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. The capacity 24-starter Melbourne Cup field is announced on the Saturday before the race each year.

With the 2015 Melbourne Cup scheduled for Tuesday November 3, this means the 2015 Melbourne Cup Barrier Draw will be available 6:30pm (VIC time) on Saturday October 31, 2015.

2015 Melbourne Cup Barrier Draw

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 2015 Melbourne Cup barrier draw are:

  • Barrier 11 – 7 wins, last in 2001
  • Barrier 14 – 6 wins, last in 2005
  • Barrier 8 – 5 wins, last in 2008

Barriers 5, 6 and 19 all also have 5 wins, but have not produced a winner in more than 15 years.

Which Melbourne Cup Barriers are Worst?

There have historically been a few awful Melbourne Cup barriers. The worst leading up to the 2015 Melbourne Cup barrier draw are:

  • Barrier 18 – 0 wins
  • Barrier 7 – 1 win, in 1924
  • 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.

2014 Melbourne Cup champion Protectionist left from Barrier 5 on the first Tuesday of November; eventually hitting the line more than four lengths in the clear of closest rival Red Cadeaux in an utterly dominant performance.

Melbourne Cup Barrier Draw and Betting

Don’t be too influenced by barrier statistics when making your wagers at as it’s mostly an issue when you go for a straight up win pick. Simply picking the winner is one of the least profitable forms of Melbourne Cup betting and it is not difficult place more exotic bet varieties that offer a far-better winfall.

A box Melbourne Cup trifecta takes a bit more effort to pick but it can give you a massive payoff and gives your favourite runner a little leeway. Other boxed exotic bets are also worth considering as they rely more on choosing the best group of contenders rather than trying to work out how each individual runner will perform.

The Melbourne Cup barrier draw shouldn’t cause you much concern for your wagers and certainly shouldn’t discourage you from taking long early odds at sites like

If you know little about horse racing and just like having a once a year flutter on the Melbourne Cup you could always go for the novelty punt of backing the Melbourne Cup horse drawn in your lucky barrier number at!