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30/8/2019 Caulfield and Melbourne Cups nominations released

The first seven horses across the line in last year's Lexus Melbourne Cup are among the 152 entries to win this year's $8 million 3200-metre contest.

Defending champion Cross Counter (Charlie Appleby) has been joined by fellow UK visitors Marmelo (Hughie Morrison) and Prince Of Arran (Charlie Fellowes) plus naturalised locals Finche and Rostropovich, who are trained by Chris Waller and Lindsay Park Racing respectively.

The Waller-trained mare Youngstar and leading Kiwi stayer Sir Charles Road round out the top seven who feature in the Melbourne Cup nominations.

Northern Hemisphere three-year-olds have won the past two Melbourne Cups and unsurprisingly they feature prominently with a total of 13 entries. They include recent Royal Ascot winners Dashing Willoughby and South Pacific and G3 Geoffrey Freer Stakes winner Technician.

Notable Australasian stayers among the Melbourne Cup nominations are winners of the Sydney Cup (Shraaoh), Adelaide Cup (Surprise Baby) and Brisbane Cup (Sixties Groove) plus three-year-old Group 1 winners Angel Of Truth (ATC Derby), Mr Quickie (Queensland Derby), Qafila (South Australian Derby), Verry Elleegant (ATC Oaks) and Crown Prosecutor (New Zealand Derby).

Last year's Melbourne Cup attracted 183 nominations, with 50 of them from overseas. This year's race has attracted 39 overseas entries but an overall total of 152.

Meanwhile the $5m Stella Artois Caulfield Cup (2400m) has attracted 143 nominations, 27 from overseas, which overall is down from 164 last year when nominations were taken earlier.

"There is great depth among the entries and it will be a challenge to secure a place in both races," said Greg Carpenter, Racing Victoria's Executive General Manager of Racing.

"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.

"The Caulfield and Melbourne Cups are Australia's premier staying races so it's equally pleasing to see so many Derby, Oaks and interstate Cup winners among the entries for both races providing the opportunity for a strong local response to an impressive international challenge.

Weights for the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups will be released by Carpenter on Tuesday, September 10.

Click here to view the nominations for the Caulfield Cup.

Click here to view the nominations for the Melbourne Cup.


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