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2021 Melbourne Cup Results
- 1st: #4 Verry Elleegant
- 2nd: #2 Incentivise
- 3rd: #3 Spanish Mission
- 4th: #22 Floating Artist
Verry Elleegant made history as the first Melbourne Cup winner since gates were officially introduced to win from barrier 18.
Chris Waller’s champion mare – now a 10-times Group 1 winner – originally came up with barrier 19 in the Melbourne Cup 2021 barrier draw but started from the “hoodoo alley” after the early scratching of Future Score (15).
2021 Melbourne Cup Results & Finishing Order
|1||4||VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ)||Chris Waller||James McDonald||18||57kg||$18|
|2||2||INCENTIVISE||Peter G Moody||Brett Prebble||4L||15||57kg||1.5kg||$2.90F|
|3||3||SPANISH MISSION (USA)||Andrew Balding||Craig Williams||4.4L||14||57kg||$10|
|4||22||FLOATING ARTIST (GB)||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||Teodore Nugent (a)||4.6L||10||50kg||$11|
|5||6||THE CHOSEN ONE (NZ)||Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman||Damian Lane||10.6L||5||54kg||$31|
|6||16||GRAND PROMENADE (GB)||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||Kerrin McEvoy||12.6L||20||52kg||1.0kg||$15|
|7||7||DELPHI (IRE)||Anthony & Sam Freedman||Damien Oliver||13.35L||3||53.5kg||1.0kg||$19|
|8||9||SELINO (GB)||Chris Waller||Ron Stewart||13.45L||23||53.5kg||$81|
|9||21||TRALEE ROSE (NZ)||Symon Wilde||Dean Holland||16.7L||12||51kg||$21|
|10||19||SHE’S IDEEL||Bjorn Baker||Craig Newitt||17.2L||19||52kg||$101|
|11||1||TWILIGHT PAYMENT (IRE)||Joseph O’Brien||Jye McNeil||19.45L||2||58kg||$13|
|12||17||MIAMI BOUND (NZ)||Danny O’Brien||Patrick Moloney||21.45L||16||52kg||$151|
|13||23||GREAT HOUSE (IRE)||Chris Waller||Michael Dee||21.85L||7||50kg||$26|
|14||24||SIR LUCAN (IRE)||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Glen Boss||21.95L||17||50kg (cd 51kg)||$26|
|15||5||EXPLOSIVE JACK (NZ)||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||John Allen||23.2L||4||54kg||$51|
|16||14||MASTER OF WINE (GER)||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Fred Kersley||24.2L||6||52.5kg||$91|
|17||15||PONDUS (GB)||Robert Hickmott||Ms Rachel King||24.6L||1||52.5kg||$21|
|18||13||CARIF||Peter & Paul Snowden||Blaike McDougall||25.35L||8||52.5kg||$101|
|19||11||KNIGHTS ORDER (IRE)||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Daniel Stackhouse||25.65L||9||53kg||$101|
|20||12||PERSAN||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||Luke Currie||28.9L||11||53kg||$31|
|21||18||PORT GUILLAUME (FR)||Ben & JD Hayes||Harry Coffey||33.15L||22||52kg||$101|
|22||10||JOHNNY GET ANGRY (NZ)||Denis Pagan||Lachlan King (a)||41.15L||21||53kg||$91|
|23||8||OCEAN BILLY (NZ)||Chris Waller||Damien Thornton||53.15L||13||53.5kg||$31|
|20||FUTURE SCORE (IRE)||Matt Cumani||Dean Yendall||0|
Table Credit: Racing Australia.
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.
2021 Melbourne Cup Barrier Draw
The official Melbourne Cup 2021 barrier draw will be released live from Flemington Racecourse following the racing action on VRC Derby Day, Saturday October 30, 2021.
The Melbourne Cup 2021 barriers are set and short-priced favourite Incentivise is out to do the Spring Cups double from gate 16.
Twilight Payment defends his title from barrier 2, while the only other international raider Spanish Mission is in gate 14.
Verry Elleegant will need to be very good from her wide barrier 19 draw, while the hoodoo barrier 18 draw belongs this year to Sir Lucan.
