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Countdown to Melbourne Cup on November 6
Last Updated: September 4, 2012 8:04am
Dunaden: Won the 2011 Melbourne Cup
Dunaden and Red Cadeaux, first and second in last year's Emirates Melbourne Cup, feature among 151 entries for the Flemington showpiece on November 6.
Trained in France by Mikel Delzangles, Dunaden beat Ed Dunlop's Red Cadeaux by a nose 12 months ago.
Luca Cumani is represented by ante-post favourite Mount Athos, Ibicenco and Quest For Peace as he seeks an elusive first success in the 'race that stops a nation'.
Godolphin hopes include the Saeed bin Suroor-trained Ebor winner Willing Foe, while John Gosden can call on Gatewood, who was third to Quest For Peace at Goodwood and just denied in a Deauville Group Two.
Two-time Melbourne Cup-winning trainer Dermot Weld has entered Sapphire and Ascot Gold Cup winner Rite Of Passage, with Irish hopes further boosted by John Oxx's Hartani and Aidan O'Brien's I Have A Dream.
Fiorente (Sir Michael Stoute), Jukebox Jury (Mark Johnston), Aaim To Prosper (Brian Meehan) and Jakkalberry (Marco Botti) are other interesting British contenders.
Weld's team also includes Galileo's Choice as he bids to follow up the famous triumphs of Vintage Crop (1993) and Media Puzzle (2002).
Americain, winner in 2010 and fourth last year, is likely to try again for Alain de Royer-Dupre.
Black Caviar's trainer Peter Moody has a number of possibles, including the ex-Cumani-trained Manighar, fifth to Dunaden and seventh to Americain in the last two runnings.