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One-hundred-and-forty horses remain in contention for the most highly sought-after prize on the Australian Thoroughbred Racing calendar, following this afternoon’s completion and release of 2017 Melbourne Cup nominations.

Reigning champion Almandin has been included in 2017 Melbourne Cup nominations. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

Reigning champion Almandin has been included in 2017 Melbourne Cup nominations. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

Almandin delivered prominent owner Lloyd Williams his fifth win in the race that stops a nation in 2016 and is set to defend his crown on the first Tuesday of November after being included in 2017 Melbourne Cup nominations.

Taking a couple of runs to find form upon resuming last spring, Almandin returned to winning form in the Listed Harry White Classic (2400m) on September 24th, before repeating the performance and result in the Group 3 The Bart Cummings (2500m).

Having experienced a good run in transit, the Monsun gelding locked in a fierce sprint battle with Irish raider Heartbreak City down the famous Flemington straight, but produced a superior staying effort to find the line a head in the clear.

Almandin resumed for a smart second in a 2040m race at The Valley last weekend and is on track for successful defence in the 2017 Melbourne Cup.

Macedon Lodge is set to launch a typically smart attack in the major staying race after including a total of twelve horses in Melbourne Cup nominations.

A total of 31 international horses have been included in 2017 Melbourne Cup nominations, with the likes of Order Of St George, Red Cardinal and Admire Deus all set to target the Spring Carnival feature.

Saddled by leading Irish trainer Aidan O’Brien, Order Of St George has produced a number of impressive staying performances and results, highlighted by wins in the Listed Saval Beg Stakes (2816m) and Group 3 Irish St Leger Trial Stakes (2816m) most notably.

Red Cardinal is prepared by 2014 Melbourne Cup winner Andreas Wohler and has stamped himself as a serious staying contender since transferring to Germany.

Second in the Group 1 Preis Von Europa (2414m) in his first start for Wohler, the Montjeu entire posted consecutive wins in the Group 2 Oleander-Rennen (3200m) and Group 3 Belmont Gold Cup (3200m) in the United States through May and June.

Admire Deus is currently tired on the top line of early 2017 Melbourne Cup betting with Almandin and has been transferred to the care of Darren Weir this time in.

Resuming this year for third in the Group 2 Nikkei Sho (2500m) at Nakayama on March 25th, Admire Deus was last seen running on for fourth in the famed Group 1 Tenno Sho (3200m) on April 30th.

A typically strong crop of locally-trained runners have also been included in 2017 Melbourne Cup nominations, headlined by the likes of Big Duke and Egg Tart, while exciting kiwi horses Gingernuts, Jon Snow and Bonneval are all also in line for starts.

Godolphin is yet to claim a win in the feature race, but the major international racing operation is sure to launch another bold attack in the race with Saeed Bin Suroor, Charlie Appleby and James Cummings all lodging 2017 Melbourne Cup nominations.

2017 Melbourne Cup First Acceptances are due to close on midday, October 10th.

Almandin and Admire Deus currently share $15 favouritism in early 2017 Melbourne Cup betting markets at Ladbrokes.com.au.

