Classic plans for Melbourne

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Classic Cliche and Grey Shot have emerged as the most likely British- based contenders for the Melbourne Cup on 5 November. The two stayers are among a record 34 entries from Britain and Ireland out of a total entry of 291 that includes runners with previous experience, the 1993 winner, Vintage Crop, and Double Trigger.

Despite being allotted top weight of 9st 9lb, Classic Cliche, last year's St Leger winner, will be put into quarantine immediately after he has run in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

He could be joined in the challenge for the pounds 1.1m event by the Goodwood Cup winner Grey Shot. Vintage Crop will run for a fourth time at the age of 10, provided he can first prove he retains his ability.