Likely 2019 Melbourne Cup Field: Melbourne Cup Horses & Jockey Update

November 1, 2019

Likely 2019 Melbourne Cup Field: Melbourne Cup Horses & Jockey Update

The make-up of this spring’s Melbourne Cup 2019 field is becoming clearer following a number of notable scratchings this week in the lead-up to the $8 million Flemington feature on Tuesday.

Mer De Glace. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

Caulfield Cup winner Mer De Glace is one of the best fancied of the 2019 Melbourne Cup horses for the two mile classic next Tuesday. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

The ‘race that stops a nation’ lost two key international contenders on Wednesday night with the 2018 runner-up Marmelo and the Charlie Appleby-trained Dubai Gold Cup runner-up Ispolini for Godolphin withdrawn from the two-mile classic.

The two raiders were forced to withdraw by Racing Victoria officials after injury concerns were revealed during their CT scans earlier in the week.

On Thursday outsider Angel Of Truth for Kembla Grange trainer Gwenda Markwell along with English stayer Raheen House were also ruled out due to lameness.

RV stewards completed vet checks on the top 35 Melbourne Cup aspirants and the two Bendigo Cup flops from Wednesday – Angel Of Truth 11th and Raheen House 13th – were not passed fit to run.

The final chance to make the 24-horse Melbourne Cup field is offered to the Group 3 $300,000 Lexus Hotham Stakes (2500m) winner on Derby Day this Saturday.

Following the Cup scratchings and subsequent reshuffle to the order of entry, four of the Hotham Stakes runners are inside the top 24 for the big race.

Neufbosc, Sound, The Chosen One and Downdraft sit 21st – 24th on the Melbourne Cup ballot order respectively with connections now weighing up whether to run them three days out from the classic or hold off.

Current favourite in pre-field Melbourne Cup betting at Ladbrokes.com.au is Constantinople ($7.50), the Lindsay Park import getting in on just 52.5kg.

The Galileo four-year-old debuted down under in the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) and finished just 1.4 lengths back fourth behind the Japanese raider Mer De Glace in an eye-catching run.

Jockey Luke Nolen rode Constantinople first-up but he has been replaced on the Melbourne Cup favourite by Hong Kong star Joao Moreira.

Glen Boss had earlier secured the prized mount before his careless riding suspension last weekend that has him in doubt of a shot at a fourth Melbourne Cup success following his historic three-peat aboard Makybe Diva (2003-05).

This year will be the fourth time the ‘Magic Man’ Moreira rides in a Melbourne Cup, his latest attempt being aboard Heartbreak City who ran second to Almandin beaten narrowly in 2016.

The Caulfield Cup winner Mer De Glace is at Melbourne Cup odds of $8.50 to complete the Spring Cups’ double for the first time since Ethereal (2001).

The reigning Melbourne Cup winner is Cross Counter, Appleby’s English galloper chasing his first victory since the Dubai Gold Cup over the two miles back in March.

The Teofilo gelding was last seen racing fourth in the Group 1 Irish St Leger (2816m) in mid-September carrying 61kg.

He gets into the Melbourne Cup 2019 with 57.5kg, a 6.5kg increase on his 51kg winning weight from 2018.

Trainer Chris Waller of Winx fame has two confirmed starters inside the Top 24 on the order of entry, along with Patrick Erin (25th) chasing the start via the Hotham Stakes on Saturday.

Waller withdrew stablemate Youngstar from the Hotham after the mare moved up to 20th on the ballot, while last year’s Melbourne Cup fourth placegetter Finche looks the stable’s best chance paying $11 after the Caulfield Cup fifth last time out.

Finche finished fourth in last year’s Melbourne Cup results at just his second start down under from barrier 15 and shapes-up as a much better chance 12 months on with Kerrin McEvoy confirmed to ride.

McEvoy chases a record-equaling fourth Melbourne Cup winning ride following his past successes aboard Brew (2000), Almandin (2016) and Cross Counter (2018).

The Aidan O’Brien-trained Irish galloper Il Paradiso and Danny O’Brien’s Caulfield Cup runner-up Vow And Declare at an equal $12 are the other best fancied Melbourne Cup chances before final acceptances.

Surprise Baby meanwhile is the feel-good story in this year’s Melbourne Cup race.

