Melbourne Cup Field 2020

Tuesday November 3, 2020

2020 Melbourne Cup Results

  • 1st: #6 Twilight Payment
  • 2nd: #21 Tiger Moth
  • 3rd: #12 Prince Of Arran
  • 4th: #17 The Chosen One
Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 6 TWILIGHT PAYMENT (IRE) Joseph O’Brien Jye McNeil 12 55.5kg $26
2 21 TIGER MOTH (IRE) Aidan O’Brien Kerrin McEvoy 0.4L 22 52.5kg 2.5kg $6.50
3 12 PRINCE OF ARRAN (GB) Charlie Fellowes Jamie Kah 0.6L 1 54.5kg $9.50
4 17 THE CHOSEN ONE (NZ) Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Daniel Stackhouse 2.35L 5 53.5kg $41
5 24 PERSAN Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Michael Dee 2.45L 19 51kg 1.0kg $41
6 5 SIR DRAGONET (IRE) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Glen Boss 3.45L 14 55.5kg $12
7 7 VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ) Chris Waller Mark Zahra 3.85L 15 55.5kg 0.5kg $10
8 15 RUSSIAN CAMELOT (IRE) Danny O’Brien Damien Oliver 3.95L 16 53.5kg $13
9 11 FINCHE (GB) Chris Waller James McDonald 4.7L 6 54.5kg $21
10 18 ASHRUN (FR) Andreas Wohler Declan Bates 4.8L 23 53kg $26
11 22 OCEANEX (NZ) Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Dean Yendall 5.55L 17 51.5kg $81
12 19 WARNING Anthony & Sam Freedman Luke Currie 6.8L 8 53kg $41
13 13 SURPRISE BABY (NZ) Paul Preusker Craig Williams 8.8L 7 54.5kg $6F
14 23 MIAMI BOUND (NZ) Danny O’Brien Daniel Moor 10.55L 13 51kg $41
15 4 MASTER OF REALITY (IRE) Joseph O’Brien Ben Melham 10.75L 11 56kg $19
16 16 STEEL PRINCE (IRE) Anthony & Sam Freedman William Pike 10.95L 20 53.5kg 1.0kg $31
17 20 ETAH JAMES (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Billy Egan 12.7L 21 52.5kg $101
18 3 VOW AND DECLARE Danny O’Brien Jamie Mott 13.95L 4 57kg $61
19 8 MUSTAJEER (GB) Kris Lees Michael Rodd 14.95L 2 55kg $101
20 9 STRATUM ALBION (GB) Willie Mullins Jordan Childs 17.95L 9 55kg $31
21 10 DASHING WILLOUGHBY (GB) Andrew Balding Michael Walker 19.2L 18 54.5kg $101
22 2 AVILIUS (GB) James Cummings John Allen 20.95L 10 57kg $61
FF 1 ANTHONY VAN DYCK (IRE) Aidan O’Brien Hugh Bowman 3 58.5kg $10
14 KING OF LEOGRANCE (FR) Danny O’Brien Damian Lane 0

*Table Credit: Racing Australia.

The capacity 24-horse Melbourne Cup field for the ‘race that stops a nation’ is officially released on the Saturday before the $8 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.

2020 Melbourne Cup Field & Barrier Draw

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The 2020 Melbourne Cup Final Field & Barrier Draw will be released this Derby Day at Flemington after the racing action on Saturday October 31, 2020 revealing the 24 Melbourne Cup Horses.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and international travel restrictions, the 2020 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) and he is tipped to defend his title.

The 2020 Melbourne Cup Final Field & Barriers are now confirmed with updated betting led by the Aidan O’Brien-trained top-weight Anthony Van Dyck drawn barrier three and coming off a Caulfield Cup second.

The Caulfield Cup winning mare Verry Elleegant is in the field for the 2020 Melbourne Cup drawn awkwardly in barrier 15 as she chases the coveted Spring Cups double, while the defending champ Vow And Declare is in gate four.

