The official 24-horse 2012 Melbourne Cup field that will fight it out in the world’s richest handicap next Tuesday, November 6, in Flemington Race 7 at 3:00pm (AEST) has been announced by Racing Victoria this afternoon.
As expected the past two Melbourne Cup winners have been paid up for to race in the $6.2 million, two mile classic again in 2012 with 2010 champ Americain and reigning winner Duanden, the 59kg topweight, also the top two fancies in the Melbourne Cup betting markets.
Mikel Delzangles’ Nicobar seven-year-old Dunaden looked on track to defend his title and become sixth horse in history to win multiple Melbourne Cups joining Archer (1861, 1862), Peter Pan (1932, 1934), Rain Lover (1968, 1969), Think Big (1974, 1975) and Makybe Diva (2003, 2004, 2005) when they returned down under and won the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) on October 20.
The form of their Caulfield Cup win was further enhanced on Derby Day when runner-up Alcopop backed up to win the Mackinnon Stakes beating a crack field including Cox Plate champ Ocean Park.
The Alain de Royer Dupre-trained Americain meanwhile ran a slashing fourth in the Caulfield Cup, a sense of déjà vu for connections after the horse finished in the same position behind Dunaden when defending their title in last year’s Melbourne Cup.
Royer-Dupre originally looked to be dually represented in the Melbourne Cup 2012 field with his in-form Prix Kergorlay place-getter Shahwardi having won the Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes (2400m) at Caulfield last month.
They were one of the hard luck stories of the Melbourne Cup ballot however narrowly missing out on a run finishing 28th on the order of entry at final acceptance stage.
Also back for a second shot this year is then 2011 Melbourne Cup runner-up Red Cadeaux who will be ridden by Michael Rodd on Tuesday, the Ed Dunlop-trained galloper going fresh into the race not having raced since July but still one of the top four fancies in the markets.
Meanwhile the third line of the Melbourne Cup odds is occupied by yet another overseas-trained visitor with the Luca Cumani-trained Mount Athos.
The Montjeu six-year-old is yet to race down under and goes straight into the Melbourne Cup field without a previous run in Australia, Mount Athos last seen securing their third consecutive win in the Group 3 Geoffrey Freer Stakes (2670m) at Newbury in August.
Cumani, who has prepared two Melbourne Cup second place-getters but never a winner to date, will also be represented in the 2012 Melbourne Cup field by My Quest For Peace who was last seen running a brave fifth (beaten 1.6 lengths) in the Caulfield Cup with improvement to come.
Internationally-Trained Horses in the 2012 Melbourne Cup Field:
- Americain (Alain de Royer Dupre)
- Duanden (Mikel Delzangles)
- Red Cadeaux (Ed Dunlop)
- Jakkalberry (Marco Botti)
- Cavalryman (Saeed Bin Suroor)
- Mount Athos (Luca Cumani)
- My Quest For Peace (Luca Cumani)
- Galileo’s Choice (Dermot K Weld)
Irish horseman Dermot K Weld meanwhile is already a dual Melbourne Cup winning trainer having prepared the first ever overseas-trained champion in the ‘race that stops a nation’ with Vintage Crop (1993) before returning to win again with Media Puzzle (2002).
This year he will shoot for a trifecta of ‘Loving Trophies’ with flat racer and hurdler Galileo’s Choice, rated a $17 chance pre-field to win, the Galileo gelding having last stepped out at Leopardstown in their native Ireland to win the Ballyroan Stakes.
Meanwhile notable internationals that failed to make the final 24 Melbourne Cup horses this year include the Saeed Bin Suroor-trained Lost In The Moment who was 25th in the order of entry Saturday morning but who was pushed outside of the safety zone after the Chris Waller-trained Kelinni (previously 37th) won the Lexus Stakes and earned a ballot free ride into the Cup, Andre Fabre’s Geelong Cup third placegetter Brigantin (26th), the previously mentioned Shahwardi (28th) and Geelong Cup winner Gatewood (32nd) who went down as the beaten favourite in the Lexus.
