2017 Melbourne Cup Field Confirmed: 24 Melbourne Cup Horses Announced

November 4, 2017

2017 Melbourne Cup Field Confirmed: 24 Melbourne Cup Horses Announced

The 24 Melbourne Cup horses lining up in the official 2017 Melbourne Cup Final Field has been announced by Racing Victoria ahead of the two-mile classic next Tuesday, November 7, at Flemington Racecourse.


Almandin is one of six Lloyd Williams-raced Melbourne Cup 2017 horses chasing a sixth ‘Loving Trophy’ for their owner. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

As expected prolific owner Lloyd Williams has six chances to add a sixth ‘Loving Trophy’ to the cabinet including the defending winner of the Group 1 $6.25 million Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) Almandin.

2017 Melbourne Cup Field:

  • 24 horses
  • 11 internationals including Marmelo
  • 6 for five-time owner Lloyd Williams
  • 1 defending champion in Almandin
  • 3 for Darren Weir including Cox Plate runner-up Humidor
  • 1 for Godolphin in 57.5kg top weight Hartnell
  • 3 for Irish horseman William Mullins after Thomas Hobson snuck in
  • 1 for Gai Waterhouse with the Lexus Stakes winner Cismontane
  • 2 mares with Single Gaze and Amelie’s Star
  • 2 nine-year-olds out to be the first of that age to win in Wicklow Brave and Who Shot Thebarman

Williams won the Melbourne Cup for a record fifth time as an owner in 2016 and Almandin returns as favourite in Melbourne Cup betting at Ladbrokes.com.au to defend his title and secure multiple editions of the race since Makybe Diva (2003-05) made history with three on the trot.

Two other of Williams’ runners are Robert Hickmott-trained with the roughie shot Gallante who needs rain to run his best and the imported Bondi Beach.

Williams will also be represented by three international raiders with the Caulfield Cup third placegetter Johannes Vermeer to be ridden by Ben Melham, Rekindling who has 2009 Melbourne Cup winning hoop Corey Brown in the saddle and US Army Ranger.

The Melbourne Cup field features its strongest ever international presence with a total of 11 Northern hemisphere-trained raiders including Thomas Hobson who narrowly made the starting line-up after the non-acceptance of Jon Snow.

Thomas Hobson gives Irish trainer William Mullins three runners joining nine-year-old Wicklow Brave and the 2015 runner-up Max Dynamite.

The shortest-priced of the raiders in the Melbourne Cup odds is Marmelo, the Hughie Morrison-trained Duke Of Marmalade entire to be ridden by Hugh Bowman.

Bowman rode the horse for the fast-finishing sixth in the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) and Marmelo should be improving out over more metres on Tuesday.

Trainer Darren Weir is in with three chances of enjoying a second win after the shock 2015 success of $101 roughie Prince Of Penzance.

He saddles-up The Bart Cummings winning mare Amelie’s Star chasing the double Almandin completed in 2016, dour stayer Big Duke and Humidor.

Humidor flew into contention after the excellent second to Winx in the Ladbrokes Cox Plate, but needs to prove his staying potential rising notably in distance.

Hartnell was third in the Melbourne Cup trifecta last spring and is the only remaining runner for Godolphin, the powerhouse stable after their first win after plenty of close calls including three seconds.

The lead-up form of the James Cummings-trained Hartnell has left a bit to be desired and the seven-year-old gives the weight away with 57.5kg.

Chris Waller is in with two runners after Who Shot Thebarman and Libran ran the quinella in the Moonee Valley Gold Cup, the former lining-up in his fourth Melbourne Cup field looking to be the first nine-year-old winner of the classic.

Cismontane is the lightweight of the Melbourne Cup field in 2017 carrying only 50kg after making the line-up via a Lexus Stakes win on Derby Day and Beau Mertens has picked up the ride.

He is out to give Gai Waterhouse her second after Fiorente (2013) won for the punters and is out to emulate Shocking (2009) as the last Lexus Stakes – Melbourne Cup double winner.

The only female hoop with a mount is Kathy O’Hara on Single Gaze.

See below for the full 2017 Melbourne Cup Field & Horses, the confirmed Melbourne Cup Jockeys and Weights with the live Melbourne Cup Barrier Draw to follow from 5:30pm (AEDT).

2017 Melbourne Cup Final Field

Flemington Race 7 (3:00pm) – 07/11/2017 

No. Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 x2822x1229 HARTNELL (GB) G 7 James Cummings Damian Lane 12 57.5kg 115
2 665111×214 ALMANDIN (GER) G 8 Robert Hickmott Frankie Dettori 14 56.5kg 112
3 212×681352 HUMIDOR (NZ) G 5 Darren Weir Blake Shinn 13 56kg 112
4 242x11711x TIBERIAN (FR) H 6 Alain Couetil Olivier Peslier 23 55.5kg 110
5 232x1521x6 MARMELO (GB) H 5 Hughie Morrison Hugh Bowman 16 55kg 109
6 1132x11x5x RED CARDINAL (IRE) G 6 Andreas Wohler Kerrin McEvoy 24 55kg 109
7 3x45712x23 JOHANNES VERMEER (IRE) H 5 Aidan O’Brien Ben Melham 3 54.5kg 108
8 x11x330x90 BONDI BEACH (IRE) G 6 Robert Hickmott Michael Walker 1 54kg 106
9 1x2x30x91x MAX DYNAMITE (FR) G 8 William Mullins Zac Purton 2 54kg 107
10 121x5x7620 VENTURA STORM (IRE) H 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Glen Boss 6 54kg 106
11 3642×94491 WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) G 9 Chris Waller Tommy Berry 20 54kg 107
12 0x81424440 WICKLOW BRAVE (GB) G 9 William Mullins Stephen Baster 8 54kg 107
13 113×550214 BIG DUKE (IRE) G 6 Darren Weir Brenton Avdulla 5 53.5kg 104
14 428×320386 US ARMY RANGER (IRE) H 5 Joseph O’Brien Jamie Spencer 22 53.5kg 106
15 6510×39341 BOOM TIME H 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Cory Parish 9 53kg (includes 1.0kg penalty) 102
16 031x270x07 GALLANTE (IRE) G 7 Robert Hickmott Michael Dee 18 53kg 103
17 746Px61652 LIBRAN (IRE) G 7 Chris Waller Dwayne Dunn 7 53kg 107
18 202x024x1x NAKEETA (GB) G 7 Iain Jardine Glyn Schofield 19 53kg 105
19 2612×05442 SINGLE GAZE M 5 Nick Olive Kathy O’Hara 11 53kg 108
20 11x6248x22 WALL OF FIRE (IRE) H 5 Hugo Palmer Craig Williams 15 53kg 105
21 9P01712x72 THOMAS HOBSON (GB) G 8 William Mullins Joao Moreira 21 52kg 103
22 210×140124 REKINDLING (GB) H 4 Joseph O’Brien Corey Brown 4 51.5kg 110
23 214×839410 AMELIE’S STAR M 6 Darren Weir Dean Yendall 10 51kg 103
24 x232521033 CISMONTANE (NZ) G 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Beau Mertens 17 50kg 84

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