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Last Internationals Arrive On Saturday

The five horses are scheduled to land in Melbourne on Saturday.
Four of the five are trained in Ireland - the Joseph O’Brien-trained duo US Army Ranger and Rekindling and Willie Mullins’ pair Max Dynamite and Thomas Hobson.
They were joined on the flight by Ebor Handicap winner Nakeeta, trained in Scotland by Iain Jardine.
Nakeeta will be the first horse from Scotland to race at the Melbourne carnival.
After their arrivals the five imports will be transferred to Racing Victoria’s Werribee International Horse Centre where they will complete their mandatory 14 days post-arrival quarantine requirements.
Their arrival will take the total number of overseas horses at Werribee to 24. The first shipment of 19 northern hemisphere carnival entries will complete their quarantine period on Saturday with several to race at Caulfield in the afternoon.
Nakeeta is taking a similar path to last year’s Ebor winner Heartbreak City, who was beaten only a neck in the Melbourne Cup at Flemington.
Max Dynamite was also a runner-up in the Melbourne Cup in 2015 to Prince of Penzance.
Thomas Hobson won the Ascot Stakes on the first day of the Royal meeting in June. AT bhis most recent run he was runner-up in the Doncaster Cup.
Rekindling, owned by Lloyd Williams, and US Army Ranger will be the first spring carnival runer for Joseph O’Brien, the son of world-renowned horseman Aidan O’Brien who has The Taj Mahal and Johannes Vermeer competing at Caulfield on Saturday.
Rekindling won the Curragh Cup in his native Ireland in July, beating the Willie Mullins-trained stayer Wicklow Brave, who has his sights set on next week’s Caulfield Cup.
US Army Ranger, formerly under the care of Aidan O’Brien, started favourite in the 2016 Epsom Derby but ultimately finished second behind Harzand, trained by Dermot Weld.

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