42 remain in the Melbourne Cup
A total of 42 horses are vying for the 24 spots in the Melbourne Cup field following
yesterday’s third acceptance stage. Former European Constantinople (Galileo), now with Lindsay Park, is the Cup favourite after his fourth in the Caulfield Cup (Gr 1, 2400m).
He is due to be ridden by Hong Kong-based Joao Moreira, unless Glen Boss can have
a careless riding suspension overturned.
Japan’s Mer De Glace (Rulership), winner of the Caulfield Cup, will be ridden by Damian
Lane who is aiming for a clean sweep of Australia’s four major races this year. Among
the notable defections were Avilius (Pivotal),
Homesman (War Front), Yucatan (Galileo), Verry Elleegant (Zed), Shraaoh (Sea The
Stars), Mr Quickie (Shamus Award) and Big Duke (Raven’s Pass). Final acceptances for
the Melbourne Cup will be taken on Saturday with the winner of the Hotham Handicap (Gr
3, 2500m) eligible for a start.