CONNECTIONS of several runners entered for Saturday’s Lexus Hotham Handicap can now breathe a sigh of relief after moving above the Melbourne Cup ballot zone following the withdrawal of Marmelo and Ispolini.
The Chris Waller-trained Youngstar is now safely in the Melbourne Cup final 24 after moving to 21 on the ballot order, with Neufbosc (22) and Sound (23) now also guaranteed a start in Australia’s most famous race.
Herbert Power Stakes winner The Chose One has been elevated to 24th but could be demoted given the winner of Saturday’s Lexus Hotham Handicap becomes exempt from ballot.
Sound, Neufbosc and Youngstar have all accepted for the Lexus Hotham Handicap but connections may opt to by-pass Saturday and head straight to Tuesday without another run.
Irish-mare True Self, runner-up in the Geelong Cup behind Prince Of Arran, has moved up to 27th in the order of entry for the Melbourne Cup.
The final field of 24 will be announced for the Melbourne Cup on Saturday afternoon.
|1||MER DE GLACE (JPN)||Hisashi Shimizu||56kg|
|2||SURPRISE BABY (NZ)||Paul Preusker||53.5kg|
|3||STEEL PRINCE (IRE)||Anthony Freedman||52.5kg|
|4||CROSS COUNTER (GB)||Charlie Appleby||57.5kg|
|5||MIRAGE DANCER (GB)||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||55.5kg|
|6||SOUTHERN FRANCE (IRE)||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||55.5kg|
|7||CONSTANTINOPLE (IRE)||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||52.5kg|
|8||MASTER OF REALITY (IRE)||Joseph O’Brien||55.5kg|
|9||IL PARADISO (USA)||Aidan O’Brien||52.5kg|
|10||LATROBE (IRE)||Joseph O’Brien||55kg|
|11||ANGEL OF TRUTH||Gwenda Markwell||53.5kg|
|12||MUSTAJEER (GB)||Kris Lees||55kg|
|13||HUNTING HORN (IRE)||Aidan O’Brien||55kg|
|14||ROSTROPOVICH (IRE)||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||55kg|
|15||MAGIC WAND (IRE)||Aidan O’Brien||53.5kg|
|16||TWILIGHT PAYMENT (IRE)||Joseph O’Brien||55kg|
|17||PRINCE OF ARRAN (GB)||Charlie Fellowes||54kg|
|18||FINCHE (GB)||Chris Waller||54kg|
|19||RAYMOND TUSK (IRE)||Richard Hannon||54kg|
|20||VOW AND DECLARE||Danny O’Brien||52kg|
|22||NEUFBOSC (FR)||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||53.5kg|
|23||SOUND (GER)||Michael Moroney||53.5kg|
|24||THE CHOSEN ONE (NZ)||Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman||52kg|
|25||DOWNDRAFT (IRE)||Joseph O’Brien||53.5kg|
|26||PATRICK ERIN (NZ)||Chris Waller||53kg|
|27||TRUE SELF (IRE)||William Mullins||51.5kg|
|28||RAHEEN HOUSE (IRE)||William Haggas||53kg|
|29||SIR CHARLES ROAD||Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott||52.5kg|
|30||GALLIC CHIEFTAIN (FR)||Archie Alexander||52.5kg|
|31||DAL HARRAILD (GB)||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||52.5kg|
|32||GREY LION (IRE)||Matthew Smith||52.5kg|
|33||HAKY (IRE)||John Hammond||52kg|
|34||BRIMHAM ROCKS (GB)||Chris Waller||51.5kg|
|35||AZURO (FR)||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||50.5kg|
|36||HUSH WRITER (JPN)||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||50kg|
|37||VALAC (IRE)||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||50kg|
|38||SULLY (NZ)||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||50kg|
|39||WALL OF FIRE (IRE)||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||50kg|