Single Gaze in Melbourne Cup mix despite future being up in the air
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Single Gaze in Melbourne Cup mix despite future being up in the air

Single Gaze's racing future might be up in the air, but she's still in the mix for a berth in the $7 million Melbourne Cup.

The former Canberra mare was 27th on the order of entry announced on Wednesday, having finished 17th in the race that stops a nation last November.

It means if her new trainer Chris Waller and Japanese owner Katsumi Yoshida wanted to they could aim for another tilt at one of the world's richest races, given she's just three spots away from making the field of 24.

Single Gaze is 27th in the Melbourne Cup order of entry, but her racing future is up in the air.

Single Gaze is 27th in the Melbourne Cup order of entry, but her racing future is up in the air.Credit:AAP Image/Julian Smith

Single Gaze was also No.29 in the Caulfield Cup order of entry - the race she produced the run of her career in to finish a gutsy second in 2017.

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But it's believed her Japanese connections could decide to retire Single Gaze after her disappointing last-place finish in the group 2 Chelmsford Stakes (1600 metres) at Randwick on September 1.

When her previous trainer Nick Olive and owners sold the six-year-old chestnut to Yoshida they thought it was under the condition she didn't race again, but the broker of the deal neglected to insert the appropriate clause into the contract of sale.

It saw her switch to Waller's stable, where the world's best racehorse Winx lives, and she was aimed at another Spring campaign before retiring to a Japanese breeding barn.

Fairfax Media were unable to contact the Waller stable on Tuesday, but when Waller's racing manager Charlie Duckworth was asked last month about Single Gaze's chances of running in this year's Melbourne Cup he said it wouldn't be her main focus.

"It's probably too early to tell whether we'd go to the Melbourne Cup. It's inconclusive whether she stayed the two miles last year," he said mid August.

"We're not preparing her whole preparation to get to the Melbourne Cup.

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"She ran a blinder in [the Caulfield Cup] last year so it certainly won't be out of our calculations."

Meanwhile, Kings Will Dream is assured a Caulfield Cup start, but the import still has work to do if his connections want to run him in the Melbourne Cup as well.

Kings Will Dream was exempt from the Caulfield Cup ballot, courtesy of his Mornington Cup win, but he sits 53rd in the Melbourne Cup order.

The Darren Weir-trained stayer was favourite for both the Caulfield Cup (2400m) and Melbourne Cup (3200m) at $4.60 and $10 respectively.

A number of international entries high up in Melbourne Cup betting, but still down the order of entry, include $17 chance Withhold (49th), as well as Hamada (45th) and Prince of Arran (54th), who are both at $21.

The Darren Weir-trained Humidor was given top weight of 58 kilograms for both cups and heads the Melbourne Cup order of entry ahead of Godolphin's Best Solution - trained by Saeed bin Suroor.

Best Solution also has a Caulfield Cup ballot exemption, while Humidor is next in line in the order of entry for that race.

The James Cummings-trained Godolphin import Avilius, unbeaten in two Australian starts and favourite for Saturday's Kingston Town Stakes in Sydney, is on the second line of the Caulfield Cup market, but sits 57th in the order of entry.

Avilius is 56th in the Melbourne Cup ballot. with AAP

David Polkinghorne covers the Canberra Raiders, local rugby league, Canberra Cavalry, racing and cycling, along with every other sport, for The Canberra Times.