After Japanese stayer Meisho Dontaku was announced as the first late nomination for the 2010 Melbourne Cup at the start of the week, a final two hopefuls have also been announced as late entries for the world’s richest handicap.
Premier Sydney trainer Gai Waterhouse paid the additional fee to include an eighth horse to her imposing team for the 150th Melbourne Cup, USA galloper Black Mamba.
The seven-year-old mare has already secured over $1.2 million in prizemoney having won seven of her 31 career starts including the Group 1 John C Mabee Handicap (1800m) back in 2008.
Having raced in New Zealand during her early career, Black Mamba was transferred to John Sadler in the USA before Waterhouse took her on targeting the $6 million Melbourne Cup this spring.
Waterhouse’s leading Melbourne Cup chance is Group 1 AJC Australian Oaks winner Once Were Wild, currently paying $21 through Sportsbet.
The third late entry for the 2010 Melbourne Cup, due to run on Tuesday November 2 at Flemington, was the Pat Hyland-trained Miss Alia.
The five-year-old Zabeel mare has a lot of work to do to make the 24-horse Melbourne Cup final field ahead of so many classy entries, as she has won just three races for $51,100 in prizemoney.
There are now officially 256 entries for the Melbourne Cup 2010 with star four-year-old mares Dariana and Faint Perfume, both trained by the Cups King Bart Cummings, leading the markets as equal $13 favourites through Sportsbet.
Following closely is Tenno Sho winner, Japan’s Jaguar Mail at $15.
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