72 horses remain in contention for the 2023 Melbourne Cup

The Melbourne Cup is likely to have a strong list of international runners after first declarations closed on Tuesday.

Five horses remain in the Melbourne Cup (3200m) at Flemington on November 7 under the care of their overseas trainers while a sixth, Lastotchka will run for Mick Price and Michael Kent Jnr when she arrives in Melbourne within the next fortnight.

The Willie Mullins pair of Absurde and Vauban, Japanese entrant Breakup and Lastotchka are safely in the field of 24 after the Order of Entry was released on Tuesday.

The Joseph O’Brien pair of Valiant King and Okita Soushi round out the international brigade and sit at numbers 31 and 32 respectively in the entry order.

Golden Ticket winners Lunar Flare and Goldman remain in contention as does last year’s winner, and this year’s topweight, Gold Trip.

Last year’s runner-up Emissary is almost assured of a start after jumping up the ballot order on Tuesday to number 25.

Chris Waller’s team of 14 nominations has been whittled down to eight with Francesco Guardi and Soulcombe already safely in the field.

Victoria Racing Club Executive General Manager Racing, Leigh Jordan said the quality was high across the board among the first acceptors for the Melbourne Cup.

“As they have for 30 years, the best from Ireland, the UK and Japan remain on target to tackle the finest Australian and New Zealand stayers in what amounts to the most exciting three minutes in Australian sport,” Jordon said.

“This Saturday sees the final race meeting at Flemington before the Melbourne Cup Carnival with another Melbourne Cup Golden Ticket on offer in the Bart Cummings and a host of top-class horses continuing their preparations for Australia’s greatest race week in the Turnbull Stakes.

“We can’t wait to see who will emerge as Melbourne Cup contenders over the next five weeks and the continued build up to the first Tuesday of November.”

Vauban heads the betting on the Cup at $4.50 with Dabble ahead of Just Fine and Soulcombe at $8.

Melbourne Cup First Declarations

Horse Trainer Ballot Weight
1 GOLDMAN (NZ) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 1 52kg
2 LUNAR FLARE Grahame Begg 2 51.5kg
3 ABSURDE (FR) Willie Mullins 3 53kg
4 GOLD TRIP (FR) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 4 58.5kg
5 ALENQUER (FR) Michael Moroney 5 56.5kg
6 EL BODEGON (IRE) Chris Waller 6 55.5kg
7 WITHOUT A FIGHT (IRE) Anthony & Sam Freedman 7 55.5kg
8 SPANISH MISSION (USA) Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman 8 55.5kg
9 BREAKUP (JPN) Tatsuya Yoshioka 9 55kg
10 VAUBAN (FR) Willie Mullins 10 55kg
11 MAJOR BEEL (NZ) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 11 53kg
12 KNIGHTS ORDER (IRE) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 12 54kg
13 FRANCESCO GUARDI (IRE) Chris Waller 13 54kg
14 SMOKIN’ ROMANS (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 14 54kg
15 SOULCOMBE (GB) Chris Waller 15 53.5kg
16 HOO YA MAL (GB) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 16 53kg
17 VOW AND DECLARE Danny O’Brien 17 53kg
18 JUST FINE (IRE) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 18 53kg
19 RIGHT YOU ARE Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 19 53kg
20 DUKE DE SESSA (IRE) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 20 53kg
21 MAGICAL LAGOON (IRE) Chris Waller 21 51kg
22 VIRTUOUS CIRCLE (NZ) Liam Howley 22 51kg
23 LASTOTCHKA (FR) Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 23 51kg
24 FAME Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman 24 51kg
25 EMISSARY (GB) Michael Moroney 25 52kg
26 HIGH EMOCEAN (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 26 50kg
27 EL PATRONESS Danny O’Brien 27 50kg
28 SHERAZ (FR) Chris Waller 28 51.5kg
29 DAQIANSWEET JUNIOR (NZ) Phillip Stokes 29 51.5kg
30 CLEVELAND (IRE) Kris Lees 30 51.5kg
31 VALIANT KING (GB) Joseph O’Brien 31 50kg
32 OKITA SOUSHI (IRE) Joseph O’Brien 32 51.5kg
33 BENAUD John O’Shea 33 51kg
34 KING FRANKEL (IRE) Annabel Neasham 34 51kg
35 SERPENTINE (IRE) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 35 51kg
36 MILITARY MISSION (IRE) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 36 50.5kg
37 SCRIPTWRITER (IRE) Chris Waller 37 50.5kg
38 HOSIER (IRE) Mark Minervini 38 50.5kg
39 TRUE MARVEL (FR) Matthew Smith 39 50kg
40 MOUNT POPA (IRE) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 40 50kg
41 ATHABASCAN (FR) John O’Shea 41 50kg
42 ALASKAN GOD Daniel Morton 42 50kg
43 REBEL RACER Amy & Ash Yargi 43 50kg
44 HASTA LA WAR Sue Murphy 44 50kg
45 STAFFORD’S LAD Daniel Morton 45 50kg
46 KALAPOUR (IRE) Kris Lees 46 50kg
47 UNITED NATIONS (IRE) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 47 50kg
48 INTERPRETATION (IRE) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 48 50kg
49 LADIES MAN (NZ) Allan Sharrock 49 50kg
50 RAGING BULL Mark Minervini 50 50kg
51 AMADE (IRE) Phillip Stokes 51 50kg
52 FANCY MAN (IRE) Annabel Neasham 52 50kg
53 SIR LUCAN (IRE) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 53 50kg
54 PROTAGONIST (FR) Kris Lees 54= 52kg
55 UNCLE BRYN (GB) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 54= 52kg
56 ASHRUN (FR) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 56= 51.5kg
57 BANK MAUR Richard Laming 56= 50kg
58 BERKELEY SQUARE Dan O’Sullivan 56= 50kg
59 BRAYDEN STAR (GB) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 59= 50kg
60 CARINI (FR) Danny O’Brien 59= 50kg
61 DENY KNOWLEDGE (IRE) Michael Kent 59= 50kg
62 FERAGO Patrick F Ryan Jnr 59= 50kg
63 FIRST IMMORTAL Mark & Levi Kavanagh 59= 50kg
64 FOREIGN RAIDER John Sadler 59= 50kg
65 FUTURE HISTORY (GB) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 59= 50kg
66 GREGOLIMO (FR) Michael Moroney 59= 50kg
67 MOSTLY CLOUDY (IRE) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 59= 50kg
68 MR WATERVILLE (IRE) Chris Waller 59= 50kg
69 PESTO (GB) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 59= 50kg
70 SHAIYHAR (IRE) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 59= 50kg
71 THE MAP Dan Clarken & Oopy MacGillivray 59= 50kg
72 MEDATSU (NZ) Chris Waller 59= 49kg

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