There are 47 horses still in the mix for the 2013 Melbourne Cup on Tuesday week following the release of second declarations for the world’s richest handicap by Racing Victoria this morning.
There were 72 first acceptors for the $6.2 million Group 1 Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) at the start of the month, a figure cut by 25 today.
The race is now on for the 47 hopes to make the capacity 24-horse Melbourne Cup final field that will be released live from Flemington Racecourse after the racing action of Victoria Derby Day this Saturday.
There were a number of notable Melbourne Cup scratchings at second acceptance stage including Saturday’s beaten Cox Plate favourite It’s A Dundeel who is due back in New Zealand on Thursday, and one-time Melbourne Cup betting favourite Puissance De Lune.
Puissance De Lune pulled up lame after running a below par 12th of 14 runners in the Cox Plate and will either be sent out to recover before an autumn return or retired to stud.
Notable 2013 Melbourne Cup Withdrawals
- It’s A Dundeel (Murray Baker): Failed in Cox Plate bid and well head back to NZ missing out on a Cup start
- Puissance De Lune (Darren Weir): Pulled up lame after their Cox Plate 12th and could have run their last race, results of scans awaiting
- Royal Descent (Chris Waller): ATC Oaks winner ran a good fifth in the Caulfield Cup last time out but Waller won’t be pressing onto the other spring cup
- Sangster (Trent Busuttin): Another Kiwi who could be heading home after a disappointing Turnbull 16th (of 16 runners) at the start of the month
- Waldpark (Anthony Freedman): Exciting German import failed to make an effort down under this spring, most recently beating home just one other runner when 17th (of 18) in the Caulfield Cup indication their ability wouldn’t be there for the Flemington edition
- Quintessential (John Sargent): Brisbane star during the winter had promise early this prep but disappointing when up in class for the Turnbull when 12th to Happy Trails who ran second in the Cox Plate over the weekend
Latest Melbourne Cup odds meanwhile are led by the Gai Waterhouse-trained Fiorente, $5 pre-second acceptances, who firmed in their favouritism after a solid third in the Cox Plate.
All reports from Tulloch Lodge are that the galloper has come through that run well and is on track to hand their trainer with her maiden Melbourne Cup success.
“I’ve never had a better chance going into a Melbourne Cup. He’s sensational,” Waterhouse told The Australian.
Meanwhile there are eight foreign raiders, some prepared overseas and others transferred to Aussie trainers, still in Melbourne Cup contention that will go first-up into the race without a previous run down under this spring.
All will be out to be the first to win without a previous lead-up run in Australia since Vintage Crop who was the first international winner of the ‘Loving Trophy’ back in 1993.
The unseen internationals are:
- Dunaden (Mikel Delzangles): French raider a familiar name having won 2011 Melbourne Cup going back-to-back for France before returning here last spring to win the Caulfield Cup
- Red Cadeaux (Ed Dunlop): Melbourne Cup runner-up to Duanden two years back as a $30 outsider, last seen running fourth in the Group 1 Irish St Leger (2816m) in September
- Mount Athos (Luca Cumani): One of the best backed Melbourne Cup hopes this year despite not having run since a second at Goodwood back in August
- Tres Blue (Gai Waterhouse): Back-to-back winner at Deauville in August following a second in the German Derby, talented Anabaa Blue stallion with plenty of promise
- Voleuse De Coeurs (Michael Moroney): Runaway winner of the Irish St Leger in mid-September, super consistent mare on the up and up with good form all over 2800m
- Brown Panther (Tom Dascombe) – Goodwood Cup winner back in August with a big weight, should make the cut and be very competitive here over the same distance
- Verema (Alain de Royer Dupre) – Trained by 2011 Melbourne Cup winning trainer (with Americain), this mare won last two back home most recently the Prix Kergorlay over 3000m which has been a nice Melbourne Cup lead-up in recent years
- Royal Empire (Saeed Bin Suroor) – Godolphin’s chance to finally break their Melbourne Cup winning maiden after a number of close calls over the years, Teofilo stallion last seen running at Ascot for a good second over a mile and a half
The best fancied of the above in Melbourne Cup betting is Mount Athos.
