With eight days until the running of the 160th Lexus Melbourne Cup (3200m), the 24-runner field set to line up has taken further shape after third acceptances for Australia’s most iconic race closed at 10am (AEDT) this morning (Monday, 26 October).
The connections of 45 gallopers still have their sights set on Flemington on the first Tuesday in November, with 10 internationally-trained stayers – including the pre-race favourite Tiger Moth – amongst that number. The overall figure represents an increase of three on last year’s tally of 42, with seven fewer overseas raiders than in 2019 due largely to the travel restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Article by: Racing Victoria Staff