Melbourne Cup Nominations - 22 internationals among 82 first acceptors

  • 22 internationals are among the entries
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 82 horses at the first acceptances stage which is a significant increase on 2017 where 52 stayers where nominated for the Flemington showpiece.

International entries for the Melbourne Cup have risen from 22 to 14 at this stage of the nominations process with 12 currently sitting within the top 24 and therefore guaranteed a run as the Order of Entry stands.

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

Joseph’s father Aidan O’Brien has entered five horses for the Melbourne Cup with Cliffs of Moher, Idaho, Rostropovich, The Pentagon and Yucatan.

Other international contenders include last year’s beaten favourite Marmelo (Hughie Morrison), Ebor Handicap winner Muntahaa (John Gosden) and the highly-fancied Magic Circle (Ian Williams).

Of the home challengers, Darren Weir has the most first acceptors with 15 including the topweight Humidor and Japanese import Tosen Basil, who are both guaranteed starts, and Kings Will Dream and Night’s Watch.

Chris Waller has 14 acceptors, four of which sit within the top 24 including Group 1 Sydney Cup (2400m) winner Who Shot Thebarman and a trio of Oaks winners in Unforgotten, Youngstar and Egg Tart.

The Bart Cummings (2500m) winner Avilius is exempt from the ballot and a guaranteed runner for James Cummings and Godolphin, who also have the Charlie Appleby-trained trio Cross Counter, Emotionless and Hamada and the Saeed Bin Suroor-trained Prize Money entered.

Victoria Derby winner Ace High and the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott-trained three-year-old Thinkin’ Big are also among the first acceptors.

International trio Kew Gardens, Torcedor and Flag of Honour have been taken out at the latest stage of declarations, while retiring New Zealand mare Bonneval and injured Western Australian duo Material Man and Pounamu are other withdrawals.

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 - 22 internationals among 82 first acceptors

The 2018 Melbourne Cup (3200m) has attracted a total of 82 horses at the first acceptances stage which is a significant increase on 2017 where 52 stayers where nominated for the Flemington showpiece.

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