Melbourne Cup Field 2018

Tuesday November 6, 2018

The 2019 Melbourne Cup has been won by the Danny O’Brien-trained local Vow And Declare

2019 Melbourne Cup Results: Finishing Order

  • 1st: #23 Vow And Declare
  • 2nd: #12 Prince Of Arran
  • 3rd: #20 Il Paradiso
  • 4th: #3 Master Of Reality

Vow And Declare dominated the Melbourne Cup 2019 field to become the first Australian-bred Melbourne Cup winner since Shocking (2009). Jockey Craig Williams enjoyed his first Melbourne Cup winning ride in the 2019 Melbourne Cup field aboard the Danny O’Brien-trained Vow And Declare ($11) who went one better than his lead-up second in the Caulfield Cup.

There was a protest from fourth (Il Paradiso) against second (Master Of Reality) that saw third past the post Prince Of Arran elevated to second – one better than his third last year in the official results.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Barrier Weight SP
1 23 VOW AND DECLARE Danny O’Brien Craig Williams 21 52kg $11
2 12 PRINCE OF ARRAN (GB) Charlie Fellowes Michael Walker 0.2L 8 54kg $17
3 20 IL PARADISO (USA) Aidan O’Brien Wayne Lordan 0.3L 17 52.5kg $15
4 3 MASTER OF REALITY (IRE) Joseph O’Brien Frankie Dettori 0.4L 1 55.5kg $26
5 18 SURPRISE BABY (NZ) Paul Preusker Jordan Childs 0.9L 20 53.5kg $12
6 2 MER DE GLACE (JPN) Hisashi Shimizu Damian Lane 1.2L 2 56kg $9.50
7 11 FINCHE (GB) Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 1.4L 4 54kg $8.50F
8 1 CROSS COUNTER (GB) Charlie Appleby William Buick 1.6L 5 57.5kg $13
9 21 STEEL PRINCE (IRE) Anthony Freedman Brett Prebble 2.1L 16 52.5kg $61
10 15 MAGIC WAND (IRE) Aidan O’Brien Ryan Moore 3.6L 24 53.5kg $26
11 10 TWILIGHT PAYMENT (IRE) Joseph O’Brien Hugh Bowman 3.8L 19 55kg $41
12 17 SOUND (GER) Michael Moroney James Winks 3.9L 10 53.5kg $91
13 19 CONSTANTINOPLE (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Joao Moreira 4.1L 7 52.5kg $9.50
14 4 MIRAGE DANCER (GB) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Ben Melham 4.3L 13 55.5kg $51
15 6 HUNTING HORN (IRE) Aidan O’Brien Seamie Heffernan 4.5L 11 55kg $51
16 13 RAYMOND TUSK (IRE) Richard Hannon Jamie Spencer 5L 3 54kg $21
17 22 THE CHOSEN ONE (NZ) Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Tim Clark 5.2L 18 52kg $31
18 7 LATROBE (IRE) Joseph O’Brien James McDonald 6.45L 22 55kg $21
19 5 SOUTHERN FRANCE (IRE) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Mark Zahra 6.55L 14 55.5kg $26
20 24 YOUNGSTAR Chris Waller Tommy Berry 7.3L 9 52kg $31
21 16 NEUFBOSC (FR) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Luke Nolen 8.3L 23 53.5kg $101
22 14 DOWNDRAFT (IRE) Joseph O’Brien John Allen 8.6L 15 53.5kg $21
23 8 MUSTAJEER (GB) Kris Lees Damien Oliver 10.85L 6 55kg $19
24 9 ROSTROPOVICH (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Dwayne Dunn 40.85L 12 55kg $41

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.

