Melbourne Cup Horses 2021

Tuesday November 2, 2021

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 $7.74 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!

2021 Melbourne Cup Final Field: Melbourne Cup Horses

The official Melbourne Cup 2021 Final Field & Barrier Draw is set for release on Saturday October 30, 2021 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 2021 Melbourne Cup Horses & Jockeys will be detailed below for punters as soon as released by Racing Victoria.


Once the Melbourne Cup 2021 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.