A field of 94 hopefuls remain in the Melbourne Cup after Tuesday’s first acceptances

A field of 94 runners remains in contention for a Melbourne Cup start after Tuesday’s first acceptances for the Melbourne Cup.

A dozen international runners feature in the 94 first acceptors, which represents a rise on last year’s number despite the COVID-19 crisis engulfing the world.

Melbourne Cup favourite Russian Camelot (7th) is safely in the top 24 in the ballot order at while Tiger Moth is now 10th in line after receiving a controversial 2.5kg penalty for a Group 3 win in Ireland.

Saturday’s Group 3 Bart Cummings (2500m) at Flemington looms as ‘D-day’ for several Melbourne Cup hopefuls that need to win the race to get into the great race on the first Tuesday in November.

A Melbourne Cup ballot exemption is on the line in the Bart Cummings.

Former German stayer Schabau would earn a Melbourne Cup ballot exemption if he won The Bart Cummings at Saturday’s Flemington meeting. Photo: AAP Image/Julian SmithSource:AAP

Highly touted stayer Schabau remains 54th in line for a Melbourne Cup start after the first acceptances while fellow Bart Cummings contender Steel Prince is 35th.

Meanwhile, Danny O’Brien has two of the three runners that are exempt from the Caulfield Cup ballot at the release of the latest order of entry for the October 17 event.

Russian Camelot earned a Caulfield Cup ballot exemption for winning the Underwood Stakes but he was always in the top 18 contenders courtesy of his South Australian Derby win.

Stablemate Orderofthegarter is also exempt from the Caulfield Cup ballot after he won the Group 3 Naturalism Stakes (2000m) earlier this month.

A field of 87 runners remain in the hunt for the Caulfield Cup.

Originally published asMelbourne Cup dream alive for 94

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