By Jon Lees
Australia: Leading St Leger candidate Sir Lucan, runner-up in the Gordon Stakes at Goodwood for Aidan O’Brien , has been added to the nominations for the Lexus Melbourne Cup by Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott.
The three-year-old was one of two late international additions with the other Glycon who won a G3 at Deauville just two days ago for Jean-Claude Rouget, bringing the total number of entries to 175 for the November 2 race.
Sir Lucan joins last year’s Arc fourth Gold Trip, who joins Ciaron Maher and David Eustace, and Royal Ascot winner Surefire, who goes to Chris Waller from Ralph Beckett, as high-profile international nominees to be transferred to Australian-based trainers.
Aidan O’Brien made no entries in this year’s race, citing issues with the new veterinary checks which have been introduced this year. However, Pondus and current Melbourne Cup second favourite Dawn Patrol, trained by his son Joseph, have arrived at Macedon Lodge to be trained by Australian trainer Robert Hickmott.
Sir Lucan is a brother of last year’s Cox Plate winner Sir Dragonet. The lightly-raced son of Camelot is a Listed winner who finished second to Australian-owned Ottoman Emperor at Goodwood.
VRC executive general manager Racing Leigh Jordon said: “Sir Lucan and Glycon are talented stayers and strong nominees for the Lexus Melbourne Cup.
“Sir Lucan is particularly exciting given he has been nominated for Flemington trainers Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott. Gai famously won the Cup in 2013 with another former international galloper in Fiorente so she knows exactly what it takes to win our great race.”
• View the entries for the Lexus Melbourne Cup