2020 Melbourne Cup Internationals Preview


The Dermot Weld trained Vintage Crop was the first International horse to win the Melbourne Cup back in 1993 paving the way for many more to send their horses down under to try and win our famous race.

Since then, seven other internationally trained horses have won the Melbourne Cup and each and every year the field is made up of a plethora of ‘International Raiders’.

This year is no different, with XXX Internationals contesting the 2020 Melbourne Cup and we have run through every runner to give you a leg up when evaluating the form from overseas.

Our 2020 Melbourne Cup Internationals Preview can be read below.

Sir Dragonet

Trainer: Ciaron Maher & David Eustace

Record: 10 3-4-0

Biggest Achievement: 2020 Ladbrokes Cox Plate

Most Like: Fiorente

Weight: 55.5kg

Prospects: Stamped himself as one of the horses to beat in the 2020 Melbourne Cup when taking out the 2020 Ladbrokes Cox Plate in dominant fashion. Was already a Group 3 winner over 2458m at Chester and before arriving in Australia he finished second to Magical in the Group 1 Gold Cup at Curragh. Meets Anthony Van Dyck 3kg better at the weights for their meeting in the 2019 Epsom Derby (see video).

Biggest Negative: The 3200m. He finished 4th in the Group 1 GB St Leger over 2922m but the majority of his racing has been done at 2000m. His class will take him a long way though.

Anthony Van Dyck

Trainer: Aidan O’Brien

Record: 18 6-4-3

Biggest Achievement: 2019 Group 1 Epsom Derby

Most Like: Yeats

Weight: 58.5kg

Prospects: Anthony Van Dyck is one of the highest rated horses that we have ever had contest the Melbourne Cup and he ticked a lot of boxes when finishing second in the Caulfield Cup. Beat one of the best staying horses in the world in Stradivarius in France before making his way over here (see video). Aidan O’Brien has won just about every race on the planet except ours. Could this be his year?

Biggest Negative: Weight. No International horse has won the Melbourne Cup carrying more than 56.5kg. In fact, no horse has carried more than that to victory since Makybe Diva in 2005 (58kg).

Master Of Reality

Trainer: Joseph O’Brien

Record: 17 4-3-2

Biggest Achievement: 4th 2019 Melbourne Cup

Most Like: Vintage Crop

Weight: 56kg

Prospects: Finished within 0.4 lengths of Vow And Declare in last year’s Melbourne Cup and comes into this year’s edition in better form. Went within a nose of winning the Group 3 Irish St Leger Trial before winning by 3.5 lengths at Listed level last start.

Biggest Negative: Class. He has had three goes at Group 1 level now and while he has been far from disgraced there remains a query on whether he is up to the highest level of racing.

Twilight Payment

Trainer: Joseph O’Brien

Record: 30 7-10-6

Biggest Achievement: 2019/20 Group 2 Curragh Cups

Most Like: Wicklow Brave

Weight: 55.5kg

Prospects: Tried to lead all the way in last year’s Melbourne Cup and although beaten 3.8 lengths, he picked back up late and battled home. He comes into the 2020 edition of the race off the back of a third placing in the Group 1 Irish St Leger behind Search For A Song (see video).

Biggest Negative: No Internationally trained horse has won the Melbourne Cup having contested it before. Has had five goes at Group 1 level for no wins.

Tiger Moth

Trainer: Aidan O’Brien

Record: 4 2-1-1

Biggest Achievement: Second in Group 1 Irish Derby

Most Like: Il Paradiso

Weight: 52.5kg

Prospects: Was beaten a nose in the Irish Derby behind Santiago back in June and comes into the Melbourne Cup off the back of a four length win at Group 3 level. He has a huge amount of talent and upside and gets into the race with the light weight.

Biggest Negative: Experience. This will be a herculean task to win one of the best handicap races in the world at just his fifth race start. It is a long way to travel for such a young and inexperienced horse but he has the master trainer in his corner who must have a huge opinion of the horse.

Stratum Albion

Trainer: Willie Mullins

Record: 29 6-8-2

Biggest Achievement: Second in Group 2 Lonsdale Cup

Most Like: Max Dynamite

Weight: 55kg

Prospects: Won a $622K race at Newmarket last October carrying 60.5kg prompting the stable to set a path for the 2020 Melbourne Cup. Worked his way through a very classy field in the Group 2 Lonsdale Cup last start to finish within a length of Enbihaar over 3270m.

Biggest Negative: Has been a hurdler for part of his career and many would argue he lacks the class to win a Melbourne Cup but he comes into the race off the back of a career best performance.

Prince Of Arran

Trainer: Charles Fellowes

Record: 44 6-8-8

Biggest Achievement: 2019 Group 3 Geelong Cup

Most Like: Red Cadeaux

Weight: 54.5kg

Prospects: Seems to grow a leg when he comes to Australia having picked up a winners cheque in both his trips. He won the Lexus Stakes in 2018 before running third in the Cup (see video) and won the Geelong Cup last year before finishing second in the cup. Ran an eye catching fourth in the Caulfield Cup two weeks ago and will carry a similar weight in the Melbourne Cup as he did last year.

Biggest Negative: Has never won a black type race outside of Australia. Was beaten 27 lengths in the 2020 Gold Cup at Ascot, 13 lengths in the 2020 Hong Kong Vase at Sha Tin and 31 lengths in the 2019 Dubai Gold Cup.

Dashing Willoughby

Trainer: Andrew Balding

Record: 14 4-2-1

Biggest Achievement: 2019 Group 2 Queen’s Vase

Most Like: Mamool

Weight: 54.5kg

Prospects: If you can forgive his horrible effort in the Caulfield Cup where he tried to lead all the way and finished last, beaten 27 lengths, you could make a case for the horse. He won back to back black type races in June/July and finished fourth in the Group 2 Lonsdale Cup before arriving in Australia.

Biggest Negative: His first and only run in Australia was truly awful. He would possibly need a change of tactics and need to turn things around dramatically to be any chance, and quickly.


Trainer: Andreas Wohler

Record: 13 4-2-1

Biggest Achievement: 2020 Group 3 Hotham Handicap

Most Like: Protectionist

Weight: 53kg

Prospects: Australian Bloodstock and Andreas Wohler won the Melbourne Cup in 2014 with Protectionist so they know how to win the race! Was excellent in the Geelong Cup when running fourth before winning his way into the Cup on Derby Day in the Hotham. He showed he has a very good turn of foot late in his races which is a must to win our greatest race.

Biggest Negative: Barrier. He’s drawn horribly out wide (24) which will make it tough for him but not impossible. The last horse to win the Hotham/MC double was Shocking in 2010.

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