Melbourne Cup Nominations - 42 remain in contention for the Cup

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A total of 42 horses remain entered and will vie for the 24 spots in the Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) at Flemington.

Among the notable defections at Monday's entry stages are Avilius, Homesman, Yucatan, Verry Elleegant, Shraaoh, Mr Quickie and Big Duke.

Final acceptances for the Melbourne Cup will be taken on Saturday with the winner of the Hotham Handicap eligible for a start.



Four horses among the remaining 42 have been the subjects of veterinary scrutiny.

Defending Cup titleholder Cross Counter and 2018 runner-up Marmelo, along with Ispolini and Southern France have undergone tests.

Trained in England by Charlie Appleby, Cross Counter has undergone a precautionary CT scan at the University of Melbourne Equine Clinic and passed suitable to continue his preparation.

His Godolphin stablemate Ispolini has been referred to the clinic to also undergo a scan after displaying soreness when inspected by Racing Victoria vets.

The stable has ordered further tests on Monday afternoon at the Ballarat Equine Clinic.

Marmelo was also scanned after showing soreness and RV vets will discuss the results with trainer Hughie Morrison who is en route to Australia from England.

Trainers Ciaron Maher and David Eustace have advised RV vets they have been undertaking precautionary veterinary testing on Southern France at the Werribee quarantine centre as the imported horse continues his preparation.

Third acceptances for the Cup were taken on Monday and include Japanese horse, Caulfield Cup winner, Mer De Glace to be ridden by Damian Lane who is aiming for a clean sweep of Australia's four major races this year.

Former European Constantinople, now with Lindsay Park, is the Cup favourite after his fourth in the Caulfield Cup.

He will be ridden by Hong Kong-based Joao Moreira unless Glen Boss can have a careless riding suspension overturned.

Melbourne Cup Nominations


1. MER DE GLACE (JPN) - Hisashi Shimizu - 56kg
2. SURPRISE BABY (NZ) - Paul Preusker - 53.5kg
3. STEEL PRINCE (IRE) - Anthony Freedman - 52.5kg
4. CROSS COUNTER (GB) - Charlie Appleby - 57.5kg
5. MARMELO (GB) - Hughie Morrison - 56kg
6. MIRAGE DANCER (GB) - Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young - 55.5kg
7. SOUTHERN FRANCE (IRE) - Ciaron Maher & David Eustace - 55.5kg
8. CONSTANTINOPLE (IRE) - David & B Hayes & T Dabernig - 52.5kg
9. MASTER OF REALITY (IRE) - Joseph O'Brien - 55.5kg
10. IL PARADISO (USA) - Aidan O'Brien - 52.5kg
11. LATROBE (IRE) - Joseph O'Brien - 55kg
12. ANGEL OF TRUTH - Gwenda Markwell - 53.5kg
13. MUSTAJEER (GB) - Kris Lees - 55kg
14. HUNTING HORN (IRE) - Aidan O'Brien - 55kg
15. ROSTROPOVICH (IRE) - David & B Hayes & T Dabernig - 55kg
16. ISPOLINI (GB) - Charlie Appleby - 55kg
17. MAGIC WAND (IRE) - Aidan O'Brien - 53.5kg
18. TWILIGHT PAYMENT (IRE) - Joseph O'Brien - 55kg
19. PRINCE OF ARRAN (GB) - Charlie Fellowes - 54kg
20. FINCHE (GB) - Chris Waller - 54kg
21. RAYMOND TUSK (IRE) - Richard Hannon - 54kg
22. VOW AND DECLARE - Danny O'Brien - 52kg
23. YOUNGSTAR - Chris Waller - 52kg
24. NEUFBOSC (FR) - David & B Hayes & T Dabernig - 53.5kg
25. SOUND (GER) - Michael Moroney - 53.5kg
26. THE CHOSEN ONE (NZ) - Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman - 52kg
27. DOWNDRAFT (IRE) - Joseph O'Brien - 53.5kg
28. PATRICK ERIN (NZ) - Chris Waller - 53kg
29. TRUE SELF (IRE) - William Mullins - 51.5kg
30. RAHEEN HOUSE (IRE) - William Haggas - 53kg
31. SIR CHARLES ROAD - Lance O'Sullivan & Andrew Scott - 52.5kg
32. GALLIC CHIEFTAIN (FR) - Archie Alexander - 52.5kg
33. RED GALILEO (GB) - Saeed Bin Suroor - 52.5kg
34. DAL HARRAILD (GB) - Ciaron Maher & David Eustace - 52.5kg
35. GREY LION (IRE) - Matthew Smith - 52.5kg
36. HAKY (IRE) - John Hammond - 52kg
37. BRIMHAM ROCKS (GB) - Chris Waller - 51.5kg
38. AZURO (FR) - Ciaron Maher & David Eustace - 50.5kg
39. HUSH WRITER (JPN) - Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott - 50kg
40. VALAC (IRE) - David & B Hayes & T Dabernig - 50kg
41. SULLY (NZ) - Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young - 50kg
42. WALL OF FIRE (IRE) - Ciaron Maher & David Eustace - 50kg


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