Other horses high up the Melbourne Cup odds that were among the second acceptances include:
- Dandino (Marco Botti) – Another internationally-trained raider, this USA St Leger winner debuted down under with a stellar effort to finish runner-up in the Caulfield Cup in the perfect Flemington lead-up
- Hawkspur (Chris Waller) – Queensland Derby winner hasn’t won since the Chelmsford in Sydney first-up, Caulfield Cup seventh was brave and Waller is toying with bypassing the Mackinnon and heading straight to the Cup
- Jet Away (David Hayes) – Imported galloper sitting 30th on the Melbourne Cup order of entry and so needs a win in this Saturday’s Mackinnon Stakes to guarantee a start, last run was good Caulfield Cup fourth and will be ridden by Glen Boss after the Puissance De Lune scratching
- Foreteller (Chris Waller) – More arsenal in the Waller army, accepted here but unlikely to be in the final field, ran one of the best races of the day when fourth in the Cox Plate and will go to the Mackinnon this weekend with Waller saying they are a “five percent chance” of backing up on the Tuesday
See below for the official 2013 Melbourne Cup second acceptances and ballot, and stay tuned to Races.com.au for more news and stories for the ‘race that stops a nation’ today and over the week.
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2013 Melbourne Cup 2nd Acceptance & Ballot
Flemington Race 7 – 05/11/2013
|1||DUNADEN (FR)||Mikel Delzangles||2||58.5kg||118|
|2||GREEN MOON (IRE)||Robert Hickmott||3||57.5kg||116|
|3||RED CADEAUX (GB)||Ed Dunlop||4||56.5kg||114|
|4||SEA MOON (GB)||Robert Hickmott||5||56.5kg||113|
|5||BROWN PANTHER (GB)||Tom Dascombe||11||55kg||110|
|6||FIORENTE (IRE)||Gai Waterhouse||8||55kg||112|
|7||FORETELLER (GB)||Chris Waller||12||55kg||112|
|8||DANDINO (GB)||Marco Botti||14||54.5kg||110|
|10||FAWKNER||Robert Hickmott||1||54.5kg (inc. 1.5kg penalty)||107|
|11||MOURAYAN (IRE)||Robert Hickmott||16||54.5kg||110|
|12||SEVILLE (GER)||Robert Hickmott||17||54.5kg (inc. 1.0kg penalty)||107|
|13||SUPER COOL||Mark Kavanagh||6||54.5kg||113|
|14||MASKED MARVEL (GB)||Robert Hickmott||22||54kg||108|
|15||MOUNT ATHOS (IRE)||Luca Cumani||20||54kg||109|
|16||ROYAL EMPIRE (IRE)||Saeed Bin Suroor||21||54kg||109|
|17||VOLEUSE DE COEURS (IRE)||Michael Moroney||7||54kg||110|
|19||MR MOET||Adam Durrant||24||53.5kg||108|
|20||SIMENON (IRE)||William Mullins||23||53.5kg||107|
|21||IBICENCO (GER)||Peter G Moody||26||53kg (inc. 1.0kg penalty)||103|
|22||JET AWAY (GB)||David Hayes||30||53kg||106|
|23||KELINNI (IRE)||Chris Waller||25||53kg||109|
|24||MORIARTY (IRE)||Chris Waller||28||53kg||110|
|25||MY QUEST FOR PEACE (IRE)||Peter G Moody||27||53kg||106|
|26||PRECEDENCE (NZ)||Bart & James Cummings||29||53kg (inc. 1.0kg penatly)||102|
|27||VEREMA (FR)||Alain de Royer Dupre||15||53kg||110|
|28||FORGOTTEN VOICE (IRE)||Nicky Henderson||32||52.5kg||105|
|30||MR O’CEIRIN (NZ)||Ciaron Maher||31||52.5kg (inc. 0.5kg penalty)||103|
|31||SILENT ACHIEVER (NZ)||Roger James||19||52.5kg||112|
|32||JULIENAS (IRE)||Gai Waterhouse||34||52kg||108|
|33||DEAR DEMI||Clarry Conners||18||51kg||104|
|34||TRES BLUE (IRE)||Gai Waterhouse||10||51kg||110|
|35||ARALDO (GB)||Michael Moroney||37||50.5kg (inc. 0.5kg penalty)||90|
|36||GRIS CARO (GB)||Jake Stephens||42||50.5kg||95|
|38||MOTIVADO (GB)||David Hayes||39||50.5kg||93|
|39||BASS STRAIT (NZ)||David Hayes||43=||50kg||89|
|40||CARAVAN ROLLS ON (GB)||Peter Chapple-Hyam||43=||50kg||9.5|
|41||GARUD (IRE)||Michael Moroney||43=||50kg||85|
|42||KINGDOMS (NZ)||John O’Shea||35||50kg||85|
|43||LET’S MAKE ADEAL||Nigel Blackiston||40||50kg||90|
|44||OPINION (IRE)||Chris Waller||43=||50kg||93|
|45||RUSCELLO (IRE)||Ed Walker||43=||50kg||78|
|47||VAQUERA (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse||41||50kg||9.5|