Two more international raiders have officially entered Caulfield Cup 2014 calculations with late nominations for the famous mile and a half handicap taken by Racing Victoria this week.
Back on August 5 there were 221 entries taken for the $3.15 million Group 1 Crown Golden Ale Caulfield Cup (2400m) including a record number of international hopes for the October 18 classic.
There are now 45 international Caulfield Cup nominees after connections of ace German colt Sirius and Betfred Ebor winner Mutual Regard paid the late nomination fee on Tuesday.
Sirius however won’t be listed as a northern hemisphere trained galloper with David Hayes and Tom Dabernig to take over the preparation of the lightly-raced son of Dashing Blade.
Currently trained by Andreas Lowe in Germany the three-year-old has won two of his three starts to date having raced exclusively in black-type company between 2212m and 2413m.
His latest effort on August 10 was an impressive half-length victory over Berlin Berlin in the Group 1 Grosser Preis von Berlin (2413m) prompting connections to seriously target the Caulfield Cup.
The other major achievement of the up-and-comer was a commendable second behind top German stayer Protectionist in the Group 2 Hansa-Preis (2000m) at Hamburg on June 29.
The Andreas Wohler-trained Protectionist went on to win the Group 2 Prix Kergorlay (3000m) at Deauville last weekend earning talks of a campaign down under targeting the $6.2 million Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) at Flemington on the first Tuesday of November.
Currently Sirius pays $34 in futures Caulfield Cup betting at Ladbrokes.com.au, markets led by ATC Oaks winning Kiwi mare Rising Romance at $15.
Also at a quote of $34 in the all-in Caulfield Cup odds is fellow late international entry Mutual Regard for former jockey turned top trainer Johnny Murtagh.
The former Sir Mark Prescott-trained Hernando gelding stormed into Caulfield Cup contention last weekend winning the Betfred Ebor Heritage Handicap (2816m) in York.
It was an impressive one and a quarter length effort over fellow Caulfield Cup candidate Van Percy and a brave effort with Mutual Regard, ridden by Louis Steward, carrying 61kg from a wide barrier 16 (of 19) draw.
Before that the five-year-old won first-up over the two miles at The Curragh in Ireland and also ran third behind subsequent Lonsdale Cup winner and 2014 Melbourne Cup-bound mare Pale Mimosa, prepared by dual Melbourne Cup winning trainer Dermot Weld, in the Listed Challenge Stakes (2816m) at Leopardstown.
While there were two late Caulfield Cup entries there are still only 222 nominees in total after the Gai Waterhouse-trained French import Tres Blue was officially withdrawn.
The Anabaa Blue stallion, a failure in all three of his Australian starts to date including a third last in the Melbourne Cup behind stablemate Fiorente last spring, suffered a knee injury last week ruling the five-year-old out of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.
2014 Caulfield Cup weights will be released on September 3 followed by first acceptances on September 9.
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