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All of the early betting fancies for the ‘race that stops a nation’ have been paid up for and feature among the 72 Melbourne Cup 2013 first declarations taken by Racing Victoria today.
Held on the first Tuesday of November every year, the $6.2 million Group 1 Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) at the iconic Flemington Racecourse is the pinnacle of racing down under and the race is well and truly on for the 153rd running this spring.
Down from 135 at nomination stage, Melbourne Cup fancies are now sitting at 72 including the past two winners of the world’s richest handicap in Green Moon (2012) and Dunaden (2011).
Mikel Delzangles’ French raider Dunaden, last seen running eight in the Group 2 Qatar Prix Foy (2400m) at Longchamp on September 15, is also the 58.5kg top weight of the current Melbourne Cup entries.
The Lloyd Williams-owned defending champ Green Moon follows on 57.5kg, three kilos more than they carried to victory in the race last year.
Green Moon is also one of eight chances for Williams and trainer Robert Hickmott with their contingent also including the weekend’s Turnbull Stakes third place-getter Fawkner and Sea Moon who was regulated to second upon protest in the Bart Cummings Quality on the weekend.
Better fancied Melbourne Cup hopes for the Williams-Hickmott team meanwhile are the weekend’s Craven Plate runner-up in Sydney Masked Marvel and the Group 1 The Metropolitan winner over the 2400m at Randwick Seville.
Current co-favourites in Melbourne Cup betting meanwhile are the Gai Waterhouse-trained Fiorente and Puissance De Lune paying $6, both still in the mix.
Irish import Fiorente was second in the Melbourne Cup for their Australian debut last spring and raced last weekend with a good fourth to upset winner Happy Trails in the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) at Flemington.
They were officially withdrawn from contention for the $2.5 million Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) today, for which 41 third acceptances were taken, with their sole focus being the $3 million Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) ahead of the Melbourne Cup.
Puissance De Lune meanwhile ran second in the Turnbull having been given every chance by jockey Glen Boss, the Darren Weir-trained grey tipped to improve as they get up further in distance.
Other top chances in the latest pre-field Melbourne Cup odds are Chris Waller’s Queensland Derby winner Hawkspur who ran fifth in the Turnbull, Luca Cumani’s veteran European raider Mount Athos, last start Irish St Leger champion Voleuse De Coeurs who has come down under to be prepared by Michael Moroney and smart French-trained mare Verema whose trainer Alain de Royer Dupre won the 2010 Melbourne Cup with Americain.
The next round of Melbourne Cup 2013 acceptances are the second declarations on October 28.
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2013 Melbourne Cup First Acceptances
Flemington Race 7 – 05/11/2013
|1||ARALDO (GB)||Michael Moroney||90|
|2||BASS STRAIT (NZ)||David Hayes||89|
|3||BRIGANTIN (USA)||Pat Carey||104|
|4||BROWN PANTHER (GB)||Tom Dascombe||4.5|
|5||CARAVAN ROLLS ON (GB)||Peter Chapple-Hyam||9.5|
|6||CHARLESTON LADY (GB)||David Vandyke||9.5|
|7||DANDINO (GB)||Marco Botti||5|
|8||DEAR DEMI||Clarry Conners||104|
|9||DUNADEN (FR)||Mikel Delzangles||1|
|12||FIORENTE (IRE)||Gai Waterhouse||112|
|13||FORETELLER (GB)||Chris Waller||112|
|14||FORGOTTEN VOICE (IRE)||Nicky Henderson||7|
|15||GARUD (IRE)||Michael Moroney||85|
|16||GHOST PROTOCOL (IRE)||Paul Perry||9.5|
|17||GLENCADAM GOLD (IRE)||Gai Waterhouse||6|
|18||GOLDONI (IRE)||David Hayes||89|
|19||GREEN MOON (IRE)||Robert Hickmott||116|
|20||GRIS CARO (GB)||Jake Stephens||95|
|22||HIPPOPUS (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse||9|
|23||IBICENCO (GER)||Peter G Moody||103|
|25||IT’S A DUNDEEL (NZ)||Murray Baker||116|
|26||JET AWAY (GB)||David Hayes||106|
|27||JULIENAS (IRE)||Gai Waterhouse||7.5|
|28||KELINNI (IRE)||Chris Waller||109|
|29||KESAMPOUR (FR)||Peter G Moody||101|
|30||KINGDOMS (NZ)||John O’Shea||8.5|
|31||LET’S MAKE ADEAL||Nigel Blackiston||90|
|32||MANIGHAR (FR)||Peter G Moody||113|
|33||MASKED MARVEL (GB)||Robert Hickmott||108|
|34||MASSIYN (IRE)||Robert Hickmott||100|
|35||MORIARTY (IRE)||Chris Waller||6.5|
|36||MOTIVADO (GB)||David Hayes||93|
|38||MOUNT ATHOS (IRE)||Luca Cumani||5.5|
|39||MOURAYAN (IRE)||Robert Hickmott||110|
|40||MR MOET||Adam Durrant||108|
|41||MR O’CEIRIN (NZ)||Ciaron Maher||103|
|42||MY QUEST FOR PEACE (IRE)||Peter G Moody||106|
|43||OASIS BLOOM||Peter Morgan & Craig Widdison||98|
|44||OPINION (IRE)||Chris Waller||9.5|
|45||POLISH KNIGHT (NZ)||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||8.5|
|46||PRECEDENCE (NZ)||Bart & James Cummings||102|
|47||PRINCE CHERI (FR)||David Vandyke||9|
|48||PUISSANCE DE LUNE (IRE)||Darren Weir||111|
|49||QUINTESSENTIAL (NZ)||John Sargent||106|
|50||RED CADEAUX (GB)||Ed Dunlop||3|
|51||ROYAL DESCENT||Chris Waller||107|
|52||ROYAL EMPIRE (IRE)||Saeed Bin Suroor||5.5|
|53||RUSCELLO (IRE)||Ed Walker||78|
|54||SANGSTER (NZ)||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||110|
|55||SEA MOON (GB)||Robert Hickmott||113|
|56||SEVILLE (GER)||Robert Hickmott||107|
|58||SILENT ACHIEVER (NZ)||Roger James||112|
|59||SIMENON (IRE)||William Mullins||107|
|60||SNEAK A PEEK (ITY)||Peter G Moody||7.5|
|61||SUPER COOL||Mark Kavanagh||113|
|62||TALENT SHOW||Graeme Ballantyne||99|
|64||TREMEC (NZ)||John P Thompson||100|
|65||TRES BLUE (IRE)||Gai Waterhouse||4.5|
|66||TREVIERES (FR)||Markus Nigge||99|
|67||TUSCAN FIRE||Dan O’Sullivan||102|
|68||VAQUERA (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse||9.5|
|69||VEREMA (FR)||Alain de Royer Dupre||5|
|70||VOLEUSE DE COEURS (IRE)||Michael Moroney||4|
|71||WALDPARK (GER)||Anthony Freedman||109|
|72||WHY NOT (GER)||David Hayes||84|
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