Melbourne Cup Barriers 2013 – Fiorente Favourite in 5

The highly-anticipated Melbourne Cup barrier draw 2013 has been determined with early favourite Fiorente drawing ideally in barrier five for trainer Gai Waterhouse shooting for her maiden win in the ‘race that stops a nation’.


Fiorente is set to jump the 2013 Melbourne Cup favourite after drawing ideally with gate five. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia.

Waterhouse’s other chance in the $6.2 million Group 1 Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m), French import Tres Blue, didn’t fare as well coming up with an awkward gate 20 draw.

Also a European expat, Fiorente was runner-up in the Melbourne Cup for their Australian debut 12 months ago and had been sharing top spot in the markets for this year with Luca Cumani’s Mount Athos.

However with Mount Athos, fifth last year, drawing out wide in gate 22, the Melbourne Cup betting markets are sure to be firmly in favour of Waterhouse’s galloper to buck the trend of horses returning for a second shot at the world’s richest handicap.

Barrier five is also the barrier Green Moon jumped from to win last year.

Below we take a look at some of recent Melbourne Cup barrier statistics and which horses have drawn the best and worst historically speaking.

Notable 2013 Melbourne Cup Barriers and Runners:

  • Barrier 4#8 Dandino the Marco Botti-trained Caulfield Cup runner-up drawn in the most successful Melbourne Cup barrier in the past 30 years
  • Barrier 11#16 Royal Empire for international racing powerhouse Godophin drawn in the most successful in history with 7 wins, last in 2010 (Americian)
  • Barrier 7#4 Sea Moon for owner Lloyd Williams, shooting for successive Melbourne Cup victories, the barrier has only had one Melbourne Cup winner in the 152 runnings of the race back in 1924 (Backwood)
  • Barrier 15#7 Foreteller for Chris Waller has also drawn a nasty barrier stat-wise with just one Melbourne Cup winner to jump from it back in 1973 (Gala Supreme)
  • Barrier 13#13 Super Cool for Mark Kavanagh has drawn Duanden’s winning barrier from 2011, horse 13 in 13 for the superstitious punters
  • Barrier 18#18 Hawkspur in the only Melbourne Cup barrier yet to produce a winner since gates were introduced in 1924, can Waller’s Queensland Derby winner buck the trend?
  • Barrier 24 – #24 Ruscello only snuck into the field at the 11th hour winning the Lexus Stakes on Derby Day, and from barrier 24 has work to do

Also drawn out wide are the likes of Clarry Conners’ Caulfield Cup third placed mare Dear Demi (16) who was second in the Mackinnon Stakes today, Peter Moody-trained Geelong Cup winner Ibicenco (17) and Sydney Cup winner Mourayan (19).

Owner Lloyd Williams had better luck with Caulfield Cup winner Fawkner who drew gate eight, Masked Marvel in gate six and The Metropolitan winner Seville in nine.

Former Melbourne Cup winner Duanden from two years ago jumped from a barrier 13 to win but has the rails draw this year with the last Melbourne Cup champion from that gate being in 1990 when the mighty Kingston Rule set the Melbourne Cup race record.

The 2013 Melbourne Cup barrier draw is sure to see a change in the Melbourne Cup betting markets, so make sure you head over to and check out the latest odds on all the runners.

2013 Melbourne Cup Barrier Draw & Field

Flemington Race 7 – 02/11/2013

# Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 DUNADEN (FR) Mikel Delzangles Jamie Spencer 1 58.5kg 118
2 GREEN MOON (IRE) Robert Hickmott Brett Prebble 10 57.5kg 116
3 RED CADEAUX (GB) Ed Dunlop Gerald Mosse 23 56.5kg 114
4 SEA MOON (GB) Robert Hickmott Steve Arnold 7 56.5kg 114
5 BROWN PANTHER (GB) Tom Dascombe Richard Kingscote 6 55kg 112
6 FIORENTE (IRE) Gai Waterhouse Damien Oliver 5 55kg 113
7 FORETELLER (GB) Chris Waller Craig Newitt 15 55kg 112
8 DANDINO (GB) Marco Botti Ryan Moore 4 54.5kg 112
9 ETHIOPIA Pat Carey Ryhs McLeod 14 54.5kg 109
10 FAWKNER Robert Hickmott Nick Hall 8 54.5kg (inc 1.5kg penalty) 112
11 MOURAYAN (IRE) Robert Hickmott Breton Avdulla 19 54.5kg 110
12 SEVILLE (GER) Robert Hickmott Hugh Bowman 9 54.5kg (inc 1.0kg penalty) 110
13 SUPER COOL Mark Kavanagh Corey Brown 13 54.5kg 113
14 MASKED MARVEL (GB) Robert Hickmott Michael Rodd 2 54kg 108
15 MOUNT ATHOS (IRE) Luca Cumani Craig Williams 22 54kg 109
16 ROYAL EMPIRE (IRE) Saeed Bin Suroor Kerrin McEvoy 11 54kg 109
17 VOLEUSE DE COEURS (IRE) Michael Moroney James McDonald 21 54kg 113
18 HAWKSPUR Chris Waller Jim Cassidy 18 53.5kg 110
19 SIMENON (IRE) William Mullins Richard Hughes 12 53.5kg 107
20 IBICENCO (GER) Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 17 53kg (inc 1.0kg penalty) 107
21 VEREMA (FR) Alain de Royer Dupre Christophe Lemaire 3 53kg 110
22 DEAR DEMI Clarry Conners Chris Munce 16 51kg 108
23 TRES BLUE (IRE) Gai Waterhouse Tommy Berry 20 51kg 110
24 RUSCELLO (IRE) Ed Walker Chad Schofield 24 50kg 80

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