2017 Melbourne Cup Nominations

# Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 11x8400x7x ABBEY MARIE M 5 Michael Kent 97
2 31214x423x ADMIRAL JELLO G 5 Kris Lees
3 39x260x34x ADMIRE DEUS (JPN) H 7 Darren Weir
4 46x2171x5x ALBERT (JPN) H 7 Noriyuki Hori
5 x665111x2x ALMANDIN (GER) G 8 Robert Hickmott
6 7x39x12x1x ALOFT (IRE) G 6 Robert Hickmott
7 2634x5411x ALWARD (IRE) G 5 Chris Waller
8 11x4214x8x AMELIE’S STAR M 6 Darren Weir
9 x0x0D71x0x AMRALAH (IRE) H 8 Robert Hickmott 104
10 172233183x ANA ROYALE M 4 Stuart Webb 91
11 11x354965x ANAHEIM H 4 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 78
12 771135104x ANNUS MIRABILIS (IRE) G 7 Stuart Webb 100
13 12x1240x5x ANTONIO GIUSEPPE (NZ) G 5 Chris Waller
14 45x12x323x APILOBAR (FR) H 5 Markus & Stephanie Nigge
15 3x9210x71x ASSIGN (IRE) G 7 Robert Hickmott 105
16 0x5008641x AUVRAY (FR) G 7 Richard Freedman
17 13212x322x BARSANTI (IRE) G 6 Roger Varian
18 331x073x0x BERISHA G 6 Robert Smerdon 98
19 1121113x5x BIG DUKE (IRE) G 6 Darren Weir 104
20 x11x330x9x BONDI BEACH (IRE) G 6 Robert Hickmott
21 1x5P31111x BONNEVAL (NZ) M 4 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman
22 1516510x3x BOOM TIME H 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 103
23 1x65123x8x BROADSIDE (NZ) G 6 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
24 0x4231245x CHANCE TO DANCE (IRE) G 8 Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards
25 22122612x CHARLES ROAD G 4 Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott
26 x89141355x CHARLEVOIX G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 83
27 121x37301x CHOCANTE (NZ) G 5 Stephen Marsh
28 22x232521x CISMONTANE (NZ) G 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 83
29 21x5338x1x COMIN’ THROUGH H 4 Chris Waller
30 265225223x COOL CHAP G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 93
31 x1x1x21x3x CROCODILE ROCK (IRE) G 6 Robert Hickmott 79
32 131x616x6x DAL HARRAILD (GB) G 5 William Haggas
33 23414x0x8x DARABAD (FR) G 5 Robbie Laing 82
34 x228x8x01x DEE I CEE (NZ) G 6 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
35 x8583x080x DON DOREMO (NZ) G 7 Robbie Laing 82
36 7x2357371x DYLAN MOUTH (IRE) H 7 Marco Botti
37 431x11111x EGG TART M 4 Chris Waller
38 9065227x3x ETYMOLOGY G 5 James Cummings
39 00x402611x EUREKA STREET G 4 Robert Smerdon 71
40 0184260x5x FANATIC (NZ) M 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 92
41 314112132x FIRENZE M 6 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 86
42 x533x0x03x FOUNDATION (IRE) G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
43 x830x33x2x FOUNDRY (IRE) G 8 Robert Hickmott 95
44 0x46x11x8x FRANCIS OF ASSISI (IRE) G 8 Charlie Appleby
45 x181x37x0x GAILO CHOP (FR) G 7 Darren Weir
46 9x031x270x GALLANTE (IRE) G 7 Robert Hickmott 105
47 4121x3811x GALLIC CHIEFTAIN (FR) H 5 Darren Weir
48 214x GAUGUIN (NZ) G 4 John Sargent
49 1x4011115x GINGERNUTS (NZ) G 4 Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards
50 820x076x0x GREY LION (IRE) H 6 Matt Cumani 94
51 x80x621x0x GUARDINI (FR) H 7 Darren Weir 104
52 00x4131x5x HANS HOLBEIN (GB) G 6 Robert Hickmott
53 92384x386x HARLEM (GB) H 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 100
54 2x34340x4x HARLOW GOLD (NZ) M 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 93
55 212652x57x HARPER’S CHOICE H 4 Gerald Ryan
56 3x1x HARRISON (GB) H 5 Mick Channon
57 23x2822x1x HARTNELL (GB) G 7 James Cummings
58 41670x910x HEAVENS ABOVE M 6 Tim Martin
59 10x8747x4x HE’S OUR ROKKII (NZ) G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 107
60 9x42212x6x HUMIDOR (NZ) G 5 Darren Weir
61 136x621x3x IMPOSING LASS (NZ) M 5 Bjorn Baker
62 33x5126x6x INFERENCE H 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
63 1x3x45712x JOHANNES VERMEER (IRE) H 5 Aidan O’Brien
64 893337311x JON SNOW (NZ) H 4 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman 108
65 x9x173511x KELLSTORM (IRE) H 5 Darren Weir
66 38x2133x0x KHEZERABAD (FR) G 6 Aaron Purcell 72
67 624x42x32x KIDMENEVER (IRE) H 5 Charlie Appleby
68 x1164x362x KILIMANJARO (IRE) G 6 Robert Hickmott 89
69 1x75459x7x KINEMA (IRE) G 7 Chris Waller
70 x027530x0x LASQUETI SPIRIT M 4 Lee Curtis
