Melbourne Cup Declarations 2011 – 79 First Acceptances

Seventy-nine stayers have been paid up for at first declaration stage for the 2011 Melbourne Cup today, including 14 internationally-trained horses lead by defending champion in ‘the race that stops a nation’, Americain.

Americain

Americain is one of 14 internationals still in contention for the 2011 Melbourne Cup

The entries for Flemington’s revered $6.2 million Group 1 Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) were cut from 163 nominations to 79 first acceptances, with updated markets to be released by Luxbet shortly.

Reigning Melbourne Cup winner Americain is the 58kg top-weight of the remaining hopefuls, followed in the 2011 Melbourne Cup weights by Mark Johnston’s fellow European raider Jukebox Jury who sits No. 1 on the Melbourne Cup ballot thanks to their last-start success in the Irish St Leger.

Both Americain and Jukebox Jury have been well-supported in the pre-field Melbourne Cup 2011 odds at Luxbet.

Other internationals in the 2011 Melbourne Cup first declarations include four from Luca Cumani  including former runner-up Bauer and fellow grey Manighar; the Godolphin-owned Modun and Lost In The Moment; the Ed Dunlop-trained Red Cadeaux; and Mikel Delzangles’ French galloper Dunaden who is nominated for the Herbert Power Stakes at Caulfield this Saturday.

Melbourne Cup betting favourites that feature in the first acceptances include:

  • December Draw – Mark Kavanagh’s exciting import is undefeated at Flemington with four wins including their maiden elite level in the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) last Sunday
  • Lion Tamer – In-form Kiwi galloper won the Victoria Derby last spring and stormed into Cup calculations with a win in the Underwood Stakes last-start, races again this Saturday in the Group 1 Caulfield Stakes (2000m)
  • Lucas Cranach – German import to be prepared by Anthony Freedman, occupies the third line of Melbourne Cup betting despite not having seen Australia or the two-miles before
  • Midas Touch – One of six Melbourne Cup first acceptors from Robert Hickmott, the Galileo four-year-old impressive when running third in the Underwood and races again on Saturday in either the Herbert Power or Caulfield Stakes
  • At First Sight – Another in-form Lloyd Williams-owned Galileo four-year-old, last seen running a brave second in the Naturalism and is another dual nominee for the Herbert Power – Caulfield Stakes this weekend
  • Absolutely – Michael Kent-trained Redoute’s Choice mare finished an eye-catching sixth in the Turnbull on Sunday, AJC Oaks winner with form up to 2400 metres
  • My Kingdom Of Fife – Chris Waller’s 2011 Cox Plate-bound star, won the Craven Plate with ease at Randwick last Saturday

The Melbourne Cup field limit is 24 horses and some of the above early fancies still sit outside of the top 24 in the current order of entry including December Draw (37th) and At First Sight (30th).

Other notable runners not yet guaranteed a  Melbourne Cup start include the Bart Cummings-trained German import Illo (28th),  Peter Moody’s one-time Caulfield Cup favourite Lights Of Heaven (61st) and the Chris Waller-trained The Verminator.

The Verminator moved up to 36th spot in the Melbourne Cup ballot after receiving a 2kg penalty from Racing Victoria chief handicapper Greg Carpenter for their upset victory in The Metropolitan at Randwick last Saturday.

Noteworthy defectors from the Melbourne Cup entries include Maluckyday, Littorio, Scarlett Lady and Harris Tweed who are all sidelined for the rest of the spring carnival; the Peter Moody-trained former Kiwi mare King’s Rose and Group 1 winning Western Australian galloper Playing God who are both targeting the Cox Plate 2011; and champion Australian hurdler Black And Bent who has been sent to the paddock ahead of an international jumps campaign.

Below is the complete list of 2011 Melbourne Cup first acceptances, the updated ballot and weights; Melbourne Cup second declarations to be taken on October 24.

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2011 Melbourne Cup First Declarations, Weights & Ballot

