Shocking heads 253 Cup nominations

Last year’s winner Shocking heads the 253 nominations for this year’s Melbourne Cup.

Among the entries were 45 from overseas including the 2007 runner-up Purple Moon and and Bauer, second in 2008.

Both horses are trained by Luca Cumani while Irish trainer Dermot Weld, who has won the Cup twice with Vintage Crop and Media Puzzle, has five entries.

Bart Cummings, the trainer of 12 Melbourne Cup winners, has a dozen entries for this year’s historic 150th running of Australia’s most famous race.