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Brazilian hoop Joao Moreira is in danger of missing out on a ride in the Melbourne Cup 2017 field with his mount Thomas Hobson right on the cusp of a start in the ‘Race That Stops A Nation’.
Punters are eagerly tracking the latest news on the confirmed Melbourne Cup horses and hoops ahead of the iconic Flemington Race 7 on Tuesday November 7.
There are still officially 36 entries for the Group 1 $6.25 million Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) this spring, but only 24 horses will make the starting line-up.
Earlier in the week two of the runners inside the top 24 on the Melbourne Cup ballot were listed as unlikely final acceptors.
The track record breaking win by Qewy for Godolphin’s English trainer Charlie Appleby on Wednesday in the Group 3 Bendigo Cup (2400m) however brings last year’s Melbourne Cup fourth placed raider back into contention.
A final decision by Appleby from the UK and the team on Qewy will be announced on Friday.
Gallante’s chances of becoming one of a possible seven Melbourne Cup horses for the race’s record holding owner Lloyd Williams depends on the weather.
Williams, who won his fifth ‘Loving Trophy’ with Almandin in 2016, said a wet Flemington track would guarantee known mudlark Gallante a chance to improve on his unplaced effort in last year’s Melbourne Cup results.
That has flattened the hopes of Irish trainer Williams Mullins of adding a third Melbourne Cup runner to his contingent with Thomas Hobson 26th on the order of entry.
Mullins already has guaranteed starters in Max Dynamite and Wicklow Brave sitting 13th and 16th on the ballot.
Thomas Hobson though needs luck and a decent attrition rate to make the field, the dour stayer not set to race between now and Melbourne Cup Day.
The veteran eight-year-old son of Halling could be pushed even further down the ballot order should the winner of Saturday’s Group 3 Lexus Stakes (2500m) on Derby Day be one of the eight hopefuls sitting outside the safe top 24 chasing the Melbourne Cup ballot exemption.
Runner-up in 2015 behind Darren Weir’s triple-figure winner Prince Of Penzance, Max Dynamite pays $15 in the latest all-in Melbourne Cup odds at Ladbrokes.com.au to go one better two years on.
Jockey Zac Purton has been locked in as the rider aboard Max Dynamite this season, while the horse’s 2015 hoop Frankie Dettori rides the defending champion and $6.50 favourite Almandin.
Mullins is yet to lock in a rider for Wicklow Brave who the controversial globetrotter Dettori rode out wide in last year’s race eventually finishing right back in 22nd.
The ‘Magic Man’ Moreira meanwhile is on standby for the ride on Thomas Hobson, the Hong Kong-based hoop having been aboard last year’s narrow runner-up Heartbreak City.
The final Melbourne Cup acceptances close at 4:30pm (AEDT) and will be announced live along with the Melbourne Cup barrier draw from Flemington Racecourse on VRC Derby Day this Saturday.
2017 Melbourne Cup Horses
Flemington Race 7 (3:00pm) – 07/11/2017
|1||BOOM TIME||53||Cory Parish||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig|
|2||AMELIE’S STAR||51||Dean Yendall||Darren Weir|
|3||HARTNELL (GB)||57.5||Damian Lane||James Cummings|
|4||ALMANDIN (GER)||56.5||Frankie Dettori||Robert Hickmott|
|5||JON SNOW (NZ)||54.5||Stephen Baster||Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman|
|6||HUMIDOR (NZ)||56||Blake Shinn||Darren Weir|
|7||TIBERIAN (FR)||55.5||Olivier Peslier||Alain Couetil|
|8||REKINDLING (GB)||51.5||Corey Brown||Joseph O’Brien|
|9||RED CARDINAL (IRE)||55||Kerrin McEvoy||Andreas Wohler|
|10||MARMELO (GB)||55||Hugh Bowman||Hughie Morrison|
|11||SINGLE GAZE||53||Kathy O’Hara||Nick Olive|
|12||JOHANNES VERMEER (IRE)||54.5||Ben Melham||Aidan O’Brien|
|13||WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ)||54||Tommy Berry||Chris Waller|
|14||MAX DYNAMITE (FR)||54||Zac Purton||William Mullins|
|15||VENTURA STORM (IRE)||54||Glen Boss||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig|
|16||WICKLOW BRAVE (GB)||54||TBA||William Mullins|
|17||BONDI BEACH (IRE)||54||TBA||Robert Hickmott|
|18||US ARMY RANGER (IRE)||53.5||TBA||Joseph O’Brien|
|19||BIG DUKE (IRE)||53.5||Brenton Avdulla||Darren Weir|
|20||GALLANTE (IRE)||53||TBA||Robert Hickmott|
|21||LIBRAN (IRE)||53||Dwayne Dunn||Chris Waller|
|22||QEWY (IRE) – RULED OUT||53||TBA||Charlie Appleby|
|23||NAKEETA (GB)||53||Glyn Schofield||Iain Jardine|
|24||WALL OF FIRE (IRE)||53||Craig Williams||Hugo Palmer|
|25||ABBEY MARIE||51.5||–||Michael Kent|
|26||THOMAS HOBSON (GB)||52||Joao Moreira||William Mullins|
|27||HARLEM (GB)||51.5||–||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig|
|28||ALOFT (IRE)||51.5||–||Robert Hickmott|
|29||FOUNDRY (IRE)||51||–||Robert Hickmott|
|30||VENGEUR MASQUE (IRE)||50.5||–||Michael Moroney|
|31||PENTATHLON (NZ)||50.5||–||John Wheeler|
|32||COOL CHAP||50||–||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig|
|=33||CISMONTANE (NZ)||50||–||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott|
|=33||KELLSTORM (IRE)||50||–||Darren Weir|
|35||GUARDINI (FR)||53||–||Darren Weir|
|36||ALWARD (IRE)||50||–||Chris Waller|
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