The capacity 24-horse Melbourne Cup field for the ‘race that stops a nation’ is officially released on the Saturday before the $6.2 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.
2018 Melbourne Cup Results & Finishing Order
- 1st: Cross Counter
- 2nd: Marmelo
- 3rd: A Prince Of Arran
- 3rd: Finche
2018 Melbourne Cup Field & Barrier Draw
The 2018 Melbourne Cup Final Field & Barrier Draw were released on Saturday November 4 and attracted the full 24 Melbourne Cup Horses including three Irish raiders from the Aidan O’Brien stable in The Cliffsofmoher, Rostropovich and race-favourite, Yucatan.
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Penalty||Hcp Rating|
|1||x3195x1111||BEST SOLUTION (IRE)||Saeed Bin Suroor||Pat Cosgrave||6||57.5kg||–||114|
|2||x512433x43||THE CLIFFSOFMOHER (IRE)||Aidan O’Brien||Ryan Moore||9||56.5kg||–||112|
|3||57x150x11x||MAGIC CIRCLE (IRE)||Ian Williams||Corey Brown||17||56kg||–||111|
|4||5x211250x0||CHESTNUT COAT (JPN)||Yoshito Yahagi||Yuga Kawada||4||55.5kg||–||110|
|5||1796x4341x||MUNTAHAA (IRE)||John Gosden||Jim Crowley||13||55.5kg||–||110|
|6||144x1132x0||SOUND CHECK (GER)||Michael Moroney||Jordan Childs||16||55.5kg||–||110|
|7||x6731x7694||WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ)||Chris Waller||Ben Melham||18||55.5kg||–||110|
|8||5462×02410||ACE HIGH||David Payne||Tye Angland||22||55kg||–||110|
|9||1x69x2112x||MARMELO (GB)||Hughie Morrison||Hugh Bowman||10||55kg||–||109|
|10||3326×11114||AVILIUS (GB)||James Cummings||Glyn Schofield||11||54.5kg||1.5kg||109|
|11||2x436013x1||YUCATAN (IRE)||Aidan O’Brien||James McDonald||23||54.5kg||2.5kg||108|
|12||56164×5266||AUVRAY (FR)||Richard Freedman||Tommy Berry||1||54kg||–||107|
|13||13x655x1x3||FINCHE (GB)||Chris Waller||Zac Purton||15||54kg||–||107|
|14||x5x0x08030||RED CARDINAL (IRE)||Darren Weir||Damien Oliver||5||54kg||–||102|
|15||21x05x4059||VENGEUR MASQUE (IRE)||Michael Moroney||Patrick Moloney||2||54kg||–||104|
|16||7829×79401||VENTURA STORM (IRE)||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Mark Zahra||7||54kg||–||105|
|17||2188632×31||A PRINCE OF ARRAN (GB)||Charlie Fellowes||Michael Walker||20||53kg||–||105|
|18||1x5x005770||NAKEETA (GB)||Iain Jardine||Regan Bayliss||3||53kg||–||105|
|19||4513×01473||SIR CHARLES ROAD||Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott||Dwayne Dunn||14||53kg||–||102|
|20||58402×0080||ZACADA (NZ)||Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman||Damian Lane||24||53kg||–||100|
|21||231130×341||RUNAWAY||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Stephen Baster||12||52kg||1.5kg||102|
|22||11113×6327||YOUNGSTAR||Chris Waller||Craig Williams||8||51.5kg||–||107|
|23||11x24112x||CROSS COUNTER (GB)||Charlie Appleby||Kerrin McEvoy||19||51kg||–||109|
|24||3×41922515||ROSTROPOVICH (IRE)||Aidan O’Brien||Wayne Lordan||21||51kg||–||109|
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.
2018 Melbourne Cup Nominations & Acceptances
- Melbourne Cup Nominations closed on Tuesday August 29, 2017 and drew 140 stayers
- Melbourne Cup Weights were announced on Tuesday September 12, 2017 with Order Of St George (58kg) the original top weight
- Melbourne Cup First Acceptances closed on Tuesday October 10, 2017 leaving 55 horses in the mix
- Melbourne Cup Second Acceptances were taken on Monday October 30, 2017 with 36 remaining in the mix.