Vow and Declare after winning the 2019 Lexus Melbourne Cup (Image: Racing Photos)
Sixty five horses remain in contention for the 2020 Group 1 Lexus Melbourne Cup after second declarations for the race were taken today, Tuesday 13 October, up from the 64 horses who were declared at the same stage in 2019.
Tiger Moth currently heads the betting with TAB for master trainer Aidan O’Brien following his second placing in the Group 1 Irish Derby, while the winner of that race, stablemate Santiago, also remains in the field for the Lexus Melbourne Cup. O’Brien’s team is rounded out by top weight Anthony Van Dyck.
Russian Camelot highlights the second declarations for trainer Danny O’Brien, whose team also includes King Of Leogrance and last year’s Cup winner Vow And Declare to give the Flemington trainer a strong hand to go back-to-back in Australia’s greatest race.
Last year’s Lexus Melbourne Cup winner is joined by second placegetter Prince of Arran, fourth placegetter Master Of Reality and fifth placegetter Surprise Baby amongst the second declarations.
This year’s Group 1 TAB Turnbull Stakes trifecta of Verry Elleegant, Toffee Tongue and Finche, all trained by Chris Waller, remain high in the order of entry to ensure last season’s leading Australian trainer is well positioned to attempt to win his first Lexus Melbourne Cup.
Oceanex and Persan are both comfortably assured of a start in the ‘race that stops a nation’™ following their respective wins in Flemington’s ballot-exempt races The Andrew Ramsden and The Bart Cummings.
This Saturday’s Group 1 Caulfield Cup is expected to have a strong influence on the field for 2020 Lexus Melbourne Cup and is the third race this year to offer a golden ticket. Final opportunities to secure ballot-exemption await the winner of the Group 1 Cox Plate and the Group 3 Lexus Hotham Stakes on AAMI Victoria Derby Day.
Victoria Racing Club (VRC) Executive General Manager Racing Leigh Jordon said he was thrilled with the quality of the field following the second declaration stage.
“In a year like no other, it is wonderful to see that the Lexus Melbourne Cup has maintained its allure as one of the most desired trophies in international sport,” Mr Jordon said.
“The field for this year’s Lexus Melbourne Cup is shaping up to be one for the ages, with a tremendous depth of quality from both our local and international stables.”
The 2020 Melbourne Cup Carnival begins with AAMI Victoria Derby Day on Saturday 31 October 2020 followed by Lexus Melbourne Cup Day on Tuesday 3 November, Kennedy Oaks Day on Thursday 5 November and Seppelt Wines Stakes Day on Saturday 7 November.
Network 10 is the exclusive broadcast partner of the 2020 Melbourne Cup Carnival with all races live and free on 10 and streamed on 10 Play.
The full list of second declarations for the Lexus Melbourne Cup can be found here.
The Lexus Melbourne Cup order of entry as of Tuesday 13 October 2020 can be found here.