71 112x8746Px LIBRAN (IRE) G 7 Chris Waller
72 841x122x2x LIFE LESS ORDINARY (IRE) G 6 Chris Waller
73 x16151021x LIZZIE L’AMOUR (NZ) M 5 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman
74 21155x515x LORD FANDANGO (GER) H 5 Archie Alexander
75 9520449x0x LORD VAN PERCY (GB) G 8 Darren Weir 89
76 213x00943x LORESHO (FR) H 7 Darren Weir 89
77 000x0x770x MAGICOOL G 6 Tony Romeo
78 x425x0507x MANAPINE G 6 Nigel Blackiston 67
79 1232x1521x MARMELO (GB) H 5 Hughie Morrison
80 44x306321x MASTER ZEPHYR (GB) G 6 Darren Weir 89
81 21x2x30x9x MAX DYNAMITE (FR) G 8 William Mullins
82 624x128x1x MEGABLAST (NZ) G 6 Nigel Tiley
83 35x2111x0x MONTOYA’S SECRET M 4 Leon & Troy Corstens
84 2x2x2x2x1x NAKEETA (GB) G 7 Iain Jardine
85 23116x243x NATURAL SCENERY (GB) M 5 Saeed Bin Suroor
86 1483x1x NIGHT’S WATCH (NZ) G 4 Darren Weir 66
87 24x431431x ONCIDIUM RULER G 6 Michael Kent 83
88 1234x2121x ORDER OF ST GEORGE (IRE) H 6 Aidan O’Brien
89 2x513x412x OUR CENTURY (IRE) G 7 Robert Hickmott 93
90 86x315111x PACODALI (IRE) G 5 Darren Weir
91 85x10x7x4x PENGLAI PAVILION (USA) G 8 Charlie Appleby
92 379x97860x PENTATHLON (NZ) G 6 John Wheeler
93 84x4x8038x PRINCE CHERI (FR) H 9 David Vandyke 97
94 x2114x906x PRIZE MONEY (GB) G 5 Saeed Bin Suroor
95 22x141x40x QEWY (IRE) G 8 Charlie Appleby
96 14x4197x8x RAW IMPULSE (GB) H 6 Darren Weir 95
97 1132x11x5x RED CARDINAL (IRE) G 6 Andreas Wohler
98 5x137x822x RED GALILEO (GB) G 7 Saeed Bin Suroor
99 1642x6574x RED VERDON (USA) H 5 Ed Dunlop
100 212x062x0x REGAL MONARCH (GB) G 5 Chris Waller
101 210x14012x REKINDLING (GB) H 4 Joseph O’Brien
102 11x1380x0x RISQUE (NZ) M 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 95
103 134124133x ROCK ON (NZ) G 5 Gary Vile 88
104 6748x111x ROMAN SON G 4 Anthony & Edward Cummings
105 41231x2x2x SAMOVARE M 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 77
106 x1412x3x5x SARRASIN (GB) H 6 Chris Waller
107 0x1212112x SAYED (USA) G 5 Chris Waller
108 54282x060x SEABURGE H 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 105
109 4x12x3361x SENSE OF OCCASION G 7 Kris Lees
110 5336433x7x SETTLER’S STONE G 6 Troy Blacker 82
111 5x227x090x SINGING (FR) H 8 Kris Lees
112 x70312612x SINGLE GAZE M 5 Nick Olive 108
113 3114407x5x SIR ISAAC NEWTON (GB) G 6 Robert Hickmott 106
114 1x SIXTIES GROOVE (IRE) G 5 Andreas Wohler
115 1130x22x3x ST MICHEL (GB) H 5 Sir Mark Prescott
116 11x212411x STAMPEDE H 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
117 1211x12x9x STAR EXHIBIT G 6 Darren Weir
118 405142142x SUPER HAZE (IRE) G 6 Tony McEvoy 82
119 1x SWEET SELECTION (GB) M 6 Hughie Morrison
120 8x311x TAIKOMOCHI G 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
121 3x37710x2x TALLY G 5 James Cummings 105
122 61x00x518x TAVAGO (NZ) G 5 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
123 9P01712x7x THOMAS HOBSON (GB) G 8 William Mullins
124 242x11711x TIBERIAN (FR) H 6 Alain Couetil
125 22x0121x6x TIME TO TEST G 7 Tony McEvoy
126 23x6905x2x TOM MELBOURNE (IRE) G 7 Chris Waller
127 450702097x TRANSFER ALLOWANCE G 8 Peter Roche 70
128 11x333233x TRAVELLING MAN (GB) G 5 Freddy Head
129 5241x32x1x UP ’N’ ROLLING (NZ) G 5 Chris Waller
130 428x32038x US ARMY RANGER (IRE) H 5 Aidan O’Brien
131 52482x542x VENGEUR MASQUE (IRE) G 6 Michael Moroney 93
132 8601121x5x VENTURA STORM (IRE) H 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 106
133 5x5174126x VOLATILE MIX (NZ) H 4 Darren Weir
134 11x6248x2x WALL OF FIRE (IRE) H 5 Hugo Palmer
135 1513059x WHEAL LEISURE M 4 Archie Alexander
136 7255x3642x WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) G 9 Chris Waller
137 10x814244x WICKLOW BRAVE (GB) G 9 William Mullins
138 61x2150x7x WINNING STORY (GB) G 5 Saeed Bin Suroor
139 x21x6D130x YANKEE ROSE M 4 David Vandyke 108
140 168x21131x YOGI (NZ) G 5 Darren Weir 80

About The Author

Jared Timms

Jared graduated with a journalism degree in 2011. He is a keen sports fan and has enjoyed many accolades for his lively writing style and comprehensive coverage of major sporting events and horse racing. Today, you can find Jared cheering on his beloved Manchester City with a beer in hand.

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