Melbourne Cup Field 2021

Tuesday November 2, 2021

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.

2021 Melbourne Cup Field & Barrier Draw

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The 2021 Melbourne Cup Final Field & Barrier Draw will be released this Derby Day at Flemington after the racing action on Saturday October 30, 2021 revealing the 24 Melbourne Cup Horses.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and international travel restrictions, the 2021 Melbourne Cup field is expected to be dominated by the local Australian-trained stayers.

In 2019 the Danny O’Brien-trained Vow And Declare became the first Australian-bred Melbourne Cup winner since Shocking (2009).

2021 Melbourne Cup Acceptance Dates

  • 2021 Melbourne Cup Nominations: Closed on Tuesday August 3, 2021 – attracted 153 entries
  • 2021 Melbourne Cup First Declarations: Close on Tuesday September 7, 2021 – drew 124 horses
  • 2021 Melbourne Cup Second Declarations: Closed on Tuesday September 28, 2021
  • 2021 Melbourne Cup Third Declarations: Closed on Tuesday October 12, 2021 – 60 horses remain
  • 2021 Melbourne Cup Final Field: Announced Saturday October 30, 2021 at 4:30pm (local time)
  • 2021 Melbourne Cup Barrier Draw: Takes place Saturday October 30, 2021 at 7:00pm (local time)

Melbourne Cup 2021 ODDS

Early market betting odds on the 2021 Melbourne Cup will be displayed below once available. Odds are subject to fluctuation. For current odds on all of our live markets, please visit ladbrokes.com.au.

2021 Melbourne Cup Nominations

Early Melbourne Cup 2021 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 2021 Melbourne Cup Nominations close on Tuesday August 3, 2021.

The 2021 Melbourne Cup nominations attracted 174 stayers – the exact same number as last season – including the defending champion Twilight Payment who is one of four for last year’s winning trainer Joseph O’Brien and all-in favourite Incentivise now prepared by Peter Moody of Black Caviar fame. 

2021 Melbourne Cup First Acceptances

The official Melbourne Cup 2021 first acceptances close on Tuesday September 7, 2021.

The 2021 Melbourne Cup first acceptances attracted 124 early entries led in pre-field betting by the Peter Moody-trained Incentivise and UK visitor Spanish Mission

The Melbourne Cup First Acceptances feature: 

  • 6 Internationals 
  • Last year’s champion Twilight Payment 
  • 13 for Chris Waller 

2021 Melbourne Cup Second Acceptances

The Melbourne Cup 2021 second acceptances closed on Tuesday September 28, 2021. 

2021 Melbourne Cup Third Acceptances

The Melbourne Cup 2021 third acceptances closed on Tuesday October 12, 2021. 

The 2021 Melbourne Cup third acceptances attracted 60 stayers including the Peter Moody-trained favourite Incentivise, last year’s winner Twilight Payment who is one of three remaining internationally-trained raiders and 10 for the Maher/Eustace stable including their ballot-exempt The Bart Cummings winner Grand Promenade

The Melbourne Cup Third Acceptances feature: 

