The last Group 1 race of the season in Australia...
Just 55 stayers remain in contention for the ‘race that stops a nation’ following the Melbourne Cup 2017 first acceptances taken this week.
After attracting 140 nominations, entries for this year’s Group 1 $6 million Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) have been slashed at first acceptance stage and are up two from the same stage last spring.
All-in Melbourne Cup odds for the November 7 classic at Ladbrokes.com.au still have the defending champion Almandin in top spot at $7 despite a disappointing run from the Lloyd Williams-owned import last weekend.
Almandin won last year’s Melbourne Cup carrying only 52kg after qualifying through a lead-up win in the Group 3 The Bart Cummings (2500m).
The now eight-year-old was attempting a win in the same key Melbourne Cup lead-up last Saturday, but laboured under the 60kg top weight and finished fourth behind Amelie’s Star.
Williams is a five-time Melbourne Cup winning owner and along with Almandin has seven other horses still heading towards the world’s richest handicap this season.
The other Williams-owned, Robert Hickmott-trained Melbourne Cup first acceptances are: Sir Isaac Newton, Bondi Beach, Gallante, Assign, Aloft, Foundry and Amralah.
Darren Weir’s upset The Bart Cummings winner Amelie’s Star now sits top of the Melbourne Cup order of entry and escaped a weight penalty heading towards it and the earlier Group 1 $3 million Caulfield Cup (2400m) on October 21.
“Amelie’s Star will meet Almandin on the same weight terms in the Melbourne Cup as she did on Saturday [5.5kg less] and is 1.5kg worse off against Harlem,” Racing Victoria’s Executive General Manager – Racing Greg Carpenter said.
“Her Melbourne Cup weight will be 51kg, the same weight Almandin was given after he won The Bart Cummings in 2016 before going on to win the Melbourne Cup [with 52kg after weights were raised].”
The six-year-old daughter of Testa Rossa is in with just 51kg in the Melbourne Cup weights and will be out to hand Weir with his second success in the two mile classic after his boilover in 2015 with $101 roughie Prince Of Penzance.
No mare has won the Melbourne Cup meanwhile since the mighty Makybe Diva (2003-05) who is the sole horse to win three editions.
Weir also has eight Melbourne Cup first acceptors with Amelie’s Star joined by stablemates: Admire Deus, Humidor, Big Duke, Gallic Chieftain, Kellstorm, Gailo Chop and Guardini.
Of those the best fancied along with $11 shot Amelie’s Star is Japanese import Admire Deus who has arrived down under and is settling in well at Werribee.
Another gun mare looking to beat home the boys in the staying test this year is Bonneval who is also the current top fancy for the Caulfield Cup.
Prepared across the Tasman by Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman, the NZ Oaks – ATC Oaks double winner is set to race this weekend in the Group 1 $1 million Ladbrokes Caulfield Stakes (2000m) chasing her seventh win on the trot.
The four-year-old daughter of Makfi has enjoyed back-to-back Melbourne wins this spring, most recently defeating Hartnell and Gailo Chop in the Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) at Caulfield on October 1.
Cambridge-based trainers Baker & Forsman have also paid Melbourne Cup first acceptance fees for their ATC Derby winner Jon Snow and Lizzie L’Amour.
The internationally-trained Melbourne Cup horses still entered for a shot at being the first successful raider since Protectionist (2014) are:
- Tiberian (Alain Couetil)
- Rekindling (Joseph O’Brien)
- US Army Ranger (Joseph O’Brien)
- Red Cardinal (Andreas Wohler)
- Marmelo (Hughie Morrison)
- Johannes Vermeer (Aidan O’Brien)
- Max Dynamite (William Mullins)
- Wicklow Brave (William Mullins)
- Thomas Hobson (William Mullins)
- Qewy (Charlie Appleby)
- Kidmenever (Charlie Appleby)
- Francis Of Assisi (Charlie Appleby)
- Nakeeta (Iain Jardine)
- Wall Of Fire (Hugh Palmer)
The Melbourne Cup second acceptances are open until 10am (AEDT) on October 30, before the official final field of Melbourne Cup horses is announced at 4:30pm (AEDT) on Victoria Derby Day, November 4.
Check out the full 2017 Melbourne Cup First Acceptances below before heading to Ladbrokes.com.au for the updated odds on the $6 million feature.
