Melbourne Cup Runners

September 17, 2010

Melbourne Cup Runners

There will be 24 runners in the 2010 Melbourne Cup Field, with the final list of participating horses to be released during the celebrations of Victoria Derby Day on Saturday, October 30.

Currently 151 stayers from around the globe are still in contention for a spot in the 150th Melbourne Cup final field after first declarations were taken on September 7.

After the list of Melbourne Cup nominations were cut down at first declaration stage, online bookmaker Sportsbet have last year’s winner Shocking as the $8 favourite to win again on Tuesday November 2 at Flemington.

  • There are 24 Melbourne Cup Runners each year
  • Melbourne Cup Runners are released on Victoria Derby Day
  • Horses can automatically qualify as a Melbourne Cup Runner by winning certain races
  • Melbourne Cup Runners must meet a set criteria
  • Conditions of Melbourne Cup Runners includes having earned a minimum amount of prize money

Melbourne Cup runners are a special breed of horse as they most posses the ability to last the testing two mile (3200m) distance of the iconic race as well as pass certain qualifications.

Leading up to the marquee race of the annual Melbourne Cup Carnival, the Victoria Racing Club (VRC) that runs the Melbourne Cup release continually updating orders of entry.

The Melbourne Cup ballot orders all of the horses entered for the famous handicap feature according to their chance of making the field of acceptances.

Horses hoping for a run in the Melbourne Cup must meet set criteria including having won a specified amount of prize money and placed or won in internationally recognised races of a certain status.

Melbourne Cup runners can receive a ballot exemption via races including the Victoria Derby, Mackinnon Stakes, Cox Plate or Caulfield Cup in Australia as well as overseas events such as the Irish St Leger or Japan’s Tenno Sho.

Races that Carry a Melbourne Cup Ballot Exemption:

  • VRC The Lexus Stakes
  • VRC AAMI Victoria Derby
  • VRC Mackinnon Stakes
  • MVRC Cox Plate
  • MRC Calfield Cup
  • Irish St Leger (IRE)
  • Tenno Sho (Spring) (JPN)
  • ARB Australian Stayers Challenge

Currently just one horse has earned automatic entry into the 2010 Melbourne Cup, British raider Sans Frontieres after winning this year’s Irish St Leger.

Find out the latest 2010 Melbourne Cup Ballot to see what horses have passed the first elimination clause by following the link.

Stay up to date with the latest news and form of the Melbourne Cup runners by bookmarking us here at

Now is the perfect time to get your early Melbourne Cup Betting selections in at a generous quote, so visit and make sure you get the best possible price this spring!

Racing fields and data are copyright 2011-2018 © Racing Australia Pty Ltd (RA) (and other parties working with it).
Racing materials, including fields, form and results, is subject to copyright which is owned by RA and other parties working with it. Full copyright notice.

Spring Racing

Brave Smash to race in Chris W...

Rogerson Dreams of 2018 Melbou...

Rogerson Dreams of 2018 Melbourne Cup Win with Surrey

A son of triple Melbourne Cup hero Makybe Diva, Surrey, could develop into a...

The Everest 2018 Field to Feat...

The Everest 2018 Field to Feature Redzel

Inaugural champion Redzel has officially secured his position in the 2018 The...

2018 The Everest Field Takes S...

2018 The Everest Field Takes Shape: In Her Time Confirmed

She missed out on a shot at the world’s richest race on turf last spring but...

Trapeze Artist Secures 2018 Th...

Trapeze Artist Secures 2018 The Everest Slot for Aquis

The first official slot in The Everest 2018 field has been confirmed with...

Horse Racing Today

Calanda to carry top weight in...

Tradesman is top weight for 20...

Tradesman is top weight for 2018 Tattersall’s Cup

Ipswich Cup winner Tradesman has been given the top weight for Saturday’s...

Bumper Nominations for 2018 Ta...

Bumper Nominations for 2018 Tattersall’s Club Tiara

The last Group 1 of the current racing season is set to have a capacity field...

Moss ‘N’ Dale chal...

Moss ‘N’ Dale challenging for favouritism in 2018 Eye Liner Stakes betting

Victorian sprinter Moss ‘N‘ Dale is making a solid bid for favouritism for the...

Final field of 11 for 2018 Ips...

Final field of 11 for 2018 Ipswich Cup

A final field of eleven will line up in the 2018 Listed $175,000 Channel 7...

Race Results

Viewed Victorious in Caulfield Cup

Race 1 Result – $101 500 AGL Renewable Energy Stakes – She’s Got Gears Wins

Race 2 – $101,500 Schiavello Plate – Avienus Wins

Race 3 – $101 500 Lavazza A Modo Mio – Linton Street Wins

Race 4 Results – $151,500 Listed Herald Sun Stakes – Strawberry Field Wins

Race Previews

2009 Caulfield Cup Barrier Draw Announced

Who Are the Top Contenders for Tomorrow’s Caulfield Cup?

Victoria Derby in sight for Onemorenomore

2009 Melbourne Cup Field

Eclipse Stakes Final Field & Preview

Fields & Form

SA Fillies Classic 2013 Field Released

The Goodwood Day Fields – National Stakes 2013

Adelaide Cup Winner Riayla Heads RA Lee Stakes Field 2013

Linton Continues Stradbroke Handicap 2013 Campaign in Adelaide

Can Moody Score Second Goodwood With Moment Of Change?