2021 Melbourne Cup Third Acceptances: 60 Stayers Remain

October 12, 2021

2021 Melbourne Cup Third Acceptances: 60 Stayers Remain

Third declarations for the 2021 Melbourne Cup have now closed leaving 60 potential stayers eyeing a run in the world’s richest handicap race at Flemington on Tuesday November 2.

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Incentivise is all-in favourite for the 2021 Melbourne Cup this spring. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

The Peter Moody-trained Incentivise remains favourite in all-in markets at Ladbrokes.com.au on this year’s Group 1 $7.75 million Lexus Melbourne Cup (3200m) ahead of his run in this Saturday’s Caulfield Cup field.

The Queensland expat has saluted in the Makybe Diva – Turnbull Stakes double in Melbourne this spring, so far living up to the hype after his 12-length romp home in Brisbane’s Group 3 Tattersall’s Cup (2400m) in the winter.

He is currently allocated 55.5kg in the Melbourne Cup weights and runs in the opening leg of the coveted Spring Cups double as the hot favourite for the Group 1 $5 million Caulfield Cup (2400m) third-up this weekend.

Success this weekend will see him on track to become just the 12th horse in history and the first since the mighty mare Ethereal (2001) to claim the Caulfield Cup – Melbourne Cup double.

Melbourne Cup top weight following third acceptances is Joseph O’Brien’s reigning champion Twilight Payment (58kg) one of three remaining international entries for the ‘race that stops a nation’.

The Teofilo nine-year-old carried 55.5kg to victory in an all-European Melbourne Cup trifecta last year and was last seen carting 62kg to a brave second in the Group 1 Irish St Leger (2816m) at The Curragh this September.

The best fancied of the remaining international Melbourne Cup horses this season is the Andrew Balding-trained Spanish Mission.

The Noble Mission entire has winning form up to 3600m and has been excellent this season with a Group 2 Yorkshire Cup (2787m) victory, third in Ascot’s Group 1 Gold Cup (4014m) and last start second in the Group 2 Lonsdale Cup (3270m) at York carrying 58.5kg.

The other remaining European raider still entered for the Cup is the Ismail Mohammed-trained Away He Goes, recent placegetter in both the Group 1 Dubai Gold Cup (3rd) and Group 1 Goodwood Cup (2nd) over the two miles.

All three raiders are currently residing in the Werribee International Horse Centre, joined by the now Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained Camelot four-year-old Sir Lucan who sits 40th on the Melbourne Cup order of entry.

The Waterhouse/Bott stable also paid the third acceptance fee for their proven two-miler Knights Order who won the Group 2 Brisbane Cup (3200m) back in June.

So far three horses have attracted a Melbourne Cup weight penalty with Group 3 The Bart Cummings winner Grand Promenade who is guaranteed a run in the 24-horse field, David Payne’s The Metropolitan winning mare in Sydney Montefilia and last weekend’s Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes champ Delphi for Anthony & Sam Freedman.

Grand Promenade is one of a 10 Melbourne Cup third acceptances for Ciaron Maher & David Eustace whose contingent also features the likes of: last year’s Cox Plate winner Sir Dragonet, triple Derby winner Explosive Jack and in-form English expat Floating Artist.

Other standout Melbourne Cup third acceptors include the: Freedman’s ballot-exempt Andrew Ramsden winning mare Realm Of Flowers, recent Turnbull Stakes runner-up Young Werther for 2019 Melbourne Cup winning trainer Danny O’Brien, Chris Waller’s Sydney Cup champ Selino and his nine-time Group 1 winning stablemate Verry Elleegant who was recently named Australian Racehorse of the Year.

The notable withdrawals at third acceptances stage that were inside the coveted Top 24 on the Melbourne Cup ballot were: Colette (trained by James Cummings), Hungry Heart (Chris Waller), Spirit Ridge (GB) (Mark Newnham) and Angel Of Truth (Team Hawkes).

There is one final race offering a golden ticket into Flemington’s flagship event: the Group 3 Lexus Hotham Handicap (2500m) running on Derby Day.

Fourth acceptances are open until 10:00am (AEDT) on Monday October 25 before the official final 2021 Melbourne Cup field is announced after 4:30pm (AEDT) following the VRC Derby Day action at Flemington on Saturday October 30.

Click here for the latest all-in Melbourne Cup 2021 betting odds courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au.