- 2021 Melbourne Cup Scratchings Update: #20 Future Score (15) has been withdrawn failing a final vet check (lameness, right foreleg) by Racing Victoria.
Incentivise now comes into barrier 15.
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Penalty||Hcp Rating|
|1||1131×33912||TWILIGHT PAYMENT (IRE)||Joseph O’Brien||Jye McNeil||2||58kg||117|
|2||111111×111||INCENTIVISE||Peter G Moody||Brett Prebble||16||57kg||1.5kg||123|
|3||17x2513x2x||SPANISH MISSION (USA)||Andrew Balding||Craig Williams||14||57kg||117|
|4||x3112x2143||VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ)||Chris Waller||James McDonald||19||57kg||118|
|5||132113×950||EXPLOSIVE JACK (NZ)||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||John Allen||4||54kg||115|
|6||x2606x3420||THE CHOSEN ONE (NZ)||Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman||Damian Lane||5||54kg||114|
|7||111x6x4210||DELPHI (IRE)||Anthony & Sam Freedman||Damien Oliver||3||53.5kg||1.0kg||112|
|8||1x610x5059||OCEAN BILLY (NZ)||Chris Waller||Damien Thornton||13||53.5kg||112|
|9||86541×0840||SELINO (GB)||Chris Waller||Ron Stewart||24||53.5kg||110|
|10||29431×0090||JOHNNY GET ANGRY (NZ)||Denis Pagan||Lachlan King (a)||22||53kg||113|
|11||x8511x9097||KNIGHTS ORDER (IRE)||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Daniel Stackhouse||9||53kg||107|
|12||5x1244x373||PERSAN||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||Luke Currie||11||53kg||109|
|13||07422×4747||CARIF||Peter & Paul Snowden||Blaike McDougall||8||52.5kg||108|
|14||x663x00030||MASTER OF WINE (GER)||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Fred Kersley||6||52.5kg||113|
|15||x22x722x54||PONDUS (GB)||Robert Hickmott||Ms Rachel King||1||52.5kg||111|
|16||x221211251||GRAND PROMENADE (GB)||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||Kerrin McEvoy||21||52kg||1.0kg||108|
|17||78333×0095||MIAMI BOUND (NZ)||Danny O’Brien||Patrick Moloney||17||52kg||111|
|18||x1510x0600||PORT GUILLAUME (FR)||Ben & JD Hayes||Harry Coffey||23||52kg||101|
|19||2324×37197||SHE’S IDEEL||Bjorn Baker||Craig Newitt||20||52kg||111|
|20||3x6133x086||FUTURE SCORE (IRE)||Matt Cumani||Dean Yendall||15||51.5kg||107|
|21||12114×3321||TRALEE ROSE (NZ)||Symon Wilde||Dean Holland||12||51kg||106|
|22||x55x011132||FLOATING ARTIST (GB)||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||Teodore Nugent (a)||10||50kg||106|
|23||x132751551||GREAT HOUSE (IRE)||Chris Waller||Michael Dee||7||50kg||107|
|24||x41x81x248||SIR LUCAN (IRE)||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Glen Boss||18||50kg||110|
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.
Is the Melbourne Cup Barrier Draw Important?
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 Ladbrokes.com.au, 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 2021 Melbourne Cup barrier draw are:
- Barrier 5 – 8 wins, last in 2013
- Barrier 11 – 7 wins, last in 2010
- Barrier 10 – 6 wins, last 2014
- 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).
In 2019 Vow And Declare became the first Australian-bred Melbourne Cup winner since Shocking (2009) and won from barrier 21 of 24.
Which Melbourne Cup Barriers are Worst?
There have historically been a few awful Melbourne Cup barriers. The worst leading up to the 2021 Melbourne Cup barrier draw are:
- Barrier 18 – 1 win – Verry Elleegant became the first to win from the gate in 2021
- Barrier 7 – 2 wins, in 1924 and 2015
- Barrier 15 – 1 win, in 1973
Barrier 12 recorded a third win in 2020 with Twilight Payment, while Barriers 2 and 20 have 2 wins. Numbers beyond barrier 24 have not been included, as the number of starters is currently limited to 24 with no emergencies.