2011 Melbourne Cup Field Down to 47 – Second Declarations

There are now just 47 stayers left vying for a spot in the coveted Melbourne Cup 2011 field with second acceptances for the iconic Flemington handicap taken by Racing Victoria this morning.


Americain is one of 13 interntationals still in 2011 Melbourne Cup contention

Cutting the list of hopefuls down from 78, second declarations for the $6.2 million Group 1 Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) are led by defending champion Americain.

Returning to the scene with a commanding Moonee Valley Gold Cup win over the weekend, the Alain de Royer Dupre-trained Americain is one of 13 international raiders still entered for the 151st edition of the Melbourne Cup, which will run as Flemington Race 7 on Tuesday November 1, 2011.

The 2011 Melbourne Cup is shaping up as a truly international affair, with 10 of the remaining 13 overseas-trained hopes assured of a spot in the final field sitting inside the top 24 in the updated elimination order.

It is an all-French top-two in the Melbourne Cup odds at Luxbet, Americain followed in the markets by last week’s eye-catching Geelong Cup winner Dunaden.

2012 Melbourne Cup Odds

Odds subject to change.
Futures all-in betting showing top 24 horses.

Other major international players among the Melbourne Cup second acceptors include Bart Cummings’ imported German Illo who ran a dashing third in the Moonee Valley Gold Cup in their Australian debut, and the Mark Johnston-trained stablemates Jukebox Jury and Foxhunt.

The Cups King Bart Cummings, vying for his unprecedented 13th Melbourne Cup success this year, also has Precedence representing him with the recently disappointing son of Zabeel sitting 11th on the order of entry.

The final three internationals sweating on a withdrawal from a higher-ranked runner to earn a start are the Brian Ellison-trained stablemates Moyenne Corniche (27th) and Saptapadi (28th), and evergreen nine-year-old Bauer (29th).

Runner-up to Viewed in the 2008 Melbourne Cup, gallant old grey Bauer is one of four horses still entered for Luca Cumani.

Cumani also has Drunken Sailor, Manighar and Sahra Sun still in the running for his maiden Melbourne Cup success, the esteemed European horseman having also prepared 2007 runner-up Purple Moon.

Notable horses to have dropped out of the Melbourne Cup field following second declarations include:

  • Last Saturday’s Cox Plate winner Pinker Pinker
  • Gai Waterhouse’s injured former Caulfield Cup winner Descarado
  • One-time fancy December Draw, out in the paddock after pulling up lame in the Caulfield Cup
  • Another injured spring casualty, Alcopop
  • Lion Tamer who tragically passed away after breaking down during the Cox Plate

Other top fancies in the latest Melbourne Cup markets that remain in contention include:

  • Lucas Cranach (Anthony Freedman) – German import ran a solid fifth in the Caulfield Cup in their Australian race debut
  • Green Moon (Robert Hickmott) – Caulfield Cup runner-up and recent Newcastle Gold Cup winner, one of six entries for Hickmott along with the likes of Midas Touch and Linton, but still not assured of a start sitting 34th on the order of entry
  • Tullamore (Gai Waterhouse) – Massive market mover after this son of Savabeel ran a slashing third in the Caulfield Cup then second to Americian in the Moonee Valley Gold Cup just seven days later

This Saturday after the elite racing action of Victoria Derby Day, the 2011 Melbourne Cup final field and barriers will be released at approximately 5pm (AEDST).

Races.com.au will be publishing the Melbourne Cup field and barriers as soon as they are announced, so make sure you stay tuned.

In the meantime, get in on the Melbourne Cup betting action when re-adjusted markets open shortly by heading to our preferred online bookmaker Luxbet.

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2011 Melbourne Cup Second Acceptances & Ballot

# Horse Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp. Rating
1 AMERICAIN (USA) Alain de Royer Dupre 2 58kg 117
2 JUKEBOX JURY (IRE) Mark Johnston 1 57kg
3 MIDAS TOUCH (GB) Robert Hickmott 4 55kg 111
4 DUNADEN (FR) Mikel Delzangles 5 54.5kg (Pen.0.5kg) 111
5 DRUNKEN SAILOR (IRE) Luca Cumani 9 54kg 110
6 GLASS HARMONIUM (IRE) Michael Moroney 7 54kg 112
7 MANIGHAR (FR) Luca Cumani 6 54kg 110
8 UNUSUAL SUSPECT (USA) Michael Kent 8 54kg 110
9 FOX HUNT (IRE) Mark Johnston 15 53.5kg (Pen.0.5kg)
10 LINTON Robert Hickmott 10 53.5kg 108
11 LUCAS CRANACH (GER) Anthony Freedman 13 53.5kg 109
12 MOURAYAN (IRE) Robert Hickmott 12 53.5kg 108
13 PRECEDENCE (NZ) Bart Cummings 11 53.5kg 107
14 RED CADEAUX (GB) Ed Dunlop 14 53.5kg
15 HAWK ISLAND (IRE) Chris Waller 16 53kg 109
16 ILLO (GER) Bart Cummings 18 53kg 106
17 LOST IN THE MOMENT (IRE) Saeed Bin Suroor 17 53kg
18 MODUN (IRE) Saeed Bin Suroor 19 53kg
19 AT FIRST SIGHT (IRE) Robert Hickmott 20 52.5kg 106
20 BOOMING (NZ) Jeff Lynds 21 52.5kg 105
21 TACTIC (GB) David Hayes 23 52.5kg 101
22 BAUER (IRE) Luca Cumani 29 52kg 103
23 MOYENNE CORNICHE (GB) Brian Ellison 27 52kg 103
24 SAPTAPADI (IRE) Brian Ellison 28 52kg 103
25 SHAMROCKER (NZ) Danny O’Brien 3 52kg 108
26 THE VERMINATOR Chris Waller 26 52kg (Pen.2.0kg) 105
27 TULLAMORE (NZ) Gai Waterhouse 25 52kg 106
28 SHEWAN Robert Smerdon 30 51.5kg (Pen.1.5kg) 101
29 IRONSTEIN Gerald Ryan 31 51kg
30 LAMASERY David Vandyke 32 51kg (Pen.1.0kg) 102
31 NIWOT Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 33 51kg 101
32 OLDER THAN TIME Gai Waterhouse 22 51kg 104
33 SAHARA SUN (CHI) Luca Cumani 24 51kg 102
34 GREEN MOON (IRE) Robert Hickmott 34 50.5kg (Pen.0.5kg) 103
35 MACEDONIAN (NZ) Peter G Moody 37 50.5kg 95
36 RAFFAELLO Patrick F Ryan 42 50.5kg 98
37 SHOWCAUSE Frank Ritchie 36 50.5kg 98
38 SPECHENKA Ben Ahrens 35 50.5kg 93
39 ANUDJAWUN (NZ) Shaun Dwyer 40 50kg 90
40 BACK IN BLACK (NZ) John Steffert 46 50kg 93
41 COSMONAUT Bart Cummings 44 50kg 72
42 GALIZANI John P Thompson 39 50kg
43 MIDNIGHT MARTINI Mark Kavanagh 43 50kg 93
44 REPRISAL David Hayes 45 50kg 82
45 TANBY Robert Hickmott 38 50kg 98
46 TWO FOR TEA (NZ) Gai Waterhouse 41 50kg 85
47 WESTERN SYMBOL (NZ) Gai Waterhouse 47 50kg 76