On Saturday afternoon live from Flemington Racecourse the 2011 Melbourne Cup barrier draw was released with defending champion Americain drawing wide with barrier 15 in the 24-horse final field.
Americain showed they were ready to go back-to-back in the world’s richest handicap with a blistering resuming run on Aussie turf, the Alain de Royer Dupre-trained French raider taking out the Moonee Valley Cup on October 22 in fine style.
Part owner Kevin Bamford said he wanted to draw barrier 11 in the Melbourne Cup with Americain, and they would have to see what barrier 15 meant.
“I wanted 11 because it (Amercain) works out of 11,” he said.
“I don’t know what 15 means because the jockey and trainer aren’t here but we’ll find out.
“Hopefully yes (he is in better form than last year).
“The acknowledgment of the horse will be justified then (if he goes back-to-back).”
Americain is one of a record 11 internationally-trained runners feature in this year’s $6 million Group 1 Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) field, many of which occupy the top half of the markets at Luxbet.
Below is a look at some of notable 2011 Melbourne Cup horses, their barriers and what connections had to say about Saturday’s barrier draw.
2011 Melbourne Cup Field, Barriers & Jockeys
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Wgt.||Hcp. Rating|
|1||13X66X10X1||AMERICAIN (USA)||Alain de Royer Dupre||Gerald Mosse||15||58kg||117|
|2||01794X1311||JUKEBOX JURY (IRE)||Mark Johnston||Mr Neil Callan||6||57kg||115|
|3||12X3X12X91||DUNADEN (FR)||Mikel Delzangles||–||13||54.5kg (Pen. 0.5kg)||111|
|4||X446X13137||DRUNKEN SAILOR (IRE)||Luca Cumani||Dwayne Dunn||8||54kg||110|
|5||2312X24201||GLASS HARMONIUM (IRE)||Michael Moroney||Ms Lisa Cropp||23||54kg||115|
|6||2573X34844||MANIGHAR (FR)||Luca Cumani||Damien Oliver||21||54kg||110|
|7||3621X5X406||UNUSUAL SUSPECT (USA)||Michael Kent||–||7||54kg||110|
|8||2164112461||FOX HUNT (IRE)||Mark Johnston||Mr Silvestre De Sousa||19||53.5kg (Pen. 0.5kg)||109|
|9||111X4215X5||LUCAS CRANACH (GER)||Anthony Freedman||Corey Brown||11||53.5kg||109|
|10||2042X04312||MOURAYAN (IRE)||Robert Hickmott||Hugh Bowman||14||53.5kg||108|
|11||X025X67009||PRECEDENCE (NZ)||Bart Cummings||Darren Beadman||2||53.5kg||107|
|12||9X20141053||RED CADEAUX (GB)||Ed Dunlop||Michael Rodd||16||53.5kg||109|
|13||341FX60220||HAWK ISLAND (IRE)||Chris Waller||Glyn Schofield||18||53kg||109|
|14||262X1421X3||ILLO (GER)||Bart Cummings||Jim Cassidy||1||53kg||106|
|15||189X223274||LOST IN THE MOMENT (IRE)||Saeed Bin Suroor||Mr William Buick||3||53kg||108|
|16||12X1X02241||MODUN (IRE)||Saeed Bin Suroor||Kerrin McEvoy||5||53kg||108|
|17||23245X0622||AT FIRST SIGHT (IRE)||Robert Hickmott||Steven King||10||52.5kg||106|
|18||2DX2235013||MOYENNE CORNICHE (GB)||Brian Ellison||Brett Prebble||17||52kg||103|
|19||534X755580||SAPTAPADI (IRE)||Brian Ellison||Chris Symons||22||52kg||103|
|20||41312X8070||SHAMROCKER (NZ)||Danny O’Brien||Luke Nolen||24||52kg||108|
|21||2114331510||THE VERMINATOR||Chris Waller||Craig Newitt||4||52kg (Pen. 2.0kg)||105|
|22||1421X83832||TULLAMORE (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse||Chris Munce||12||52kg||106|
|23||0121X07201||NIWOT||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Dean Yendall||9||51kg||101|
|24||1142X06530||OLDER THAN TIME||Gai Waterhouse||Tim Clark||20||51kg||103|
#3 Dunaden (Mikel Delzangles) Barrier 13
Geelong Cup winner and second favourite in the Melbourne Cup odds at Luxbet paying $8
Delzangles once worked as assistant trainer to Amercain’s Alain de Royer Dupre and goes up against his old master on Tuesday.
“Very good, very happy with that,” Delzangles said of barrier 13 for the Cup.
“It (barriers) are always important, we don’t want to be on the very, very outside and we are in the middle and as he is not a frontrunner it a good draw from him.”
#4 Drunken Sailor (Luca Cumani) – Barrier 8
Dwayne Dunn takes the ride on this raider who ran an unlucky seventh in the Caulfield Cup, in the last 90 years six winners have jumped from gate eight, paying $41 to win at Luxbet.
