2020 Melbourne Cup Second Acceptances: 65 Stayers Still in the Hunt

October 13, 2020

2020 Melbourne Cup Second Acceptances: 65 Stayers Still in the Hunt

Second acceptances for the Group 1 $8 million Lexus Melbourne Cup (3200m) were taken on Tuesday leaving 65 horses still in the hunt for the world’s richest handicap.

Russian Camelot Horse Form (Photo: Jenny Barnes) | Races.com.au

Russian Camelot remains in 2020 Melbourne Cup contention as one of three second acceptors for last year’s winning trainer Danny O’Brien. Photo: Jenny Barnes.

The 2020 Melbourne Cup second acceptances narrowed down the list of stayers heading towards the ‘race that stops the nation’ at HQ on Tuesday November 3 from 94 at first acceptance stage to 65, one up on the same stage in 2019.

It is the highest number of second acceptors for the iconic two-mile showdown at Flemington since 2010 and there are still a dozen internationals looking to steal this year’s edition of the ‘Loving Trophy’ including nine inside the Top 24 on the latest order of entry.

One of those raiders sits top of the latest all-in Melbourne Cup odds online at Ladbrokes.com.au with the Aidan O’Brien-trained Tiger Moth ($7) considered the one to beat in the lead-up.

The lightly-raced Galileo entire has had just four starts for two wins and two minor placings and was last seen winning a Group 3 over the mile and a half by a runaway four lengths at Leopardstown a month ago.

Star Irish horseman and former Cox Plate winning trainer O’Brien is out to secure his first Melbourne Cup success and has also paid up for Santiago, a son of 2007 English Derby champ Authorized, and last year’s Epsom Derby winner Anthony Van Dyck.

Like Tiger Moth, Santiago is a Northern Hemisphere three-year-old sitting high up the futures Melbourne Cup betting markets at $12.

Their older stablemate, last start Group 2 Prix Foy champ Anthony Van Dyck is at $21 to carry this year’s 58.5kg Melbourne Cup top weight to victory.

O’Brien’s son and trainer of the 2017 Melbourne Cup winner Rekindling, Joseph O’Brien also has a strong contingent heading towards this year’s race with: Master Of Reality, Twilight Payment, Buckhurst and Pondus.

All four are raced by the prolific six-time Melbourne Cup winning owner Lloyd Williams.

The best fancied of the local contingent is four-year-old Russian Camelot ($9) for last year’s winning trainer Danny O’Brien.

The reigning SA Derby champ from the autumn, Russian Camelot won the Group 1 Underwood Stakes two back before his shock loss as the beaten odds-on favourite behind Arcadia Queen in last weekend’s Group 1 Caulfield Stakes (2000m).

He remains on track for the Group 1 $5 million Ladbrokes Cox Plate (2040m) at The Valley on October 24, while O’Brien is keeping the longer-distanced Cup classic on the cards also.

Danny O’Brien also still has the reigning Melbourne Cup winner Vow And Declare in contention for a title defence on the first Tuesday of November.

Last year’s eye-catching Melbourne Cup fifth placegetter Surprise Baby features prominently in the markets following the latest round of acceptances also at $9.

The Paul Preusker-trained son of the 2009 Melbourne Cup hero Shocking hasn’t won since his Cup qualifying success in last October’s Group 3 The Bart Cummings.

This prep he ran a first-up second to Humidor in the Group 2 Feehan Stakes over the mile before a somewhat disappointing ninth to Verry Elleegant in the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) on October 3.

The in-form training duo of Ciaron Maher & David Eustace also look to have a dominant hand with their recent import Sir Dragonent and this year’s gutsy The Bart Cummings winner Persan, who won’t race again in the lead-up to the Melbourne Cup 2020, in the mix.

A host of the Melbourne Cup-bound horses will face off in this weekend’s Group 1 $5 million Caulfield Cup (2400m), final acceptances for which close at 3:00pm (AEDT) on Wednesday afternoon including Anthony Van Dyck.

Other likely Caulfield Cup contenders among the Melbourne Cup second declarations are the Chris Waller-trained trio of Verry Elleegant, Toffee Tongue and Finche who ran the trifecta in the Turnbull Stakes last time out.

As for the internationals in the Caulfield Cup field, the Charlie Fellowes-trained Prince Of Arran and Andrew Balding’s Dashing Willoughby are out to become the third straight raider to claim the opening leg of the Spring Cups double before backing-up in the second leg over 3200m.

Among the most notable withdrawals form the Melbourne Cup horses were recent French import Port Guillaume (Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes) and Young Rascal (Archie Alexander).

Their non-acceptance has seen an update to the Melbourne Cup order of entry with reigning VRC Oaks winner Miami Bound (Danny O’Brien) and the aforementioned Waller-trained Toffee Tongue both now inside the Top 24.

The 2020 Melbourne Cup third acceptances close on Monday October 26, 2020.

Click here to check out the latest futures Melbourne Cup 2020 betting odds courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au.

