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 2018 Melbourne Cup scheduled for Tuesday November 6, 2018 this means the 2018 Melbourne Cup Barrier Draw will be available on November 3, 2018.

2018 Melbourne Cup Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 x3195x1111 BEST SOLUTION (IRE) Saeed Bin Suroor Pat Cosgrave 6 57.5kg 114
2 x512433x43 THE CLIFFSOFMOHER (IRE) Aidan O’Brien Ryan Moore 9 56.5kg 112
3 57x150x11x MAGIC CIRCLE (IRE) Ian Williams Corey Brown 17 56kg 111
4 5x211250x0 CHESTNUT COAT (JPN) Yoshito Yahagi Yuga Kawada 4 55.5kg 110
5 1796x4341x MUNTAHAA (IRE) John Gosden Jim Crowley 13 55.5kg 110
6 144x1132x0 SOUND CHECK (GER) Michael Moroney Jordan Childs 16 55.5kg 110
7 x6731x7694 WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) Chris Waller Ben Melham 18 55.5kg 110
8 5462×02410 ACE HIGH David Payne Tye Angland 22 55kg 110
9 1x69x2112x MARMELO (GB) Hughie Morrison Hugh Bowman 10 55kg 109
10 3326×11114 AVILIUS (GB) James Cummings Glyn Schofield 11 54.5kg 1.5kg 109
11 2x436013x1 YUCATAN (IRE) Aidan O’Brien James McDonald 23 54.5kg 2.5kg 108
12 56164×5266 AUVRAY (FR) Richard Freedman Tommy Berry 1 54kg 107
13 13x655x1x3 FINCHE (GB) Chris Waller Zac Purton 15 54kg 107
0 x5x0x08030 RED CARDINAL (IRE) Darren Weir Damien Oliver (late alt) 5 54kg 102
15 21x05x4059 VENGEUR MASQUE (IRE) Michael Moroney Patrick Moloney 2 54kg 104
16 7829×79401 VENTURA STORM (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Mark Zahra 7 54kg 105
17 2188632×31 A PRINCE OF ARRAN (GB) Charlie Fellowes Michael Walker 20 53kg 105
18 1x5x005770 NAKEETA (GB) Iain Jardine Regan Bayliss 3 53kg 105
19 4513×01473 SIR CHARLES ROAD Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott Dwayne Dunn 14 53kg 102
20 58402×0080 ZACADA (NZ) Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Damian Lane 24 53kg 100
21 231130×341 RUNAWAY Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Stephen Baster 12 52kg 1.5kg 102
22 11113×6327 YOUNGSTAR Chris Waller Craig Williams 8 51.5kg 107
23 11x24112x CROSS COUNTER (GB) Charlie Appleby Kerrin McEvoy 19 51kg 109
24 3×41922515 ROSTROPOVICH (IRE) Aidan O’Brien Wayne Lordan 21 51kg 109

READ THE FULL 2018 MELBOURNE CUP BARRIERS & FACTS. 

The latest winning Melbourne Cup barrier draw was 4 when the Joseph O’Brien-owned Rekindling won from the gate in the 2017 Melbourne Cup Results.

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 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 2018 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).

Which Melbourne Cup Barriers are Worst?

There have historically been a few awful Melbourne Cup barriers. The worst leading up to the 2018 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.

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