Melbourne Cup 2012 First Acceptances – 67 Still in Contention

Sixty-seven stayers have been paid up for at first acceptance stage for the 2012 Melbourne Cup today, and as expected there is a strong international presence in the ‘race that stops a nation’.

Glencadam Gold

Glencadam Gold is one of 67 Melbourne Cup 2012 first acceptors

The entries for Flemington’s famed $6.2 million Group 1 Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m), running as Flemington Race 7 on Tuesday November 6, were cut from 151 nominations to 67 first acceptances, down on the 79 first Melbourne Cup acceptances taken this time last year.

It is shaping up as another overseas-bred and trained dominated Melbourne Cup result in 2012 with at least the top 10 positions in the Melbourne Cup betting markets taken by non Australian-bred stayers.

The shortest-priced Aussie-bred horse is Pat Carey’s Helenus four-year-old Ethiopia, the Australian Derby winner last seen running sixth to Green Moon in the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) at Flemington last weekend.

Notable Emissions from the 2012 Melbourne Cup First Acceptances Include:

  • Lamasery (David Vandkye) – Out for the spring missing the cups (again) after being injured during their fifth place finish in The Metropolitan
  • Linton (John Sadler) – Failed to come on when 11th in the Turnbull
  • Sapphire (Dermont K Weld) – Irish mare won’t be making the trip down under for Weld in the Cups
  • Zurella (Shaune Ritchie) – Nice NZ mare didn’t impress when 13th in the Turnbull
  • Fat Al (Gai Waterhouse) – Is a champ having won the Epsom Handicap but probably not a genuine stayer, will target other spring majors

2012 Melbourne Cup Betting Favourites Among First Declarations Include:

  • Glencadam Gold (Gai Waterhouse) – Secured their spot at the top of the Melbourne Cup odds with big four length win in The Metropolitan at Randwick last Saturday, their fourth win from as many starts down under, they were penalised for that win and their Newcastle Gold Cup win but are still an excellent light weight chance for the Cups
  • Mount Athos (Luca Cumani) – Best fancied of the international raiders this Montjeu gelding has won their last three back home in the UK most recently the Group 3 Geoffrey Freer Stakes (2670m) in August and they are well experienced at 3200m and above
  • Green Moon (Robert Hickmott) – Lloyd Williams-owned stallion ran second in last year’s Caulfield Cup and looked in flying form for a shot at the Cox Plate, and then possibly the Melbourne Cup, when they beat a smart field in the Turnbull Stakes
  • Seville (Robert Hickmott) – Williams’ other best chance of securing that elusive Melbourne Cup win, the import rran a good second in the Turnbull last time out and keeps improving as they go up in distance down under
  • Galileo’s Choice (Dermot K Weld) – Weld is after his third Melbourne Cup victory having been the first ever overseas trainer to score victory in the classic, Galileo’s Choice was last seen winning a 2414m at Leopardstown and has winning form over 3218m in Ireland
  • Brigantin (Andre Fabre) – Smart Cozzene stallion last seen running second to Joshua Tree in the Group 2 Prix Kergorlay (3000m) in France which has produced many Melbourne Cup runners and place-getters in recent years
  • Red Cadeaux (Ed Dunlop) – English raider ran a devastatingly close second in Melbourne Cup last year
  • Tac De Boistron (Michael Kent) – Imported French galloper hasn’t raced since a Group 2 win over 280m at Longchamp back in July
  • Fiorente (Gai Waterhouse) – Another Waterhouse import this one formerly prepared by Sir Michael Stoute, raced in the Group 2 Prix Foy (2400m) a few weeks again in Farnce finishing a credible fourth

Also still in the mix for the 2012 Melbourne Cup title are the past two winners Dunaden (2011) and Americain (2011), the Mark Botti-trained American St Leger winner Jakkalberry, 2010 Melbourne Cup runner-up Maluckyday, last Saturday’s The Bart Cummings Stakes winner Tanby and the Peter Moody-trained stars Manighar and Voila Ici.

The 2012 Melbourne Cup second declarations are due to be released on Monday October 29.

