Melbourne Cup Barrier Draw

The official Melbourne Cup barrier draw is only released a few days before the iconic handicap race takes place at Flemington Racecourse when final acceptances are taken on Victoria Derby Day.  The capacity 24-starter Melbourne Cup field is announced on the Saturday before the race each year.

With the 2017 Melbourne Cup scheduled for Tuesday  this means the 2017 Melbourne Cup Barrier Draw will be available 6:30pm (VIC time) on . 

2017 Melbourne Cup Barrier Draw

The Melbourne Cup barriers will be published below post-racing on Victoria Derby Day.

The latest winning Melbourne Cup barrier draw was 17 when the Lloyd Williams-owned Almandin won from the gate in the 2016 Melbourne Cup Results. He was the first Melbourne Cup winner from barrier 17 since What A Nuisance (1985) and At Talaq (1986) went back-to-back from that alley 30 years before.

Is the Melbourne Cup Barrier Draw Important?

An exact value cannot be placed on drawing a good barrier, but some alleys are clearly better than others in regards to producing Melbourne Cup winners over the years.

Despite the many times the race has been run, there are still barriers that have never produced a winner as well as barriers that have only ever sent off a winner once.

When looking at the Melbourne Cup odds on a site like, it pays to keep the effect of the Melbourne Cup barrier draw in mind. While the long distance of the race does reduce the importance of the starting barrier, it doesn’t hurt for your horse to start from one of the first 12 barriers.

Which Melbourne Cup Barriers are Best?

The most successful barriers leading up to the 2017 Melbourne Cup barrier draw are:

  • Barrier 11 – 8 wins, last in 2010
  • Barrier 14 – 6 wins, last in 2005
  • Barrier 8 – 5 wins, last in 2008

In the past decade barrier 5 has produced two Melbourne Cup winners with Green Moon (2012) and Fiorente (2013) going back-to-back from the gate.

From 2006 – 2016 barrier 10 has also produced two champions with Delta Blues (2006) and Protectionist (2014).

Which Melbourne Cup Barriers are Worst?

There have historically been a few awful Melbourne Cup barriers. The worst leading up to the 2017 Melbourne Cup barrier draw are:

  • Barrier 18 – 0 wins
  • Barrier 7 – 2 wins, in 1924 and 2015
  • Barrier 15 – 1 win, in 1973

Barriers 2, 12, and 20 all have 2 wins. Numbers beyond barrier 24 have not been included, as the number of starters is currently limited to 24 with no emergencies.