Melbourne Cup Barrier Draw

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).

Click here to read more on the historic Melbourne Cup 2021 win by Verry Elleegant.

2021 Melbourne Cup Results & Finishing Order

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
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.

Click here for a full rundown on the Melbourne Cup 2021 barrier draw.

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 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.

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