85 left in Melbourne Cup
There were 85 horses left in the Melbourne Cup after second declarations were taken on Tuesday, the same number as at the same stage last year.
Seven overseas horses remain in the race – the Dermot Weld-trained Profound Beauty, Luca Cumani’s pair Basaltico and Cima De Triomphe, the Godolphin stable’s duo Crime Scene and Kirklees, the Herman Brown-prepared Mourilyan and Munsef, trained by Ian Williams.
Crime Scene, Kirklees and Cima De Triomphe were the only remaining overseas horses left in the Caulfield Cup after Tuesday’s third declarations.
There were 44 horses remaining in the Caulfield Cup, six more than at the same stage in the past two years.
Kirklees and Singapore Derby winner Jolie’s Shinju were the only overseas horses still in the Cox Plate after third declarations.
There were 39 horses remaining in the Cox Plate, six more than in 2008 and 19 more than in 2007.
Trainer Mark Kavanagh didn’t pay up for Cox Plate favourite Whobegotyou in the Caulfield Cup while stablemate Raffaello was no longer in the Cox Plate.
Jolie’s Shinju was taken to Caulfield on Tuesday for a gallop in preparation for Saturday’s Group One Yalumba Stakes and the mare is expected to be stabled there until after the Cox Plate at Moonee Valley on October 24.
Racing Victoria Limited chief veterinarian, Dr Paul O’Callaghan, examined Jolie’s Shinju after she worked and gave her the all clear to run on Saturday.
Kirklees and Cima De Triomphe moved into a new phase of their preparation at Sandown on Tuesday when they cantered twice over about 1000m on the course proper which had been softened by overnight rain.
Godolphin travelling foreman Tommy Strang said its duo was likely to have a stronger gallop on Wednesday.
Although Kirklees and Cima De Triomphe are regarded as being better suited on firm ground their handlers were happy to have the rain soften the Sandown track, which had firmed up in recent days, for their work purposes.