Melbourne Cup Field

The Melbourne Cup field is made up of the world’s best staying types with both local Australian gallopers and international raiders fighting it out for the richest handicap prize every November.

Held on the first Tuesday of November each year at Melbourne’s famous Flemington Racecourse the Melbourne Cup field features a capacity 24 starters and has no emergencies.

Every spring the Melbourne Cup field of final acceptances is released on the Saturday before Melbourne Cup Day. The live announcement of the Melbourne Cup field is made from Flemington at around 6:00pm (local time), with the official Melbourne Cup final acceptances closing to connections at 4:30pm (AEDT) after the action of Victoria Derby Day.

2018 Melbourne Cup Field Dates

2018 Melbourne Cup field and nomination announcement dates:

  • Nominations: Wednesday August 30, 2018
  • Handicaps / Weights: Tuesday 11 September, 2018
  • First Acceptances: Tuesday 2 October, 2018
  • Second Acceptances: Monday 22 October, 2018
  • Final Field: Saturday November 3, 2018
  • Jockeys: Saturday November 3, 2018
  • Barrier Draw: Saturday November 3, 2018

Of course betting on the Melbourne Cup field opens at bookies around the country including Ladbrokes.com.au before even the Melbourne Cup nominations are taken.

Melbourne Cup odds are open nearly all year round with futures betting offering great prices, the favourite paying over $20, for those that want to get in on the action early.

To check out the latest Melbourne Cup betting markets for this year’s showdown head to Ladbrokes.com.au, the country’s most trusted bookie for Melbourne Cup odds.

2018 Melbourne Cup Field

The 2018 Melbourne Cup field has been released.

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

 

It is a long process to whittle down all the hopeful horses to reveal the official Melbourne Cup field. Things start at the beginning of September when the Melbourne Cup nominations are taken, with numbers usually exceeding 150 early entries. First declaration stage narrows down the number of Melbourne Cup horses a month later at the start of October by as much as half. Second declarations follow about three weeks on at the end of October before the final declaration or acceptance stage on Victoria Derby Day.2018 Melbourne Cup Second Acceptances. The 2018 Melbourne Cup second acceptances will be taken soon to determine who is in the hunt for a berth in ‘the race that stops a nation’. All the horses that remain in contention can be found below and for all the latest news on every runner keep visiting races.com.au.

2018 Melbourne Cup Nominations

The 2018 Melbourne Cup nominations and weights will be listed below as soon as they are released by Racing Victoria (RV).Read more on the 2018 Melbourne Cup Weights.

No. Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 46x0022x4x ABDON (GB) G 6 Chris Waller 82
2 1x55462x0x ACE HIGH H 4 David Payne
3 21x21x214x ADMIRE ROBSON (JPN) H 5 Darren Weir
4 843320x68x AL HARAM (FR) G 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 83
5 5x0x92834x AMBITIOUS (JPN) H 7 Anthony Freedman 109
6 2131222x ANOTHER DOLLAR (NZ) M 4 Chris Waller
7 7x56164x5x AUVRAY (FR) G 8 Richard Freedman
8 1x3326x11x AVILIUS (GB) G 5 James Cummings
9 4112x0873x AZURO (FR) G 5 Darren Weir 75
10 x31311440x BEDFORD (NZ) G 5 Anthony Freedman 82
11 7x314461x BELGRAVIA (IRE) H 5 Liam Howley 80
12 1x03438x7x BEST OF DAYS (GB) H 5 James Cummings
13 1x3195x11x BEST SOLUTION (IRE) H 5 Saeed Bin Suroor
14 5021443x0x BIG DUKE (IRE) G 7 Darren Weir 107
15 1111x1160x BONNEVAL (NZ) M 5 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman
16 1021x22x3x BRIMHAM ROCKS (GB) G 5 Chris Waller
17 222x1x334x CALIBRATION (IRE) H 5 Darren Weir 68
18 361x16246x CASTERTON (IRE) H 5 Andre Fabre
19 1x1x CHELKAR (FR) G 6 William Mullins
20 222x35113x CHEQUERED FLAG (NZ) G 7 Darren Weir 87
21 15x211250x CHESTNUT COAT (JPN) H 5 Yoshito Yahagi
22 78x512433x CLIFFS OF MOHER (IRE) H 5 Aidan O’Brien
23 60x312561x COMIN’ THROUGH G 5 Chris Waller
24 5651111x0x CORDERO G 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 95
25 26x1353x2x COUNT OCTAVE (GB) H 5 Andrew Balding
26 11x24112x CROSS COUNTER (GB) G 4 Charlie Appleby
27 71x735900x CULLINGWORTH (IRE) G 5 Darren Weir 70
28 x6x10x246x DAL HARRAILD (GB) G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
29 497418x00x DANDY GENT G 7 Terry & Karina O’Sullivan 84
30 1x7x4x46x DANON ROMAN (JPN) H 5 Anthony Freedman 70
31 1x13714x3x D’ARGENTO H 4 Chris Waller 106
32 x0x250272x DEAUVILLE (IRE) H 6 Aidan O’Brien
33 32321x3x DESERT SKYLINE (IRE) G 5 David Elsworth
34 14x1331x1x DIVINE UNICORN (GB) G 5 Matthew Dunn
35 1x1x1x22x DOHA DREAM (FR) H 6 Andre Fabre
36 x332120x9x DOMED M 5 John P Thompson
37 54x217549x DOUGLAS MACARTHUR (IRE) G 5 Liam Howley 100
38 x3x15x533x DURETTO (GB) G 7 Andrew Balding
39 70x400521x EGG TART M 5 Chris Waller 107
40 7x623x2x1x EMOTIONLESS (IRE) H 6 Charlie Appleby
41 4111251x7x ETAH JAMES (NZ) M 6 Matt Cumani 95
42 213x86x2x EXEMPLAR (IRE) H 5 Liam Howley 85
43 313x655x1x FINCHE (GB) H 5 Andre Fabre
44 1x FLAG OF HONOUR (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien
45 361431105x GALLIC CHIEFTAIN (FR) H 6 Darren Weir
46 2x111x2x GAME STARTER (IRE) H 5 Saeed Bin Suroor
47 3x GIUSEPPE GARIBALDI (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien
48 128x11x0x GOLDEN AUTHORITY (NZ) G 5 Matt Cumani 73
49 3x1111x5x GRUNT (NZ) H 4 Mick Price 106
50 21x020030x GUARDINI (FR) G 8 Darren Weir 95
51 321x1111x HAMADA (GB) G 5 Charlie Appleby
52 131x590x9x HANS HOLBEIN (GB) G 7 Liam Howley 92
53 x900x6x60x HAPPY MOMENT (JPN) H 9 Anthony Freedman 98
54 510x71491x HARIPOUR (IRE) H 5 Darren Weir 78
55 7x28167x0x HARLEM (GB) G 7 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 109
56 140x621x4x HARRISON (GB) G 6 Liam Howley 93
57 10x114209x HE EKSCELS (NZ) G 5 Richard Laming 73
58 1x HERE AND NOW (GB) G 5 Ralph Beckett
59 19x31x0x1x HIGH BRIDGE (GB) G 8 Chris Waller
60 98x37x131x HIGHLAD G 5 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman
61 343x312x6x HIYAAM (NZ) M 4 Mick Price 103
62 412153x16x HOMESMAN (USA) G 5 Liam Howley 105
63 20x4184x8x HUMIDOR (NZ) G 6 Darren Weir 116
64 1x HUNTING HORN (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien
65 213x HUSH WRITER (JPN) H 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
66 45x814533x IDAHO (IRE) H 6 Aidan O’Brien
67 331x03x ILWENDO (GER) H 5 Matthew Smith
68 x3620x402x INVICTUS PRINCE (GB) G 6 Matthew Smith
69 5333x1x61x JAAMEH (IRE) G 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 92
70 2134x74x9x JAKE’S HILL (GB) G 5 Chris Waller
