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163 horses have been entered in a quest to win the race that stops the nation, the Melbourne Cup.

Bart Cummings will have last year’s Moonee Valley Cup winner Precedence and import Illo spearheading an attempt to win his unbelievable thirteenth Melbourne Cup.

He also has Cosmonaut, Pegembak and Tamanu Park among the entries.

Last year’s Melbourne Cup winner Americain has been entered, as have compatriots Dunaden and Ile De Re.

Jukebox Jury, who defeated them last start in the Kergolay, has been nominated but is an unlikely visitor, as is his stablemate and fellow entry Fox Hunt.

As reported earlier today, Godolphin have entered Group 1 winner Cavalryman and the emerging Lost in the Moment for the Cup, with a start depending on how they run next time out.

Irish master Aidan O’Brien will not be back after failing to nominate any horses.

He was last here in 2008, when tactics failed miserably.

Luca Cumani has run second twice, and will try to finally land his first Cup with the likes of Bauer, Drunken Sailor, Manighar and Sahara Sun nominated.

Until last year, the only European trainer to win the Melbourne Cup was Dermot Weld.

Although he is unlikely to return, he still has Galileo’s Choice and Sense of Purpose among entries.

Other international entries of note include Hong Kong’s Mighty High (John Moore), Ireland’s Red Cadeaux (Ed Dunlop) and Bob Le Beau (Jessica Harrington) and England’s Moyenne Corniche and Saptapadi (both Brian Ellison)

After pondering yesterday whether any three year olds would be nominated, I am pleased to say that there is a three year old amongst entries.

This is Amici Nero, a three year old Blackfriars gelding from Western Australia.

However, the Melbourne Cup dream is officially over for 2007 winner Efficient, who was not nominated by owner Lloyd Williams.

Still, Williams has twelve entries, including Epsom Derby runner up At First Sight, Irish Derby runner up Midas Touch, The BMW runner up Mourayan and the locally-bred Linton and Base.

Entries are significantly down on last year’s number of 253, given the later nomination date.

Weights will be released on September 13.

Here are the entries for the $6m Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m), to be run November 1:

7- EMIRATES MELBOURNE CUP (3200 METRES)

Of $6000000 and $200000 trophies. 1st $3600000 and trophies of $175000 to owner $10000 to trainer $10000 to jockey $5000 to strapper, 2nd $900000, 3rd $450000, 4th $250000, 5th $175000, 6th $125000, 7th $125000, 8th $125000, 9th $125000, 10th $125000.

(GROUP 1).

