Melbourne Cup Nominations
- 174 horses have nominated for the Melbourne Cup
- The Melbourne Cup will be run on Tuesday, November 2
- Last year's winner Twilight Payment has nominated
Twilight Payment has been nominted for the 2021 Melbourne Cup. (Getty)
The 2021 Melbourne Cup Nominations have been released with 174 horses in contention to win 'the race that stops the nation'.
2020 Melbourne Cup winner Twilight Payment heads the entries while the likes of Verry Elleegant, Sir Dragonet and up and coming superstar Incentivise are other notable horses nominated for the $8M event.
As for the internationals, there were only 15 horses nominated across all three spring majors, so we are not expecting this year's Cup to have the international depth that we are used to seeing.
Spanish Mission is the notable entry for the Melbourne Cup, with connections targeting the race for more than 18 months, with his next start likely to be in the Lonsdale Cup before making the trip over.
Familiar face Prince Of Arran has been nominated, but will need to show a return to form at his next start to warrant another trip over, while the European Godolphin team have not nominated one horse which is a first for many years.
Racing Victoria's Greg Carpenter says that the team are very pleased with the nominations for the big race with the limited international horses nominated still being of high quality, while out local hopes add just as much depth to the event.
“We’re very pleased with the nominations received today across all the feature races and whilst the international contingent is down on quantity as expected, the nominations from abroad remain high on quality and their journey in the weeks and months ahead will create plenty of interest," Carpenter Said.
“The challenges presented by the COVID pandemic both internationally and domestically in terms of travel cannot be underestimated and in setting a new global safety benchmark for the Spring Racing Carnival additional challenges have emerged, but we make no apology for that."