Racing Victoria on Tuesday announced the latest 2012 Melbourne Cup order of entry on the 67 horses still heading towards the world’s richest handicap which will light up Flemington Racecourse on Tuesday November 6.
Of all the stables preparing horses for the $6.2 million Group 1 Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) this year it is the trainer-owner duo of Robert Hickmott and Lloyd Williams who have the strongest current representation inside the top 24.
Guaranteed a start in the capacity 24-starter Melbourne Cup 2012 field should they accept for Williams, who is after his fourth Melbourne Cup trophy, are Midas Touch (11th), last Saturday’s Craven Plate champ Mourayan (16th), Turnbull Stakes winner Green Moon (17th) who will go to the Cup via the Cox Plate and Turnbull Stakes runner-up Seville (19th).
Green Moon is current second favourite in the Melbourne Cup betting markets at bookmaker.com.au paying $9.
Others that could be multiply represented in the Melbourne Cup field according to the latest order of entry include Peter Moody out for his debut victory in the ‘race that stops a nation’, Gai Waterhouse and Team Hawkes.
Moody has his Australian Cup-Ranvet Stakes-The BMW triple winner Manighar (3rd), Underwood Stakes runner-up Voila Ici (9th) and Group 1 winning mare Lights Of Heaven (10th) all on the path.
Voila Ici at $31 is the best fancied of Moody’s trio in the latest Melbourne Cup odds at bookmaker.com.au followed by Manighar ($34) and Lights Of Heaven ($61).
Waterhouse’s best-rated hopefuls are Glencadam Gold (21st) who is $13 third pick for the Cup after their slashing The Metropolitan win on the weekend, and $21 chance Fiorente (24th) who is yet to race down under.
Team Hawkes then have 2010 Melbourne Cup runner-up Maluckyday (15th), last seen finishing second in The Bart Cummings, and Niwot (18th) who was the best finishing of the Australian-bred horses when eighth in last year’s Melbourne Cup.
The past two Melbourne Cup winners meanwhile sit top of the ballot this year with Americain (2010) and Dunaden (2011).
This French is are then followed by two Aussie-trained hopefuls with Peter Moody’s aforementioned autumn revelation Manighar (3rd) and reigning Caulfield Cup winner Southern Speed (4th).
As expected the presence of overseas-trained horses is very high.
The next highest-rated international outside of Americain and Dunaden is then the Marco Botti-trained Jakkalberry (6th), the former Italian prepared in England but owned by Aussie connections.
Others include the Saeed bin Suroor-trained Cavalryman (12th), and the Luca Cumani-trained duo of Mount Athos (14th) and My Quest For Peace (23rd).
Mount Athos is in fact the top fancy in the Melbourne Cup betting markets at bookmaker.com.au paying $8 to take out the iconic race.
Dermot K Weld, a dual Melbourne Cup winning trainer who also prepared the first overseas-trained victor, has Galileo’s Choice right on the brink sitting 25th the masterful horseman relying on the attrition rate as Galileo’s Choice won’t have a run before Melbourne Cup Day.
Internationals In Top 24 Melbourne Cup Ballot:
- American (1st)
- Duanden (2nd)
- Red Cadeaux (5th)
- Jakkalberry (6th)
- Cavalryman (12th)
- Mount Athos (14th)
- My Quest For Peace (23rd)
There are also still 15 horses yet to pass the first elimination clause for the Melbourne Cup most notably the Mark Kavanagh-trained December Draw who was last seen running third in the Turnbull Stakes, Michael Brady’s JRA Cup winner Bianmick and the Robert Hickmott-trained Excluded.
Horses Not Passed Melbourne Cup 2012 First Elimination Clause:
- December Draw (Mark Kavangh)
- Western Symbol (Gai Waterhouse)
- Bianmick (Michael Brady)
- Leica Ding (Darren Weir)
- Auld Burns (David Hayes)
- Excluded (Robert Hickmotto)
- Mr O’Ceirin (Ciaron Maher)
- Budai (David Hayes)
- Back In Black (John Steffert)
- Saint Desir (Tony MCEvoy)
- Less Is More (David Vandyke)
- Dare To Dream (Bart Cummings)
- Verdant (Robert Smerdon)
- My Dancing Duel (Michael Moroney)
- Le Baron (Jarrod McLean)
The 2012 Melbourne Cup order of entry will undergo another serious reshuffle following the weekend’s racing action with the three major races to affect the ballot being the Group 1 Caulfield Stakes (2000m), Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m) and the Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes (2400m).
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Top 24 in Current Melbourne Cup 2012 Ballot
- 1 Americain (Alain de Royer Dupre)
- 2 Dunaden (Mikel Delzangles0
- 3 Manighar (Peter Moody)
- 4 Southern Speed (MacDonald & Gluyas)
- 5 Red Cadeaux (Ed Dunlop)
- 6 Jakkalberry (Marco Botti)
- 7 Winchester (John Sadler)
- 8 Ethiopia (Pat Carey)
- 9 Voila Ici (Peter Moody)
- 10 Lights Of Heaven (Peter Moody)
- 11 Midas Touch (Robert Hickmott)
- 12 Cavalryman (Saeed bin Suroor)
- 13 Sangas (Bart Cummings)
- 14 Mount Athos (Luca Cumani)
- 15 Maluckyday (Team Hawkes)
- 16 Mourayan (Robert Hickmott)
- 17 Green Moon (Robert Hickmott)
- 18 Niwot (Team Hawkes)
- 19 Seville (Robert Hickmott)
- 20 Zabeelionaire (Leon Corstens)
- 21 Glencadam Gold (Gai Waterhouse)
- 22 Tac De Boistron (Michael Kent)
- 23 My Quest For Peace (Luca Cumani)
- 24 Fiorente (Gai Waterhouse)