2016 Melbourne Cup Nominations For First Time

23 September, 2016

Former champions Prince Of Penzance and Protectionist headline the first nominations for the 2016 Emirates Melbourne Cup, released on Tuesday.

While 2014 winner Protectionist is fairly unlikely to take his place at Flemington, there are a swathe of internationals vying to follow in the German galloper’s hoof-steps after his devastating victory two years back.

Among the potential raiders are Japanese star and dual Tenno Sho placegetter Curren Mirotic; Aidan O’Brien gallopers Order Of St George, Idaho and Sword Fighter; Godolphin horses Manatee, Hartnell and Scottish; the American-trained Da Big Hoss; French horse Erupt; Michael Bell’s Big Orange; Ebor Handicap winner Heartbreak City and Jockey Club Stakes winner Exosphere (not to be confused with his Australian namesake, who was retired to stud earlier this year). Read more…