Melbourne Cup Horses 2019

Tuesday November 5, 2019

The 2019 Melbourne Cup has been won by 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

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, four of the six champions from 2014-2019 were internationally-trained including Cross Counter in 2018 for Godolphin’s Newmarket-based horseman Charlie Appleby.

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!

2019 Melbourne Cup Final Field: Melbourne Cup Horses Confirmed

The official Melbourne Cup 2019 Final Field & Barrier Draw is set for release on Saturday October 28, 2019 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 2019 Melbourne Cup Horses & Jockeys will be detailed below for punters as soon as released by Racing Victoria.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 12x1x1x434 CROSS COUNTER (GB) Charlie Appleby William Buick 5 57.5kg 118
2 211x11x1x1 MER DE GLACE (JPN) Hisashi Shimizu Damian Lane 2 56kg 117
3 7250×14335 MASTER OF REALITY (IRE) Joseph O’Brien Frankie Dettori 1 55.5kg 118
4 2x0x1322x3 MIRAGE DANCER (GB) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Ben Melham 13 55.5kg 115
5 37×3264413 SOUTHERN FRANCE (IRE) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Mark Zahra 14 55.5kg 113
6 3344465881 HUNTING HORN (IRE) Aidan O’Brien Seamie Heffernan 11 55kg 115
7 220×344216 LATROBE (IRE) Joseph O’Brien James McDonald 22 55kg 112
8 4x1x723516 MUSTAJEER (GB) Kris Lees Damien Oliver 6 55kg 114
9 251557×790 ROSTROPOVICH (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Dwayne Dunn 12 55kg 111
10 423x2411x7 TWILIGHT PAYMENT (IRE) Joseph O’Brien Hugh Bowman 19 55kg 113
11 x1x34x5125 FINCHE (GB) Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 4 54kg 113
12 8x49x58321 PRINCE OF ARRAN (GB) Charlie Fellowes Michael Walker 8 54kg 113
13 1x6x237x4x RAYMOND TUSK (IRE) Richard Hannon Jamie Spencer 3 54kg 113
14 x196112x31 DOWNDRAFT (IRE) Joseph O’Brien John Allen 15 53.5kg 111
15 2×53220224 MAGIC WAND (IRE) Aidan O’Brien Ryan Moore 24 53.5kg 114
16 2x30x80709 NEUFBOSC (FR) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Luke Nolen 23 53.5kg 106
17 00x048x070 SOUND (GER) Michael Moroney James Winks 10 53.5kg 107
18 1514132×41 SURPRISE BABY (NZ) Paul Preusker Jordan Childs 20 53.5kg 111
19 531×212224 CONSTANTINOPLE (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Joao Moreira 7 52.5kg 114
20 322×17135 IL PARADISO (USA) Aidan O’Brien Wayne Lordan 17 52.5kg 111
21 x11111x467 STEEL PRINCE (IRE) Anthony Freedman Brett Prebble 16 52.5kg 108
22 0141×59195 THE CHOSEN ONE (NZ) Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Tim Clark 18 52kg 111
23 1x36621x42 VOW AND DECLARE Danny O’Brien Craig Williams 21 52kg 113
24 x059x87873 YOUNGSTAR Chris Waller Tommy Berry 9 52kg 107


Before the Melbourne Cup 2019 horses are confirmed, we take a look over the key contenders heading pre-field Melbourne Cup betting markets.

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.

CROSS COUNTER2019 Melbourne Cup Horses: Cross Counter |

2018 Melbourne Cup Winner - Cross Counter |

Cross Counter. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

5YO Bay Gelding by Teofilo (IRE) from Waitress (USA)

  • Trainer: Charlie Appleby (GB)
  • Jockey: William Buick
  • Owners: Godolphin
  • Prizemoney: $5,999,553
  • Career: 12: 6-2-1
  • Latest Melbourne Cup 2019 Odds: $15 – BET NOW 

Cross Counter was early favourite in Melbourne Cup betting after winning the race by a length first-up last Cup Carnival carrying just 51kg from barrier 19 (of 24) with Kerrin McEvoy in the saddle. Last spring Cross Counter improved on a lead-up second at York from August to take out the world’s richest handicap in an all European trifecta. He subsequently won the Dubai Gold Cup over the two miles in March of this year and recently put the writing on the wall for a Melbourne Cup title defense when third behind triple champ Stradivarius in the Goodwood Cup. Appleby subsequently confirmed plans to return to Flemington for the iconic Melbourne Cup race. Last start fourth in the Group 1 Irish St Leger (2816m) and goes up to 57.5kg in the 2019 Melbourne Cup weights.


