Melbourne Cup Field & Barrier Draw

Melbourne Cup field

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.

No. Horse Barrier Sex Age Trainer Jockey Weight
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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 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

Year Horse Barrier Weight
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
2001 Ethereal 11 52kg

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.

Barrier  Wins
5 8
11 7
10 6
14 6

 

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