Melbourne Cup Nominations 50 internationals among 183 entries for Melbourne Cup

  • Joseph and Aidan O'Brien with 15 nominations between them.
Corey Brown riding Rekindling defeats Ben Melham riding Johannes Vermeer and Zac Purton riding Max Dynamite in the Melbourne Cup

The 2018 Melbourne Cup (3200m) has attracted a total of 183 entries which is a significant increase on 2017 where 140 stayers where nominated for the Flemington showpiece.

International entries for the Melbourne Cup have risen from 31 to 50 with nominations received from England, Ireland, Scotland, France, Germany and Japan.

Irish trainer Joseph O’Brien who tasted Cup success in 2017 with Rekindling has entered Irish Derby winner Latrobe, Ming and Master of Reality.

Joseph’s father Aidan O’Brien has entered 12 horses for the Melbourne Cup with Deauville, Idaho, Cliffs of Moher and Yucatan also entered for the Caulfield Cup while Group 1 winners Kew Gardens and Lancaster Bomber are among those carrying a Melbourne Cup entry only for the Irish stable.

Godolphin are strongly represented by three trainers with Charlie Appleby, Saeed bin Suroor and James Cummings in the race to capture an elusive Cup win for the global juggernaut.  

Hall of Fame owner Lloyd Williams’ hopes of securing a third consecutive Melbourne Cup remain with 16 horses – 14 prepared by his private trainer Liam Howley and the Joseph O’Brien pair of Latrobe and Master of Reality.

Racing Victoria (RV) Executive General Manager – Racing and Participant Wellbeing, Greg Carpenter, said:
 
“We’re delighted with the entries received today for the Stella Artois Caulfield Cup and Lexus Melbourne Cup which have both seen a significant year-on-year increase. 
“There is tremendous depth among both the local and international entries and we’re again pleased to receive the support of many of the world’s leading stables. The ingredients are set for two outstanding renewals this spring.”

Victoria’s leading trainer, Darren Weir, has 28 chances of claiming a second Cup victory, while Sydney’s leading horseman, Chris Waller, has nominated 21 horses.

2018 Melbourne Cup declarations schedule:

FIRST DECLARATION
12 Noon Tuesday October 9

SECOND DECLARATION
10am Monday October 29

FINAL DECLARATION
9am Friday November 2


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Melbourne Cup Nominations 50 internationals among 183 entries for Melbourne Cup

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