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Caulfield Cup attracts 25 internationals among 143 entries

Mustajeer (PA)

Twenty-five international horses have been entered into the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (3200m) with a total of 143 entries for the $5 million on October 19.

Melbourne Cup champion Cross Counter is one of the international brigade given an entry by trainer Charlie Appleby, and is joined by recent Ebor Handicap winner Mustajeer, who will be trained by Kris Lees when he arrives on Australian soil.

Other internationals include 11 from Aidan O'Brien - the pick potentially being English St Leger champion Kew Gardens, Torcedor, trained by Melbourne Cup-winning trainer Andreas Wohler in Germany, and Mer De Glace, a highly progressive Japanese raider prepared by Hisashi Shimizu.

Irish Derby winner Latrobe, prepared by Melbourne Cup-winning trainer Joseph O’Brien, and his stablemate Master Of Reality, third to Europe’s best stayer Stradivarius in the Ascot Gold Cup (4000m), will be European hopes carrying the colous of Lloyd Williams, who will also have Yucatan in contention.

Stivers, bred in Argentina and trained by two-time Melbourne Cup winner Dermot Weld, is another intriguing entrant - as is European import Django Freeman, who finished runner-up in the German Derby and will be prepared by two-time Melbourne Cup winning trainer Robert Hickmott after recently arriving in Australia.

Avilius will one of six potential runners for James Cummings, while Australian Oaks heroine Verry Elleegant could be the pick of 13 Caulfield Cup nominations from Chris Waller.

Waller's Sydney Cup winner Shraaoh, Adelaide Cup champion Surprise Baby, Brisbane Cup victor Sixties Groove, Australian Derby winner Angel of Truth, New Zealand Derby hero Crown Prosecutor, Queensland Derby winner Mr Quickie, South Australian Derby winner Qafila and Queensland Oaks winner Winning Ways are Australian-based runners to be entered.

"The Caulfield Cup (is one of) Australia’s premier staying races so it’s pleasing to see so many Derby, Oaks and interstate Cup winners among the entries for both races providing the opportunity for a strong local response to an impressive international challenge," said Greg Carpenter, Racing Victoria’s (RV) Executive General Manager – Racing.

"It’s terrific to see a group of horses that are specifically targeting the Caulfield Cup including emerging Japanese star Mer De Glace and Queensland Oaks winner Winning Ways who will both prove very competitive in the race."

David Brideoake’s versatile galloper Self Sense is guaranteed a start in the Caulfield Cup after winning the Listed Mornington Cup (2400m) earlier this year.

Weights for the 2019 Caulfield Cup will be announced on September 10.



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