Melbourne Cup Field 2024

The 164th Melbourne Cup field runs on Tuesday, November 5, 2024 as Flemington Race 7 at 3:00pm (AEDT).

The capacity 24-horse Melbourne Cup field for the ‘race that stops a nation’ is officially released on the Saturday before the $8.5 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.

Bet On The 2024 Melbourne Cup Field

Early market betting odds on the 2024 Melbourne Cup will be displayed below once available. Odds are subject to fluctuation. For current odds on all of our live markets, please visit

2024 Melbourne Cup Field & Barrier Draw2024 Melbourne Cup Field


The 2024 Melbourne Cup Final Field & Barrier Draw is released on Derby Day at Flemington after the racing action on Saturday, November 2, 2024 revealing the 24 Melbourne Cup Horses.

2024 Melbourne Cup Final Field & Barrier Draw

The official 24-horse Melbourne Cup 2024 final field is TBC – stay tuned for updates! 

The 2024 Melbourne Cup barrier draw takes place on Saturday, November 2, 2024 from 6:30pm (AEDT) and can be viewed live on

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.

2024 Melbourne Cup Acceptance Dates

2024 Melbourne Cup Field News:

Stay tuned for the latest Melbourne Cup 2024 Field news updates.

2024 Melbourne Cup Jockeys

Stay tuned here for the confirmed 2024 Melbourne Cup jockeys. See what jockeys have locked in a ride aboard one of the 24 Melbourne Cup horses this spring.


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2024 Melbourne Cup Weights

The 2024 Melbourne Cup weights (handicaps) are declared on Tuesday, September 17, 2024. 

2024 Melbourne Cup Nominations

Early Melbourne Cup 2024 Nominations featuring a huge list of potential runners in the two mile classic close in late August or early September and will be detailed in full below as soon as released.

The official Melbourne Cup 2024 nominations close on Tuesday, September 3, 2024. 

2024 Melbourne Cup First Acceptances

The official Melbourne Cup 2024 first acceptances close on Tuesday, October 1, 2024.

2024 Melbourne Cup Second Acceptances

The Lexus Melbourne Cup 2024 second acceptances are taken on Tuesday, October 15, 2024.

2024 Melbourne Cup Third Acceptances

The Lexus Melbourne Cup 2024 third acceptances are taken on Monday, October 28, 2024.