (NZ) Howard Mathews 76 50
77 HOME ON A WING Anthony Cummings 77 50
78 GOTHIC CROWN Todd Balfour 78 50 64

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