Aidan O’Brien, his son Joseph, and Champion National Hunt trainer Willie Mullins have nominations among the 142 entries received by Racing Victoria for the AUD $3.15 million BMW Caulfield Cup (2,400m) and the 140 horses entered for the AUD $6.25 million Emirates Melbourne Cup (3,200m).
Along with the Irish entries, horses trained in Japan, France, Germany, England and Scotland have been entered for the two iconic handicaps, alongside with a strong contingent from New Zealand.
Aidan O’Brien has nominated 2015 Irish St Leger winner Order Of St George for the Melbourne Cup and Johannes Vermeer and US Army Ranger for both the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups. Joseph O’Brien aims to deliver the Melbourne Cup for the five-time winning owner Lloyd Williams with Rekindling, a recent winner of the Group 2 Curragh Cup. Willie Mullins is pinning his Spring Racing Carnival hopes on Royal Ascot winner Thomas Hobson, Riven Light, Wicklow Brave and Max Dynamite, who was runner-up to Prince of Penzance in the 2015 Melbourne Cup;
Other International trainers with entries include French trainers Nicolas Clement, Alain Couetil and Freddy Head; English trainers Sir Mark Prescott, Hugo Palmer, Mick Channon and Hughie Morrison; Japan’s Noriyuki Hori and Scotland’s Iain Jardine.
Included among the international entries are the recent winners of the Ebor Handicap (Nakeeta, Melbourne Cup), Prix de Kergorlay (Marmelo, Caulfield & Melbourne Cups), Prix de Deauville (Tiberian, Melbourne Cup) and Belmont Gold Cup (Red Cardinal, Melbourne Cup).
Australia’s leading trainer Darren Weir has entered 20 horses for the Caulfield Cup and 17 for the Melbourne Cup. Included amongst his dual entries are Australian Cup winner Humidor, star Japanese import Admire Deus and South Australian Derby winner Volatile Mix.
First acceptances close on Tuesday 26th September for the Caulfield Cup and on Tuesday 10th October for the Melbourne Cup.
The BMW Caulfield Cup will be run on Saturday 21st October at Caulfield, with the Emirates Melbourne Cup on Tuesday 7th November at Flemington.