Melbourne Cup Nominations - Cross Counter heads 152 entries for Cup

Cross Counter (PA Images)

Last year's Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) trifecta Cross Counter, Marmelo and Prince Of Arran are among 39 internationally trained horses in 152 entries for the $8 million race at Flemington.

In total, the entries include the first seven across the line in last year's Melbourne Cup feature with the Charlie Appleby-trained Cross Counter set to bid to become the first international runner to win the race twice.

The Hugh Morrison-trained Marmelo (2nd), Charlie Fellowes' Prince Of Arran (3rd), Chris Waller's Finche (4th), the Aidan O'Brien-trained Rostropovich (5th), Waller's Youngstar (6th) and Lance O'Sullivan's Sir Charles Road have all been entered for another crack at the Race The Stops A Nation.

"It’s great to see Cross Counter given his chance to become the first dual international winner of the Melbourne Cup and those horses that finished second through seventh behind him last year being given their chance to atone," said Gr.eg Carpenter, Racing Victoria’s (RV) Executive General Manager – Racing

The past two Melbourne Cup winners have been northern hemisphere bred three-year-olds in Rekindling and Cross Counter, and 13 of that age bracket have been nominated this year including recent Royal Ascot winners Dashing Willoughby and South Pacific.

Other internationals include 11 from Aidan O'Brien - the pick potentially being English St Leger champion Kew Gardens, recent Ebor Handicap winner Mustajeer, who will be trained by Kris Lees when he arrives on Australian soil, and Torcedor, trained by Melbourne Cup-winning trainer Andreas Wohler in Germany.

Joining them among the entries for the Melbourne Cup is superstar Japanese mare Lys Gracieux who has accepted an invitation to compete in the Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) at The Valley on October 26.

Six-time Melbourne Cup winning owner Lloyd Williams has a number of horses in the entries, both locally and overseas trained, including last year's beaten favourite Yucatan and Homesman.

Sydney Cup winner Shraaoh, Adelaide Cup champion Surprise Baby, Brisbane Cup victor Sixties Groove, Australian Derby winner Angel of Truth, New Zealand Derby hero Crown Prosecutor, Queensland Derby winner Mr Quickie, South Australian Derby winner Qafila and Australian Oaks heroine Verry Elleegant are Australian-based runners to be entered.

Also among the 152 entries is Steel Prince, this year's Andrew Ramsden (2800m) winner at Flemington who carries a golden ticket into the Melbourne Cup after that victory.

Weights for the 2019 Melbourne Cup will be announced on September 10.




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Melbourne Cup Nominations - Cross Counter heads 152 entries for Cup

Last year's Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) trifecta Cross Counter, Marmelo and Prince Of Arran are among 39 internationally trained horses in 152 entries for the $8 million race at Flemington.

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