A number of quality international gallopers have dropped out of contention for the 2010 Melbourne Cup on Tuesday November 2 at Flemington, opening up the Ladbrokes.com.au markets for the Australian hopefuls.
Japan’s star stayers that ran the 1-2 in the Group 1 Tenno Sho this year, Jaguar Mail and Meiner Kitz, have both been ruled out of running in the $6 million Melbourne Cup.
Unacceptable delays with quarantine arrangements forced Jaguar Mail to be withdrawn earlier in the month while Meiner Kitz pulled up lame following trackwork last week, the eight-year-old likely to target the Japan Cup on November 28 instead.
Leading Newmarket trainer Luca Cumani has also announced 2007 Melbourne Cup runner-up Purple Moon will miss the 150th edition of the race this year, injury forcing an early end to their spring campaign.
Cumani’s other Melbourne Cup second placegetter Bauer, who was beaten by a mere nose by Viewed in the 2008 Cup, is also under a cloud of doubt.
Bauer is scheduled to resume racing this Thursday night in the Persian Punch Stakes (2800m), the eight-year-old having his first run since the Melbourne Cup two years ago when he injured a tendon.
Cumani is still well represented in the 2010 Melbourne Cup nominations with Drunken Sailor and Manighar scheduled to make the trip to Australia for the carnival arriving on September 25.
Other overseas raiders still on target for a tilt in the Melbourne Cup this November include Ascot Gold Cup winner Rite Of Passage and brilliant Danehill mare Profound Beauty.
Both runners are trained by two-time Melbourne Cup winning trainer Dermot Weld, the only European mentor to win the Melbourne Cup.
Leading the international entries in the Melbourne Cup betting markets at Ladbrokes is Jeremy Noseda’s in-form British galloper Sans Frontieres paying $17 for a win.
Queensland Derby winning mare Dariana is still the $13 favourite to give Bart Cummings his unprecedented 13th Melbourne Cup victory.