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Irish raiders handed entries for Victoria's Spring Carnival

Updated: Tuesday, 05 Aug 2014 10:17 | Comments

Magician has received an entry for the Cox Plate but is almost certain to return to Santa Anita  to defend his title in the Breeders' Cup Turf
Magician has received an entry for the Cox Plate but is almost certain to return to Santa Anita to defend his title in the Breeders' Cup Turf

Irish-trained horses, including Magician and Trading Leather, figure prominently in a record international entry for this year's Caulfield Cup and Sportingbet Cox Plate, two of the highlights of Victoria's Spring Carnival.

The 12-furlong Caulfield Cup, to be run at Caulfield on 18 October, has received 44 entries from overseas while the 10-furlong Cox Plate, at Moonee Valley on 25 October, has 29 foreign entries.

Aidan O'Brien's Breeders' Cup winner Magician is nominated for the Cox Plate along with the William Haggas-trained Mukhadram and Roger Varian's John Smith's Cup winner Farraaj.

O'Brien also has Adelaide, Venus De Milo and Table Rock amongst the entries along with Ger Lyons' Brendan Brackan, the Charlie Hills-trained pair of Forgotten Hero and Just The Judge and Richard Hannon's Goodwood winner Pether's Moon.

Side Glance won the Group One Mackinnon Stakes for Andrew Balding in Australia last November and he is also entered for the race as is Sennockian Star, who was a winner at Goodwood for Mark Johnston.

Trading Leather, trained by Jim Bolger for Godolphin, is another eye-catching contender.

Varian has entered Ambivalent for the Caulfield Cup, a race which could also feature Michael Stoute's Hillstar and Godolphin's Goodwood Cup winner Cavalryman.

Brown Panther is also in the mix for that event as is Jeremy Noseda's international campaigner Grandeur, Ed Dunlop's Red Cadeaux, Balding's Van Percy and O'Brien's Irish Derby second Kingfisher.

A handful of runners, including Mukhadram, Venus De Milo and Pether's Moon are entered in both events.

Leigh Jordon, Racing Victoria's international recruitment officer, said: "Both the quantity and quality of international entries received for the Caulfield Cup and Cox Plate is a mark of the respect and interest that the Spring Racing Carnival and our premier racing now commands on the world stage.”

No internationally-trained horse has won the Cox Plate, while Taufan's Melody (1998), All The Good (2008) and Dunaden (2012) are the three international winners of Caulfield Cup.

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