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 $6.2 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.
2017 Melbourne Cup Results
- 1st: #22 Rekindling
- 2nd: #7 Johannes Vermeer
- 3rd: #9 Max Dynamite
- 3rd: #13 Big Duke
|1||22||REKINDLING (GB)||Joseph O’Brien||Corey Brown||–||4||51.5kg||$15|
|2||7||JOHANNES VERMEER (IRE)||Aidan O’Brien||Ben Melham||0.4L||3||54.5kg||$13|
|3||9||MAX DYNAMITE (FR)||William Mullins||Zac Purton||2.9L||2||54kg||$20|
|4||13||BIG DUKE (IRE)||Darren Weir||Brenton Avdulla||5.65L||5||53.5kg||$21|
|5||18||NAKEETA (GB)||Iain Jardine||Glyn Schofield||6.4L||19||53kg||$41|
|6||21||THOMAS HOBSON (GB)||William Mullins||Ben Allen (a)||8.65L||20||52kg||$21|
|7||4||TIBERIAN (FR)||Alain Couetil||Olivier Peslier||9.15L||22||55.5kg||$31|
|8||17||LIBRAN (IRE)||Chris Waller||Dwayne Dunn||9.65L||7||53kg||$61|
|9||5||MARMELO (GB)||Hughie Morrison||Hugh Bowman||9.75L||16||55kg||$7EF|
|10||12||WICKLOW BRAVE (GB)||William Mullins||Stephen Baster||10.5L||8||54kg||$71|
|11||6||RED CARDINAL (IRE)||Andreas Wohler||Kerrin McEvoy||11.25L||23||55kg||$16|
|12||2||ALMANDIN (GER)||Robert Hickmott||Frankie Dettori||11.45L||14||56.5kg||$7EF|
|13||24||CISMONTANE (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Beau Mertens (a)||12.2L||17||50kg||$41|
|14||23||AMELIE’S STAR||Darren Weir||Dean Yendall||12.95L||10||51kg||$21|
|15||15||BOOM TIME||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Cory Parish||13.95L||9||53kg (incl. 1.0kg plty.)||$31|
|16||20||WALL OF FIRE (IRE)||Hugo Palmer||Craig Williams||15.45L||15||53kg||$11|
|17||19||SINGLE GAZE||Nick Olive||Ms Kathy O’Hara||15.85L||11||53kg||$31|
|18||14||US ARMY RANGER (IRE)||Joseph O’Brien||Jamie Spencer||16.15L||21||53.5kg||$71|
|19||3||HUMIDOR (NZ)||Darren Weir||Blake Shinn||16.65L||13||56kg||$11|
|20||1||HARTNELL (GB)||James Cummings||Damian Lane||28.65L||12||57.5kg||$26|
|21||10||VENTURA STORM (IRE)||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Glen Boss||30.15L||6||54kg||$31|
|22||8||BONDI BEACH (IRE)||Robert Hickmott||Michael Walker||31.4L||1||54kg||$71|
|23||16||GALLANTE (IRE)||Robert Hickmott||Michael Dee||99.9L||18||53kg||$91|
|–||11||WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ)||Chris Waller||Tommy Berry||–||0||–||–|
Increasingly the Melbourne Cup horses that line-up in the famous Flemington Race 7 come for overseas. 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!
2017 Melbourne Cup Final Field: Melbourne Cup Horses Confirmed
The official Melbourne Cup 2017 Final Field & Barrier Draw is listed below. There are 23 Melbourne Cup horses after the early scratching of Who Shot Thebarman.
The best fancied Melbourne Cup horses in the latest betting markets on the two mile classic are the Lloyd Williams-owned defending champion Almandin and the Hughie Morrison-trained Marmelo from the UK.
