The 2012 Melbourne Cup nominations for Australia’s biggest race of the year were taken by Racing Victoria today with 151 hopefuls making up the early entries for Flemington Race 7 on Tuesday November 6, 2012.
163 horses were nominated for 2011, this year’s 152nd edition of the world’s richest handicap attracting just 12 fewer entries.
Unsurprisingly the entries for the $6.2 million Group 1 Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) are saturated with internationally bred and overseas trained stayers including the past two Melbourne Cup winners with the French-trained duo of Americain (2010) and Dunaden (2011).
It is a scintillating line-up of stayers from around the globe with many of the world’s leading trainers represented in the Melbourne Cup 2012 nominations including Luca Cumani and Dermot Weld.
Cumani has twice come close to preparing a Melbourne Cup winner with Purple Moon (2007) and Bauer (2008) both running second.
Spearheading Cumani’s Melbourne Cup contingent this spring is Mount Athos who was, before today’s nominations, topping the futures Melbourne Cup odds at bookmaker.com.au paying $15.
Montjeu gelding Mount Athos, a winner of their last three races on the trot in Britain including the Group 3 Geoffrey Freer Stakes (2670m) on August 18, is expected to get into the Melbourne Cup weights on just 54kg making them an imposing lightweight chance.
Irish horseman Weld meanwhile prepared the first ever international Melbourne Cup winner with Vintage Crop taking out the race back in 1993.
He became a dual Melbourne Cup winning trainer in 2002 with Media Puzzle beating home Mr Prudent and Beekeeper and will be back this year with Group 3 Ballyroan Stakes winner Galileo’s Choice who will bypass the Irish St Leger in favour of the famous Flemington feature.
Galileo’s Choice failed to pass the Melbourne Cup ballot last year despite winning the Group 3 Kilternan Stakes (2011m) at Leopardstown in the lead-up but is well clear this year.
“Dermot was bitterly disappointed last year when (Galileo’s Choice’s) Group win over 2000m didn’t get him past the ballot for the Melbourne Cup,” Racing Victoria’s chief handicapper Greg Carpenter said.
“He’s had two runs this season and won them both so he’s declared he will be travelling the horse out without another run and going straight into the Melbourne Cup.”
Weld has also nominated for Rite Of Passage and Sapphire but may not bring all three over for Melbourne Cup Day.
The other big-name international in this year’s Melbourne Cup nominations and markets is then the John Gosden-trained Gatewood who is part owned by Australian racing syndicate OTI, directed by Terry Henderson.
The Galileo stallion has won three of their past four starts and was last seen running a brave third to fellow OTI-owned and Melbourne Cup-bound Quest For Peace, prepared by Luca Cumani, in the Group 3 Glorious Stakes (2414m) at Goodwood on August 3.
Other top overseas-trained fancies sure to dominate the early Melbourne Cup odds and betting post-nominations include last year’s devastatingly close runner-up Red Cadeaux and the Saeed Bin Suroor-trained Ascot Gold Cup champ Colour Vision.
Bin Suroor is the head trainer for global racing powerhouse Godolphin who is again out to break their Melbourne Cup duck with a strong team of stayers heading down under for the Melbourne Cup Carnival.
Godolphin has been bringing Melbourne Cup types to Australia since 1998 with Faithful Son, seventh to Jezabeel, their first runner.
They do boast a number of Melbourne Cup minor placings with Central Park running second in 1999, Give The Slip (2nd in 2001), Beekeeper (3rd in 2002) and most recently Crime Scene who finished runner-up to Shocking back in 2009.
The other top chances for the operation in 2012 are last year’s Melbourne Cup sixth place-getter Lost In The Moment, the well-travelled Cavalryman, and Dynaformer gelding Willing Foe.
Carpenter however has warned the strength of this year’s Melbourne Cup nominations could see the last start Ebor Heritage Handicap winner miss out on a start in the capacity 24-horse Melbourne Cup field.
“Overall I think in prospect, it’s going to be one of the strongest renewals of the race we’ve ever had,” Carpenter said.
“To be perfectly frank, Willing Foe just off the Ebor Handicap win is no certainty to get a run in the race this year because it’s such a good depth of entry.
“(Godolphin) have to make a decision whether to bring him out and hope he gets in, or run again and hope to win a Group race prior to coming out.”
Meanwhile the top local hopes looking to keep the Melbourne Cup on Aussie soil this year are the Lloyd Williams-owned import Green Moon who ran second in last year’s Caulfield Cup, and Anthony Freedman’s Doomben Cup winner Mawingo who resumes racing this weekend at Flemington in the Group 2 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m).
Also in the mix are then French galloper Brigantin who ran second to Joshua Tree in the Group 2 Prix Kergorlay (3000m) in August, and Mark Botti’s last-start Arlington Stakes champion Jakkalberry who is owned by Aussie interests.
