Melbourne Cup 2017 Barrier Draw: Almandin Draws 14

November 4, 2017

Melbourne Cup 2017 Barrier Draw: Almandin Draws 14

The official 2017 Melbourne Cup Barrier Draw has been completed by Racing Victoria live from Flemington Racecourse and the reigning champion Almandin is drawn barrier 14 for the title defence.


Last year’s winner Almandin is drawn gate 14 in the 2017 Melbourne Cup Field & Barriers. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

Almandin, one of six horses in the Group 1 $6.25 million Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) field for five-time winning owner Lloyd Williams, jumped from barrier 17 of 24 last spring to win the ‘Race That Stops A Nation’.

This year with controversial Italian jockey Frankie Dettori in the saddle, Almandin will look to salute for the Melbourne Cup punters and go back-to-back in the two mile classic from barrier 14 that last produced a winner with Makybe Diva for her record third in 2005.

Key 2017 Melbourne Cup Barrier Facts

  • Barrier 18 has never produced a winner and is drawn this year by Gallante
  • Barrier 11 has produced more Melbourne Cup winners than any other and belongs to Single Gaze
  • Outside barrier (24) is drawn by
  • Inside barrier (1) belongs to Bondi Beach
  • Last year’s winning barrier (17) drawn this year by Cismontane

Almandin leads Melbourne Cup 2017 betting at and retains that top spot post-barrier draw, but eased out from $6.50 to $7.

The other best fancied in Melbourne Cup odds and their barriers include international raider Marmelo out wide in barrier 16 and brave Cox Plate runner-up last start Humidor in gate 13.

British trainer Hughie Morrison remains positive about the wide gate for Hugh Bowman to overcome on Caulfield Cup late flasher Marmelo, who eased to an $8.50 quote to win the famous Flemington Race 7.

“He can ride him from the front or the back and hopefully two miles is a long way,” Morrison said.

“We’ve been pretty happy with him in the past few days.

“Given a bit of luck he’ll run well.”

No Melbourne Cup winner in history has won from barrier 18 since starting gates were first introduced in 1925 and the hoodoo alley belongs this spring carnival to the Williams-raced former Sydney Cup winner over the distance Gallante.

In that time barrier five has produced more Melbourne Cup winners than any other, most recently when Green Moon (2012) and Fiorente (2013) went back-to-back from the gate.

The coveted Melbourne Cup barrier five is drawn this year by the Darren Weir-trained Big Duke looking to improve on the fourth as beaten favourite behind Who Shot Thebarman in the Group 2 Moonee Valley Gold Cup (2500m) on Cox Plate Day.

Last year’s winning barrier (17) belongs on Saturday to the Lexus Stakes winner Cismontane carrying only 50kg and looking to do the double for the first time since Shocking (2009).

Back-to-back Melbourne Cup winners saluted from barrier 17 in 1985 and 1986.

The other most successful Melbourne Cup barrier producing eight champions, most recently American in 2010, is gate 11.

Barrier 11 belongs this year to one of two mares in the line-up, the Nick Olive-trained Single Gaze who ran the race of her life to place second in the Caulfield Cup last time out.

The last horse to win the Melbourne Cup from the outside barrier was when Brew jumped from 22 of 22 after two scratchings from the field.

Since then just one other Melbourne Cup winner jumped from wider than barrier 17 with Shocking (21 of 23 in 2009).

The widest drawn 2017 Melbourne Cup horses are: nine-year-old Who Shot Thebarman (20) in his fourth Melbourne Cup attempt, last minute inclusion Thomas Hobson (21) who is one of three for Ireland’s William Mullins, fellow Irish raider US Army Ranger (22), French raider Tiberian (23) and Red Cardinal (24) ridden by last year’s winning jockey Kerrin McEvoy.

See below for the complete Melbourne Cup 2017 barriers before checking out the updated odds online through

2017 Melbourne Cup Barrier Draw: 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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