Sir Lucan. Picture: Racing Post

Sir Lucan. Picture: Racing Post

Star Euro raiders make late spring bid

Melbourne’s spring carnival has been given an international boost with four new raiders throwing in late nominations for this year’s features.

Sir Lucan, formally trained by Aidan O’Brien, will race in Australia under the care of Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott and French galloper Glycon, trained by Jean Claude Rouget were announced as late nominations for the Lexus Melbourne Cup on Tuesday afternoon.

While the Caulfield Cup and Cox Plate have both scored an international boost.

Glycon and Roger Varian’s Save a Forest have been nominated for the Caulfield Cup, while Jessica Harrington-trained Cadillac and Joseph O’Brien’s State Of Rest join Glycon in the Cox Plate nominations.

It brings the total number of international nominations for the spring carnival to 20, with those horses now holding 35 nominations.

The nominations also add genuine class to the spring carnival if they do make the flight.

Sir Lucan, a three-year-old, was last seen at Goodwood where he was beaten by half a length by promising OTI-owned Ottoman Emperor.

Five-year-old Glycon looms as a real weight-for-age prospect winning his last start at Group 3 level at Deauville by two lengths.

State Of Rest and Cadillac were last seen in the Group 1 Saratoga Derby. State Of Rest one that race with Cadillac failing to handle the surface.

Save A Forest already held a nomination for the Lexus Melbourne Cup, adding a Caulfield Cup nomination to his spring possibilities.