Melbourne Spring Carnival Nominations
- 170 horses have nominated for the Caulfield Cup
- 153 horses have nominated for the Cox Plate
- 174 horses have nominated for the Melbourne Cup
- Just 15 international horses have nominated for the spring majors
The Melbourne Spring Carnival Nominations were announced on August 3. (Getty)
There is a spring feeling in the air with the nominations for Melbourne's three major races across the Melbourne Spring Carnival, the Caulfield Cup, Cox Plate and Melbourne Cup announced today.
All three of last year' s major winners have been nominated for their respective races, while the international contingent looks half as big as last year with just 15 raiders nominating.
Racing Victoria's Greg Carpenter was pleased with the quality of thoroughbreds nominated for each major and is expecting another year full of amazing stories.
“It is always pleasing to see the defending champions headline the entries for the Lexus Melbourne Cup, Carlton Draught Caulfield Cup and Ladbrokes Cox Plate which are Australia’s most iconic races and will again provide a beacon for the nation in these challenging times," Carpenter said.
“The Cups and Cox Plate always generate amazing storylines and while defending champions Verry Elleegant, Sir Dragonet and Twilight Payment are familiar names among the entries, we know that opportunities will arise for new heroes to be born and that is what makes the countdown so exciting.
“Can Denis Pagan create more history and train a Melbourne Cup winner? Can Edward or James Cummings join their grandfather Bart as a Cup winner? Can Verry Elleegant cement her future place in racing’s Hall of Fame by adding a Cox Plate to her Caulfield Cup title? There are so many great questions to be answered.
“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."
The Caulfield Cup will be held on October 16, while the Cox Plate will be held October 23 and the Melbourne Cup on November 2.
Click here for the full list of nominations for the 2021 Caulfield Cup