Latest Top 30 Melbourne Cup contenders

The top 24 horses will make the final cut for the 2020 Melbourne Cup on Nov. 3, but there will be changes over the coming week as several horses race to try and improve their standing and win a berth:

UPDATED ORDER OF ENTRY (horse, trainer, weight)

1. VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ), Chris Waller, 55.5kg

2. SIR DRAGONET (IRE), Ciaron Maher & David Eustace, 55.5kg

3. OCEANEX (NZ), Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr), 51.5kg

4. PERSAN, Ciaron Maher & David Eustace, 51kg

5. ANTHONY VAN DYCK (IRE), Aidan O’Brien, 58.5kg

6. VOW AND DECLARE, Danny O’Brien, 57kg

7. AVILIUS (GB), James Cummings, 57kg

8. RUSSIAN CAMELOT (IRE), Danny O’Brien, 53.5kg

9. MASTER OF REALITY (IRE), Joseph O’Brien, 56kg

10. TWILIGHT PAYMENT (IRE), Joseph O’Brien, 55.5kg

11. TIGER MOTH (IRE), Aidan O’Brien, 52.5kg

12. MUSTAJEER (GB), Kris Lees, 55kg

13. STRATUM ALBION (GB), Willie Mullins, 55kg

14. PRINCE OF ARRAN (GB), Charlie Fellowes, 54.5kg

15. WARNING, Anthony & Sam Freedman, 53kg

16. SURPRISE BABY (NZ), Paul Preusker, 54.5kg

17. DASHING WILLOUGHBY (GB), Andrew Balding, 54.5kg

18. FINCHE (GB), Chris Waller, 54.5kg

19. ETAH JAMES (NZ), Ciaron Maher & David Eustace, 52.5kg

20. MIAMI BOUND (NZ), Danny O’Brien, 51kg

21. THE CHOSEN ONE (NZ), Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman, 53.5kg

22. STEEL PRINCE (IRE), Anthony & Sam Freedman, 53.5kg

23. KING OF LEOGRANCE (FR), Danny O’Brien, 53.5kg

24. TRUE SELF (IRE), Willie Mullins, 52kg

25. ZEBROWSKI (NZ), Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes, 52kg

26. SAN HUBERTO (IRE), Matt Cumani, 53.5kg

27. NICKAJACK CAVE (IRE), Peter G Moody, 53.5kg

28. PLATINUM INVADOR (NZ), Peter G Moody, 53kg

29. ASHRUN (FR), Andreas Wohler, 53kg

30. HUSH WRITER (JPN), Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott, 52.5kg

It’s an intriguing betting race already with Aidan O’Brien-trained Irish import Tiger Moth holding favouritism at $6 despite being yet to race in Australia and Sir Dragonet ($7.50) surging into second favoritism after its Cox Plate win.

Local hope Surprise Baby ($10), Caulfield Cup winner Very Elleegant ($11) and runner-up Anthony Van Dyck ($11) are also prominent in the market along with last year’s second-place getter Prince of Arran ($13) and Russian Camelot ($13).

Here are the leaders in the current betting market, via Bet365

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