2016 Melbourne Cup First Acceptances Feature 52 Stayers

Fifty-two stayers remain in Melbourne Cup 2016 contention after Racing Victoria (RV) closed first acceptances for the ‘race that stops’ a nation on Tuesday including 12 internationals.


The Bart Cummings winner Almandin heads the updated Melbourne Cup 2016 ballot post-first acceptances for the November 1 classic. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

Run on Tuesday November 1 as Flemington Race 7, this year’s $6.2 million Group 1 Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) was one of the key Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival features that the next stage of acceptances were completed for this week along with the Caulfield Cup and Cox Plate.

Heading the updated Melbourne Cup ballot order is the Robert Hickmott-trained Almandin who is allocated 51kg after receiving a 1kg penalty for his win in last Sunday’s Group 3 The Bart Cummings (2500m).

Hickmott prepared Green Moon (2012) to win the Melbourne Cup handing owner Lloyd Williams with his fourth ‘Loving Trophy’, and returns with six first acceptors this season.

The stable’s other chances are Ranvet Stakes winner United States (55.5kg), Sydney Cup winner Gallante (53.5kg), Aloft (50kg), Assign (50kg) and Foundry (50kg).

Last year’s Melbourne Cup winning trainer Darren Weir boasts the highest number of first acceptances as he chases back-to-back victories with seven entries.

Weir has kept his defending champ Prince Of Penzance in the mix, the galloper allocated the 56.5kg Melbourne Cup top weight along with the Chris Waller-trained Preferment (56.5kg) who is also still in the mix for the $3 million Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) on October 15.

The other headline Weir-trained Melbourne Cup first acceptor is classy mare Real Love who won the Group 3 JRA Cup (2040m) at Moonee Valley last Friday night.

She received a 0.5kg Melbourne Cup weight penalty for that victory and is still well weighted for the world’s richest handicap with 52kg.

The other Weir hopefuls are: Howard Be Thy Name (51.5kg), Zanteca (50kg), Manndawi (50kg), Japanese import Tosen Stardom (53.5kg) and Master Zephyr (50kg).

Along with the co-top weight Preferment, Sydney’s leading trainer Waller is chasing his maiden Melbourne Cup victory with four other entries including Who Shot Thebarman (55kg) who ran third to Protectionist in 2014 and 11th last year.

Waller’s Melbourne Cup hopefuls also include 2015 Sydney Cup winner and 2016 placegetter in Randwick’s two mile feature Grand Marshal (53.5kg), last weekend’s The Metropolitan fourth placegetter Sacred Master (51kg) and runner-up in that same mile and a half feature Antonio Giuseppe (50kg).

Early favourite in pre-field Melbourne Cup betting at Ladbrokes.com.au is the John O’Shea-trained Hartnell who is also still entered for the Caulfield Cup and the weight-for-age Cox Plate in October (55kg).

Hartnell ran 15th to Prince Of Penzance in the race last year beaten under six lengths and extended his spring winning streak this campaign to three on the trot with the dominant Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) display at Flemington last Sunday.

O’Shea also has ATC Derby and Turnbull Stakes third placegetter Tally (52.5kg) and Arab Dawn (50kg) still in Melbourne Cup contention.

Of the remaining 12 Melbourne Cup international hopes the best fancied in the futures markets is Bondi Beach for Aidan O’Brien.

Michael Bell’s Goodwood Cup winner Big Orange (56kg) who ran fifth last year, the Tony Martin-trained French stayer Heartbreak City (53kg), Japan’s veteran nine-year-old Curren Mirotic (55.5kg) and Scottish (54.5kg) are among the other Melbourne Cup raiders still chasing a run in the two mile classic.

Scottish is prepared by Charlie Appleby and is after the Spring Cups’ double in 2016 as part of a 10-strong Godolphin Melbourne cup contingent.

Other headline Melbourne Cup first declarations include The Metropolitan winning eight-year-old Sir John Hawkwood (53kg) in career best form and William Mullins’ Irish St Leger winner Wicklow Brave (55kg).

Among the notable non-acceptors are the likes of the 2014 Melbourne Cup winner Protectionist, Ascot Gold Cup winner Order Of St George and 2014 Caulfield Cup runner-up Rising Romance.

The 2016 Melbourne Cup second acceptances close at 10:00am (AEDT) on October 24.

Before then make sure you head to Ladbrokes.com.au to lock in the Melbourne Cup first acceptors at their generous all-in prices to win!

