Greatest Melbourne Cup Field Revealed

The 2010 Emirates Melbourne Cup Trophy, celebrating 150 years

In anticipation of the 2010 Melbourne Cup this November, celebrations by the Victorian Racing Club yesterday included the unveiling of the Greatest Cup Never Run, a fictional list of the best 24 Melbourne Cup winners throughout history.

Selected by the VRC’s chief handicapper Greg Carpenter and published in the book The Story of the Melbourne Cup: Australia’s Greatest Race that was launched yesterday, the historic Melbourne Cup field features an incredible selection of gallopers that have won the time-honoured Melbourne Cup over the past 149 years.

The unique Melbourne Cup field is headed by the legendary Phar Lap (1930) honoured with the ‘topweight’ of 60kg and includes other great Cup winners including record three-time winner Makybe Diva (2003-2005), dual victor Peter Pan (1932, 1934), inaugural winner Archer (1861, 1862, and four of premier trainer Bart Cummings’ stars with Galilee (1966), Saintly (1996), Light Fingers (1965) and Think Big (1974, 1975) sneaking in at the bottom of the field.

A mock call of the Greatest Cup Never Run will be held at Flemington on Melbourne Cup Day.

There is a great story behind each and every turf star in the fictional field and this year on Tuesday November 2 another page in the Melbourne Cup tale will be written with the 150th running of the world’s richest handicap.

Next Tuesday the Melbourne Cup first nominations close and the large list of hopeful horses will be published here.

Once the 2010 Melbourne Cup nominations are in, the betting markets really begin to heat up so to lock in the most generous odds before they shorten head to SportingBet today who have pre-nomination odds available, topped by early favourite Faint Perfume at $15.

The Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival kicks off this Saturday with the first Group race of the season, the Group 3 Bletchingly Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield.

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Greatest Cup Never Run Field

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Horse

Trainer

Jockey

Barrier

Weight

1
PHAR LAP
Harry Telford Jim Pike (21) 60kg
2
CARBINE
Walter Hickenbotham Bob Ramage (16) 59kg
3
MAKYBE DIVA
Lee Freedman Glen Boss (14) 58kg
4
PETER PAN
Frank McGrath Darby Munro (13) 58kg
5
GALILEE
Bart Cummings John Miller (1) 57.5kg
6
POSEIDON
Ike Earnshaw Tom Clayton (3) 57.5kg
7
RISING FAST
Ivan Tucker Jack Purtell (11) 57kg
8
RAIN LOVER
Mick Robins Jim Johnson (7) 56kg
9
COMIC COURT
Jim Cummings Pat Glennon (24) 55.5kg
10
GRAND FLANEUR
Tom Brown Tom Hales (4) 55.5kg
11
MIGHT AND POWER
Jack Denham Jim Cassidy (12) 55kg
12
ARCHER
Etienne De Mestre Johnny Cutts (22) 54kg
13
VINTAGE CROP
Dermot Weld Mick Kinane (10) 54kg
14
DELTA
Maurice McCarten Neville Sellwood (9) 53.5kg
15
MALUA
Isaac Foulsham Alick Robertson (17) 53.5kg
16
NIGHTMARCH
Alex McAulay Roy Reed (5) 53.5kg
17
POITREL
Harry Robinson Ken Bracken (20) 53.5kg
18
SAINTLY
Bart Cummings Darren Beadman (2) 53kg
19
THE BARB
John Tait William Davis (18) 53kg
20
DALRAY
Clarrie McCarthy Bill Williamson (19) 52.5kg
21
HALL MARK
Jack Holt Jack O’Sullivan (23) 52.5kg
22
LIGHT FINGERS
Bart Cummings Roy Higgins (15) 52.5kg
23
DORIEMUS
Lee Freedman Damien Oliver (6) 52kg
24
THINK BIG
Bart Cummings Harry White (8) 52kg