Up-and-coming Japanese stayer Meisho Dontaku has further strengthened the overseas contingent in this year’s 150th Melbourne Cup after connections paid the additional late nomination fee.
The 2010 Melbourne Cup nominations closed last Tuesday, but the VRC will accept late nominations for the 150th anniversary of the world’s richest handicap up until tomorrow, Tuesday August 10.
When the first list of Melbourne Cup entries was announced last week, 253 horses had been nominated including five from Japan.
The top two Japanese raiders were Jaguar Mail and Meiner Kitz who finished one-two in Japan’s premiers stayers race, the Group 1 Tenno Sho earlier in the year.
Four-year-old Meisho Dontaku also put in an eye catching performance in the Tenno Sho, which is run over the same distance as the prestigious Melbourne Cup, finishing third.
The other horses looking to represent Japan in the 2010 Melbourne Cup final field are six-year-old Three Orion, the Kenji Nonaka-trained Tokai Trick and veteran grey galloper White Pilgrim who has also been nominated for the $3 million Cox Plate (2040m) on Saturday October 23.
In other Cup Carnival news, the 2010 Victoria Derby could feature its first international runner with Japan’s Break A Theory nominated for the $1.5 million three-year-olds feature.
Jaguar Mail, owned by the same connections that won the 2006 Melbourne Cup quinella with Delta Blues and Pop Rock, is already one of the favourites to become the 2010 Melbourne Cup winner.
Opening as the third elect, Jaguar Mail is paying $15 through Sportsbet and follows the Bart Cummings-trained mares Dariana and Faint Perfume who are the equal $13 favourites.