2016 Melbourne Cup First Declarations

Flemington Race 7 – 01/11/2016

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight
1 x221x66511 ALMANDIN (GER) G 7 Robert Hickmott 1 51kg (includes 1.0kg penalty)
2 5821x2x069 PRINCE OF PENZANCE (NZ) G 7 Darren Weir 2 56.5kg
3 7x4110x454 PREFERMENT (NZ) H 5 Chris Waller 3 56.5kg
4 7x5x23x11x BIG ORANGE (GB) G 6 Michael Bell 4 56kg
5 30x5501x58 OUR IVANHOWE (GER) H 7 Lee & Anthony Freedman 5 56kg
6 x300x620x9 CURREN MIROTIC (JPN) G 9 Osamu Hirata 6 55.5kg
7 x4214x8086 TARZINO (NZ) H 4 Mick Price 7 54kg
8 610x5212x6 THE UNITED STATES (IRE) H 7 Robert Hickmott 8 55.5kg
9 650x5x2111 HARTNELL (GB) G 6 John O’Shea 9 55kg
10 45324×4712 JAMEKA M 4 Ciaron Maher 10 52kg (includes 0.5kg penalty)
11 90324×6527 WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) G 8 Chris Waller 11 55kg
12 3333×26431 WICKLOW BRAVE (GB) G 8 William Mullins 12 55kg
13 1220x11x33 BONDI BEACH (IRE) H 5 Aidan O’Brien 13 55kg
14 1413x1835x EXOSPHERE (GB) H 5 Lee & Anthony Freedman 14 55kg
15 2251x3121x SCOTTISH (IRE) G 5 Charlie Appleby 15 54.5kg
16 x11113x023 TALLY H 4 John O’Shea 16 52.5kg
17 08533×7269 GRAND MARSHAL (GB) G 7 Chris Waller 17 53.5kg
18 0069x031x2 GALLANTE (IRE) G 6 Robert Hickmott 18 53.5kg
19 1x9065x808 ALMOONQITH (USA) H 7 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 19 53.5kg
20 132114×271 REAL LOVE M 6 Darren Weir 20 52kg (includes 0.5kg penalty)
21 12x1322x21 SIR JOHN HAWKWOOD (IRE) G 8 John P Thompson 21 53kg (includes 1.5kg penalty)
22 00x101x11x HEARTBREAK CITY (FR) G 7 Tony Martin 22 53kg
23 2111134×07 HOWARD BE THY NAME H 4 Darren Weir 23 51.5kg
24 x6153x155x BEAUTIFUL ROMANCE (GB) M 5 Saeed Bin Suroor 24 51.5kg
25 217x20x983 EXCESS KNOWLEDGE (GB) H 7 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 25 52.5kg
26 3057741×69 FANATIC (NZ) M 4 Graeme Sanders 26 50kg
27 0071×07002 ZANTECA (NZ) M 7 Darren Weir 27 50kg
28 6113×88214 SACRED MASTER (NZ) G 5 Chris Waller 28 51kg
29 361x2x12x1 SECRET NUMBER (GB) G 7 Saeed Bin Suroor 29 51kg
30 32x1837x8x GREY LION (IRE) H 5 Matt Cumani 30 51kg
31 113254×067 PENTATHLON (NZ) G 5 John Wheeler 31 50.5kg
32 146×511112 ANTONIO GIUSEPPE (NZ) G 4 Chris Waller 32 50kg
33 5462102×09 ROSE OF VIRGINIA (NZ) M 7 Lee & Shannon Hope 33 50kg
34 212x1x7x39 ALOFT (IRE) G 5 Robert Hickmott 34 50kg
35 73x7689x04 MANNDAWI (FR) G 7 Darren Weir 35 50kg
36 03x8148x07 ARAB DAWN (GB) G 6 John O’Shea 36 50kg
37 x0x51709x4 TOSEN STARDOM (JPN) H 6 Darren Weir 37 53.5kg
38 25305×9340 SET SQUARE M 5 Ciaron Maher 38 51.5kg
39 x8x1153x92 ASSIGN (IRE) G 6 Robert Hickmott 39= 50kg
40 24210×8525 DANDY GENT G 5 Terry & Karina O’Sullivan 39= 50kg
41 6x7733x867 DE LITTLE ENGINE G 6 Danny O’Brien 39= 50kg
42 009x830x33 FOUNDRY (IRE) G 7 Robert Hickmott 39= 50kg
43 143x60x46x FRANCIS OF ASSISI (IRE) G 7 Charlie Appleby 39= 50kg
44 976144×362 MASTER ZEPHYR (GB) G 5 Darren Weir 39= 50kg
45 6x11x4017x OCEANOGRAPHER (GB) G 5 Charlie Appleby 39= 50kg
46 131130×911 PEMBERLEY (NZ) G 5 Ciaron Maher 39= 50kg
47 322x00x22x QEWY (IRE) G 7 Charlie Appleby 39= 50kg
48 213141x24x SECOND WAVE (IRE) G 5 Charlie Appleby 39= 50kg
49 0x81642x47 THE BANDIT (JPN) H 5 John Sadler 39= 50kg
50 71x110x266 TOM MELBOURNE (IRE) G 6 Lee & Anthony Freedman 39= 50kg
51 2x1145x524 VENGEUR MASQUE (IRE) G 5 Michael Moroney 39= 50kg
52 124×912598 WHITE DOLLAR SIGN G 5 John Thom 39= 50kg


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