  • 3 Internationals 
  • Last year’s champion Twilight Payment 
  • 10 for the Maher/Eustace stable 
  Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 x62251x006 REALM OF FLOWERS M 5 Anthony & Sam Freedman 1 51kg   102
2 x221211251 GRAND PROMENADE (GB) G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 2 52kg 1.0kg 99
3 7x3112x214 VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ) M 6 Chris Waller 3 57kg   1
4 1131×33912 TWILIGHT PAYMENT (IRE) G 9 Joseph O’Brien 4 58kg   1.5
5 x794159x36 SIR DRAGONET (IRE) H 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 5 57.5kg   116
6 0x34x52x3x GOLD TRIP (FR) H 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 6 57kg   2.5
7 17x2513x2x SPANISH MISSION (USA) H 6 Andrew Balding 7 57kg   2.5
8 1132113×95 EXPLOSIVE JACK (NZ) H 4 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 8 54kg   108
9 8111111×11 INCENTIVISE G 5 Peter G Moody 9 55.5kg   112
10 3x6345x321 MONTEFILIA M 4 David Payne 10 52kg 1.0kg 4.5
11 329431×009 JOHNNY GET ANGRY (NZ) G 4 Denis Pagan 11 53kg   105
12 x3253x527x AWAY HE GOES (IRE) G 6 Ismail Mohammed 12 54.5kg   5
13 4x2606x342 THE CHOSEN ONE (NZ) H 6 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman 13 54kg   107
14 2821121×36 DUAIS M 4 Edward Cummings 14 51kg   5.5
15 x86541x084 SELINO (GB) G 6 Chris Waller 15 53.5kg   6
16 878333×009 MIAMI BOUND (NZ) M 5 Danny O’Brien 16 52kg   105
17 308×826845 MIRAGE DANCER (GB) H 8 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 17 53.5kg   104
18 3x75232x52 YOUNG WERTHER (NZ) G 4 Danny O’Brien 18 52kg   100
19 32324×3719 SHE’S IDEEL M 6 Bjorn Baker 19 52kg   6
20 71x610x505 OCEAN BILLY (NZ) G 6 Chris Waller 20 53.5kg   6
21 1111x6x421 DELPHI (IRE) H 5 Anthony & Sam Freedman 21 53.5kg 1.0kg 103
22 75810×0520 QUICK THINKER H 5 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman 22 53kg   6.5
23 15x1244x37 PERSAN G 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 23 53kg   104
24 43x8511x90 KNIGHTS ORDER (IRE) G 7 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 24 53kg   103
25 211x2x03x6 KING OF LEOGRANCE (FR) G 7 Robert Hickmott 25 53kg   104
26 13616x2x00 DAWN PATROL (IRE) G 5 Robert Hickmott 26 53kg   103
27 112114×332 TRALEE ROSE (NZ) M 5 Symon Wilde 27 51kg   100
28 1x07422x47 CARIF G 6 Peter & Paul Snowden 28 52.5kg   7
29 241441×060 ATTORNEY (FR) G 7 Matthew Smith 29 52.5kg   7
30 5x57170x50 LE DON DE VIE (GB) G 6 Anthony & Sam Freedman 30 52.5kg   103
31 x73590x003 CHAPADA G 6 Michael Moroney 31 52.5kg   102
32 0x22x722x5 PONDUS (GB) G 6 Robert Hickmott 32 52.5kg   103
33 8x663x0003 MASTER OF WINE (GER) G 7 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 33 52.5kg   7
34 1x1510x060 PORT GUILLAUME (FR) G 5 Ben & JD Hayes 34 52kg   101
35 622x32x057 CHARMS STAR (NZ) M 4 Chris Waller 35 50kg   8
36 53x6133x08 FUTURE SCORE (IRE) G 7 Matt Cumani 36 51.5kg   100
37 34100×6673 FUN FACT G 6 Bjorn Baker 37 51.5kg   8
38 8x0x574x08 SHERWOOD FOREST G 5 Tony Pike 38 51kg   97
39 x855167x03 GOOD IDEA G 7 Phillip Stokes 39 51kg   95
40 x41x81x248 SIR LUCAN (IRE) H 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 40 50kg   8.5
41 51716×8078 MOSH MUSIC M 7 Archie Alexander 41 50kg   99
42 780x9x5992 YOUNG RASCAL (FR) G 7 Richard & Michael Freedman 42 50.5kg   9
43 2×54151163 HARPO MARX (IRE) G 6 Bjorn Baker 43 50.5kg   9
44 34×1327515 GREAT HOUSE (IRE) G 5 Chris Waller 44 50kg   9.5
45 211131×482 HIGH EMOCEAN (NZ) M 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 45 50kg   90
46 122x05x644 ZEYREK (FR) G 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 46 50kg   84
47 2x547x7713 HASTA LA WAR G 6 Sue Murphy 47 50kg   9.5
48 x121x41x80 AMADE (IRE) G 8 Phillip Stokes 48 52.5kg   102
49 11166×8244 DEFIBRILLATE (NZ) G 7 Patrick Payne 49 52kg   103
50 0x31851447 THE GOOD FIGHT (NZ) G 7 Michael Moroney 50 50.5kg   98
51 x0x0558x96 CONSTANTINOPLE (IRE) G 6 Aaron Purcell 51= 50kg   89
52 1x2031x27 EMISSARY (GB) G 5 Michael Moroney 51= 50kg   80
53 75x55x0111 FLOATING ARTIST (GB) G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 51= 50kg   94
54 5x111733x7 KING’S CHARISMA (IRE) G 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 51= 50kg   76
55 x31222x232 MANKAYAN (IRE) G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 51= 50kg   78
56 4x2x22x586 PESTO (GB) G 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 51= 50kg   76
57 00x00x5030 ROSTROPOVICH (IRE) G 7 Ben & JD Hayes 51= 50kg   95
58 x79288611x TOKEN SPIRIT G 4 Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock 51= 50kg   71
59 3×11222117 TOORADIN G 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 51= 50kg   92
60 388×3116 FORGOT YOU (NZ) C 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 51= 49kg   69

Table Credit: Racing Australia.


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.