Melbourne Cup attracts 28 overseas entries

Melbourne Cup attracts 28 overseas entriesThe 2011 Melbourne Cup winner Dunaden is a surprise entry among 135 nominations for this year’s race, Racing Victoria has announced.

Dunaden, who tipped out Red Cadeaux in the closest finish in Melbourne Cup history, heads 28 internationally trained entries.

Overseas nominations also include Brown Panther, last month’s Goodwood Cup winner who is part-owned by retired English soccer star Michael Owen.

Early favourite Puissance De Lune heads Australian-trained nominations, along with the 2012 winner Green Moon.

Gai Waterhouse has 10 entries, including last year’s runner-up Fiorente, while fellow Sydney trainer Chris Waller has eight horses nominated.

Twelve-time winning trainer Bart Cummings and his grandson James have a single entry in veteran stayer Precedence.

The $6.2 million Melbourne Cup will be run at Flemington on November 5.