Melbourne Cup Field & Barrier Draw
Melbourne Cup Final Field & Barrier Draw 2021
The final field for the 2021 Melbourne Cup will be declared at 4:30pm on Saturday, October 30 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.
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.
|Nominations||12:00pm August 3, 2021||$1650|
|1st Declarations||12:00pm September 7, 2021||$1500|
|2nd Declaration||12:00pm September 28, 2021||$2000|
|3rd Declaration||12:00pm October 12, 2021||$3000|
|4th Declaration||10:00am October 25, 2021||$4000|
|Final Declaration||4:30pm October 30, 2021||$49,500|
Melbourne Cup Barrier Draw – when, where and how does it work?
The Melbourne Cup barrier draw begins at 7:00pm on October 30, 2021, 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
|2019||Vow And Declare||21||52kg|
|2015||Prince Of Penzance||1||53kg|
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). However, there is a hoodoo with barrier 18 which is the only barrier to have never produced a Melbourne Cup winner. Barrier 15 has 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.
Melbourne Cup Key Dates: From the Nominations to the Barrier Draw
|Stages||Day & Time||Dates|
|Nominations||Tuesday, 12:00pm||August 3, 2021|
|Late Nominations||Tuesday, 12:00pm||August 10, 2021|
|First Declaration||Tuesday 12:00pm||September 7, 2021|
|Second Declaration||Tuesday 12:00pm||September 28, 2021|
|Third Declaration||Tuesday 12:00pm||October 12, 2021|
|Fourth Declaration||Monday 10:00am||October 25, 2021|
|Final Declaration||Saturday 4:30pm||October 30, 2021|
|Barrier Draw||Saturday 7:00pm||October 30, 2021|