2009 Melbourne Cup Final Field & Barrier Draw – Vigor Misses Out

The final field and barrier draw for the 2009 Group 1 $5.65million Melbourne Cup next Tuesday was announced tonight following a sensational day of elite victories and a few upsets at Flemington at the AAMI Victoria Derby Day.

Much controversy surrounded Danny O’Brien-trained Vigor and whether the Racing Victoria committee would use its discretion to include the runner into the field despite being below the 24th spot on the elimination. After O’Brien chose not to run Vigor in the Mackinnon Stakes, the gelding, 25th on the order of elimination, was denied a start after the RVC officials chose not to use their powers to elevate him into the field.

Zipping’s fall in the barriers before the Mackinnon Stakes on Saturday left the Lloyd Willimas trained runner out of Cup contention, and with other big names including Efficient and Kirkless withdrawn from the race, lesser-raced acceptors includingGallions Reach (barrier 6) and Capecover (barrier 19) were able to remain in the 24 horse field.

Mark Kavangh’s Shocking burst into Melbourne Cup contention when he defeated the Group 3 Lexus Stakes field in impressive fashion, pushing out Bart Cumming’s additional Melbourne Cup hopefuls Dandaad and Navla Escort from the final field. Shocking drew barrier 22.

Cummings will still be represented next Tuesday by three runners, defending Cup champion Viewed, Roman Emperor and Allez Wonder, in barriers 9, 15 and 13 respectively.

The third-placegetter Viewed was terrific in the Mackinnon – giving Cummings the best possible trial for the two-miler on Tuesday as he went beautifully to the line.

The Cups Kings’ son, Anthony Cummings, also has a starter for the Melbourne Cup with Zavite drawing barrier 3.

Luca Cumani will get another chance after training the runners-up in the last two Cups with his entry Basaltico just making it into the field, due to start in barrier 10.

Following the field and barrier announcement, Alcopop, who drew gate 12, remains the favourite for the Flemington feature at $5.00.

2009 Melbourne Cup Final Field:

#

Horse

Trainer

Jockey

Barrier

Weight

Penalty

Handicapper Rating

1
VIEWED
Bart Cummings Brad Rawiller 9 58 1.0 119
2
C’EST LA GUERRE (NZ)
John Sadler Nicholas Hall 7 55.5 111
3
FIUMICINO (NZ)
Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Steven King 24 55.5 112
4
MASTER O’REILLY (NZ)
Danny O’Brien Vlad Duric 16 55 110
5
MOURILYAN (IRE)
Herman Brown Glyn Schofield 14 54.5 112
6
ROMAN EMPEROR (NZ)
Bart Cummings Hugh Bowman 15 54 114
7
ISTA KAREEM (NZ)
Colin Little Luke Nolen 23 53.5 106
8
CRIME SCENE (IRE)
Saeed Bin Suroor Kerrin McEvoy 11 53 109
9
MUNSEF (GB)
Ian Williams Zac Purton 5 53 108
10
ZAVITE (NZ)
Anthony Cummings Mark Zahra 3 53 107
11
ALCOPOP
Jake Stephens Dom Tourneur 12 52.5 2.5 108
12
HARRIS TWEED (NZ)
Murray & Bjorn Baker Craig Newitt 20 52.5 107
13
KIBBUTZ (NZ)
Jarrod McLean Chris Symons 8 52.5 104
14
NEWPORT
Paul Perry Peter Wells 18 52.5 104
15
WARRINGAH (GB)
Chris Waller Damien Oliver 17 52.5 105
16
GALLIONS REACH (NZ)
Richard Yuill Dwayne Dunn 6 52 102
17
SPIN AROUND
Steven Cooper Mark Du Plessis 4 52 102
18
BASALTICO (IRE)
Luca Cumani Danny Nikolic 10 51.5 102
19
CAPECOVER (NZ)
Alexander R Fieldes Noel Harris 19 51.5 102
20
DAFFODIL (NZ)
Kevin Gray Chris Munce 21 51.5 110
21
SHOCKING
Mark Kavanagh Corey Brown 22 51 105
22
ALLEZ WONDER
Bart Cummings Michelle Payne 13 50.5 0.5 111
23
CHANGINGOFTHEGUARD (IRE)
David Hayes Glen Boss 1 50.5 108
24
LEICA DING
Darren Weir Craig Williams 2 50.5 0.5 105