Top English stayer to miss Caulfield Cup

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Highly rated UK stayer Spanish Mission's departure to Australia has been delayed and he will now miss his intended start in next month's Caulfield Cup.

The five-year-old was due to fly this weekend with the first shipment of overseas spring carnival challengers.

But after suffering with muscle spasms while exercising in quarantine in Newmarket, he will not leave as planned.

Andrew Balding's charge, who was last seen finishing a narrow second to Stradivarius in the Lonsdale Cup at York, is now due to travel early next month.

New rules mean he will not be allowed to contest the Caulfield Cup and will instead chart a direct route to the Melbourne Cup instead.

The second shipment of international horses will arrive in Australia on October 9.

"The stable has elected to take a cautious approach with the horse upon his return to ridden exercise today and have thus deferred their travel to the second shipment," a Racing Victoria statement said.

Spanish Mission occupies the second line of betting for the Melbourne Cup on November 2 as a $9 chance behind emerging Australian stayer Incentivise.

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