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Emirates Melbourne Cup First Acceptances

Horse Racing Australia Emirates Melbourne CupA total of 72 horses remain in contention to run in the $6.2 million Emirates Melbourne Cup on November 4 after first acceptances for Australia’s richest race were taken today.

A large contingent of internationally trained horses (15) also featured amongst the first acceptances compared with 12 at the same time last year.

Japan has two strong hopes Bande, and race top-weight Admire Rakti. High profile Irish trainer Johnny Murtagh has two entries, Mutual Regard and Royal Diamond.

Click here to access the complete list of first acceptance for the 2014 Melbourne Cup

Last year’s Emirates Melbourne Cup winning trainer Gai Waterhouse has paid up for The Offer, which was an early favourite for the race. The Sydney Cup (3200m) victor has been winless so far this campaign but remains her headline horse going into the race next month. Waterhouse did not accept with her much touted import Café Society.

Leading Sydney trainer Chris Waller has five entries. Who Shot Thebarman is currently the leading light of those after his dominant win in the Group 3 Bart Cummings (2400m) at Flemington on Saturday. He was given a .5 kg Emirates Melbourne Cup penalty after the win. Waller’s other entries are Group 1 Metropolitan Handicap (2400m) winner Junoob and runner-up Opinion.

Second acceptances for the Emirates Melbourne Cup close on Monday October 27.

(Source: Melbourne Cup)

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