No Allowances for apprentices. Field Limit: 24

No Horse Trainer Handicapper
Rating
1 ABOVE AVERAGE (IRE) Anthony Freedman 100
2 ABSOLUTELY Michael Kent 105
3 ABSOLUTELYAWESOME (NZ) Michael Moroney 78
4 AKINOSHIRABE (JPN) John P Thompson
5 AKZAR (IRE) Robert Hickmott 87
6 ALANDI (IRE) Robert Hickmott 111
7 ALCOPOP Jake Stephens
8 ALLANTHUS Brian Jenkins 82
9 ALTIUS Chris Waller
10 AMERICAIN (USA) Alain de Royer Dupre
11 AMICI NERO Lindsey Smith
12 ANACHEEVA Peter G Moody 108
13 ANUDJAWUN (NZ) Shaun Dwyer 89
14 AT FIRST SIGHT (IRE) Robert Hickmott 105
15 BACK IN BLACK (NZ) John Steffert
16 BASE (NZ) Robert Hickmott
17 BAUER (IRE) Luca Cumani
18 BLACK AND BENT Robert Smerdon 100
19 BLACKIE (NZ) Michael Kent 96
20 BOB LE BEAU (IRE) Jessica Harrington
21 BOOMING (NZ) Jeff Lynds
22 BRAZILIAN PULSE (NZ) Michael Moroney 105
23 BRUSHING (GB) Mark Tompkins
24 BUILDER O’REILLY (NZ) Leon Corstens 61
25 CAVALRYMAN (GB) Saeed Bin Suroor
26 COSMONAUT Bart Cummings 65
27 CROCODILE CANYON (NZ) Kevin Myers
28 DANGEROUS MIDGE (USA) Brian Meehan
29 DECEMBER DRAW (IRE) Mark Kavanagh 95
30 DESCARADO (NZ) Gai Waterhouse
31 DIYARAKA (FR) Michael Moroney 82
32 DON CARLOS (GER) Michael Moroney 82
33 DON DOMINGO (NZ) Graham Richardson
34 DON’T PUT IT THERE (NZ) Jim & Greg Lee
35 DREAMAWAY Dean Binaisse 102
36 DRUNKEN SAILOR (IRE) Luca Cumani
37 DUBLIN DARLIN (NZ) Shaun Dwyer 62
38 DUNADEN (FR) Mikel Delzangles
39 EMAS (NZ) Ciaron Maher 58
40 ERUPTIOUS (NZ) Michael Kent 88
41 EXCEPTIONALLY (NZ) Terry & Karina O’Sullivan 99
42 EXCLUDED (NZ) Robert Hickmott 76
43 FINIGUERRA Darryl Dodson
44 FORETELLER (GB) Chris Waller
45 FOX HUNT (IRE) Mark Johnston
46 GALILEO’S CHOICE (IRE) Dermot K Weld
47 GALIZANI John P Thompson
48 GLASS HARMONIUM (IRE) Michael Moroney 108
49 GO WITH THE FLO (NZ) Gai Waterhouse
50 GREEN MOON (IRE) Robert Hickmott 89
51 GUEST WING Shane A Edwards 93
52 HARRIS TWEED (NZ) Murray Baker 110
53 HAWK ISLAND (IRE) Chris Waller
54 HEAD NORTH Jason Warren 82
55 HEEZ BORN LUCKY (NZ) Leigh Childs 71
56 HERCULIAN PRINCE (NZ) Gai Waterhouse 106
57 HIDDEN GEM David Vandyke
58 HISSING SID Bill & Symon Wilde 102
59 HOME ON A WING Anthony Cummings
60 HUME (NZ) Brian Smith
61 I’M JAKE (NZ) David Brideoake 90
62 ILE DE RE (FR) Ian Williams
63 ILLO (GER) Bart Cummings
64 ILLUSTRIOUS BLUE (GB) Chris Waller 107
65 INNOCENT LADY (NZ) Graeme Sanders
66 IRONSTEIN Gerald Ryan
67 ISHANT Peter G Moody 85
68 JUKEBOX JURY (IRE) Mark Johnston
69 KING GLADIATOR Chris Waller
70 KING’S ROSE (NZ) Peter G Moody 108
71 KITTENS Mark Kavanagh
72 LALLA ROOKH Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas
73 LAMASERY David Vandyke
74 LARISTAN (FR) David Hayes 97
75 LIGHTS OF HEAVEN (NZ) Peter G Moody 105
76 LINTON Robert Hickmott 109
77 LION TAMER (NZ) Murray Baker
78 LITTORIO Nigel Blackiston 110
79 LOPOV (NZ) Danny O’Brien 78
80 LOST IN THE MOMENT (IRE) Saeed Bin Suroor
81 LUCAS CRANACH (GER) Anthony Freedman
82 LUCKY EIGHTY EIGHT Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra 96
