There could be as many as eight Northern Hemisphere-trained runners in the A$2.85 million ($13.6 million) Melbourne Cup (3,200 metres) at Flemington on November 3. The Godolphin stable's Faithful Son - accompanied by travelling companion Annus Mirabilis - arrived in Melbourne this week along with the Lady Herries-trained Taufan's Melody. Both Faithful Son and Taufan's Melody will tackle the A$1.5 million Caulfield Cup (2,400 metres) at Caulfield on October 17 on their way to the Melbourne Cup. Annus Mirabilis will be restricted to races over 1,600 and 2,000 metres during the Melbourne Spring Carnival. Unfortunately, the David Elsworth-trained Persian Punch was forced to miss the flight because of a skin infection but he is now expected to arrive in Melbourne during the next week. Providing he recovers from his flight in time Persian Punch will also contest the Caulfield Cup. Sheer Danzig and Yorkshire, who have the Melbourne Cup as their sole objectives, are scheduled to land in Melbourne on October 13. In addition, Malaysian trainer Malcolm Thwaites, who still has six horses in the big race, is saying he will be sending three horses to Melbourne. Three Crowns, who won the prestigious Singapore Gold Cup (2,200 metres) last Sunday, will almost certainly be one of those, while the chances are he will be accompanied by Peak Of Perfection and Star Era. Peak Of Perfection has become a high-class performer in Malaysia after beginning his career in England while Star Era is a winner over 3,200 metres in South Africa. Tragically last year's Cox Plate winner Dane Ripper will be missing this year. She was found to be suffering from a tear in her near fore tendon after disappointing in the Underwood Stakes (2,000 metres) at Caulfield and has been retired to stud. Her trainer Bart Cummings said that Dane Ripper will be mated with Zabeel, who stands at Cambridge Stud in New Zealand. A five-year-old by Danehill, Dane Ripper started 29 times for 12 wins, two seconds and six thirds for prize money of A$3,151,833. Her victories featured the Stradbroke Handicap (1,400 metres), Cox Plate and the VRC Australian Cup (2,000 metres) at Group One level. 'She is one of the best I've trained . . . she was right up there with Light Fingers and Leilani. 'She would have won the Cox Plate again this year, if she had stayed sound,' said Cummings. Former bookmaker Robbie Waterhouse was this week permitted back on to racecourses after 14 years in exile. Waterhouse, who was warned-off the world's racecourses for his part in the Fine Cotton ring-in scandal at Eagle Farm in Queensland in 1984, had his ban lifted by the New South Wales Thoroughbred Racing Board. The husband of leading trainer Gai Waterhouse, who has numerous Hong Kong clients, was one of six people warned-off racecourses for betting on and having prior knowledge to the ring-in.