2022 Melbourne Cup Entries - Deauville Legend and Hoo Ya Mal remain in Flemington contention
- Latest European entries for the 2022 Melbourne Cup
- Ten British and Irish horses remain in contention following the first acceptance stage
- Deauville Legend and Hoo Ya Mal headline the European entries
- Joseph O'Brien's Cleveland won't be running in the Melbourne Cup
Daniel Muscutt riding Deauville Legend (L) win The Bahrain Trophy Stakes. (Getty)
Deauville Legend and Hoo Ya Mal headlined the short list of British and Irish challengers who remain in the running for the 2022 Melbourne Cup.
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Just ten UK and Irish runners paid up at the first acceptance stage today. Chief amongst them was James Ferguson's Great Voltigeur Stakes winner Deauville Legend, who tops the European betting for the Melbourne Cup at 10/1.
Hoo Ya Mal won't be a European horse for much longer, as he's due to move to Adrian Bott and Gai Waterhouse for the latter half of the Melbourne Spring Carnival, following an outing in the St Leger on Saturday.
Roger Varian has left in Royal Ascot winner Eldar Eldarov, who will also run in the final British Classic of the season at Doncaster this weekend. Ebor handicap runner-up, Alfred Boucher and David Simcock's Rodrigo Diaz remain Melbourne Cup contention. As does the Crisford's runner, Without A Fight.
Ireland's champion trainer, Aidan O'Brien has entered up just one runner, Waterville in the 2022 Melbourne Cup. Paddy Twomey could have his first runner in "the race that stops a nation" after he left beaten Ebor favourite, Earl Of Tyrone in the field.
Two-time Melbourne Cup winner, Joseph O'Brien will be represented by Point King and Temple Of Artemis. O'Brien's new recruit, Cleveland had sat prominently in the Melbourne Cup betting, after the Chester Cup winner was snapped up by leading Australian owner Lloyd Williams. However, O'Brien confirmed over the weekend that Cleveland would not be making the trip to Australia, having failed to pass all of the stringent health checks that were introduced following the death of Anthony Van Dyck in 2019.
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