2017 Melbourne Cup First Acceptances
Flemington Race 7 – 07/11/2017
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Ballot||Weight||Hcp. Rating|
|1||4214×83941||AMELIE’S STAR||M||6||Darren Weir||1||51kg||7|
|2||3x2822x122||HARTNELL (GB)||G||7||James Cummings||2||57.5kg||2|
|3||665111×214||ALMANDIN (GER)||G||8||Robert Hickmott||3||56.5kg||3|
|4||337311×681||JON SNOW (NZ)||H||4||Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman||4||54.5kg||3.5|
|5||39x260x34x||ADMIRE DEUS (JPN)||H||7||Darren Weir||5||56kg||3.5|
|6||42212×6813||HUMIDOR (NZ)||G||5||Darren Weir||6||56kg||3.5|
|7||5P31111x11||BONNEVAL (NZ)||M||4||Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman||7||52.5kg||4|
|8||242x11711x||TIBERIAN (FR)||H||6||Alain Couetil||8||55.5kg||4|
|9||210×140124||REKINDLING (GB)||H||4||Joseph O’Brien||9||51.5kg||4|
|10||1132x11x5x||RED CARDINAL (IRE)||G||6||Andreas Wohler||10||55kg||4.5|
|11||1232x1521x||MARMELO (GB)||H||5||Hughie Morrison||11||55kg||4.5|
|12||3x5126x696||INFERENCE||H||4||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||12||53.5kg||4.5|
|13||312612×054||SINGLE GAZE||M||5||Nick Olive||13||53kg||5|
|14||1x3x45712x||JOHANNES VERMEER (IRE)||H||5||Aidan O’Brien||14||54.5kg||5|
|15||5x3642x944||WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ)||G||9||Chris Waller||15||54kg||5.5|
|16||1x2x30x91x||MAX DYNAMITE (FR)||G||8||William Mullins||16||54kg||5.5|
|17||1121x5x762||VENTURA STORM (IRE)||H||5||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||17||54kg||5.5|
|18||10×8142444||WICKLOW BRAVE (GB)||G||9||William Mullins||18||54kg||5.5|
|19||0x46x11x8x||FRANCIS OF ASSISI (IRE)||G||8||Charlie Appleby||19||54kg||5.5|
|20||4407x5x865||SIR ISAAC NEWTON (GB)||G||6||Robert Hickmott||20||54kg||5.5|
|21||x11x330x90||BONDI BEACH (IRE)||G||6||Robert Hickmott||21||54kg||5.5|
|22||428×320386||US ARMY RANGER (IRE)||H||5||Joseph O’Brien||22||53.5kg||6|
|23||21113×5502||BIG DUKE (IRE)||G||6||Darren Weir||23||53.5kg||6|
|24||x031x270x0||GALLANTE (IRE)||G||7||Robert Hickmott||24||53kg||6.5|
|25||x8746Px616||LIBRAN (IRE)||G||7||Chris Waller||25||53kg||6.5|
|26||22x141x40x||QEWY (IRE)||G||8||Charlie Appleby||26||53kg||6.5|
|27||202x024x1x||NAKEETA (GB)||G||7||Iain Jardine||27||53kg||6.5|
|28||x37301x373||CHOCANTE (NZ)||G||5||Stephen Marsh||28||53kg||6.5|
|29||9210x71x04||ASSIGN (IRE)||G||7||Robert Hickmott||29||53kg||6.5|
|30||6151021×76||LIZZIE L’AMOUR (NZ)||M||5||Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman||30||51.5kg||6.5|
|31||11x6248x2x||WALL OF FIRE (IRE)||H||5||Hugo Palmer||31||53kg||6.5|
|32||1135104×08||ANNUS MIRABILIS (IRE)||G||7||Stuart Webb||32||52.5kg||7|
|33||9P01712x72||THOMAS HOBSON (GB)||G||8||William Mullins||33||52kg||7.5|
|34||7x39x12x13||ALOFT (IRE)||G||6||Robert Hickmott||34||51.5kg||8|
|35||84x386x515||HARLEM (GB)||H||6||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||35||51.5kg (inculdes 0.5kg penalty)||8.5|
|36||830x33x241||FOUNDRY (IRE)||H||8||Robert Hickmott||36||51kg (includes 1.0kg penalty)||8.5|
|38||x34340x468||HARLOW GOLD (NZ)||M||4||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||37=||50kg||9|
|39||x97860x049||PENTATHLON (NZ)||G||6||John Wheeler||39||50.5kg||9|
|40||184260×504||FANATIC (NZ)||M||5||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||40||50kg||9.5|
|41||225223×541||COOL CHAP||G||5||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||41||50kg||9.5|
|42||65123×8135||BROADSIDE (NZ)||G||6||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||42||50kg||9.5|
|43||x500864121||AUVRAY (FR)||G||7||Richard Freedman||43||50kg||9.5|
|44||21x3811x76||GALLIC CHIEFTAIN (FR)||H||5||Darren Weir||44||50kg||9.5|
|45||82x542x998||VENGEUR MASQUE (IRE)||G||6||Michael Moroney||45||50kg||9.5|
|46||x173511163||KELLSTORM (IRE)||H||5||Darren Weir||46||50kg||9.5|
|47||81x37x0143||GAILO CHOP (FR)||G||7||Darren Weir||47||55.5kg||4|
|48||80x621x020||GUARDINI (FR)||H||7||Darren Weir||48=||53kg||6.5|
|49||1x8400x725||ABBEY MARIE||M||5||Michael Kent||48=||51.5kg||6.5|
|50||0x0D71x000||AMRALAH (IRE)||H||8||Robert Hickmott||50=||52kg||7.5|
|51||516510×393||BOOM TIME||H||6||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||50=||52kg||7.5|
|52||533x0x0380||FOUNDATION (IRE)||G||5||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||52=||50.5kg||9|
|53||624x42x32x||KIDMENEVER (IRE)||H||5||Charlie Appleby||52=||50.5kg||9|
|54||34×5411411||ALWARD (IRE)||G||5||Chris Waller||54=||50kg||9.5|
|55||22×2325210||CISMONTANE (NZ)||G||5||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||54=||50kg||9.5|
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