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.
2018 Melbourne Cup Results
- 1st: Cross Counter
- 2nd: Marmelo
- 3rd: A Prince Of Arran
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!
2018 Melbourne Cup Final Field: Melbourne Cup Horses Confirmed
The official Melbourne Cup 2018 Final Field & Barrier Draw is listed below.
|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|
2018 Melbourne Cup Horses
- #1 Best Solution: This year’s Caulfield Cup winner holds the entire hopes of Saeed Bin Suroor on his shoulders, as the famous Godolphin trainer is yet to win a Melbourne Cup. In-form jockey Pat Cosgrave is on board with 57.5kg after riding three winners for Godolphin in the month of September. Best Solution has drawn gate six, a barrier that has produced five winners in the past.
- #3 Magic Circle: After an Irish trifecta last year, Magic Circle has remained steady as this year’s second-elect after drawing barrier 17. Ian Williams’ seven-year old won the Chester Cup and the Group 2 Henry Stakes in Britain back in May, and enters as one of the elite stayers to contest Australia’s great race.
- #9 Marmelo: Hughie Morrison is back with Marmelo after running a disappointing ninth last year. Hugh Bowman is on board once again with 55kg, but the stable have held the six-year old to just four lead up starts, the last of which was in August over 3000m in the Group 2 Kergorlay in Britain. Reports are that Marmelo has returned stronger and more mature, making the proven stayer a big chance.
- #11 Yucatan: Even after drawing barrier 23 Yucatan has remained the $6.50 favourite. The five-year old is one of three hopes for trainer Aidan O’Brien, and after winning the Group 2 Herbert Power last start in convincing fashion, you have to like his chances. Yucatan won that race by 1.25L, but it could have been much more had he not been eased up over the final furlong.
- #17 A Prince of Arran: Trainer Charlie Fellowes will be hoping A Prince of Arran can become the first horse since Shocking in 2009 to win the Lexus Stakes-Melbourne Cup double. It was tough to fault him during last week’s win after he attacked the line strongly. A softer surface could be a problem, but A Prince Of Arran is a strong straight ahead horse that should show his usual speed late.