Paul Preusker’s son of 2009 Melbourne Cup champion Shocking is bred to win and secured a start with his Group 3 The Bart Cummings (2025m) victory on October 5.

See below for the Top 24 Melbourne Cup 2019 Horses that will face off in the field barring injury or change of plans.

Only Downdraft from the 2017 Melbourne Cup winning stables of Joseph O’Brien could miss out on a start sitting 24th on the order of entry.

The horse is favourite for the Lexus Hotham Stakes on Saturday but could be pushed out of the race should a horse below him on the order of entry win.

Click here for the latest Melbourne Cup 2019 betting markets courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au.

Confirmed 24 Melbourne Cup Horses: Barring Injury / Change of Plan

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight
1 211x11x1x1 MER DE GLACE (JPN) H 5 Hisashi Shimizu 1= 56kg
2 1514132×41 SURPRISE BABY (NZ) G 5 Paul Preusker 1= 53.5kg
3 x11111x467 STEEL PRINCE (IRE) G 6 Anthony Freedman 1= 52.5kg
4 12x1x1x434 CROSS COUNTER (GB) G 5 Charlie Appleby 4 57.5kg
5 2x0x1322x3 MIRAGE DANCER (GB) H 6 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 5 55.5kg
6 37×3264413 SOUTHERN FRANCE (IRE) H 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 6 55.5kg
7 531×212224 CONSTANTINOPLE (IRE) H 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 7 52.5kg
8 7250×14335 MASTER OF REALITY (IRE) G 5 Joseph O’Brien 8 55.5kg
9 322×17135 IL PARADISO (USA) H 4 Aidan O’Brien 9 52.5kg
10 220×344216 LATROBE (IRE) H 5 Joseph O’Brien 10 55kg
11 4x1x723516 MUSTAJEER (GB) G 7 Kris Lees 11 55kg
12 3344465881 HUNTING HORN (IRE) H 5 Aidan O’Brien 12 55kg
13 251557×790 ROSTROPOVICH (IRE) G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 13 55kg
14 2×53220224 MAGIC WAND (IRE) M 5 Aidan O’Brien 14 53.5kg
15 423x2411x7 TWILIGHT PAYMENT (IRE) G 7 Joseph O’Brien 15 55kg
16 8x49x58321 PRINCE OF ARRAN (GB) G 7 Charlie Fellowes 16 54kg
17 x1x34x5125 FINCHE (GB) G 6 Chris Waller 17 54kg
18 1x6x237x4x RAYMOND TUSK (IRE) H 5 Richard Hannon 18 54kg
19 1x36621x42 VOW AND DECLARE G 4 Danny O’Brien 19 52kg
20 x059x87873 YOUNGSTAR M 5 Chris Waller 20 52kg
21 2x30x80709 NEUFBOSC (FR) G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 21 53.5kg
22 00x048x070 SOUND (GER) H 7 Michael Moroney 22 53.5kg
23 70141×5919 THE CHOSEN ONE (NZ) H 4 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman 23 52kg
24 1x196112x3 DOWNDRAFT (IRE) H 5 Joseph O’Brien 24 53.5kg

Need to Win 2019 Lexus Hotham Stakes / Have Horse Higher on Order of Entry Withdraw

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight
25 6797×90066 PATRICK ERIN (NZ) G 8 Chris Waller 25 53kg
26 111x1276x2 TRUE SELF (IRE) M 7 William Mullins 26 51.5kg
27 4740×70533 SIR CHARLES ROAD G 6 Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott 27 52.5kg
28 x5516x0428 GALLIC CHIEFTAIN (FR) H 7 Archie Alexander 28 52.5kg
29 x6112x9408 GREY LION (IRE) G 8 Matthew Smith 29 52.5kg
30 112×513203 HAKY (IRE) G 6 John Hammond 30 52kg
31 400×091902 BRIMHAM ROCKS (GB) G 6 Chris Waller 31 51.5kg
32 830611×055 AZURO (FR) G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 32 50.5kg
33 39×1662181 HUSH WRITER (JPN) G 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 33 50kg
34 72231×6710 VALAC (IRE) G 8 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 34 50kg
35 6252×99237 SULLY (NZ) G 5 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 35 50kg
36 20x0404x84 WALL OF FIRE (IRE) G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 36 50kg

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