2010 Melbourne Cup Third Declarations Lead by So You Think

Third declarations for the 2010 Melbourne Cup were taken by Racing Victoria this morning, leaving 47 horses vying for a spot in the 24-horse final field for the $6 million handicap feature at Flemington on Tuesday November 2.

The red hot favourite and number one on the ballot is Bart Cummings’ ‘Phar Lap of our times’, So You Think, who rose to superstar status on Saturday winning his second successive Cox Plate.

The emphatic win over veteran Zipping and Whobegotyou saw So You Think fly to the top of the order of entry, now exempt from ballot for the 150th Emirates Melbourne Cup.

Other horses at the top of the Melbourne Cup ballot order that are assured of a start in the Melbourne Cup Tuesday week include Gai Waterhouse’s Caulfield Cup winner Descarado, reigning champion Shocking and star Queensland galloper Shoot Out.

Runners that were in the first 24 in the elimination order that have been declared non-runners in the world’s richest handicap are Sans Frontieres, Zabrasive, Doctor Fremantle and Vigor.

Following third declarations, there are a number of notable stayers that are still in danger of missing the ‘race that stops the nation’ including Precedence (30th), Mourayan (31st), Herculian Prince (32nd), Alcopop (33rd) and Linton (34th).

The Bart Cummings-trained Precedence received his second Melbourne Cup penalty on Saturday after an emphatic win in the Moonee Valley Cup, but the Zabeel gelding is still unassured of a start.

This Saturday Flemington’s Victoria Derby Day features three races offering a Melbourne Cup ballot exemption with the winner of the Victoria Derby, Mackinnon Stakes and The Lexus Stakes given an automatic entry into the marquee race of the year.

The 2010 Melbourne Cup field of final acceptors will also be announced on Saturday at 5:00pm (AEDST) after the results of the Derby Day races.

The updated Melbourne Cup betting odds are due to be released by Luxbet shortly, so get ready to get in on the action and lock in your favourites at the hottest price in Australia.

2010 Melbourne Cup Third Declarations

No. Horse Ballot Weight Trainer Career Hcp Racing
1 SO YOU THINK 1 56.0 Bart Cummings 10-7-2-0 122
2 DESCARADO 3 54.0 Gai Waterhouse 14-4-4-1 115
3 SHOCKING (BLKS) 4 57.0 Mark Kavanagh 22-6-6-2 118
4 SHOOT OUT 5 55.0 John Wallace 17-7-2-3 116
5 METAL BENDER (BLKS) 6 56.0 Chris Waller 18-8-3-1 116
6 CAMPANOLOGIST 7 56.0 Saeed Bin Suroor 25-9-4-4 114
7 ZIPPING 8 55.5 Robert Hickmott 44-15-3-7 119
8 MONACO CONSUL 9 54.0 Michael Moroney 15-3-1-3 110
9 PROFOUND BEAUTY 10 54.0 Dermot K Weld 20-9-4-3 N/A
10 MR MEDICI 11 55.0 Peter Ho 34-5-12-7 112
11 FAINT PERFUME 12 52.0 Bart Cummings 15-5-1-1 108
12 ILLUSTRIOUS BLUE 13 55.0 William J Knight 54-10-10-7 112
13 TOKAI TRICK 14 54.5 Kenji Nonaka 44-8-6-3 111
14 DARIANA (BLKS) 15 51.5 Bart Cummings 13-3-2-1 108
15 AMERICAIN 16 54.5 Alain de Royer Dupre 19-7-3-2 112
16 ONCE WERE WILD 18 51.5 Gai Waterhouse 12-6-1-0 108
17 ZAVITE 19 54.0 Anthony Cummings 57-10-6-3 110
18 HARRIS TWEED 20 54.0 Murray & Bjorn Baker 25-4-5-5 112
19 MASTER O’REILLY 21 54.0 Danny O’Brien 44-8-3-6 107
20 C’EST LA GUERRE 22 54.0 Robert Hickmott 26-6-2-1 108
21 MANIGHAR 23 54.0 Luca Cumani 13-6-3-1 110
22 BUCCELLATI 24 54.0 Tony Noonan 30-8-1-2 107
23 JESSICABEEL (BLKS) 25 52.5 John O’Shea 17-5-0-2 108
24 BAUER 27 53.5 Luca Cumani 21-6-4-1 109
25 RED RULER 29 53.5 John Sargent 35-7-3-4 107
26 PRECEDENCE 30 53.5 Bart Cummings 23-6-3-1 108
27 MOURAYAN (BLKS) 31 53.5 Robert Hickmott 15-2-4-2 107
28 HERCULIAN PRINCE 32 53.5 Gai Waterhouse 17-9-2-1 108
29 ALCOPOP 33 53.5 Jake Stephens 18-7-2-0 108
30 LINTON 34 52.0 Robert Hickmott 7-3-0-3 104
31 HOLBERG 35 53.5 Saeed Bin Suroor 12-6-1-1 109
32 DRUNKEN SAILOR (BLKS) 36 53.0 Luca Cumani 32-9-9-2 108
33 EASTERN ARIA 37 51.5 Mark Johnston 23-10-4-1 N/A
34 NO WINE NO SONG (BLKS) 38 53.0 Kevin Moses 58-10-5-7 108
35 CAPECOVER 39 52.5 Patrick Payne 49-12-5-5 103
36 VALDEMORO (BLKS) 40 50.0 Tony Vasil 14-2-6-0 101
37 ABOVE AVERAGE (BLKS) 41 51.5 Lee Freedman 16-2-3-3 101
38 MOUDRE (BLKS) 43 51.0 Ciaron Maher 15-6-4-2 101
39 EXCEPTIONALLY 48 50.0 Terry & Karina O’Sullivan 15-3-1-3 N/A
40 MALUCKYDAY 52 50.0 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 7-4-1-2 N/A
41 CEDARBERG 53 50.0 Pat Carey 9-2-2-1 94
42 MR CHARLIE (BLKS) 55 50.0 Peter G Moody 15-4-4-1 95
43 SEA GALLEON (BLKS) 57 50.0 Colin & Cindy Alderson 13-1-1-3 70
44 COUNT ENCOSTA 60 50.0 John P Thompson 12-3-1-0 95
45 STANSTILL 72 50.0 Michael Kent 15-4-3-0 89
46 MY BENTLEY 74 50.0 Michael Kent 17-4-2-3 82
47 GOTHIC CROWN 77 50.0 Todd Balfour 49-6-3-8 60