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Melbourne Cup Final Field: Who are the 24 horses in the 2018 Melbourne Cup?

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The 24 runners for the 2017 Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) will be chasing record prize money so who are the contenders to win the big Flemington prize on November 6?

The nominations have been taken for the 2018 Melbourne Cup and the final field will be known on Saturday, November 3.

2017 Melbourne Cup Field:

This year's field for the $6.2 million Race That Stops A Nation includes 11 internationals and defending champion Almandin, who will be bidding to go back to back in the race and land another Melbourne Cup success for owner Lloyd Williams.

Last year's third placegetter Hartnell carries top for James Cummings and Godolphin ahead of Almandin and Darren Weir's Cox Plate runner-up Humidor.

Almandin is one of three in the race for trainer Robert Hickmott with Bondi Beach and Gallante joining last year's winner. Weir also has three runners with Humidor, Big Duke and The Bart Cummings winner Amelie's Star representing the 2015 winning trainer.

Chris Waller has a pair of runners in Who Shot Thebarman and Libran, and Team Hayes and Dabernig are also doubly represented having entered Ventura Storm and surprise Caulfield Cup winner Boom Time.

The international contingent include Aidan O'Brien's Johannes Vermeer, Rekindling and US Army Ranger, trained by his son Joseph, Tiberian (Alain Couetil), Red Cardinal (Andreas Wohler), Marmelo (Hughie Morrison), Wicklow Brave, Thomas Hobson and Max Dynamite (Willie Mullins), Wall of Fire (Hugo Palmer)  and Nakeeta (Iain Jardine).

The Gai Waterhouse-trained Cismontane secured the final spot in the final field after winning the Lexus Stakes at Flemington on Derby Day.

Bondi Beach (1), Max Dynamite (2), Johannes Vermeer (3) and Rekindling (4) all got inside draws, while Almandin will jump from barrier 14. Red Cardinal was the unlucky one, coming up with the car park in gate 24 with fellow internationals Tiberian (23), US Army Ranger (22) and Thomas Hobson (21) also drawn wide.

2018 Melbourne Cup Runners

No.HorseTrainerJockeyWeight / Barrier DrawBet
1Best SolutionSaeed Bin SuroorPat Cosgrave57.5kg / 6LATEST ODDS
2The CliffsofmoherAidan O'BrienRyan Moore56.5kg / 9LATEST ODDS
3Magic CircleIan WilliamsCorey Brown56kg / 17LATEST ODDS
4Chestnut CoatYoshito YahagiYuga Kawada55.5kg / 4LATEST ODDS
5MuntahaaJohn GosdenJim Crowley55.5kg / 13LATEST ODDS
6Sound CheckMichael MoroneyJordan Childs55.5kg / 16LATEST ODDS
7Who Shot ThebarmanChris WallerBen Melham55.5kg / 18LATEST ODDS
8Ace HighDavid PayneTye Angland55kg / 22LATEST ODDS
9MarmeloHughie MorrisonsHugh Bowman55kg / 10LATEST ODDS
10AviliusJames CummingsGlyn Schofield54.5kg / 11LATEST ODDS
11YucatanAidan O'BrienJames McDonald54.5kg / 23LATEST ODDS
12AuvrayRichard FreedmanTommy Berry54kg / 1LATEST ODDS
13FincheChris WallerZac Purton54kg / 15LATEST ODDS
14Red CardinalDarren WeirDamien Oliver54kg / 5LATEST ODDS
15Vengeur MasqueMichael MoroneyPatrick Moloney54kg / 2LATEST ODDS
16Ventura StormD & B Hayes and T DabernigMark Zahra54kg / 7LATEST ODDS
17A Prince Of ArranCharlie FellowesMichael Walker53kg / 20LATEST ODDS
18NakeetaIain JardineRegan Bayliss53kg / 3LATEST ODDS
19Sir Charles RoadLance O'Sullivan & Andrew ScottDwayne Dunn53kg / 14LATEST ODDS
20ZacadaMurray Baker & Andrew ForsmanDamien Lane53kg / 24LATEST ODDS
21RunawayGai Waterhouse & Adrian BottStephen Baster52kg / 12LATEST ODDS
22YoungstarChris WalllerCraig Williams51.5kg / 8LATEST ODDS
23Cross CounterCharlie ApplebyKerrin McEvoy51kg / 19LATEST ODDS
24RostropovichAidan O'BrienWayne Lordan51kg / 21LATEST ODDS

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Melbourne Cup Final Field: Who are the 24 horses in the 2018 Melbourne Cup?

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