“His form this year is that he’s an improved horse,” Cumani said.
And of the Melbourne Cup dangers Cumani named the two French gallopers Amercain and Dunaden as the ones to beat.
“I think it (the field) is very strong,” he said.
“The two French horses are very, very good horses.
“I think the internationals are strong.”
#5 Glass Harmonium (Michael Moroney) – Barrier 7
Lisa Cropp to ride this go-forward Mackinnon Stakes winner who earned his Melbourne Cup acceptance after his impressive performance on Derby Day.
“It’s just great to see him win a Group 1 he deserves it,” Moroney said of the Mackinnon win.
“He’s so brilliant but whether that transpires to him getting to the two miles.
“I think class takes you a long way.”
#7 Manighar (Luca Cumani) – Barrier 21
Jockey Damien Oliver to ride following his Derby Day triple, there have been four Melbourne Cup winners from this gate, the last being four years ago with Japan’s Delta Blues (2006)
“I think give the draw Manighar will have it a bit more difficult and complicated from 21, but we have Damien who is in excellent form and we’ll leave it to him and he’ll know what to do,” Cumani said.
“He has to improve because he’s been running solidly…but he needs to find a little bit extra.”
#10 Mourayan (Robert Hickmott) – Barrier 14
A good barrier in terms of winners for this one of Lloyd Williams, six have won since 1924. Mourayan was brave today running second to Glass Harmonium in the Mackinnon, the perfect Melbourne Cup trial according to Luxbet who now have them at $17.
“Mourayan was outstanding it was a great Cup trial and I think Hugh Bowman is very happy to be on him,” co-owner Nick Williams said.
“I think he’s drawn perfectly…it’s terrific.”
#11 Precedence (Bart Cummings) – Barrier 2
One of two for the master Bart Cummings along with German import Illo, Precedence is a $41 longshot in the Melbourne Cup markets at Luxbet
#12 Red Cadeaux (Ed Dunlop) – Barrier 16
Michael Rodd to ride vying for the first Melbourne Cup winner from this gate since Jezabeel (1998). Rodd was able to draw his own Melbourne Cup barrier on Derby Day and was happy to draw outside the favourite Americain.
“Barrier 16 will suit as European horses like a bit of room,” he said.
“I’ve drawn outside the favourite.
“He’s a horse that’s got to race just behind the speed (and) if the heavens open he’s going to be right in it but if we end up on a hard ground he might just be out.”
#13 Hawk Island (Chris Waller) – Barrier 18
Horse No. 13 in a barrier that has never produced a Melbourne Cup winner, only the brave take this won at $61 through Luxbet
“He’s one it very tough,” Waller said of Hawk Island.
“So from that draw 18 it’s not ideal.
“I’d probably take a conservative approach and run him quiet.
“Obviously if we were a bit higher up the market I’d be a bit more positive.”
#14 Illo (Bart Cummings) – Barrier 1
Bart Cummings’ German import with Jim Cassidy to get the inside running from gate one, pays $19 in the Luxbet markets having blown out slightly as the rails in a big 24-horse Melbourne Cup field is far from ideal.
#16 Modun (Saeed Bin Suroor) – Barrier 5
One of two for Godolphin this year along with Lost In the Moment (barrier three). Five winners from gate five over the years, Vintage Crop the last in 1993
#17 At First Sight (Robert Hickmott) – Barrier 10
Other Lloyd Williams-owned hope this year, impressive runner-up in the Bendigo Cup last start and well liked in the markets paying $14 at Luxbet
“He was outstanding (at Bendigo),” co-owner Nick Williams said after the barrier draw on Saturday.
“I think he’s getting up to his right distance and with that run under his belt.”
#20 Shamrocker (Danny O’Brien) – Barrier 24
One of just two mares in the 2011 Melbourne Cup field along with Gai Waterhouse’s $101 roughie Older Than Time. Suffered an early blow with the extreme outside gate, with thelast horse to win from there being Gala Supreme in 1973
#23 Niwot (John, Wayne and Michael Hawkes) – Barrier 9
Eleventh-hour entry into the Cup after winning The Lexus Stakes like their stablemate Maluckyday did last year on way to their second to Americain in the Melbourne Cup 12 months ago. Barrier nine has produced four Melbourne Cup winners in recent years including Efficient in 2007
“A great win today,” John Hawkes said of The Lexus Stakes.
“He’s really hard and fit and he’s lightly weighted and now he’s drawn a good gate.
“He might lack a bit of class but overall he can stay and he’s got (51kg).
“I think the key thing is the weight factor, he’s getting seven kilos on Americain.
“On level weights he couldn’t beat him but that’s what the handicaps are about.”
See below for the complete 2011 Emirates Melbourne Cup field, barriers, weights and jockeys.
Full riders will be confirmed by Monday October 31.
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