2010 Melbourne Cup Third Acceptances Leaves 47 in Contention

October 25th, 2010

Today Racing Victoria took the 2010 Melbourne Cup third declarations, with the connections of 47 horses paying the $3,520 fee for the $6 million feature due to run at Flemington on Tuesday November 2.

The number of third acceptors is up from 42 in 2009.

Over 30 stayers have dropped out of contention for the 150th Emirates Melbourne Cup at third acceptance stage, with notable defectors that were not paid up for today including Irish St Leger winner Sans Frontieres, Zabeel gelding Zabrasive, the Lee Freedman-trained Doctor Fremantle and Danny O’Brien’s Vigor.

Notable Defectors from 2010 Melbourne Cup Third Acceptances

  • Sans Frontieres (Jeremy Noseda)
  • Zabrasive (John O’Shea)
  • Doctor Fremantle (Lee Freedman)
  • Vigor (Danny O’Brien)
  • Triple Honour (Chris Waller)
  • Sterling Prince (Wayne Hillis)
  • Persian Star (Robert Smerdon)
  • Get Up Jude (Kevin Moses)

Leading Australian trainer Bart Cummings still has four horses in the hunt for a spot in the 24-horse Melbourne Cup field with superstar So You Think leading the entries, first on the order of entry after gaining a ballot exemption for his second successive Cox Plate win on Saturday.

Cummings also has classy mares Faint Perfume (12th) and Dariana (15th) set to line-up in the Melbourne Cup field Tuesday week, while his impressive Moonee Valley Cup winner Precedence is still outside the top 24 on the order of entry.

Precedence rose to 30th on the Melbourne Cup ballot after earning an additional 1.5kg penalty for his comprehensive win at Moonee Valley on Saturday, but is still not a certainty for the Cup field.

Other notable runners that are unlikely of gaining a start in the line-up for the world’s richest handicap include Lloyd Williams’ Mourayan, the Gai Waterhouse-trained The Metropolitan winner Herculian Prince, last year’s beaten Melbourne Cup favourite Alcopop, Herbert Power Stakes victor Linton, veteran galloper No Wine No Song and Luca Cumani’s international star Drunken Sailor.

Notable Runners Outside Top 24 in the 2010 Melbourne Cup Order of Entry

  • Mourayan (31st)
  • Herculian Prince (32nd)
  • Alcopop (33rd)
  • Linton (34th)
  • Drunken Sailor (36th)
  • No Wine No Song (38th)
  • Moudre (43rd)

This Saturday’s Victoria Derby, Mackinnon Stakes and The Lexus Stakes give horses a last-grasp opportunity to get into the Melbourne Cup field, the winners of which will receive a Melbourne Cup ballot exemption.

But with So You Think set to back up from his historic Cox Plate success with a run in the Mackinnon and only three-year-olds contesting the Derby, the Group 3 The Lexus Stakes (2500m) looks the final chance for runners.

The 2010 Melbourne Cup field of final acceptors will be released at 5pm at this Saturday’s Victoria Derby Day.

2010 Melbourne Cup Third Acceptances

No. Horse Ballot Weight Trainer Career Hcp Racing
1 SO YOU THINK 1 56.0 Bart Cummings 10-7-2-0 122
2 DESCARADO 3 54.0 Gai Waterhouse 14-4-4-1 115
3 SHOCKING (BLKS) 4 57.0 Mark Kavanagh 22-6-6-2 118
4 SHOOT OUT 5 55.0 John Wallace 17-7-2-3 116
5 METAL BENDER (BLKS) 6 56.0 Chris Waller 18-8-3-1 116
6 CAMPANOLOGIST 7 56.0 Saeed Bin Suroor 25-9-4-4 114
7 ZIPPING 8 55.5 Robert Hickmott 44-15-3-7 119
8 MONACO CONSUL 9 54.0 Michael Moroney 15-3-1-3 110
9 PROFOUND BEAUTY 10 54.0 Dermot K Weld 20-9-4-3 N/A
10 MR MEDICI 11 55.0 Peter Ho 34-5-12-7 112
11 FAINT PERFUME 12 52.0 Bart Cummings 15-5-1-1 108
12 ILLUSTRIOUS BLUE 13 55.0 William J Knight 54-10-10-7 112
13 TOKAI TRICK 14 54.5 Kenji Nonaka 44-8-6-3 111
14 DARIANA (BLKS) 15 51.5 Bart Cummings 13-3-2-1 108
15 AMERICAIN 16 54.5 Alain de Royer Dupre 19-7-3-2 112
16 ONCE WERE WILD 18 51.5 Gai Waterhouse 12-6-1-0 108
17 ZAVITE 19 54.0 Anthony Cummings 57-10-6-3 110
18 HARRIS TWEED 20 54.0 Murray & Bjorn Baker 25-4-5-5 112
19 MASTER O’REILLY 21 54.0 Danny O’Brien 44-8-3-6 107
20 C’EST LA GUERRE 22 54.0 Robert Hickmott 26-6-2-1 108
21 MANIGHAR 23 54.0 Luca Cumani 13-6-3-1 110
22 BUCCELLATI 24 54.0 Tony Noonan 30-8-1-2 107
23 JESSICABEEL (BLKS) 25 52.5 John O’Shea 17-5-0-2 108
24 BAUER 27 53.5 Luca Cumani 21-6-4-1 109
25 RED RULER 29 53.5 John Sargent 35-7-3-4 107
26 PRECEDENCE 30 53.5 Bart Cummings 23-6-3-1 108
27 MOURAYAN (BLKS) 31 53.5 Robert Hickmott 15-2-4-2 107
28 HERCULIAN PRINCE 32 53.5 Gai Waterhouse 17-9-2-1 108
29 ALCOPOP 33 53.5 Jake Stephens 18-7-2-0 108
30 LINTON 34 52.0 Robert Hickmott 7-3-0-3 104
31 HOLBERG 35 53.5 Saeed Bin Suroor 12-6-1-1 109
32 DRUNKEN SAILOR (BLKS) 36 53.0 Luca Cumani 32-9-9-2 108
33 EASTERN ARIA 37 51.5 Mark Johnston 23-10-4-1 N/A
34 NO WINE NO SONG (BLKS) 38 53.0 Kevin Moses 58-10-5-7 108
35 CAPECOVER 39 52.5 Patrick Payne 49-12-5-5 103
36 VALDEMORO (BLKS) 40 50.0 Tony Vasil 14-2-6-0 101
37 ABOVE AVERAGE (BLKS) 41 51.5 Lee Freedman 16-2-3-3 101
38 MOUDRE (BLKS) 43 51.0 Ciaron Maher 15-6-4-2 101
39 EXCEPTIONALLY 48 50.0 Terry & Karina O’Sullivan 15-3-1-3 N/A
40 MALUCKYDAY 52 50.0 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 7-4-1-2 N/A
41 CEDARBERG 53 50.0 Pat Carey 9-2-2-1 94
42 MR CHARLIE (BLKS) 55 50.0 Peter G Moody 15-4-4-1 95
43 SEA GALLEON (BLKS) 57 50.0 Colin & Cindy Alderson 13-1-1-3 70
44 COUNT ENCOSTA 60 50.0 John P Thompson 12-3-1-0 95
45 STANSTILL 72 50.0 Michael Kent 15-4-3-0 89
46 MY BENTLEY 74 50.0 Michael Kent 17-4-2-3 82
47 GOTHIC CROWN 77 50.0 Todd Balfour 49-6-3-8 60