71 311x68139x JON SNOW (NZ) H 5 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman 110
72 369x00640x KELLSTORM (IRE) H 6 Darren Weir 81
73 41x329113x KEW GARDENS (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien
74 64x362x53x KILIMANJARO (IRE) G 7 Liam Howley 89
75 1x11111x4x KINGS WILL DREAM (IRE) G 5 Darren Weir 102
76 11x501211x LADIES FIRST (NZ) M 6 Allan Sharrock
77 3x1x LAGOSTOVEGAS (IRE) M 7 William Mullins
78 4452622x1x LANCASTER BOMBER (USA) H 5 Aidan O’Brien
79 37x7311x3x LANGLEY (JPN) H 8 Darren Weir
80 2x22117x LATROBE (IRE) H 4 Joseph O’Brien
81 528x420x8x LIBRAN (IRE) G 8 Chris Waller
82 920x93116x LIFE LESS ORDINARY (IRE) G 7 Chris Waller 103
83 114x39770x LORD FANDANGO (GER) H 6 Archie Alexander
84 14x6110x4x LUVALUVA (NZ) M 4 John Sargent
85 57x150x11x MAGIC CIRCLE (IRE) G 7 Ian Williams
86 1x69x2112x MARMELO (GB) H 6 Hughie Morrison
87 81x MASTER OF REALITY (IRE) H 4 Joseph O’Brien
88 6321x9957x MASTER ZEPHYR (GB) G 7 Darren Weir 87
89 45221x111x MATERIAL MAN G 7 Justin Warwick
90 36x004707x MAX DYNAMITE (FR) G 9 William Mullins
91 948x16313x MEGABLAST (NZ) G 7 Darren Weir
92 36164x0x0x MIDTERM (GB) G 6 Liam Howley 98
93 741x780x0x MIGHTY BOSS H 4 Mick Price 104
94 13323x0x MILSEAIN (NZ) M 4 Kris Lees
95 16116x MING (IRE) G 4 Joseph O’Brien
96 x419337x3x MISS ADMIRATION M 4 Mick Price 89
97 1x1327287x MONGOLIANCONQUEROR (NZ) G 4 Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards
98 11589x720x MR CLARIFY (NZ) G 6 Wayne Walters 84
99 4x57x15x8x MR GARCIA (GB) G 6 Darren Weir 92
100 363x27314x MR MOONLIGHT MAGIC (GB) H 6 James Cummings
101 1796x4341x MUNTAHAA (IRE) G 6 John Gosden
102 2x MUSTAJEER (GB) G 6 Ger Lyons
103 x1x5x0057x NAKEETA (GB) G 8 Iain Jardine
104 0x8914228x NAVAL WARFARE (IRE) G 5 Chris Waller
105 112x16356x NELSON (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien
106 6412141x2x NIGHT’S WATCH (NZ) G 5 Darren Weir 91
107 1131119x4x NORTHWEST PASSAGE G 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
108 8x6427x34x ODEON (NZ) G 5 Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra 98
109 72x203x60x ONE FOOT IN HEAVEN (IRE) R 7 Chris Waller
110 7424x02x6x OPPOSITION (GB) G 6 Chris Waller
111 x2x115627x ORDEROFTHEGARTER (IRE) H 5 Liam Howley 98
112 572333240x ORMITO (GER) G 6 Darren Weir
113 20x051121x OUR ABBADEAN (NZ) M 6 Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards
114 40x11x OUR LIBRETTO (NZ) M 5 Grahame Begg 68
115 3110328x2x OUR VENICE BEACH (IRE) H 5 Liam Howley 104
116 1182x5134x PACODALI (IRE) G 6 Darren Weir 102
117 3114656x6x PATRICK ERIN (NZ) G 7 Chris Waller
118 60x049632x PENTATHLON (NZ) G 7 John Wheeler
119 151330x00x PERIBSEN (IRE) H 6 John O’Shea
120 11x824116x PIONEERTOWN (IRE) G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 78
121 111x31x31x PLEIN CIEL (GER) G 6 Darren Weir 97
122 13173x5x6x POETIC DREAM (IRE) H 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 98
123 16112x332x POUNAMU G 7 Alan Mathews 108
124 5x2188632x PRINCE OF ARRAN (GB) G 6 Charlie Fellowes
125 x9066x9x3x PRIZE MONEY (GB) G 6 Saeed Bin Suroor
126 x11x5x0x0x RED CARDINAL (IRE) G 7 Darren Weir 108
127 1x1422225x RED VERDON (USA) H 6 Ed Dunlop
128 842512226x REZEALIENT G 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
129 212x04331x RISING RED (NZ) G 5 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
130 332230x02x ROMANESQUE (IRE) H 6 Jarrod McLean 75
131 13x419225x ROSTROPOVICH (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien
132 x90231130x RUNAWAY R 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 80
133 x2x38x947x SATONO RASEN (JPN) H 7 Chris Waller
134 611212112x SELF SENSE G 8 David Brideoake 97
135 3361x8899x SENSE OF OCCASION G 8 Kris Lees 107
136 0x0x050x0x SHIMRANO (GER) G 7 Michael Hickmott
137 x4300x412x SHRAAOH (IRE) G 6 Chris Waller
138 4x43462L1x SIN TO WIN (NZ) G 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 90