  • Scratched: #14 King Of Leogrance (18) – lame in the off fore leg 
No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 0330x25x12 ANTHONY VAN DYCK (IRE) Aidan O’Brien Hugh Bowman 3 58.5kg 122
2 54533×4626 AVILIUS (GB) James Cummings John Allen 10 57kg 116
0 21x395x900 VOW AND DECLARE Danny O’Brien Jamie Mott (late alt) 4 57kg 115
4 3354x6221x MASTER OF REALITY (IRE) Joseph O’Brien Ben Melham 11 56kg 113
5 44x2x222x1 SIR DRAGONET (IRE) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Glen Boss 14 55.5kg 121
6 x70x7x2113 TWILIGHT PAYMENT (IRE) Joseph O’Brien Jye McNeil 12 55.5kg 115
7 42212×1411 VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ) Chris Waller Mark Zahra 15 55.5kg 0.5kg 116
8 x1225x0098 MUSTAJEER (GB) Kris Lees Michael Rodd 2 55kg 114
9 2104xPx72x STRATUM ALBION (GB) Willie Mullins Jordan Childs 9 55kg 114
10 14579×1140 DASHING WILLOUGHBY (GB) Andrew Balding Michael Walker 19 54.5kg 112
11 x51257x335 FINCHE (GB) Chris Waller James McDonald 6 54.5kg 112
12 20x3x36x34 PRINCE OF ARRAN (GB) Charlie Fellowes Jamie Kah 1 54.5kg 113
13 132x415x29 SURPRISE BABY (NZ) Paul Preusker Craig Williams 7 54.5kg 112
14 9x211x2x03 KING OF LEOGRANCE (FR) Danny O’Brien Damian Lane 18 53.5kg 109
15 2x411x2123 RUSSIAN CAMELOT (IRE) Danny O’Brien Damien Oliver 16 53.5kg 118
16 x4679x0331 STEEL PRINCE (IRE) Anthony & Sam Freedman William Pike 21 53.5kg 1.0kg 111
17 38572×1873 THE CHOSEN ONE (NZ) Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Daniel Stackhouse 5 53.5kg 111
18 853x5x2241 ASHRUN (FR) Andreas Wohler Declan Bates (late alt) 24 53kg 110
19 755633×760 WARNING Anthony & Sam Freedman Luke Currie 8 53kg 115
20 6416341×04 ETAH JAMES (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Billy Egan 22 52.5kg 106
21 3x12x1 TIGER MOTH (IRE) Aidan O’Brien Kerrin McEvoy 23 52.5kg 2.5kg 114
22 07511×0003 OCEANEX (NZ) Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Dean Yendall 17 51.5kg 108
23 1x84x40661 MIAMI BOUND (NZ) Danny O’Brien Daniel Moor 13 51kg 111
24 3121112121 PERSAN Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Michael Dee 20 51kg 1.0kg 107

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2020 Melbourne Cup Acceptance Dates

  • 2020 Melbourne Cup Nominations: Closed on Thursday August 27, 2020 – 174 early entries 
  • 2020 Melbourne Cup Weights: Announced on Tuesday September 8, 2020 – led by Anthony Van Dyck (58.5kg) 
  • 2020 Melbourne Cup First Declarations: Closed on Tuesday September 29, 2020 – 94 remaining entries
  • 2020 Melbourne Cup Second Declarations: Closed on Tuesday October 13, 2020 – 65 second acceptances taken 
  • 2020 Melbourne Cup Third Declarations: Close on Monday October 26, 2020
  • 2020 Melbourne Cup Final Field: Announced Saturday October 31, 2020 at 4:30pm (local time)
  • 2020 Melbourne Cup Barrier Draw: Took place Saturday October 31, 2020

2020 Melbourne Cup Nominations

Early Melbourne Cup 2020 Nominations featuring a huge list of potential runners in the two mile classic close in late August and will be detailed in full below as soon as released.

The official 2020 Melbourne Cup Nominations close on Tuesday August 27, 2020.

The 2020 Melbourne Cup nominations attracted 174 early entries including 30 international raiders and 25 Group 1 winners.

Reigning champion Vow And Declare is in the mix, while other standouts include dual placegetter Prince Of Arran and Chris Waller’s first-up Winx Stakes winner Verry Elleegant.

The 2020 Melbourne Cup weights were subsequently announced on Tuesday September 8 with the Aidan O’Brien-trained Irish raider Anthony Van Dyck (58.5kg) the sole topweight, while last year’s winner Vow And Declare was handicapped 57kg.

2020 Melbourne Cup First Acceptances

The official Melbourne Cup 2020 first acceptances closed on Tuesday September 29 drawing a 10-year record of 94 stayers. 

The first acceptances for the 2020 Melbourne Cup feature 82 locals and 12 international raiders led in betting by recent Underwood Stakes winner Russian Camelot for last year’s winning trainer Danny O’Brien.

Surprise Baby, fifth in the event last year on the back of a ballot free ride into the race via The Bart Cummings, is the other standout Melbourne Cup first acceptor and races second-up in the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) on October 3.

2020 Melbourne Cup Second Acceptances

The Melbourne Cup 2020 second acceptances closed on Tuesday October 13 drawing one extra entry than in 2019 with 65 stayers – including a dozen internationals led by the all-in favourite Tiger Moth (Aidan O’Brien) – still in the mix.


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.