Late Melbourne Cup entries will remain open until Tuesday September 11, 2012.
Melbourne Cup 2012 first acceptances will then be taken on October 9, 2012.
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2012 Melbourne Cup Nominations
Flemington Race 7 – 06/11/2012
|1||AAIM TO PROSPER (IRE)||Brian Meehan||–|
|2||ALI VITAL (NZ)||Michael Moroney||–|
|3||ALIYANA TILDE||Kerry Parker||–|
|4||AMERICAIN (USA)||Alain de Royer Dupre||–|
|6||ANUDJAWUN (NZ)||Shaun Dwyer||91|
|7||ARALDO (GB)||Paul Harley||–|
|8||AULD BURNS (GB)||David Hayes||82|
|9||BACK IN BLACK (NZ)||John Steffert||–|
|11||BRAVE THE WAY||Anthony Cummings||–|
|12||BRIGANTIN (USA)||Andre Fabre||–|
|13||BUDAI (GER)||David Hayes||94|
|14||BUXTED (IRE)||Sam Pritchard-Gordon||89|
|15||CAVALRYMAN (GB)||Saeed Bin Suroor||–|
|16||CHASE THE RAINBOW||Rick Hore-Lacy||98|
|17||CLASS IS CLASS (IRE)||Chris Waller||–|
|19||COLOUR VISION (FR)||Saeed Bin Suroor||–|
|20||COMMISSION (NZ)||Bart Cummings||–|
|21||CUBAN SUNDAY||Pat Carey||95|
|22||DAME CLAIRE (NZ)||Pat Carey||91|
|23||DANCE WITH HER||David Brideoake & David Feek||103|
|24||DARE TO DREAM (IRE)||Bart Cummings||–|
|25||DECEMBER DRAW (IRE)||Mark Kavanagh||112|
|26||DIAMOND HUNTER (NZ)||Bart Cummings||–|
|27||DOWAGER QUEEN (NZ)||Lee Freedman & Graeme Rogerson||88|
|29||DRUNKEN SAILOR (IRE)||Michael Moroney||108|
|30||DUBOSC (NZ)||Ciaron Maher||62|
|31||DUNADEN (FR)||Mikel Delzangles||–|
|32||EFFICIENT (NZ)||Robert Hickmott||112|
|33||ERUPTIOUS (NZ)||Michael Kent||85|
|35||EXCEPTIONALLY (NZ)||Terry & Karina O’Sullivan||95|
|36||EXCLUDED (NZ)||Robert Hickmott||92|
|37||FAT AL||Gai Waterhouse||98|
|38||FICTIONAL ACCOUNT (IRE)||David Hayes||95|
|39||FIORENTE (IRE)||Michael Stoute||–|
|40||FRUEHLING (IRE)||Anthony Freedman||82|
|41||GALILEO’S CHOICE (IRE)||Dermot K Weld||–|
|42||GATEWOOD (GB)||John Gosden||–|
|43||GLENCADAM GOLD (IRE)||Gai Waterhouse||–|
|44||GREEN MOON (IRE)||Robert Hickmott||108|
|45||GUNS AT FIVE (NZ)||Peter G Moody||89|
|46||HARTANI (IRE)||John Oxx||–|
|47||I HAVE A DREAM (GB)||Aidan O’Brien||–|
|48||IBICENCO (GER)||Luca Cumani||–|
|49||ILLO (GER)||Bart Cummings||104|
|50||I’M JAKE (NZ)||David Brideoake & David Feek||91|
|51||INNOCENT LADY (NZ)||Robert Smerdon||91|
|53||JAKKALBERRY (IRE)||Marco Botti||–|
|54||JEROBOAM (NZ)||Ciaron Maher||62|
|55||JUKEBOX JURY (IRE)||Mark Johnston||115|
|56||JULIENAS (IRE)||Gai Waterhouse||–|
|57||KEITH’S LEGACY (NZ)||David Vandyke||–|
|58||KELINNI (IRE)||Chris Waller||–|
|59||KING DIAMOND||Peter G Moody||95|
|61||LE BARON (NZ)||Jarrod McLean||76|
|62||LE ROI (GER)||Tony McEvoy||–|
|63||LEICA DING||Darren Weir||101|
|64||LESS IS MORE (FR)||David Vandyke||–|
|65||LIGHTS OF HEAVEN (NZ)||Peter G Moody||–|
|67||LOST IN THE MOMENT (IRE)||Saeed Bin Suroor||–|
|68||MALUCKYDAY (NZ)||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||108|
|69||MANIGHAR (FR)||Peter G Moody||118|
|70||MANY STARS (NZ)||Anthony Cummings||–|
|72||MAWINGO (GER)||Anthony Freedman||109|
|73||MAYTHEHORSEBEMAGIC (NZ)||Michael Moroney||89|
|74||MIDAS TOUCH (GB)||Robert Hickmott||110|
|75||MISS ARTISTIC (NZ)||Shaune Ritchie||97|
|76||MISS CRISSY (IRE)||Darren Weir||–|