Melbourne Cup 2019 Contenders - Mer De Glace |
2019 Caulfield Cup winner Mer De Glace -

Mer De Glace. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

5YO Bay Entire by Rulership (JPN) from Glacier Blue (JPN)

  • Trainer: Hisashi Shimizu (Japan)
  • Jockey: Damien Lane
  • Owners: Carrot Farm
  • Prizemoney: $5,483,413
  • Career: 18: 8-2-5
  • Latest Melbourne Cup 2019 Odds: $9.50 – BET NOW 

Mer De Glace stole the show in the $5 million Caulfield Cup, the Japanese raider impressive taking out the 2400m feature. Now looks to be the first Spring Cups’ double winner since Ethereal (2001). Damien Lane retains the ride and this flying five-year-old- a winner of his last six on the trot – just needs to handle the testing 3200m distance of the ‘race that stops a nation’.

CONSTANTINOPLE2019 Melbourne Cup Horses: Constantinople |

2019 Melbourne Cup contenders - Constantinople -

Constantinople. Photo: Edward Whitaker.

4YO bay Entire by Galileo(IRE) from One Moment In Time (IRE)

  • Trainer: David & Ben Hayes, Tom Dabernig
  • Jockey: Joao Moreira
  • Owners: Mr D A Hayes, Coolmore, Tabor, D. Smith, Mr M Burns, Mr B S David, Mr M B Lee, Mr S D Perrin, Mrs R J Perrin, Mr F Agosta, Mr W W Guest, Mr K R MacKenzie, Mr C H Madden, Mr B Pang, Werrett Bloodstock Pty Ltd, J D Williams, Ms L M Barp, Mr T G R Worner
  • Prizemoney: $447,973
  • Career: 9: 2-4-1
  • Latest Melbourne Cup 2019 Odds: $9.50 – BET NOW 

Lightly-raced Lindsay Park import leads Melbourne Cup betting after the eye-catching fourth first-up down under in the Caulfield Cup. That was just his ninth start, the four-year-old son of Galileo boasting all the potential and upside. Gets in on the great 52.5kg lightweight with ace Brazilian hoop Joao Moreira coming to Melbourne for the ride.

FINCHE2019 Melbourne Cup Horses: Finche |

Melbourne Cup 2019 Horses: Finche |

Finche. Photo: Steve Hart.

6YO Chestnut Gelding by Frankel (GB) from BINCHE (USA)

  • Trainer: Chris Waller
  • Jockey: Kerrin McEvoy
  • Owners: Mr K Abdullah, Grand Parkview Stud, Mr N A Greenhalgh, Mrs M T Greenhalgh, Mr M Phillips, Mrs L Phillips, Werrett Bloodstock Pty Ltd, Mystery Downs, Mrs C M Cook, Magic Bloodstock Racing, Mr A M Shead, Mr A Kheir, Mr S Quinn, Mr B F Sokolski
  • Prizemoney: $917,566
  • Career: 14: 4-1-3
  • Latest Melbourne Cup 2019 Odds: $8.50 – BET NOW 

Trainer Chris Waller has won four Cox Plates but a top three run in the Melbourne Cup has eluded him. Can he do it in 2019 with last year’s fourth placegetter Finche, the son of Frankel looking a more mature galloper 12 months on. Last year’s winning hoop Kerrin McEvoy rides looking for a record equaling fourth victory in the two-mile classic. Flemington and 3200m suit so looks a big danger at a good price.

SURPRISE BABYMelbourne Cup 2019 Contenders: Surprise Baby |

2019 Melbourne Cup Horses: Surprise Baby |

Surprise Baby. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

5YO Bay Gelding by Shocking from Bula Baby (NZ)

  • Trainer: Paul Preusker
  • Jockey: Jordan Childs
  • Owners: Mr M J Fiteni, Ms K M Stewart
  • Prizemoney: $723,735
  • Career: 10: 5-1-1
  • Latest Melbourne Cup 2019 Odds: $13 – BET NOW 

The feel good story in the Melbourne Cup 2019 field, there will be a few battlers cheering on this well-bred five-year-old. The son of 2009 Melbourne Cup winner Shocking has the pedigree for the 3200m and won his way into the $8 million classic with the 1.5 length win in the Group 3 The Bart Cummings. Carried 57kg that day and drops to 53.5kg (including 1kg penalty) for the Cup. Already a two-mile winner having won the Adelaide Cup earlier in the year. This is obviously a different ballgame but his sire was the last Aussie-bred Melbourne Cup winner so history could just repeat itself.