SATURDAY’S Cox Plate (Gr1, 2040m) runner-up Hartnell (photo) heads the 32 horses to have gone forward for Tuesday week’s Melbourne Cup (Gr1, 3200m), with all of the main contenders standing their ground at the second acceptance stage on Monday.
The John O’Shea-trained Hartnell, who finished eight lengths behind Winx in Saturday’s Cox Plate, is one of seven Godolphin-owned horses to also go forward. He is joined by his stablemate Tally and the Charlie Appleby-trained trio, the Caulfield Cup (Gr 1, 2400m) runner-up Scottish and Geelong Cup (Gr 3, 2400m) first and third, Qewy and Oceanographer.
While Saeed Bin Suroor has entered the Middleton Stakes (Gr 2, 1m2.5f) winner Beautiful Romance and the Group Three winner Secret Number, who will both be having their first starts in Australia. Other notable entries include Jameka, who took the Caulfield Cup and Exospheric, who ran third behind her in that race. – ANZ Bloodstock News.