# Horse Trainer Ballot Weight
1 AMERICAIN (USA) Alain de Royer Dupre 2 58kg
2 JUKEBOX JURY (IRE) Mark Johnston 1 57kg
3 DESCARADO (NZ) Gai Waterhouse 3 56kg
4 MIDAS TOUCH (GB) Robert Hickmott 6 55kg
5 MY KINGDOM OF FIFE (GB) Chris Waller 7 55kg
6 MIGHTY HIGH (FR) John Moore 8 54.5kg
7 DRUNKEN SAILOR (IRE) Luca Cumani 14 54kg
8 DUNADEN (FR) Mikel Delzangles 15 54kg
9 GLASS HARMONIUM (IRE) Michael Moroney 12 54kg
10 LION TAMER (NZ) Murray Baker 4 54kg
11 MANIGHAR (FR) Luca Cumani 11 54kg
12 UNUSUAL SUSPECT (USA) Michael Kent 13 54kg
13 ALCOPOP Jake Stephens 19 53.5kg
14 FOX HUNT (IRE) Mark Johnston 22 53.5kg (inc. 0.5kg Pen)
15 HERCULIAN PRINCE (NZ) Gai Waterhouse 20 53.5kg
16 LINTON Robert Hickmott 16 53.5kg
17 LUCAS CRANACH (GER) Anthony Freedman 23 53.5kg
18 MOURAYAN (IRE) Robert Hickmott 18 53.5kg
19 PRECEDENCE (NZ) Bart Cummings 17 53.5kg
20 RED CADEAUX (GB) Ed Dunlop 21 53.5kg
21 HAWK ISLAND (IRE) Chris Waller 24 53kg
22 ILLO (GER) Bart Cummings 28 53kg
23 ILLUSTRIOUS BLUE (GB) Chris Waller 26 53kg
24 LOST IN THE MOMENT (IRE) Saeed Bin Suroor 27 53kg
25 MODUN (IRE) Saeed Bin Suroor 29 53kg
26 AT FIRST SIGHT (IRE) Robert Hickmott 30 52.5kg
27 BOOMING (NZ) Jeff Lynds 32 52.5kg
28 STAND TO GAIN (IRE) Chris Waller 31 52.5kg
29 TACTIC (GB) David Hayes 34 52.5kg
30 BAUER (IRE) Luca Cumani 62 52kg
31 DECEMBER DRAW (IRE) Mark Kavanagh 37 52kg (inc. 1.5kg Pen.)
32 MASTER O’REILLY (NZ) Judy Mawer 39 52kg
33 MOYENNE CORNICHE (GB) Brian Ellison 41 52kg
34 SAPTAPADI (IRE) Brian Ellison 42 52kg
35 SHAMROCKER (NZ) Danny O’Brien 5 52kg
36 THE VERMINATOR Chris Waller 36 52kg (inc. 2.0kg Pen.)
37 TULLAMORE (NZ) Gai Waterhouse 40 52kg
38 ABSOLUTELY Michael Kent 9 51.5kg
39 LIGHTS OF HEAVEN (NZ) Peter G Moody 61 51.5kg
40 ABOVE AVERAGE (IRE) Anthony Freedman 47 51kg
41 DREAMAWAY Dean Binaisse 10 51kg
42 HISSING SID Bill & Symon Wilde 48 51kg
43 IRONSTEIN Gerald Ryan 44 51kg
44 LAMASERY David Vandyke 45 51kg (inc. 1.0kg Pen.)
45 NIWOT Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 46 51kg
46 OLDER THAN TIME Gai Waterhouse 33 51kg
47 SAHARA SUN (CHI) Luca Cumani 35 51kg
48 GREEN MOON (IRE) Robert Hickmott 52 50.5kg (inc. 0.5kg Pen.)
49 MACEDONIAN (NZ) Peter G Moody 51 50.5kg
50 PRAECIDO (NZ) David Payne 38 50.5kg
51 RAFFAELLO Patrick F Ryan 63 50.5kg
52 REBEL SOLDIER (IRE) David Hayes 53 50.5kg
53 SHOWCAUSE Frank Ritchie 50 50.5kg
54 SPECHENKA Ben Ahrens 49 50.5kg
55 ANUDJAWUN (NZ) Shaun Dwyer 57 50kg
56 BACK IN BLACK (NZ) John Steffert 73 50kg
57 COSMONAUT Bart Cummings 75 50kg
58 DIYARAKA (FR) Michael Moroney 72 50kg
59 EXCEPTIONALLY (NZ) Terry & Karina O’Sullivan 43 50kg
60 GALIZANI John P Thompson 69 50kg
61 HUME (NZ) Brian Smith 59 50kg
62 I’M JAKE (NZ) David Brideoake & David Feek 54 50kg
63 ISHANT Peter G Moody 68 50kg
64 KING GLADIATOR Chris Waller 77 50kg
65 LALLA ROOKH Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas 56 50kg
66 LOPOV (NZ) Danny O’Brien 67 50kg
67 LUCKY EIGHTY EIGHT Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra 64 50kg
68 MIDNIGHT MARTINI Mark Kavanagh 65 50kg
69 MY SCOTSGREY (NZ) Shaune Ritchie 55 50kg
70 PEGEMBAK Bart Cummings 79 50kg
71 PINKER PINKER Greg Eurell 25 50kg
72 RED EYE SPECIAL (NZ) Anthony Cummings 58 50kg
73 REPRISAL David Hayes 71 50kg
74 REUBEN PERCIVAL (NZ) Gai Waterhouse 74 50kg
75 SHEWAN Robert Smerdon 70 50kg
76 SUNSET CAFE Leon Corstens 76 50kg
77 TANBY Robert Hickmott 66 50kg
78 TWO FOR TEA (NZ) Gai Waterhouse 60 50kg
79 WESTERN SYMBOL (NZ) Gai Waterhouse 78 50kg