The Melbourne Cup will be the only race of spring’s “big three” to feature overseas-trained runners after Tuesday’s first declarations.
No overseas-trained runners remain in either the Caulfield Cup or Cox Plate while 10 internationally trained hopefuls were among Melbourne Cup acceptors.
Numbers were also down on last year’s acceptors at the same stage.
Trainers accepted with 97 runners, down from 124 last year, in the Melbourne Cup while first acceptances for the Caulfield Cup and Cox Plate were down 28 and 10 respectively on the same stage in 2021.
Overseas entries El Bodegon and My Oberon have been transferred into the Chris Waller and Annabel Neasham stables respectively for their Cox Plate preparations.
The pair has passed Racing Victoria’s strict pre-travel veterinary checks.
My Oberon, Ciaron Maher and David Eustace’s stable recruit Night Endeavor and Melbourne Cup hopeful Rodrigo Diaz entered quarantine facilities in England on Monday.
Irish galloper State Of Rest won last year’s Cox Plate for trainer Joseph O’Brien but he was withdrawn from next month’s edition of the event after struggling in a race in France last week.
Last year’s runner-up Anamoe and his fellow favorites Zaaki and Mr Brightside, who is guaranteed a Cox Plate berth after his win in last Saturday’s Group 2 Feehan Stakes, were among 69 first acceptors for The Valley’s flagship race on Tuesday.
Trainer Annabel Neasham has taken over the training of Cox Plate chance My Oberon. Picture: Getty Images
Anamoe started his Cox Plate campaign with a win in the Group 1 Winx Stakes (1400m) while Zaaki resumed with a dominant victory in last Saturday’s Group 2 Tramway Stakes (1400m) at Randwick.
While the holder of a ticket into the Cox Plate, Mr Brightside was among 81 first acceptors for the Caulfield Cup.
Mr Brightside is a $ 15 chance for the Caulfield Cup despite not yet racing beyond 1600m in his 15-start career to date.
Multiple Group 1 winner Duais heads betting for the Caulfield Cup at $ 9 while other leading fancies Inspirational Girl, Benaud, Montefilia and last year’s runner-up Nonconformist were also among the first acceptors.
Melbourne Cup favorite Deauville Legend was among first acceptors for the $ 8m event and will be on the second flight to Australia provided he passes RV’s vet checks.
Fellow international Melbourne Cup hopes Loft and Without A Fight have already received provisional approval to travel on a flight that will arrive in Melbourne on October 11.
Camorra, Hoo Ya Mal and the Joseph O’Brien-trained Point King are also among Melbourne Cup first acceptors.
The Lloyd Williams-owned Point King has won three of his four starts in Ireland.
O’Brien and Williams also have Temple Of Artemis among the Melbourne Cup first acceptors.
Caulfield and Melbourne Cup weights will be announced on September 13.