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).

2015 Melbourne Cup Field

The 2015 Melbourne Cup field has been released on Victoria Derby Day (October 31st).

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight (Penalty) Hcp Rating
1 23x7x116x5 SNOW SKY (GB) Sir Michael Stoute Ryan Moore 16 58kg 115
2 x32135x612 CRITERION (NZ) David Hayes & Tom Dabernig Michael Walker 4 57.5kg 116
3 x61x01x2x6 FAME GAME (JPN) Yoshitada Munakata Zac Purton 12 57kg 113
4 1016x7x923 OUR IVANHOWE (GER) Lee & Anthony Freedman Ben Melham 22 56kg 112
5 115x47117x BIG ORANGE (GB) Michael Bell Jamie Spencer 23 55.5kg 110
6 7x2114x465 HARTNELL (GB) John O’Shea James McDonald 17 55.5kg 112
7 38x05x36x0 HOKKO BRAVE (JPN) Yasutoshi Matsunaga Craig Williams 20 55.5kg 110
8 1244F7221x MAX DYNAMITE (FR) William Mullins Frankie Dettori 2 55kg 109
9 726x52073x RED CADEAUX (GB) Ed Dunlop Gerald Mosse 8 55kg 109
10 x411121352 TRIP TO PARIS (IRE) Ed Dunlop Tommy Berry 14 55kg 109
11 x5442x7587 WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) Chris Waller Blake Shinn 6 54.5kg 109
12 x46xD1x1x2 SKY HUNTER (GB) Saeed Bin Suroor William Buick 7 54kg 108
13 60x8x15541 THE OFFER (IRE) Gai Waterhouse Damien Oliver 13 54kg 108
14 89431×0750 GRAND MARSHAL (GB) Chris Waller Jim Cassidy 15 53.5kg 106
15 x0628x0119 PREFERMENT (NZ) Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 11 53.5kg 113
16 201x2112x0 QUEST FOR MORE (IRE) Roger Charlton Damian Lane 21 53.5kg 107
17 5416×50671 ALMOONQITH (USA) David Hayes & Tom Dabernig Dwayne Dunn 10 53kg (1.0kg) 105
18 266x412x38 KINGFISHER (IRE) Aidan O’Brien Colm O’Donoghue 9 53kg 106
19 2123×85582 PRINCE OF PENZANCE (NZ) Darren Weir Ms Michelle Payne 1 53kg 105
20 12122 BONDI BEACH (IRE) Aidan O’Brien Brett Prebble 18 52.5kg 112
21 98x21x0069 SERTORIUS Jamie Edwards Craig Newitt 5 52.5kg 101
22 x3x0x12261 THE UNITED STATES (IRE) Robert Hickmott Joao Moreira 3 52.5kg (2.5kg) 104
23 5x11x57221 EXCESS KNOWLEDGE (GB) Gai Waterhouse Kerrin McEvoy 24 51kg 101
24 x1141x9804 GUST OF WIND (NZ) John Sargent Chad Schofield 19 51kg 104

2015 Melbourne Cup Latest Betting Market


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.

2015 Melbourne Cup Second Acceptances

Released in late October, the 2015 Melbourne Cup second acceptances usually halve the first acceptances. The 2015 Melbourne Cup second acceptances will be listed below.

No Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp Rating
1 11151×7431 MONGOLIAN KHAN H 4 Murray Baker 1 56kg (1kg) 2
2 23x7x116x5 SNOW SKY (GB) H 5 Sir Michael Stoute 2 58kg 1.5
3 x32135x612 CRITERION (NZ) H 5 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 3 57.5kg 2
4 x61x01x2x6 FAME GAME (JPN) H 6 Yoshitada Munakata 4 57kg 2.5
5 12122 BONDI BEACH (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien 5 52.5kg 3
6 1016x7x923 OUR IVANHOWE (GER) H 6 Lee & Anthony Freedman 6 56kg 3.5
7 7x2114x465 HARTNELL (GB) G 5 John O’Shea 7 55.5kg 4
8 38x05x36x0 HOKKO BRAVE (JPN) H 8 Yasutoshi Matsunaga 8 55.5kg 4
9 115x47117x BIG ORANGE (GB) G 5 Michael Bell 9 55.5kg 4
10 x0628x0119 PREFERMENT (NZ) H 4 Chris Waller 10 53.5kg 4.5
11 x411121352 TRIP TO PARIS (IRE) G 5 Ed Dunlop 11 55kg 4.5
12 726x52073x RED CADEAUX (GB) G 10 Ed Dunlop 12 55kg 4.5
13 1244F7221x MAX DYNAMITE (FR) G 6 William Mullins 13 55kg 4.5
14 x5442x7587 WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) G 7 Chris Waller 14 54.5kg 5
15 960x8x1554 THE OFFER (IRE) G 7 Gai Waterhouse 15 54kg 5.5
16 x1141x9804 GUST OF WIND (NZ) M 4 John Sargent 16 51kg 5.5
17 x46xD1x1x2 SKY HUNTER (GB) G 6 Saeed Bin Suroor 17 54kg 5.5
18 89431×0750 GRAND MARSHAL (GB) G 6 Chris Waller 18 53.5kg 6
19 201x2112x0 QUEST FOR MORE (IRE) G 6 Roger Charlton 19 53.5kg 6
20 211x0x0171 AMRALAH (IRE) H 6 Robert Hickmott 20 53.5kg (2kg) 6
21 266x412x38 KINGFISHER (IRE) H 5 Aidan O’Brien 21 53kg 6.5
22 5416×50671 ALMOONQITH (USA) H 6 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 22 53kg (1kg) 7.5
23 2123×85582 PRINCE OF PENZANCE (NZ) G 6 Darren Weir 23 53kg 6.5
24 0530×48425 BEATEN UP (GB) G 8 Chris Waller 24 52.5kg 7
25 98x21x0069 SERTORIUS G 8 Jamie Edwards 25 52.5kg 7
26 x3x0x12261 THE UNITED STATES (IRE) H 6 Robert Hickmott 26 52.5kg (2.5kg) 9.5
27 645361x2x1 SECRET NUMBER (GB) H 6 Saeed Bin Suroor 27 52.5kg 7
28 6624×00842 DANDINO (GB) H 9 Darren Weir 28 52.5kg 7
29 73510×0872 PONDAROSA MISS (NZ) M 5 Peter Hollinshead 29 50.5kg 7.5
30 0535×86826 THUNDER LADY (NZ) M 4 John Sargent 30 50kg 8
31 2x893x0005 LIKE A CAROUSEL G 6 Ken Keys 31 51kg 8.5
32 15x11x5722 EXCESS KNOWLEDGE (GB) H 6 Gai Waterhouse 32 51kg 8.5
33 2121×69233 BOHEMIAN LILY (NZ) M 4 Gai Waterhouse 33 50kg 9
34 4321x6x185 CHANCE TO DANCE (IRE) G 6 Robert Hickmott 34 50.5kg 9
35 x362Lx6063 HAVANA COOLER (IRE) G 6 John O’Shea 35 50kg 9.5
36 12156×2181 RULING DYNASTY H 4 James Cummings 36 50kg 9.5
37 x34441x677 DE LITTLE ENGINE G 5 Danny O’Brien 37= 50kg 9.5
38 6316×41211 ELHAAME (IRE) G 6 Saeed Bin Suroor 37= 50kg 9.5
39 x88x000306 ETHIOPIA G 7 Pat Carey 37= 50kg 9.5
40 104110×927 HIGH MIDNIGHT G 4 James Cummings 37= 50kg 9.5
41 6947719116 THUNDER SET G 7 Vince Jones 37= 50kg 9.5
42 23314×8821 ZANTECA (NZ) M 6 Darren Weir 37= 50kg 9.5

2015 Melbourne Cup First Acceptances

The 2015 Melbourne Cup first acceptances will be released in early October. The 2015 Melbourne Cup first acceptances will be provided below. If you would like to read about some horses included in the first acceptances you can visit us here

2015 Melbourne Cup Nominations & Weights

Nominations for the 2015 Melbourne Cup are usually taken in early September. About a week later, the Melbourne Cup weights will be released. The 2015 Melbourne Cup nominations and weights will be listed below.

2015 Melbourne Cup Field Dates

2015 Melbourne Cup field and nomination announcement dates:

  • Nominations: Tuesday 1 September 2015
  • Late Nominations: Tuesday 8 September 2015
  • Handicaps / Weights: Tuesday 15 September 2015
  • First Acceptances: Tuesday 6 October 2015
  • Second Acceptances: Monday 26 October 2015
  • Final Field: Saturday 31 October 2015
  • Jockeys: Saturday 31 October 2015
  • Barrier Draw: Saturday 31 October 2015

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.