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Melbourne Cup Order Of Entry: How does the 2018 Melbourne Cup order of entry work?

  • Find out how horses qualify for the Melbourne Cup.
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With so many horses entered for Australia’s most famous race each year, how does a horse qualify for the Melbourne Cup?

Although the process may seem confusing, having a basic understanding of the qualifying process can help determine whether your fancy has a realistic chance of making the cut.

A horse’s chance of gaining a start in the final field is based on handicapping (weight allocated), ballot order and success in ballot exempt races.

Latest Melbourne Cup Order of Entry


The latest order of entry is also now available as the race to make the top 24 positions gathers pace. 



How are Melbourne Cup horses handicapped? 

Racing Victoria is responsible for handicapping each Melbourne Cup entrant. The Chief Handicapper will issue a weight to each runner based on past and current performances as well as international ratings and the horse’s age.

Horses with the best form will attract a higher weight, while those with weaker form will be down in the weights and are more than likely to miss out unless they have passed a ballot clause or won a ballot exempt race.

There is no maximum weight a horse can be allocated in the Melbourne Cup, however, the minimum weight is 50kg.

How does the Melbourne Cup ballot order work? 

While the initial release of weights determines a rough ranking of horses according to ability, the ballot order, which is the entry ranking for the race, is determined by two factors. They are:

1) Whether the horse previously delivered a race performance which qualifies it for the Melbourne Cup (passing the ballot clause); and
2) The weight it has been allotted in relation to the weight it would be given in a weight-for-age race.

Melbourne Cup ballot exempt races

There are four races that give the winner automatic entry to the Melbourne Cup.

The Bart Cummings
The Group 3 Bart Cummings (2500m) is the first ballot exempt race to take place during the Melbourne Spring Racing Carniva and is held at Flemington Racecourse in early October.

Caulfield Cup
Winning the Caulfield Cup (2400m)is a double-edged sword as it gives the winner a ‘free pass’ to the Melbourne Cup but also leaves the horse open to being rehandicapped and having to carry more than its original weight in the Melbourne Cup.

Cox Plate
While only six horses have claimed the Cox Plate (2040m) before taking out the Melbourne Cup, Cox Plate runners have a great record of running a big race on the first Tuesday of November.

The Lexus Stakes
A last chance for horses to make the final field in the Melbourne Cup comes via the Lexus Stakes (2500m). Held on Victoria Derby Day, just three days before the Melbourne Cup, the winner can sneak into the field at the last moment and shatter the hopes of those bordering on the cusp of the final field. 

Can a horse receive a weight penalty for the Melbourne Cup?

The winner of a handicap staying race that takes place after September 15 can receive a penalty for the Melbourne Cup. The weight penalty will be based on the strength of win and the quality of the opposition beaten. 
 
Horses cannot be penalised for winning weight-for-age races or the Turnbull Stakes, which is run under set weights and penalties conditions.

How does a horse pass the Melbourne Cup ballot clause?

Horses must have achieved at least one of the following criteria to have passed a ballot clause:

A) Since 1 February, 2014 inclusive, won or was placed 2nd or 3rd in an internationally recognised Group or Graded flat race run over 2300 metres or further; OR won or was placed 2nd or 3rd  in the Queensland Derby, Queensland Oaks or Brisbane Cup; OR
B) Since 1 February, 2014 inclusive, was placed 4th or 5th in an internationally recognised Group 1 or Grade 1 flat race run over 2300 metres or further in which horses older than 3 years old could run; OR
C) Since 1 February, 2014 inclusive, won an internationally recognised Listed flat race run over 2300 metres or further; OR
D) Since 1 February, 2014 inclusive, won or was placed 2nd or 3rd in the York Ebor (UK) or Champions & Chater Cup (HK); OR
E) Since 1 February, 2014 inclusive, won the Northumberland Plate (UK), Cesarewitch (UK), or Queen Mother Memorial Cup (HK); OR
F) Was placed 6th, 7th or 8th in the 2015 MRC Caulfield Cup; OR
G) Was placed 2nd or 3rd in the 2015 MVRC Cox Plate; OR
H) Was placed 2nd or 3rd in the 2015 VRC Mackinnon Stakes; OR
I) Won the 2015 VRC Turnbull Stakes; OR
J) Won or was placed 2nd or 3rd in the 2013 Emirates Melbourne Cup; OR
K) Won the 2013 Caulfield Cup

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