Japanese runners stay home

The number of Japanese horses competing during this year's Victorian Spring Carnival has dropped from six to four.

Connections of Meiner Wunsch and Meiner Fanrong have opted to remain in Japan rather than travel to Australia.

Both horses were expected to arrive at Spendthrift Australia Park Werribee's quarantine centre next Tuesday afternoon alongside Suzuka Devious.

The Tajahisa Tezuka-trained Meiner Fanrong was 77th in the elimination order with 51.5kg for the $5m, Group 1 Stella Artois Caulfield Cup (2400m) at Caulfield on October 19th while the Takahiro Mizuno-trained Meiner Wunsch was yet to pass the first ballot clause with 52kg for the $8m, Group 1 Lexus Melbourne Cup (3200m) at Flemington on November 5th.

Northern Hemisphere eight-year-old Suzuka Devious is still expected to travel. He holds a nomination for the Caulfield Cup only, with 53kg, but is yet to pass the first ballot clause for the 2400-metre feature.

Fellow Japanese horses Lys Gracieux, Kluger and Mer De Glace are expected to arrive into Melbourne on October 1.

Lys Gracieux and Kluger are Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) invitees at The Valley on October 26th while Mer De Glace is a progressive stayer expected to contest the Caulfield Cup with 55.5kg.

The Melbourne Cup, picture VRC