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Dream continues to grow after first declarations for the 2022 Lexus Melbourne Cup

6 September 2022 Written by VRC

First declarations for the world’s richest handicap were taken today with 97 horses remaining in the running for the Lexus Melbourne Cup.

The interest in the Victoria Racing Club’s (VRC) iconic race is strong with local and international horses headlining the first acceptors, including current favourite and winner of the Great Voltigeur Stakes, Deauville Legend.

Other leading overseas contenders still in the running for this year’s Lexus Melbourne Cup include Rodrigo Diaz and Loft, as well as a host of top internationals that will be trained by Australian trainers upon arrival.

Australian trained mare and TAB Australian Cup winner Duais remains on a path to the first Tuesday in November with trainer Edward Cummings looking to emulate his Hall of Fame Grandfather, Bart Cummings by winning his first Lexus Melbourne Cup.

Duais is joined by last year’s Lexus Melbourne Cup third placegetter Spanish Mission as well as St Leger winning gelding, Alegron.

VRC Executive General Manager Racing Leigh Jordon said the first declaration announcement is another exciting stepping stone on the way to the Lexus Melbourne Cup.

“In a significant milestone on the road to the Cup, the first acceptances remain strong and fill the VRC with excitement about the high quality field for the 162nd running of the Cup,” Mr Jordon said.

“Group 1 racing returns to Flemington this weekend with many horses continuing their Lexus Melbourne Cup campaigns, including 2019 winner Vow and Declare as well as Point Nepean who secured his spot after winning the Lexus Andrew Ramsden in the autumn.

“There is avid interest from international trainers with the Irish St Leger and English St Leger to be run this weekend that will help further shape the final field.”

The next opportunity for Australian-trained horses to win their way into the Lexus Melbourne Cup is via The Lexus Bart Cummings on TAB Turnbull Stakes Day, Saturday 1 October, at Flemington. The race meeting is a strong form reference, with last year’s TAB Turnbull Stakes winner Incentivise going on to run a gallant second behind Verry Elleegant in the Lexus Melbourne Cup.

The next key milestones and dates for the 2022 Lexus Melbourne Cup are:

Key milestones for the 2022 Lexus Melbourne Cup

Tuesday 13 September

Weights

Tuesday 27 September

Second Declaration

Tuesday 11 October

Third Declaration

Monday 24 October

Fourth Declaration

Saturday 29 October

Final Declaration

Second declarations for the Lexus Melbourne Cup must be submitted by noon on Tuesday 27 September.

The Lexus Melbourne Cup will be run on Tuesday 1 November as part of the iconic Melbourne Cup Carnival which begins with Penfolds Victoria Derby Day on Saturday 29 October and also features Kennedy Oaks Day on Thursday 3 November and VRC Champions Stakes Day on Saturday 5 November.

All the action from the 2022 Melbourne Cup Carnival can be seen live and free on Network 10 and 10 Play on demand. 

The full list of first acceptances for the Lexus Melbourne Cup can be found here.

Image: Verry Elleegant (NZ) ridden by James McDonald wins the Lexus Melbourne Cup (Reg Ryan/Racing Photos)

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