139 420x22525x SINGLE GAZE M 6 Chris Waller
140 3314513x0x SIR CHARLES ROAD G 5 Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott
141 23x SIR CHAUVELIN (GB) G 7 Jim Goldie
142 31x691420x SIR JOHN LAVERY (IRE) H 5 Liam Howley 95
143 750x55211x SIXTIES GROOVE (IRE) G 6 Darren Weir 99
144 732x03705x SOLE IMPACT (JPN) H 7 Hirofumi Toda
145 x251711x8x SOPRESSA M 4 Darren Weir 97
146 2144x1132x SOUND CHECK (GER) H 6 Peter Schiergen
147 3219155x9x STEPS (IRE) G 5 Liam Howley 97
148 2x12x4310x STRATUM (GB) G 6 William Mullins
149 x11432x80x SULLY (NZ) G 4 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
150 SUPERNOVA (GB) H H 4 David Simcock
151 126x SURREY G 6 Graeme Rogerson
152 51x SYDNEY BLUE C 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
153 0000x0076x TALL SHIP (IRE) G 8 Darren Weir 91
154 20116x00x TAVISTOCK ABBEY (NZ) G 4 Anthony Freedman 68
155 1416400x0x THE LORD MAYOR (NZ) G 4 Chris Waller
156 1x3x33855x THE PENTAGON (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien
157 2111x6241x THE STATESMAN (GB) G 5 Darren Weir 82
158 25041x8x7x THE TAJ MAHAL (IRE) H 5 Liam Howley 107
159 131x THINKIN’ BIG C 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
160 2x726x6x5x THOMAS HOBSON (GB) G 9 William Mullins
161 x70x47x25x TIBERIAN (FR) H 7 Alain Couetil
162 464521221x TIFFANY’S LASS M 5 Danny Laws 81
163 74x612825x TOP OF THE RANGE (NZ) G 5 Michael Moroney 77
164 5x22x0132x TORCEDOR (IRE) G 7 Andreas Wohler
165 8x72x3x56x TOSEN BASIL (JPN) H 7 Darren Weir 109
166 1116x6321x TRAP FOR FOOLS G 5 Jarrod McLean 101
167 11x0121x6x UNFORGOTTEN M 4 Chris Waller
168 8x3203860x US ARMY RANGER (IRE) G 6 Liam Howley 101
169 110x81112x VALAC (IRE) G 7 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 78
170 998121x05x VENGEUR MASQUE (IRE) G 7 Michael Moroney 103
171 00x437829x VENTURA STORM (IRE) G 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 106
172 35x463144x VIN DE DANCE (NZ) G 4 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman
173 x6248x220x WALL OF FIRE (IRE) H 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
174 14x621x33x WALTON STREET (GB) G 5 Charlie Appleby
175 x22x132x2x WEEKENDER (GB) H 5 John Gosden
176 53x6830x4x WHEAL LEISURE M 5 Archie Alexander 84
177 4491x6731x WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) G 10 Chris Waller
178 2121x31x1x WITHHOLD (GB) G 6 Roger Charlton
179 x94273214x WOLFE TONE (NZ) H 4 Francis Finnegan 62
180 46x4421x2x YOGI (NZ) G 6 Darren Weir 94
181 54x311113x YOUNGSTAR M 4 Chris Waller
182 1x32x3x YUCATAN (IRE) H 5 Aidan O’Brien
183 325158402x ZACADA (NZ) G 6 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman

 

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Horse Racing Today

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Galaxy Star to shine for locals in 2018 Railway Stakes field

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Keys is banking on Syd’s...

Keys is banking on Syd’s Coin getting amongst the money in 2018 Sandown Guineas

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Race Results

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Race Previews

The Velvet King included in 2018 W.A. Guineas field

Galaxy Star to shine for locals in 2018 Railway Stakes field

Visor on For Savanna Amour in 2018 Kevin Heffernan Stakes

Keys is banking on Syd’s Coin getting amongst the money in 2018 Sandown Guineas

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Fields & Form

The Velvet King included in 2018 W.A. Guineas field

Galaxy Star to shine for locals in 2018 Railway Stakes field

Keys is banking on Syd’s Coin getting amongst the money in 2018 Sandown Guineas

Springtime Stakes quinella among nominations for 2018 Sandown Guineas

2018 Zipping Classic nominations include beaten Melbourne Cup favourite Yucatan