Strong overseas cast for spring features

IRISH trainer Aidan O’Brien has 12 of the 28 international nomations for this year’s Caulfield Cup.

O’Brien has nominated Lloyd Williams-owned pair Order Of St George and Bondi Beach as well as English and Irish Derby placegetter Idaho for the $3 million race at Caulfield on October 15.

English trainer Ed Dunlop has nominated Caulfield Cup placegetter Trip To Paris, while premier Victorian trainer Darren Weir’s 17 nominations include Melbourne Cup winner Prince Of Penzance and former Japanese stayer Tosen Stardom.

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In the Cox Plate there are 22 international entries including the three horses invited by Moonee Valley Racing Club, the O’Brien-trained Highland Reel, French-trained Vadamos and Godolphin’s Tryster, a Group One winner in Dubai.

Last year’s winner Winx headlines the nominations for the race at Moonee Valley on October 22, with Victoria Derby winner Tarzino and Queen Elizabeth Stakes winner Lucia Valentia also entered.

All up there are 170 nominations for the Caulfield Cup, the world’s richest 2400m handicap and 157 entries for the Cox Plate.

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