2020 Melbourne Cup Second Acceptances

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 1x214x7x67 ADMIRE ROBSON (JPN) H 7 Paul Preusker 95
2 x1x1311x90 AKTAU (GB) G 5 Michael Moroney 100
3 702×904111 AL GALAYEL (IRE) G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 103
4 20330x25x1 ANTHONY VAN DYCK (IRE) H 5 Aidan O’Brien 1
5 1853x5x22x ASHRUN (FR) H 5 Andreas Wohler 6.5
6 1x6804x241 ATTORNEY (FR) G 6 Matthew Smith 9.5
7 x54533x462 AVILIUS (GB) G 7 James Cummings 2.5
8 313770×700 AZURO (FR) G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 7.5
9 2x7691x838 BRIMHAM ROCKS (GB) G 7 Chris Waller 7.5
10 52112×2165 BUCKHURST (IRE) H 5 Joseph O’Brien 4.5
11 1x334x2212 CADRE DU NOIR (USA) H 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 79
12 x0352x6780 CARIF H 5 Peter & Paul Snowden 7.5
13 x953125x21 CHAPADA G 5 Michael Moroney 102
14 x4x1x1736x COLLIDE (GB) H 6 Kris Lees 9.5
15 14579x114x DASHING WILLOUGHBY (GB) G 5 Andrew Balding 5
16 x122x33x20 DJANGO FREEMAN (GER) H 5 Robert Hickmott 98
17 x3113x6511 ENTENTE G 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 9
18 46416341×0 ETAH JAMES (NZ) M 8 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 5.5
19 4x51257x33 FINCHE (GB) G 7 Chris Waller 110
20 11x1253x61 FUTURE SCORE (IRE) G 6 Matt Cumani 99
21 4x9748x004 GALLIC CHIEFTAIN (FR) H 8 Archie Alexander 96
22 3311114×84 GRAND PROMENADE (GB) G 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 80
23 86x051x900 HAKY (IRE) G 7 Archie Alexander 101
24 6x7000x324 HUSH WRITER (JPN) G 6 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 7
25 49x211x2x0 KING OF LEOGRANCE (FR) G 6 Danny O’Brien 104
26 x410x4431x LE DON DE VIE (GB) G 5 Anthony & Sam Freedman 104
27 1x8x58x036 LEVENDI H 6 Peter Gelagotis 6
28 41x7811x18 LORD BELVEDERE (GB) G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 101
29 3354x6221x MASTER OF REALITY (IRE) G 6 Joseph O’Brien 3.5
30 11x114x045 MASTER OF WINE (GER) G 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 106
31 11x84x4066 MIAMI BOUND (NZ) M 4 Danny O’Brien 101
32 887256×080 MIDTERM (GB) G 8 Michael & Luke Cerchi 88
33 x03643x741 MIRAGE DANCER (GB) H 7 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 4.5
34 11126×1112 MUGATOO (IRE) G 6 Kris Lees 6
35 0x1225x009 MUSTAJEER (GB) G 8 Kris Lees 4.5
36 2553x4x11x NICKAJACK CAVE (IRE) G 5 Peter G Moody 6
37 x07511x000 OCEANEX (NZ) M 5 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 105
38 123×001145 PATHS OF GLORY (GB) G 6 Richard & Michael Freedman 9
39 3121112121 PERSAN H 4 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 100
40 321023×693 PLATINUM INVADOR (NZ) G 5 Peter G Moody 101
41 2239x2140x PONDUS (GB) G 5 Joseph O’Brien 8.5
42 120x3x36x3 PRINCE OF ARRAN (GB) G 8 Charlie Fellowes 5
43 0x6613x50x RAHEEN HOUSE (IRE) G 7 Kris Lees 106
44 12x411x212 RUSSIAN CAMELOT (IRE) H 4 Danny O’Brien 3
45 5138x5138x SAN HUBERTO (IRE) H 5 Matt Cumani 6
46 221×1134 SANTIAGO (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien 3
47 3315x16x71 SARACEN KNIGHT (IRE) G 6 Danny O’Brien 80
48 x111x7x334 SCHABAU (GER) H 6 Robert Hickmott 96
49 23311×2822 SELINO (GB) G 5 Chris Waller 95
50 x3103x0925 SHARED AMBITION (IRE) G 5 Chris Waller 103
51 x44x2x222x SIR DRAGONET (IRE) H 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 4
52 111×4514 SKYWARD (FR) H 5 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 7
53 05x532x522 SOUND (GER) H 8 Michael Moroney 102
54 1x4679x033 STEEL PRINCE (IRE) G 7 Anthony & Sam Freedman 103
55 2104xPx72x STRATUM ALBION (GB) G 8 Willie Mullins 4.5
56 132x415x29 SURPRISE BABY (NZ) G 6 Paul Preusker 108
57 x38572x187 THE CHOSEN ONE (NZ) H 5 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman 106
58 3x12x1 TIGER MOTH (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien 4
59 622221×582 TOFFEE TONGUE (NZ) M 4 Chris Waller 105
60 217x6x460x TRUE SELF (IRE) M 8 Willie Mullins 6
61 x70x7x2113 TWILIGHT PAYMENT (IRE) G 8 Joseph O’Brien 4
62 x42212x141 VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ) M 5 Chris Waller 115
63 421x395x90 VOW AND DECLARE G 5 Danny O’Brien 113
64 x755633x76 WARNING G 4 Anthony & Sam Freedman 104
65 1122×80462 ZEBROWSKI (NZ) G 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 99

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