83 MACEDONIAN (NZ) Peter G Moody 98
84 MALUCKYDAY (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 108
85 MANIGHAR (FR) Luca Cumani
86 MANY STARS (NZ) Anthony Cummings
87 MARDEN (IRE) Chris Waller
88 MASTER O’REILLY (NZ) Judy Mawer 104
89 MEEZNAH (USA) David Lanigan
90 MIDAS TOUCH (GB) Robert Hickmott 111
91 MIDNIGHT MARTINI Mark Kavanagh 82
92 MIGHTY HIGH (FR) John Moore 112
93 MODULE (NZ) Peter Gelagotis 92
94 MODUN (IRE) Sir Michael Stoute
95 MONTAHLIA (NZ) Michael Kent 90
96 MONTGOMERY (NZ) Colin & Cindy Alderson 74
97 MOURAYAN (IRE) Robert Hickmott 106
98 MOYENNE CORNICHE (GB) Brian Ellison
99 MR O’CEIRIN (NZ) Ciaron Maher 66
100 MUSHATTA Mark Kavanagh 75
101 MY BENTLEY (NZ) Michael Kent 97
102 MY KINGDOM OF FIFE (GB) Chris Waller 112
103 MY SCOTSGREY (NZ) Shaune Ritchie 95
104 NIWOT Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 101
105 OLDER THAN TIME Gai Waterhouse
106 OLYMPIC WIN (NZ) Robert Smerdon 89
107 ONCE WERE WILD Gai Waterhouse 109
108 PADDY O’REILLY (NZ) Robert Smerdon 100
109 PEGEMBAK Bart Cummings
110 PERGOLA (NZ) Colin & Cindy Alderson
111 PINKER PINKER Greg Eurell 101
112 PLANET PURPLE Kerry Parker
113 PLATINUM PASSION Michael Moroney 92
114 PLAYING GOD Neville Parnham 110
115 PRAECIDO (NZ) David Payne
116 PRECEDENCE (NZ) Bart Cummings 109
117 RAFFAELLO Patrick F Ryan 101
118 REBEL SOLDIER (IRE) David Hayes 98
119 RED CADEAUX (GB) Ed Dunlop
120 RED COLOSSUS Greg Eurell 103
121 RED EYE SPECIAL (NZ) Anthony Cummings
122 REPRISAL David Hayes 82
123 REUBEN PERCIVAL (NZ) Gai Waterhouse
124 RIGHT OF REFUSAL Nigel Blackiston 89
125 SADDLE THE STARS Chris Ryan 62
126 SAHARA SUN (CHI) Luca Cumani
127 SAPTAPADI (IRE) Brian Ellison
128 SCARLETT LADY (NZ) Graeme & Debbie Rogerson
129 SEAN BAILE MOR Todd Balfour 72
130 SEGURO (NZ) Brian Jenkins 68
131 SENSE OF PURPOSE (IRE) Dermot K Weld
132 SEPTEMBER MORN (IRE) Robert Hickmott 71
133 SHADOWS IN THE SUN Anthony Cummings 100
134 SHAMROCKER (NZ) Danny O’Brien 112
135 SHEWAN Robert Smerdon 85
136 SHOWCAUSE Frank Ritchie
137 SIERRA NEVADA (NZ) Richard Otto 75
138 SIMPRE ARRIBA (NZ) Ciaron Maher
139 SPECHENKA Ben Ahrens
140 SPLENDID HONOURS Paul Perry
141 STAND TO GAIN (IRE) Chris Waller
142 STRATOCRACY Michael Moroney 70
143 SUNSET CAFE Leon Corstens 75
144 SWOOPER Darryl Dodson
145 SYREON Chris Waller
146 TACTIC (GB) David Hayes 104
147 TAMANU PARK Bart Cummings 74
148 TANBY Robert Hickmott 89
149 TED SPREAD (GB) Mark Tompkins
150 THE VERMINATOR Chris Waller
151 TINSELTOWN (NZ) Michael Moroney
152 TITCH (NZ) Kevin Myers
153 TRAIN CRUSHER (NZ) Shane A Edwards 61
154 TRUSTING John P Thompson 107
155 TULLAMORE (NZ) Gai Waterhouse
156 TWO FOR TEA (NZ) Gai Waterhouse
157 UNUSUAL SUSPECT (USA) Michael Kent
158 VESPER Robert Hickmott 95
159 VIGOR (NZ) Danny O’Brien 109
160 VIKING LEGEND Ross Simpson & Tracey Barnes
161 WESTERN SYMBOL (NZ) Gai Waterhouse
162 ZAGREB David Hayes 95
163 ZARA DANCER (NZ) Bruce Wallace
 
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