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2012 Melbourne Cup First Declarations

Flemington Race 7 – 06/11/2012

# Horse Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 AMERICAIN (USA) Alain de Royer Dupre 1.5
2 AULD BURNS (GB) David Hayes 81
3 BACK IN BLACK (NZ) John Steffert 9.5
4 BIANMICK Michael Brady 100
5 BRIGANTIN (USA) Andre Fabre 6.5
6 BUDAI (GER) David Hayes 90
7 CAVALRYMAN (GB) Saeed Bin Suroor 5.5
8 DAME CLAIRE (NZ) Pat Carey 95
9 DANCE WITH HER David Brideoake & David Feek 103
10 DARE TO DREAM (IRE) Bart Cummings 9.5
11 DECEMBER DRAW (IRE) Mark Kavanagh 112
12 DUNADEN (FR) Mikel Delzangles 1.5
13 ETHIOPIA Pat Carey 108
14 EXCEPTIONALLY (NZ) Terry & Karina O’Sullivan 98
15 EXCLUDED (NZ) Robert Hickmott 97
16 FICTIONAL ACCOUNT (IRE) David Hayes 95
17 FIORENTE (IRE) Gai Waterhouse 6
18 GALILEO’S CHOICE (IRE) Dermot K Weld 6
19 GATEWOOD (GB) John Gosden 101
20 GLENCADAM GOLD (IRE) Gai Waterhouse 8
21 GREEN MOON (IRE) Robert Hickmott 112
22 GUNS AT FIVE (NZ) Peter G Moody 90
23 IBICENCO (GER) Luca Cumani 100
24 I’M JAKE (NZ) David Brideoake & David Feek 91
25 IRONSTEIN Gerald Ryan 101
26 JAKKALBERRY (IRE) Marco Botti 4
27 KELINNI (IRE) Chris Waller 9.5
28 LE BARON (NZ) Jarrod McLean 76
29 LEICA DING Darren Weir 98
30 LESS IS MORE (FR) David Vandyke 9.5
31 LIGHTS OF HEAVEN (NZ) Peter G Moody 5
32 LOST IN THE MOMENT (IRE) Saeed Bin Suroor 6.5
33 MALUCKYDAY (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 108
34 MANIGHAR (FR) Peter G Moody 116
35 MIDAS TOUCH (GB) Robert Hickmott 107
36 MISS ARTISTIC (NZ) Shaune Ritchie 97
37 MOUDRE Ciaron Maher 104
38 MOUNT ATHOS (IRE) Luca Cumani 5.5
39 MOURAYAN (IRE) Robert Hickmott 6
40 MR O’CEIRIN (NZ) Ciaron Maher 95
41 MY DANCING DUEL (NZ) Michael Moroney 9.5
42 MY QUEST FOR PEACE (IRE) Luca Cumani 6
43 NIWOT Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 108
44 PEAL OF BELLS Gwenda Markwell 9.5
45 PERMIT (GB) Chris Waller 7
46 PRAIRIE STAR (FR) Danny O’Brien 6.5
47 PRECEDENCE (NZ) Bart Cummings 105
48 RED CADEAUX (GB) Ed Dunlop 112
49 RED EYE SPECIAL (NZ) Michael Moroney 82
50 REUBEN PERCIVAL (NZ) Gai Waterhouse 98
51 RIALYA Lloyd Kennewell 99
52 SABRAGE Michael Moroney 94
53 SAINT DESIR (GB) Tony McEvoy 82
54 SANAGAS (GER) Bart Cummings 108
55 SEVILLE (GER) Robert Hickmott 108
56 SHAHWARDI (FR) Alain de Royer Dupre 101
57 SOUTHERN SPEED Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas 115
58 SPECHENKA Ben Ahrens 9
59 TAC DE BOISTRON (FR) Michael Kent 6
60 TANBY Robert Hickmott 104
61 UNUSUAL SUSPECT (USA) Michael Kent 104
62 VATUVEI Peter G Moody 82
63 VERDANT (GB) Robert Smerdon 81
64 VOILA ICI (IRE) Peter G Moody 110
65 WESTERN SYMBOL (NZ) Gai Waterhouse 8
66 WINCHESTER (USA) John Sadler 111
67 ZABEELIONAIRE (NZ) Leon Corstens 101