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 on the first Tuesday of November when final acceptances are taken. The capacity 24-starter Melbourne Cup field is announced on the Saturday before the race each year.

With the 2014 Melbourne Cup scheduled for Tuesday November 4 this means the 2014 Melbourne Cup Barrier Draw will be available 6:30pm (VIC time) on Saturday November 1, 2014.

2013 Melbourne Cup Barrier Draw

# Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 DUNADEN (FR) Mikel Delzangles Jamie Spencer 1 58.5kg 118
2 GREEN MOON (IRE) Robert Hickmott Brett Prebble 10 57.5kg 116
3 RED CADEAUX (GB) Ed Dunlop Gerald Mosse 23 56.5kg 114
4 SEA MOON (GB) Robert Hickmott Steve Arnold 7 56.5kg 114
5 BROWN PANTHER (GB) Tom Dascombe Richard Kingscote 6 55kg 112
6 FIORENTE (IRE) Gai Waterhouse Damien Oliver 5 55kg 113
7 FORETELLER (GB) Chris Waller Craig Newitt 15 55kg 112
8 DANDINO (GB) Marco Botti Ryan Moore 4 54.5kg 112
9 ETHIOPIA Pat Carey Ryhs McLeod 14 54.5kg 109
10 FAWKNER Robert Hickmott Nick Hall 8 54.5kg (inc 1.5kg penalty) 112
11 MOURAYAN (IRE) Robert Hickmott Breton Avdulla 19 54.5kg 110
12 SEVILLE (GER) Robert Hickmott Hugh Bowman 9 54.5kg (inc 1.0kg penalty) 110
13 SUPER COOL Mark Kavanagh Corey Brown 13 54.5kg 113
14 MASKED MARVEL (GB) Robert Hickmott Michael Rodd 2 54kg 108
15 MOUNT ATHOS (IRE) Luca Cumani Craig Williams 22 54kg 109
16 ROYAL EMPIRE (IRE) Saeed Bin Suroor Kerrin McEvoy 11 54kg 109
17 VOLEUSE DE COEURS (IRE) Michael Moroney James McDonald 21 54kg 113
18 HAWKSPUR Chris Waller Jim Cassidy 18 53.5kg 110
19 SIMENON (IRE) William Mullins Richard Hughes 8 53.5kg 107
20 IBICENCO (GER) Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 17 53kg (inc 1.0kg penatly) 107
21 VEREMA (FR) Alain de Royer Dupre Christophe Lemaire 3 53kg 110
22 DEAR DEMI Clarry Conners Chris Munce 16 51kg 108
23 TRES BLUE (IRE) Gai Waterhouse Tommy Berry 20 51kg 110
24 RUSCELLO (IRE) Ed Walker Chad Schofield 24 50kg 80

Is the Melbourne Cup Barrier Draw Important?

You can’t put an exact value on getting a good barrier draw, but some barriers 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 2013 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.

Last year’s Melbourne Cup winner Dunaden (2011) jumped from barrier 13 (of 23).

Which Melbourne Cup Barriers are Worst?

There have historically been a few awful Melbourne Cup barriers. The worst leading up to the 2013 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.

Melbourne Cup Barrier Draw and Betting

Don’t be too influenced by barrier statistics when making your wagers at Ladbrokes.com.au 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’s easy to try more exotic bet types that pay off better.

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 Ladbrokes.com.au.

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 Ladbrokes.com.au!