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp. Rating|
|1||x2822x1229||HARTNELL (GB)||James Cummings||Damian Lane||12||57.5kg||114|
|2||665111×214||ALMANDIN (GER)||Robert Hickmott||Frankie Dettori||14||56.5kg||112|
|3||212×681352||HUMIDOR (NZ)||Darren Weir||Blake Shinn||13||56kg||114|
|4||242x11711x||TIBERIAN (FR)||Alain Couetil||Olivier Peslier||23||55.5kg||110|
|5||232x1521x6||MARMELO (GB)||Hughie Morrison||Hugh Bowman||16||55kg||109|
|6||1132x11x5x||RED CARDINAL (IRE)||Andreas Wohler||Kerrin McEvoy||24||55kg||109|
|7||3x45712x23||JOHANNES VERMEER (IRE)||Aidan O’Brien||Ben Melham||3||54.5kg||110|
|8||x11x330x90||BONDI BEACH (IRE)||Robert Hickmott||Michael Walker||1||54kg||106|
|9||1x2x30x91x||MAX DYNAMITE (FR)||William Mullins||Zac Purton||2||54kg||107|
|10||121x5x7620||VENTURA STORM (IRE)||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Glen Boss||6||54kg||107|
|11||3642×94491||WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ)||Chris Waller||Tommy Berry||20||54kg||107|
|12||0x81424440||WICKLOW BRAVE (GB)||William Mullins||Stephen Baster||8||54kg||107|
|13||113×550214||BIG DUKE (IRE)||Darren Weir||Brenton Avdulla||5||53.5kg||107|
|14||428×320386||US ARMY RANGER (IRE)||Joseph O’Brien||Jamie Spencer||22||53.5kg||104|
|15||6510×39341||BOOM TIME||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Cory Parish||9||53kg (incl. 1.0kg penalty)||105|
|16||031x270x07||GALLANTE (IRE)||Robert Hickmott||Michael Dee||18||53kg||99|
|17||746Px61652||LIBRAN (IRE)||Chris Waller||Dwayne Dunn||7||53kg||107|
|18||202x024x1x||NAKEETA (GB)||Iain Jardine||Glyn Schofield||19||53kg||105|
|19||2612×05442||SINGLE GAZE||Nick Olive||Ms Kathy O’Hara||11||53kg||109|
|20||11x6248x22||WALL OF FIRE (IRE)||Hugo Palmer||Craig Williams||15||53kg||105|
|21||9P01712x72||THOMAS HOBSON (GB)||William Mullins||Joao Moreira||21||52kg||103|
|22||210×140124||REKINDLING (GB)||Joseph O’Brien||Corey Brown||4||51.5kg||110|
|23||214×839410||AMELIE’S STAR||Darren Weir||Dean Yendall||10||51kg||103|
|24||2325210331||CISMONTANE (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Beau Mertens (a)||17||50kg||99|
2017 Melbourne Cup Horses: As the Field Took Shape
Below is the predicted Melbourne Cup 2017 Field and the likely Melbourne Cup horses. Two of the stayers below are assured of a start in the 24 horse Melbourne Cup Final Field, announced on Victoria Derby Day, but both Gallante (20th) and Qewy (22nd) are unlikely to run. That paves the way for the horses just outside the top 24 on the Melbourne Cup ballot to gain a start.
The final list of Melbourne Cup horses will be known once the last spot in the field is decided with the Lexus Stakes results.
Update: Qewy could still continue onto the Melbourne Cup field after a track record win in the Group 3 Bendigo Cup (2400m).
Update: Gallante will be back in Melbourne Cup contention if it is a wet track according to owner Lloyd Williams who could have as many as seven Melbourne Cup 2017 Horses chasing his sixth win in the race.
Update: Ventura Storm will be ridden by triple Melbourne Cup winning jockey Glen Boss who replaces the suspended Regan Bayliss.
Update: The 2015 runner-up Max Dynamite returns in 2017 with Zac Purton to ride. The fellow William Mullins-trained Thomas Hobson sweats a start in the Melbourne Cup field sitting 26th on the ballot and last year’s second placed hoop Joao Moreira will take the ride if the horse makes the final field.
Update: Qewy has officially been ruled out of the field after pulling up a bit sore after the Bendigo Cup win. Godolphin still have the James Cummings-trained top weight Hartnell in the mix, while Wall Of Fire from the British stables of Hugo Palmer is now guaranteed a start in the 24 horse Melbourne Cup field.
Update: Abbey Marie has been removed from the updated Melbourne Cup order of entry with trainer Mick Kent confirming her non-acceptance having been in danger of missing out on a run sitting No. 25 on the ballot. Thomas Hobson (No. 24) is now on the cusp of joining stablemates Max Dynamite and Wicklow Brave in the field for Irish trainer William Mullins with the Lexus Stakes result to decide his fate.