|77||MONT DANE||Bart Cummings||58|
|78||MORE JOYOUS (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse||–|
|80||MOUNT ATHOS (IRE)||Luca Cumani||–|
|81||MOURAYAN (IRE)||Robert Hickmott||108|
|82||MOYENNE CORNICHE (GB)||Jim Conlan||102|
|83||MR O’CEIRIN (NZ)||Ciaron Maher||90|
|84||MY CHICHARITA (NZ)||Michael Moroney||82|
|85||MY DANCING DUEL (NZ)||Michael Moroney||57|
|86||NEVER FORGET (FR)||Peter G Moody||97|
|88||NIWOT||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||108|
|90||PEAL OF BELLS||Gwenda Markwell||–|
|91||PERMIT (GB)||Chris Waller||–|
|92||PLANET PURPLE||Kerry Parker||–|
|93||POLISH KNIGHT (NZ)||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||101|
|94||PRAIRIE STAR (FR)||Danny O’Brien||–|
|95||PRECEDENCE (NZ)||Bart Cummings||103|
|96||PUISSANCE DE LUNE (IRE)||Darren Weir||78|
|97||QUEST FOR PEACE (IRE)||Luca Cumani||–|
|98||QUINTESSENTIAL (NZ)||John Sargent||–|
|99||RAPIDUS (NZ)||Bart Cummings||–|
|100||RED CADEAUX (GB)||Ed Dunlop||112|
|101||RED EYE SPECIAL (NZ)||Michael Moroney||80|
|102||REUBEN PERCIVAL (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse||95|
|104||RITE OF PASSAGE (GB)||Dermot K Weld||–|
|105||ROSELLO (GER)||Leon Corstens||87|
|108||SAGHANN (IRE)||Anthony Freedman||–|
|109||SAINT DESIR (GB)||Tony McEvoy||–|
|110||SANAGAS (GER)||Bart Cummings||108|
|111||SAPPHIRE (IRE)||Dermot K Weld||–|
|112||SAPTAPADI (IRE)||Jim Conlan||89|
|113||SEA GALLEON||Colin & Cindy Alderson||93|
|114||SEAN BAILE MOR||Todd Balfour||78|
|115||SEVILLE (GER)||Robert Hickmott||106|
|116||SHAHWARDI (FR)||Alain de Royer Dupre||–|
|117||SHARALAM (IRE)||Mark Kavanagh||72|
|118||SHENZHOU STEEDS (NZ)||Michael Moroney||102|
|120||SIMPRE ARRIBA (NZ)||Ciaron Maher||65|
|121||SINGLE MINDED (NZ)||Graham Richardson||99|
|122||SNEAK A PEEK (ITY)||Peter G Moody||104|
|123||SOUTHERN SPEED||Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas||113|
|125||STOUT HEARTED (USA)||Chris Waller||–|
|126||STRAWBERRY BOY||Gai Waterhouse||–|
|127||SYSMO (FR)||Tony McEvoy||–|
|128||TAC DE BOISTRON (FR)||Michael Kent||–|
|130||TENNO (NZ)||Michael Kent||76|
|131||THE CHEVRON (NZ)||John Sadler||71|
|132||THE VERMINATOR||Chris Waller||–|
|133||THUBIAAN (USA)||Chris Waller||–|
|134||THY (NZ)||Peter G Moody||88|
|135||TOHUNGA (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse||–|
|136||TULLAMORE (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse||104|
|137||UNCHAIN MY HEART||David Hayes||–|
|138||UNDER THE SUN (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse||–|
|139||UNUSUAL SUSPECT (USA)||Michael Kent||105|
|140||VAL CHAMP (ARG)||Anthony Freedman||100|
|141||VATUVEI||Peter G Moody||82|
|142||VERDANT (GB)||Robert Smerdon||82|
|143||VOILA ICI (IRE)||Peter G Moody||110|
|144||WATERFORD HILL||Leon Corstens||75|
|145||WESTERN SYMBOL (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse||102|
|146||WILLING FOE (USA)||Saeed Bin Suroor||–|
|147||WINCHESTER (USA)||John Sadler||111|
|148||YOU THINK SO (NZ)||Michael Kent||77|
|149||ZABEELIONAIRE (NZ)||Leon Corstens||101|
|150||ZAMERIT (NZ)||Anthony Cummings||–|
|151||ZURELLA (NZ)||Shaune Ritchie||95|