Racing Victoria has released the first 2012 Melbourne Cup order of entry for the world’s richest handicap with early favourites Mount Athos and Green Moon both assured of a start in the 24-horse final field at Flemington on the first Tuesday of November.
Earlier this week the initial handicaps for the $6.2 million Group 1 Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) were announced with the past two winners of the ‘race that stops a nation’ installed as the equal 58kg top-weights.
Now the French-trained duo of Americain (2010) and Dunaden (2011) also sit atop the Melbourne Cup 2012 order of entry and pay $18 and $13 respectively in the latest Melbourne Cup odds at bookmaker.com.au.
The Luca Cumani-trained Mount Athos, who is the current $11 Melbourne Cup betting favourite, is 20th in the ballot safely inside the top 24 having won their past three starts on the trot back home in Britain.
Twelve dollar second pick Green Moon, runner-up in last year’s Caulfield Cup and favourite to win the earlier spring cup clash this year, is also set to make the field with the Lloyd Williams-owned import sitting 25th on the order of entry with withdrawals to come.
Also high up the ballot for leviathan racehorse owner Williams are 2007 Melbourne Cup winner Efficient (12th) who at nine is the oldest Melbourne Cup nominee this year, Midas Touch (17th), Mourayan (23rd) who ran a good fourth in the Makybe Diva Stakes first-up on September 8, and Seville (24th).
Following Americain and Dunaden in the ballot is then the Peter Moody-trained Manighar (3rd) out to become a four time elite level winner in the Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) this weekend, who is earlier heading towards the 2012 Cox Plate.
Along with Manighar ace Victorian trainer Moody also has fellow European import Voila Ici (10th) and his Group 1 winning mare Lights Of Heaven (13th) inside the top 24.
Also high up the Melbourne Cup order of entry are reigning Caulfield Cup winner Southern Speed (4th) and Mark Johnston’s 2011 Irish St Leger winner Jukebox Jury (5th) who failed when 20th in the Melbourne Cup last spring.
Jukebox Jury however has been retired and will come out of the order of entry once officially withdrawn.
Other top fancies in the futures Melbourne Cup odds include the Australian-owned English galloper Jakkalberry ($17) and last year’s devastatingly close runner-up Red Cadeaux ($18) both safe sitting seventh and sixth respectively.
Another $18 shot in the Melbourne Cup markets Brigantin from French trainer Andre Fabre however is in danger of missing a start currently sitting 40th in the order of entry with 53kg, the five-year-old last seen running second in the Prix Kergorlay (3000m) which has proved an excellent Melbourne Cup form race over the years.
Also inside the top 24 and assured of a start in the iconic showdown should they accept are the likes of John Sadler’s US import Winchester (8th), Pat Carey’s surprise Australian Derby winner Ethiopia (9th), and two of Godolphin’s hopefuls with Colour Vision (11th) and Cavalryman (18th).
An updated Melbourne Cup order of entry following the weekend’s racing will be released on Monday with first declarations to be taken on Tuesday October 9, 2012.
Check out the official top 24 horses in the Melbourne Cup order of entry below then head to bookmaker.com.au to get behind your early favourites at the best prices before markets firm!
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2012 Melbourne Cup Order Of Entry Top 24
|1||AMERICAIN (USA)||Alain de Royer Dupre||58.0|
|2||DUNADEN (FR)||Mikel Delzangles||58.0|
|3||MANIGHAR (FR)||Peter Moody||57.0|
|4||SOUTHERN SPEED||Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas||54.5|
|5||JUKEBOX JURY (IRE)||Mark Johnston||56|
|6||RED CADEAUX (GB)||Ed Dunlop||55.5|
|7||JAKKALBERRY (IRE)||Marco Botti||55.5|
|8||WINCHESTER (USA)||John Sadler||55.5|
|10||VOILA ICI (IRE)||Peter Moody||55.0|
|11||COLOUR VISION (FR)||Saeed bin Suroor||55.0|
|12||EFFICIENT (NZ)||Robert Hickmott||55.0|
|13||LIGHTS OF HEAVEN (NZ)||Peter Moody||53.0|
|14||MAWINGO (GER)||Anthony Freedman||54.5|
|15||DRUNKEN SAILOR (IRE)||Michael Moroney||54.0|
|16||POLISH KNIGHT (NZ)||Team Hawkes||52.5|
|17||MIDAS TOUCH (GB)||Robert Hickmott||54.0|
|18||CAVALRYMAN (GB)||Saeed bin Surorr||54.0|
|19||SANAGAS (GER)||Bart Cummings||54.0|
|20||MOUNT ATHOS (IRE)||Luca Cumani||54.0|
|21||MALUCKYDAY (NZ)||Team Hawkes||53.5|
|23||MOURAYAN (IRE)||Robert Hickmott||53.5|
|24||SEVILLE (GER)||Robert Hickmott||53.5|