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.
2016 Melbourne Cup Field
The 2016 Melbourne Cup field will be released on October 29, 2016 after the racing action live from Flemington Racecourse on Victoria Derby Day.
2016 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.
2016 Melbourne Cup Second Acceptances
The Melbourne Cup second acceptances are taken on the Monday before Victoria Derby Day, eight days before the Melbourne Cup field lines up in Flemington Race 7 on the first Tuesday of November.
The 2016 Melbourne Cup second acceptances were released on October 24 and featured 32 hopefuls including 10 internationals.
View the full 2016 Melbourne Cup Second Acceptances in the table below and follow the link for a more detailed preview of the remaining stayers.
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Ballot||Weight|
|1||5324×47121||JAMEKA||M||4||Ciaron Maher||1||53.5kg (includes 2.0kg penalty)|
|2||x221x66511||ALMANDIN (GER)||G||7||Robert Hickmott||2||51kg (includes 1.0kg penalty)|
|3||7x5x23x11x||BIG ORANGE (GB)||G||6||Michael Bell||3||56kg|
|4||0x5501x586||OUR IVANHOWE (GER)||H||7||Lee & Anthony Freedman||4||56kg|
|5||x300x620x9||CURREN MIROTIC (JPN)||G||9||Osamu Hirata||5||55.5kg|
|6||50x5x21112||HARTNELL (GB)||G||6||John O’Shea||6||55kg|
|7||0324×65272||WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ)||G||8||Chris Waller||7||55kg|
|8||3333×26431||WICKLOW BRAVE (GB)||G||8||William Mullins||8||55kg|
|9||1220x11x33||BONDI BEACH (IRE)||H||5||Aidan O’Brien||9||55kg|
|10||1413×18353||EXOSPHERIC (GB)||H||5||Lee & Anthony Freedman||10||55kg|
|11||2251×31212||SCOTTISH (IRE)||G||5||Charlie Appleby||11||54.5kg|
|13||8533×72691||GRAND MARSHAL (GB)||G||7||Chris Waller||13||53.5kg|
|14||069x031x27||GALLANTE (IRE)||G||6||Robert Hickmott||14||53.5kg|
|15||x9065x8084||ALMOONQITH (USA)||H||7||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||15||53.5kg|
|16||32114×2715||REAL LOVE||M||6||Darren Weir||16||52kg (includes 0.5kg penalty)|
|17||2x1322x210||SIR JOHN HAWKWOOD (IRE)||G||8||John P Thompson||17||53kg (includes 1.5kg penalty)|
|18||00x101x11x||HEARTBREAK CITY (FR)||G||7||Tony Martin||18||53kg|
|19||111134×075||HOWARD BE THY NAME||H||4||Darren Weir||19||51.5kg|
|20||x6153x1553||BEAUTIFUL ROMANCE (GB)||M||5||Saeed Bin Suroor||20||51.5kg|
|21||17x20x9834||EXCESS KNOWLEDGE (GB)||H||7||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||21||52.5kg|
|22||8x1153x921||ASSIGN (IRE)||G||6||Robert Hickmott||22||51kg (includes 1.0kg penalty)|
|23||361x2x12x1||SECRET NUMBER (GB)||G||7||Saeed Bin Suroor||23||51kg|
|24||32x1837x82||GREY LION (IRE)||H||5||Matt Cumani||24||51kg|
|25||22x00x22x1||QEWY (IRE)||G||7||Charlie Appleby||25||50.5kg (includes 0.5kg penalty)|
|26||13254×0673||PENTATHLON (NZ)||G||5||John Wheeler||26||50.5kg|
|27||462102×094||ROSE OF VIRGINIA (NZ)||M||7||Lee & Shannon Hope||27||50kg|
|28||x1145x5248||VENGEUR MASQUE (IRE)||G||5||Michael Moroney||28||50kg|
|29||x11x4017x3||OCEANOGRAPHER (GB)||G||5||Charlie Appleby||29||50kg|
|30||x7733x8679||DE LITTLE ENGINE||G||6||Danny O’Brien||30=||50kg|
|31||81642×4756||THE BANDIT (JPN)||H||5||John Sadler||30=||50kg|
|32||1x110x2662||TOM MELBOURNE (IRE)||G||6||Lee & Anthony Freedman||30=||50kg|
2016 Melbourne Cup First Acceptances
Released in early October, the Melbourne Cup first acceptances usually halve the Melbourne Cup nominations and make the line-up of the eventual 24-starter Melbourne Cup field clearer.
The 2016 Melbourne Cup first acceptances were released on October 4 and featured 52 hopefuls including 11 internationals.
View the 2016 Melbourne Cup First Acceptances by clicking on the link.
2016 Melbourne Cup Nominations & Weights
Nominations for the Melbourne Cup are taken in early September. About a week later, the Melbourne Cup weights will be released. The 2016 Melbourne Cup nominations and weights can be found below.
2016 Melbourne Cup Field Dates
2016 Melbourne Cup field and nomination announcement dates:
- Nominations: Tuesday August 30, 2016
- Handicaps / Weights: Tuesday 13 September, 2016
- First Acceptances: Tuesday 4 October, 2016
- Second Acceptances: October 24, 2016
- Final Field: Saturday October 29, 2016
- Jockeys: Saturday October 29, 2016
- Barrier Draw: Saturday October 29, 2016
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.