Melbourne Cup Field 2022

Tuesday November 1, 2022

The capacity 24-horse Melbourne Cup field for the ‘race that stops a nation’ is officially released on the Saturday before the $7.43 million feature takes place on the first Tuesday of November annually. After the racing action on Victoria Derby Day is when punters get a first glimpse at the stayers that will face off in that year’s field.

2022 Melbourne Cup Field & Barrier Draw

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The 2022 Melbourne Cup Final Field & Barrier Draw will be released this Derby Day at Flemington after the racing action on Saturday October 29, 2022 revealing the 24 Melbourne Cup Horses.

2022 Melbourne Cup Acceptance Dates

  • 2022 Melbourne Cup Nominations: Close on Tuesday August 2, 2022
  • 2022 Melbourne Cup First Declarations: Close on Tuesday September 6, 2022
  • 2022 Melbourne Cup Second Declarations: Close on Tuesday September 27, 2022
  • 2022 Melbourne Cup Third Declarations: Close on Tuesday October 11, 2022  
  • 2022 Melbourne Cup Fourth Declarations: Close on Monday October 24, 2022 
  • 2022 Melbourne Cup Final Field: Announced Saturday October 29, 2022 at 4:30pm (local time)
  • 2022 Melbourne Cup Barrier Draw: Takes place Saturday October 29, 2022 at 7:00pm (local time)

Bet On The 2022 Melbourne Cup Field

2022 Melbourne Cup Nominations

Early Melbourne Cup 2022 Nominations featuring a huge list of potential runners in the two mile classic close in August and will be detailed in full below as soon as released.

The official 2022 Melbourne Cup Nominations close on Tuesday August 2, 2022.

2022 Melbourne Cup First Acceptances

The official Melbourne Cup 2022 first acceptances close on Tuesday September 6, 2022.

2022 Melbourne Cup Second Acceptances

The Melbourne Cup 2022 second acceptances close on Tuesday September 27, 2022. 

2022 Melbourne Cup Third Acceptances

The Melbourne Cup 2022 third acceptances closed on Tuesday October 11, 2022. 

2022 Melbourne Cup Fourth Acceptances

The Melbourne Cup 2022 fourth acceptances are taken the Monday leading-up to Victoria Derby Day, eight days prior to the ‘race that stops a nation’.


The Melbourne Cup field features no emergencies so if a horse is scratched after final acceptances than the two-mile showdown will run under capacity. There are plenty of lead-up races offering a chance for runners outside the Melbourne Cup ballot order of 24 to make the field including the Caulfield Cup and Cox Plate.

Betting on the possible horses in the Melbourne Cup field is open nearly all year round, but the Melbourne Cup odds really firm once the final line-up is confirmed.

Each year the presence of internationally-trained horses outside of Australia and New Zealand in the Melbourne Cup field is growing and the raiders have a strong record running in the Melbourne Cup trifecta. There are many lead-up races horses can run in leading-up to taking their spot in the Melbourne Cup field including the Geelong Cup.

Before the official Melbourne Cup field is announced there are a number of nomination and entry stages. The original Melbourne Cup nominations close in late August or early September followed by Melbourne Cup weights around a week later. The nominations are followed by first acceptances in early October and second acceptances later that month.