2021 Melbourne Cup Third Acceptances 

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 x62251x006 REALM OF FLOWERS M 5 Anthony & Sam Freedman 1 51kg 102
2 x221211251 GRAND PROMENADE (GB) G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 2 52kg 1.0kg 99
3 7x3112x214 VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ) M 6 Chris Waller 3 57kg 1
4 1131×33912 TWILIGHT PAYMENT (IRE) G 9 Joseph O’Brien 4 58kg 1.5
5 x794159x36 SIR DRAGONET (IRE) H 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 5 57.5kg 116
6 0x34x52x3x GOLD TRIP (FR) H 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 6 57kg 2.5
7 17x2513x2x SPANISH MISSION (USA) H 6 Andrew Balding 7 57kg 2.5
8 1132113×95 EXPLOSIVE JACK (NZ) H 4 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 8 54kg 108
9 8111111×11 INCENTIVISE G 5 Peter G Moody 9 55.5kg 112
10 3x6345x321 MONTEFILIA M 4 David Payne 10 52kg 1.0kg 4.5
11 329431×009 JOHNNY GET ANGRY (NZ) G 4 Denis Pagan 11 53kg 105
12 x3253x527x AWAY HE GOES (IRE) G 6 Ismail Mohammed 12 54.5kg 5
13 4x2606x342 THE CHOSEN ONE (NZ) H 6 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman 13 54kg 107
14 2821121×36 DUAIS M 4 Edward Cummings 14 51kg 5.5
15 x86541x084 SELINO (GB) G 6 Chris Waller 15 53.5kg 6
16 878333×009 MIAMI BOUND (NZ) M 5 Danny O’Brien 16 52kg 105
17 308×826845 MIRAGE DANCER (GB) H 8 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 17 53.5kg 104
18 3x75232x52 YOUNG WERTHER (NZ) G 4 Danny O’Brien 18 52kg 100
19 32324×3719 SHE’S IDEEL M 6 Bjorn Baker 19 52kg 6
20 71x610x505 OCEAN BILLY (NZ) G 6 Chris Waller 20 53.5kg 6
21 1111x6x421 DELPHI (IRE) H 5 Anthony & Sam Freedman 21 53.5kg 1.0kg 103
22 75810×0520 QUICK THINKER H 5 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman 22 53kg 6.5
23 15x1244x37 PERSAN G 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 23 53kg 104
24 43x8511x90 KNIGHTS ORDER (IRE) G 7 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 24 53kg 103
25 211x2x03x6 KING OF LEOGRANCE (FR) G 7 Robert Hickmott 25 53kg 104
26 13616x2x00 DAWN PATROL (IRE) G 5 Robert Hickmott 26 53kg 103
27 112114×332 TRALEE ROSE (NZ) M 5 Symon Wilde 27 51kg 100
28 1x07422x47 CARIF G 6 Peter & Paul Snowden 28 52.5kg 7
29 241441×060 ATTORNEY (FR) G 7 Matthew Smith 29 52.5kg 7
30 5x57170x50 LE DON DE VIE (GB) G 6 Anthony & Sam Freedman 30 52.5kg 103
31 x73590x003 CHAPADA G 6 Michael Moroney 31 52.5kg 102
32 0x22x722x5 PONDUS (GB) G 6 Robert Hickmott 32 52.5kg 103
33 8x663x0003 MASTER OF WINE (GER) G 7 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 33 52.5kg 7
34 1x1510x060 PORT GUILLAUME (FR) G 5 Ben & JD Hayes 34 52kg 101
35 622x32x057 CHARMS STAR (NZ) M 4 Chris Waller 35 50kg 8
36 53x6133x08 FUTURE SCORE (IRE) G 7 Matt Cumani 36 51.5kg 100
37 34100×6673 FUN FACT G 6 Bjorn Baker 37 51.5kg 8
38 8x0x574x08 SHERWOOD FOREST G 5 Tony Pike 38 51kg 97
39 x855167x03 GOOD IDEA G 7 Phillip Stokes 39 51kg 95
40 x41x81x248 SIR LUCAN (IRE) H 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 40 50kg 8.5
41 51716×8078 MOSH MUSIC M 7 Archie Alexander 41 50kg 99
42 780x9x5992 YOUNG RASCAL (FR) G 7 Richard & Michael Freedman 42 50.5kg 9
43 2×54151163 HARPO MARX (IRE) G 6 Bjorn Baker 43 50.5kg 9
44 34×1327515 GREAT HOUSE (IRE) G 5 Chris Waller 44 50kg 9.5
45 211131×482 HIGH EMOCEAN (NZ) M 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 45 50kg 90
46 122x05x644 ZEYREK (FR) G 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 46 50kg 84
47 2x547x7713 HASTA LA WAR G 6 Sue Murphy 47 50kg 9.5
48 x121x41x80 AMADE (IRE) G 8 Phillip Stokes 48 52.5kg 102
49 11166×8244 DEFIBRILLATE (NZ) G 7 Patrick Payne 49 52kg 103
50 0x31851447 THE GOOD FIGHT (NZ) G 7 Michael Moroney 50 50.5kg 98
51 x0x0558x96 CONSTANTINOPLE (IRE) G 6 Aaron Purcell 51= 50kg 89
52 1x2031x27 EMISSARY (GB) G 5 Michael Moroney 51= 50kg 80
53 75x55x0111 FLOATING ARTIST (GB) G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 51= 50kg 94
54 5x111733x7 KING’S CHARISMA (IRE) G 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 51= 50kg 76
55 x31222x232 MANKAYAN (IRE) G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 51= 50kg 78
56 4x2x22x586 PESTO (GB) G 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 51= 50kg 76
57 00x00x5030 ROSTROPOVICH (IRE) G 7 Ben & JD Hayes 51= 50kg 95
58 x79288611x TOKEN SPIRIT G 4 Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock 51= 50kg 71
59 3×11222117 TOORADIN G 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 51= 50kg 92
60 388×3116 FORGOT YOU (NZ) C 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 51= 49kg 69

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