A total of 15 horses have been accepted for Wednesday’s Group 3 Centrebet.com Geelong Cup.
They include French stayer Americain, English stayer Drunken Sailor, AJC Oaks winner Once Were Wild, Sydney Cup winner No Wine No Song, VRC St Leger winner Exceptionally, Tulloch Stakes winner Count Encosta and Adelaide Cup winner Kerdem.
Promising horses like Moudre, Mr Charlie, The Hombre and Gallant Lady will also line up in one of the better Geelong Cups of recent times.
The race has grown in stature in the last decade, with it now considered a prime lead up to the Melbourne Cup 13 days later.
In the last 20 years, the only horse to do the double was the Dermot Weld-trained Media Puzzle in 2002.
However, numerous winners have placed at Flemington.
These include Bauer, On a Jeune and Mr Brooker.
Those who are beaten also can figure in the Melbourne Cup, with notable examples including Crime Scene and She’s Archie.
The field for the 2010 Geelong Cup is as follows:
8-04.00 CENTREBET.COM GEELONG CUP (2406 METRES)
|1||AMERICAIN (USA)||Alain de Royer Dupre||Gerald Mosse||1||58||110|
|2||DRUNKEN SAILOR (IRE)||Luca Cumani||Brett Prebble||9||57||108|
|3||NO WINE NO SONG||Kevin Moses||Jim Cassidy||14||57||108|
|4||ONCE WERE WILD||Gai Waterhouse||Nash Rawiller||5||55||108|
|5||MOUDRE||Ciaron Maher||Craig Williams||10||54.5||101|
|6||KERDEM (IRE)||Patrick Payne||Michelle Payne||15||53||97|
|8||COUNT ENCOSTA||John P Thompson||Craig Newitt||13||53||95|
|9||EXCEPTIONALLY (NZ)||Terry & Karina O’Sullivan||Danny Nikolic||3||53||95|
|10||MR CHARLIE (NZ)||Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen||2||53||95|
|11||THE HOMBRE||John Bary||Mark Du Plessis||7||53||95|
|12||MILES ABOVE||Denis Daffy||12||53||89|
|13||MACEDONIAN (NZ)||Peter G Moody||Dwayne Dunn||4||53||82|
|14||GALLANT LADY||Lee Freedman||11||53||80|
|15||SAINT ENCOSTA||John P Thompson||James Winks||8||53||78|
Written by Andrew Hawkins