2019 Melbourne Cup Nominations & Acceptance Dates

  • Melbourne Cup Nominations closed on Thursday August 29, 2019 and drew 152 stayers
  • Melbourne Cup Weights announced on Tuesday September 10, 2019
  • Melbourne Cup First Acceptances closed on Tuesday October 1, 2019
  • Melbourne Cup Second Acceptances taken on Tuesday October 15, 2019
  • Melbourne Cup Third Acceptances closed on October 28, 2019
  • Melbourne Cup Final Acceptances closed at 4:30pm (local time) on Saturday November 2, 2019

2019 Melbourne Cup Field & Barrier Draw

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The 2019 Melbourne Cup Final Field & Barrier Draw was released this Derby Day at Flemington after the racing action on Saturday November 2, 2019 revealing the 24 Melbourne Cup Horses including the defending Melbourne Cup champion from 2018 – Cross Counter.

Cross Counter is drawn in barrier five chasing successive Melbourne Cup wins for the first time since Makybe Diva’s three-peat (2003-05). He did it from barrier 19 last year and carries the 57.5kg top weight in the Melbourne Cup 2019 field.

Mer De Glace (2) also drew well at the official 2019 Melbourne Cup barrier draw, the Japanese-trained Caulfield Cup winner out to do the double for the first time since Ethereal (2001).

The only Melbourne Cup barrier yet to produce a winner is gate 18 and the hoodoo barrier was drawn this year by Kiwi galloper The Chosen One.

Constantinople is favourite in Melbourne Cup 2019 betting, the first-up Caulfield Cup fourth placed import drawn in barrier 7 with the ‘Magic Man’ Joao Moreira to ride on just 52.5kg.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
1 12x1x1x434 CROSS COUNTER (GB) Charlie Appleby William Buick 5 57.5kg
2 211x11x1x1 MER DE GLACE (JPN) Hisashi Shimizu Damian Lane 2 56kg
3 7250×14335 MASTER OF REALITY (IRE) Joseph O’Brien Frankie Dettori 1 55.5kg
4 2x0x1322x3 MIRAGE DANCER (GB) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Ben Melham 13 55.5kg
5 37×3264413 SOUTHERN FRANCE (IRE) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Mark Zahra 14 55.5kg
6 3344465881 HUNTING HORN (IRE) Aidan O’Brien Seamie Heffernan 11 55kg
7 220×344216 LATROBE (IRE) Joseph O’Brien James McDonald 22 55kg
8 4x1x723516 MUSTAJEER (GB) Kris Lees Damien Oliver 6 55kg
9 251557×790 ROSTROPOVICH (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Dwayne Dunn 12 55kg
10 423x2411x7 TWILIGHT PAYMENT (IRE) Joseph O’Brien Hugh Bowman 19 55kg
11 x1x34x5125 FINCHE (GB) Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 4 54kg
12 8x49x58321 PRINCE OF ARRAN (GB) Charlie Fellowes Michael Walker 8 54kg
13 1x6x237x4x RAYMOND TUSK (IRE) Richard Hannon Jamie Spencer 3 54kg
14 x196112x31 DOWNDRAFT (IRE) Joseph O’Brien John Allen 15 53.5kg
15 2×53220224 MAGIC WAND (IRE) Aidan O’Brien Ryan Moore 24 53.5kg
16 2x30x80709 NEUFBOSC (FR) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Luke Nolen 23 53.5kg
17 00x048x070 SOUND (GER) Michael Moroney James Winks 10 53.5kg
18 1514132×41 SURPRISE BABY (NZ) Paul Preusker Jordan Childs 20 53.5kg
19 531×212224 CONSTANTINOPLE (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Joao Moreira 7 52.5kg
20 322×17135 IL PARADISO (USA) Aidan O’Brien Wayne Lordan 17 52.5kg
21 x11111x467 STEEL PRINCE (IRE) Anthony Freedman Brett Prebble 16 52.5kg
22 0141×59195 THE CHOSEN ONE (NZ) Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Tim Clark 18 52kg
23 1x36621x42 VOW AND DECLARE Danny O’Brien Craig Williams 21 52kg
24 x059x87873 YOUNGSTAR Chris Waller Tommy Berry 9 52kg

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.