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Melbourne Cup nominations released with Almandin among 140 entries

  • Almandin one of 12 entries for stable.
  • First Cup nomination from Scotland.

Reigning Melbourne Cup champion Almandin has features among 140 entries for the 2017 Melbourne Cup (3200m) which will take place at Flemington on November 7.

As well as Almandin, trainer Robert Hickmott has a further 11 entries for the race as he aims to deliver a sixth Cup to owner Lloyd Williams.

Australia’s leading trainer, Darren Weir, has entered 17 horses including Australian Cup winner Humidor, SA Derby winner Volatile Mix and Japanese-import Admire Deus.

International interest in the iconic race continues with a total of 31 Northern Hemisphere-trained horses being entered.

RV Executive General Manager – Racing, Greg Carpenter, said the depth of the internationals aimed at this year’s Melbourne Cup is a terrific indication of the strength of the race and its continuing appeal to overseas talent.

“We’re delighted with the nominations for this year’s Caulfield and Melbourne Cups with international representation once again very strong. To have entries from seven international jurisdictions for our two premier handicaps is a great advertisement for the Spring Racing Carnival and Victorian racing,” Carpenter said. 
“I am very encouraged by the number of international trainers with entries who have not travelled to Melbourne before and we look forward to welcoming them here and showcasing what the Spring Racing Carnival has to offer. 
“From an Australasian perspective, it is great to see 2016 Melbourne Cup winner Almandin back among the entries along with Who Shot Thebarman who is nominated for his fourth Cup, after running third (2014), 10th (2015) and fifth (2016). They are among 10 starters from the 2016 Cup to nominate once again.”



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Melbourne Cup nominations released with Almandin among 140 entries

Reigning Melbourne Cup champion Almandin has features among 140 entries for the 2017 Melbourne Cup (3200m) which will take place at Flemington on November 7.

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