Melbourne Cup Field & Barrier Draw Info

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Melbourne Cup Field & Barrier Draw 2023

The final field for the 2023 Melbourne Cup will be declared at 4:30pm on Saturday, November 4 following the completion of Victoria Derby Day at Flemington. The final piece of the puzzle, the all-important Barrier Draw will follow at 7:00pm.

2023 Melbourne Cup Barrier Draw & Final Field

No Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
1 GOLD TRIP (FR) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace James McDonald 2 58.5kg
2 ALENQUER (FR) Michael Moroney Damien Oliver 9 56.5kg
3 WITHOUT A FIGHT (IRE) Anthony & Sam Freedman Mark Zahra 16 56.5kg
4 BREAKUP (JPN) Tatsuya Yoshioka Kohei Matsuyama 18 55kg
5 VAUBAN (FR) Willie Mullins Ryan Moore 3 55kg
6 SOULCOMBE (GB) Chris Waller Joao Moreira 4 53.5kg
7 ABSURDE (FR) Willie Mullins Zac Purton 8 53kg
8 RIGHT YOU ARE Ciaron Maher & David Eustace John Allen 15 53kg
9 VOW AND DECLARE Danny O’Brien Billy Egan 19 53kg
10 CLEVELAND (IRE) Kris Lees Michael Dee 23 52kg
11 ASHRUN (FR) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Kerrin McEvoy 11 51.5kg
12 DAQIANSWEET JUNIOR (NZ) Phillip Stokes Daniel Stackhouse 12 51.5kg
13 OKITA SOUSHI (IRE) Joseph O’Brien Dylan Gibbons (a) 20 51.5kg
14 SHERAZ (FR) Chris Waller Beau Mertens 22 51.5kg
15 LASTOTCHKA (FR) Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Craig Williams 21 51kg
16 MAGICAL LAGOON (IRE) Chris Waller Mark Du Plessis 7 51kg
17 MILITARY MISSION (IRE) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Ms Rachel King 5 51kg
18 SERPENTINE (IRE) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Jye McNeil 1 51kg
19 VIRTUOUS CIRCLE (NZ) Liam Howley Craig Newitt 6 51kg
20 MORE FELONS (IRE) Chris Waller Ms Jamie Kah 24 50.5kg
21 FUTURE HISTORY (GB) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Hollie Doyle 13 50kg
22 INTERPRETATION (IRE) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Teo Nugent 17 50kg
23 KALAPOUR (IRE) Kris Lees Zac Lloyd (a) 14 50kg
24 TRUE MARVEL (FR) Matthew Smith Ben Thompson 10 50kg

Melbourne Cup Nominations – Where it all begins

Gaining a start in the Melbourne Cup is neither a simple nor inexpensive process. Horses that have qualified, or are hopeful of qualifying, must firstly be nominated by connections before going through stages of acceptances/declarations. Each stage comes at a cost to connections and only those with a genuine chance are justified in paying the final acceptance fee of nearly $50K. In all, the total cost for all stages of acceptances equates to $61,650 AUD.

Stages Dates Fees
Nominations 12:00pm September 5, 2023 $1650
1st Declarations 12:00pm October 3, 2023 $1500
2nd Declaration 12:00pm October 13, 2023 $2000
3rd Declaration 12:00pm October 30, 2023 $3000
Final Declaration 4:30pm November 4, 2023 $49,500

When, Where and How does the Melbourne Cup Barrier Draw work?

The Melbourne Cup barrier draw begins at 7:00pm on October 29, 2022, when Derby Day at Flemington has been completed. The process involves connections of each horse selecting one of 24 mini Melbourne Cup trophies that have a barrier number on the base – face down on the selection table. The number revealed is the barrier that connection’s horse will jump from.

Melbourne Cup barrier statistics – Winners from the past 20 Years

Year Horse Barrier Weight
2022 Gold Trip 13 57.5kg
2021 Verry Elleegant 18 57kg
2020 Twilight Payment 12 55.5kg
2019 Vow And Declare 21 52kg
2018 Cross Counter 19 51kg
2017 Rekindling 4 51.5kg
2016 Almandin 17 52kg
2015 Prince Of Penzance 1 53kg
2014 Protectionist 10 56.5kg
2013 Fiorente 5 55kg
2012 Green Moon 5 54.5kg
2011 Dunaden 13 54.5kg
2010 Americain 11 54.5kg
2009 Shocking 21 51kg
2008 Viewed 8 53kg
2007 Efficient 9 54.5kg
2006 Delta Blues 10 56kg
2005 Makybe Diva 14 58kg
2004 Makybe Diva 7 55.5kg
2003 Makybe Diva 14 51kg
2002 Media Puzzle 3 52.5kg

Is there a Draw Bias in the Melbourne Cup?

There really isn’t a barrier bias in the Melbourne Cup and as you can see in the past 20 years, horses have won from the inside (Prince Of Penzance – barrier 1) and out wide (Vow And Declare and Shocking – barrier 21). A long-standing hoodoo was broken in 2021 with Verry Elleegant becoming the first horse to win from barrier 18. Barrier 15 has also only had one success (1973) while barriers 2, 7 and 20 have only produced two winners each. Barrier 5 has been the most successful gate in the Melbourne Cup with eight winners, followed by barrier 11 (7 wins) and 10 and 14 with six wins apiece. Historically, drawing anywhere from barrier 5 to 14 should give your horse the best chance.

Most Successful Melbourne Cup Barriers

Automatic barrier stalls were first used at the Melbourne Cup in 1958 with Baystone winning in a time of 3:21.25 at odds of 10/1.

Barrier  Wins
5 8
11 7
10 6
14 6


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