Melbourne Cup Horses 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.

Each year the finest Melbourne Cup horses take to the Flemington track on the first Tuesday of November in the ‘Race That Stops a Nation’. The Melbourne Cup field for the $8 million classic has a capacity of 24 runners that can run and look to add their name to the iconic list of Melbourne Cup winners.

Increasingly the Melbourne Cup horses that line-up in the famous Flemington Race 7 come for overseas.

Looking over the recent Melbourne Cup history, five of the seven champions from 2014-2020 were internationally-trained including Cross Counter in 2018 for Godolphin’s Newmarket-based horseman Charlie Appleby and most recently the Joseph O’Brien-trained Irish raider Twilight Payment who led an all-international trifecta.

Doing the form on the Melbourne Cup horses is essential and looking for gallopers proven at the distance can be key. Melbourne Cup horses come into the Group 1 two-mile feature via a host of lead-up races including the Moonee Valley Gold Cup, Caulfield Cup and Cox Plate.

The official list and field for the Melbourne Cup is announced on the Saturday before the race after the racing action of Victoria Derby Day. Once the Melbourne Cup horses are confirmed, the Melbourne Cup barrier draw then takes place to determine the starting positions of the hopefuls in the race.

Some of the most famous Melbourne Cup horses include the inaugural winner Archer (1861-62), triple champion Makybe Diva (2003-05), Kingston Rule who set the winning time record in 1990 and Prince Of Penzance (2015) who won at odds of $101!

2020 Melbourne Cup Final Field: Melbourne Cup Horses Confirmed

UPDATE: #14 King Of Leogrance (18) has been scratched from the Melbourne Cup 2020 field having been found to be lame in the off fore leg. 

The official Melbourne Cup 2020 Final Field & Barrier Draw is set for release on Saturday October 31, 2020 with the last round of acceptances closing at 10am (local time) before the announcement is made live from Flemington post the VRC Derby Day racing.

The full list of 2020 Melbourne Cup Horses & Jockeys will be detailed below for punters as soon as released by Racing Victoria.

The 24 Melbourne Cup 2020 horses are now confirmed and include:

  • 8 international raiders
  • Caulfield Cup winning mare Verry Elleegant
  • Caulfield Cup runner-up for Ireland’s Aidan O’Brien Anthony Van Dyck carrying top weight
  • Last year’s champion Vow And Declare in gate four
  • Last year’s winning hoop Craig Williams on Surprise Baby (5th in 2019)
  • The Cox Plate winner Sir Dragonet

2020 Melbourne Cup Horses - Anthony Van Dyck | Ladbrokes.com.au

2020 Melbourne Cup Horses - Avilius | Ladbrokes.com.au

2020 Melbourne Cup Horses - Vow And Declare | Ladbrokes.com.au2020 Melbourne Cup Horses - Master Of Reality | Ladbrokes.com.au

2020 Melbourne Cup Horses - Verry Elleegant | Ladbrokes.com.au

2020 Melbourne Cup Horses - Surprise Baby | Ladbrokes.com.au

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
0 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 HORSE PROFILES

Once the Melbourne Cup 2020 horses are confirmed, below we will take a look over a few of the key contenders in the ‘race that stops a nation’.

Below punters can stay up-to-date Melbourne Cup horses of interest that have secured a slot in the 24-horse feature race at Flemington.

TIGER MOTH

2020 Melbourne Cup Horses - Tiger Moth (Image: @IREthoroughbred) Ladbrokes.com.au

Tiger Moth. Image: @IREthoroughbred

  • 4YO Bay Entire
  • Breeding: by GALILEO (IRE)  from LESSON IN HUMILITY (IRE)
  • Trainer: Aidan O’Brien
  • Jockey: Kerrin McEvoy
  • Barrier: 23
  • Saddlecloth: 21
  • Weight: 52.5kg (includes 2.5kg penalty)
  • Owners: Coolmore, Tabor, Wynaus
  • Prizemoney: $352,409
  • Career:  4:2-1-1
  • Current 2020 Melbourne Cup Odds*: $7.50

The second Irish raider in the field for trainer Aidan O’Brien, this European three-year-old has firmed into favouritism in Melbourne Cup betting despite that wide barrier 23 draw. There was plenty of early uproar when he received a 2.5kg penalty for an overseas’ Group 3 win to make the field, but now the punters are warming! Down notably in weight he’ll be flying in his Australian race debut after carrying 58.5kg to a four length win last time out. The Irish Derby runner-up however will need to be good as no horse has won the Melbourne Cup with less than five previous career starts since the 1800’s.

ANTHONY VAN DYCK

2020 Melbourne Cup Horses - Anthony Van Dyck (Photo: Image: France Galop/scoopdyga.com) | Ladbrokes.com.au

Anthony Van Dyck (Photo: France Galop/scoopdyga.com) | Ladbrokes.com.au

  • 5YO Bay Entire
  • Breeding:by GALILEO (IRE)  from BELIEVE’N’SUCCEED
  • Trainer: Aidan O’Brien
  • Jockey: Hugh Bowman
  • Barrier: 3
  • Saddlecloth: 1
  • Weight: 58.5kg
  • Owners: Coolmore, Tabor, Wynaus
  • Prizemoney: $4,090,099
  • Career:  18-6:4:3
  • Current 2020 Melbourne Cup Odds*: $8.50

One of eight internationals in the 2020 Melbourne Cup field there is plenty of hype on this Aidan O’Brien-trained son of Galileo. O’Brien has trained the original top weight in four of the past five editions of the race and it is a tough assignment for this outstanding five-year-old should he handle the 58.5kg. Few have done so with as much weight in the past four decades, but he was excellent with the same kilos finishing second in the Caulfield Cup first-up down under.

*All 2020 Melbourne Cup odds correct at time of publish and subject to change