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 2017 Melbourne Cup scheduled for Tuesday November 7, 2017  this means the 2017 Melbourne Cup Barrier Draw will be available on November 4, 2017.

2017 Melbourne Cup Barrier Draw

The Melbourne Cup barriers will be published below post-racing on Victoria Derby Day.

READ THE FULL 2017 MELBOURNE CUP BARRIERS & FACTS. 

No. Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 x2822x1229 HARTNELL (GB) G 7 James Cummings Damian Lane 12 57.5kg 115
2 665111×214 ALMANDIN (GER) G 8 Robert Hickmott Frankie Dettori 14 56.5kg 112
3 212×681352 HUMIDOR (NZ) G 5 Darren Weir Blake Shinn 13 56kg 112
4 242x11711x TIBERIAN (FR) H 6 Alain Couetil Olivier Peslier 23 55.5kg 110
5 232x1521x6 MARMELO (GB) H 5 Hughie Morrison Hugh Bowman 16 55kg 109
6 1132x11x5x RED CARDINAL (IRE) G 6 Andreas Wohler Kerrin McEvoy 24 55kg 109
7 3x45712x23 JOHANNES VERMEER (IRE) H 5 Aidan O’Brien Ben Melham 3 54.5kg 108
8 x11x330x90 BONDI BEACH (IRE) G 6 Robert Hickmott Michael Walker 1 54kg 106
9 1x2x30x91x MAX DYNAMITE (FR) G 8 William Mullins Zac Purton 2 54kg 107
10 121x5x7620 VENTURA STORM (IRE) H 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Glen Boss 6 54kg 106
11 3642×94491 WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) G 9 Chris Waller Tommy Berry 20 54kg 107
12 0x81424440 WICKLOW BRAVE (GB) G 9 William Mullins Stephen Baster 8 54kg 107
13 113×550214 BIG DUKE (IRE) G 6 Darren Weir Brenton Avdulla 5 53.5kg 104
14 428×320386 US ARMY RANGER (IRE) H 5 Joseph O’Brien Jamie Spencer 22 53.5kg 106
15 6510×39341 BOOM TIME H 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Cory Parish 9 53kg (includes 1.0kg penalty) 102
16 031x270x07 GALLANTE (IRE) G 7 Robert Hickmott Michael Dee 18 53kg 103
17 746Px61652 LIBRAN (IRE) G 7 Chris Waller Dwayne Dunn 7 53kg 107
18 202x024x1x NAKEETA (GB) G 7 Iain Jardine Glyn Schofield 19 53kg 105
19 2612×05442 SINGLE GAZE M 5 Nick Olive Kathy O’Hara 11 53kg 108
20 11x6248x22 WALL OF FIRE (IRE) H 5 Hugo Palmer Craig Williams 15 53kg 105
21 9P01712x72 THOMAS HOBSON (GB) G 8 William Mullins Joao Moreira 21 52kg 103
22 210×140124 REKINDLING (GB) H 4 Joseph O’Brien Corey Brown 4 51.5kg 110
23 214×839410 AMELIE’S STAR M 6 Darren Weir Dean Yendall 10 51kg 103
24 x232521033 CISMONTANE (NZ) G 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Beau Mertens 17 50kg 84

The latest winning Melbourne Cup barrier draw was 17 when the Lloyd Williams-owned Almandin won from the gate in the 2016 Melbourne Cup Results. He was the first Melbourne Cup winner from barrier 17 since What A Nuisance (1985) and At Talaq (1986) went back-to-back from that alley 30 years before.

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 2017 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 2017 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.