Melbourne Cup Field 2018

Tuesday November 6, 2018

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.

Melbourne Cup Field & Betting at

Almandin dominated the 2016 Melbourne Cup field beating 23 rivals to victory in the ‘race that stops a nation’. Photo Credit: Ultimate Racing Photos.

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.