The order of entry for Tuesday’s Melbourne Cup remains an intriguing puzzle following second declarations this morning.
As it stands currently, both Caulfield Cup placegetters – Tullamore and Green Moon – would miss out on a run.
However, with as many as four horses above him looking unlikely, Tullamore should get a run in the race that stops the nation.
For Green Moon, however, the equation is simple – he must win Saturday’s Lexus Stakes if he is to gain a run.
Metropolitan Handicap winner The Verminator is also just outside the top 24, but looks as though he should make the field.
He runs in the Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes (2000m) on Saturday.
English trainer Brian Ellison’s pair, Moyenne Corniche and Saptapadi, remain stranded just outside the top 24, as does the Luca Cumani-trained Bauer.
Wednesday’s Bendigo Cup and Saturday’s Lexus Stakes will prove crucial for horses further down the order as they attempt to gain a run.
Here is the order as it stands this morning:
1. Jukebox Jury
4. Midas Touch
7. Glass Harmonium (doubtful)
8. Unusual Suspect
9. Drunken Sailor
10. Linton (doubtful)
13. Red Cadeaux
14. Fox Hunt
15. Lucas Cranach
16. Hawk Island
17. Lost In The Moment
20. At First Sight
21. Booming (query)
22. Older Than Time
23. Tactic (doubtful)
24. Sahara Sun
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