Notable Horses That Were Balloted Out of the Melbourne Cup 2012 Field Include:
- Moudre (Ciaron Maher)
- Lost In The Moment (Saeed Bin Suroor)
- Brigantin (Andre Fabre)
- Prairie Star (Danny O’Brien)
- Shahwardi (Alain De Royer Dupre)
- Gatewood (John Gosden)
While the internationals are certainly an imposing force in the Melbourne Cup field and betting markets there Aussies are not without of hope of keeping the Cup at home with the likes of 2010 runner-up Maluckyday, Australian Derby champ Ethiopia coming off a gallant Cox Plate fourth, Turnbull Stakes champ Green Moon out to improve on their Cox Plate seventh as the beaten favourite, and Derby Day’s Lexus Stakes winner Kelinni who is a 51kg lightweight in the field going unpenalised for their latest victory.
The best supported of the Australian-trained Melbourne Cup 2012 Horses Include:
- Maluckyday (Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes)
- Ethiopia (Pat Carey)
- Green Moon (Robert Hickmott)
- Kelinni (Chris Waller)
The 2012 Melbourne Cup barrier draw is due to take place live from Flemington Racecourse from 6:30pm (AEST) today with Races.com.au to publish the gates soon after.
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2012 Melbourne Cup Final Field
Flemington Race 7 – 3:00pm (AEST) – 06/11/2012
|1||DUNADEN (FR)||Mikel Delzangles||16||Craig Williams||59kg (inc.1.0kg pen.)||120|
|2||AMERICAIN (USA)||Alain de Royer Dupre||12||Damien Oliver||58kg||118|
|3||JAKKALBERRY (IRE)||Marco Botti||19||Colm O’Donoghue||55.5kg||113|
|4||RED CADEAUX (GB)||Ed Dunlop||18||Michael Rodd||55.5kg||113|
|5||WINCHESTER (USA)||John Sadler||22||Jamie Mott||55.5kg||110|
|6||VOILA ICI (IRE)||Peter G Moody||13||Vlad Duric||55kg||110|
|7||CAVALRYMAN (GB)||Saeed Bin Suroor||6||Frankie Dettori||54kg||108|
|8||MOUNT ATHOS (IRE)||Luca Cumani||8||Ryan Moore||54kg||108|
|9||SANAGAS (GER)||Bart Cummings||4||Brad Rawiller||54kg||108|
|10||ETHIOPIA||Pat Carey||14||Rhys McLeod||53.5kg||110|
|11||FIORENTE (IRE)||Gai Waterhouse||2||James McDonald||53.5kg||107|
|12||GALILEO’S CHOICE (IRE)||Dermot K Weld||11||Pat Smullen||53.5kg||107|
|13||GLENCADAM GOLD (IRE)||Gai Waterhouse||7||Tommy Berry||53.5kg (inc.3.5kg pen.)||107|
|14||GREEN MOON (IRE)||Robert Hickmott||5||Brett Prebble||53.5kg||112|
|15||MALUCKYDAY (NZ)||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||9||Jim Cassidy||53.5kg||107|
|16||MOURAYAN (IRE)||Robert Hickmott||3||Hugh Bowman||53.5kg||108|
|17||MY QUEST FOR PEACE (IRE)||Luca Cumani||1||Corey Brown||53.5kg||107|
|18||NIWOT||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||15||Dwayne Dunn||53.5kg||108|
|19||TAC DE BOISTRON (FR)||Michael Kent||21||Olivier Doleuze||53.5kg||107|
|20||LIGHTS OF HEAVEN (NZ)||Peter G Moody||17||Luke Nolen||53kg||112|
|21||PRECEDENCE (NZ)||Bart Cummings||20||Blake Shinn||53kg||105|
|22||UNUSUAL SUSPECT (USA)||Michael Kent||23||Glyn Schofield||53kg||105|
|23||ZABEELIONAIRE (NZ)||Leon Corstens||24||Craig Newitt||52kg||103|
|24||KELINNI (IRE)||Chris Waller||10||Glen Boss||51kg (inc.1.0kg)||101|