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02/08/02 Goodwood Cup Hero Missing from Melbourne Cup
Racing administators in Melbourne were left a little puzzled at noon today when yesterday's Goodwood Cup winner Jardine's Lookout was not among the 266 entries for November's Melbourne Cup.

Racing Victoria's General Manager of Commercialism Mark Player said he would be actively chasing the horse to contest the race.

"Late entries for the race close next Friday so we're hoping to be able to have him entered then," Player told Cyberhorse this afternoon.

Jardine's Lookout, who beat a handy field in the Goodwood Cup including Persian Punch, was expected to be in today's entries according to press reports overnight in Europe.

The gelding's trainer Alan Jarvis told Racing Post that he was setting the horse now for the Melbourne Cup on November 5.

"He has plenty of petrol in the tank and he will be entered for the Melbourne Cup. I’ve never been to Australia, the nearest I’ve been is Bali but it would nice to go there," Jarvis said after the win.

Some 32 international entries were received for this year's Melbourne Cup, one more than last year.

Among those entered are last year's runner-up Give the Slip, the Mark Johnston trained Yavana's Pace and Give Notice, the runner-up (by a length and a half) in the Goodwood Cup.

The mighty Godolphin operation have nominated seven horses for the Melbourne Cup. As well as Give the Slip they have entered the Queen Elizabeth Stakes winner Hatha Anna and stablemates Alunissage, Beekeeper, Marienbard, Narrative and Sydenham.

Mark Johnston has entered three stayers for the Cup, while Dermot Weld, of Vintage Crop fame, has five entered including boom stayer Vinnie Roe.

Other leading international trainers to pay up for runners today include Michael Jarvis, Sir Michael Stoute, John Dunlop, Amanda Perrett, John Jenkins and James Fanshawe of England, Maurice Zilber of France, Hiroki Sakiyama and Yoshiyuki Goto of Japan, Laurie Laxon of Singapore, David Hayes from Hong Kong, Andreas Schutz of Germany and John Oxx of Ireland.

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