The squeeze is already on for spots in the Melbourne and Caulfield Cups following the release of the order of entry for both races.
In the Melbourne Cup, notable horses facing a challenge to secure a start are Aktau and Schabau who sit in 66th and 74th position respectively in the order of entry.
Other horses prominent in futures betting that are currently outside the top 24 include King of Leogrance (34th), True Self (36th), Nickajack Cave (41st), Master of Wine (42nd), Ashrun (48th) and Delphi (59th).
The Melbourne Cup order of entry will take further shape over the next week with the finalisation of the list of European horses set to travel down under. There are currently 10 internationally trained horses in the top 24.
There are four remaining ballot exemption races for the Melbourne Cup being The Bart Cummings (2500m) and Lexus Stakes (2500m) at Flemington on 3 and 31 October respectively, along with the Caulfield Cup and the Ladbrokes Cox Plate (2040m) at The Valley on 24 October.
2019 Melbourne Cup winner Vow And Declare. Picture: Jaimee van LeerdamSource:Supplied
In the Caulfield Cup, the Mike Moroney-trained Aktau sits on top of the order of entry, thanks to his win in the ballot exempt Mornington Cup earlier this year.
Among the most notable horses facing a challenge to secure a start in the Caulfield Cup are current equal second favourites Master of Wine and Mugatoo who sit at 44th and 55th respectively.
Other fancied runners who are well down in the Caulfield Cup order of entry include Oceanex (56th) who is assured of a spot in the Melbourne Cup (thanks to his win in The Andrew Ramsden) but is currently well outside the Caulfield Cup field.
Others down in the Caulfield Cup order include Ashrun (58th), Le Don De Vie (60th), Nonconformist (61st) and Delphi (70th).
There are six remaining ballot exemption races for the Caulfield Cup.
Originally published asSqueeze kicks in for some fancied Cups contenders
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