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.

2021 Melbourne Cup Field

The Melbourne Cup 2021 Field & Barriers will be published below as soon as the final 24 Melbourne Cup horses are confirmed by Racing Victoria on the Saturday prior to Melbourne Cup Day.

2021 Melbourne Cup Field Dates

2021 Melbourne Cup field and nomination announcement dates:

  • 2021 Melbourne Cup Nominations: Closed on Tuesday August 3, 2021 – drew 174 stayers
  • 2021 Melbourne Cup First Declarations: Close on Tuesday September 7, 2021 – attracted 124 horses
  • 2021 Melbourne Cup Second Declarations: Closed on Tuesday September 28, 2021
  • 2021 Melbourne Cup Third Declarations: Closed on Tuesday October 12, 2021 – 60 stayers remain
  • 2021 Melbourne Cup Final Field: Announced Saturday October 30, 2021 at 4:30pm (local time)
  • 2021 Melbourne Cup Barrier Draw: Takes place Saturday October 30, 2021 at 7:00pm (local time)

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.

It is a long process to whittle down all the hopeful horses to reveal the official Melbourne Cup field. Things start in late August or early 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.

2021 Melbourne Cup Nominations

The 2021 Melbourne Cup nominations will be listed below as soon as they are released by Racing Victoria (RV) on Tuesday August 3, 2021.

The Melbourne Cup 2021 nominations feature 174 early entries – the exact number at this time last season – including Joseph O’Brien’s defending champion from Ireland Twilight Payment.

2021 Melbourne Cup First Acceptances

The 2021 Melbourne Cup first acceptances will be published below once announced by Racing Victoria (RV) on Tuesday September 7, 2021.

The Peter Moody-trained Incentivise remains favourite in all-in betting on the ‘race that stops a nation’ following the 2021 Melbourne Cup first acceptances that attracted 124 stayers.

2021 Melbourne Cup Second Acceptances

The 2021 Melbourne Cup second acceptances were taken by Racing Victoria (RV) on Tuesday September 28, 2021.

2021 Melbourne Cup Third Acceptances

The 2021 Melbourne Cup third acceptances will be published below once announced by Racing Victoria (RV) on Tuesday October 12, 2021.

The Melbourne Cup 2021 third acceptances attracted 60 stayers including the Peter Moody-trained all-in favourite Incentivise running first in the Caulfield Cup field, last year’s champion Twilight Payment for Ireland’s Aiden O’Brien and Herbert Power Stakes winner Delphi.

Click here to read more on the key horses in the Melbourne Cup 2021 third acceptances.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 x62251x006 REALM OF FLOWERS M 5 Anthony & Sam Freedman 1 51kg 102
2 x221211251 GRAND PROMENADE (GB) G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 2 52kg 1.0kg 99
3 7x3112x214 VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ) M 6 Chris Waller 3 57kg 1
4 1131×33912 TWILIGHT PAYMENT (IRE) G 9 Joseph O’Brien 4 58kg 1.5
5 x794159x36 SIR DRAGONET (IRE) H 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 5 57.5kg 116
6 0x34x52x3x GOLD TRIP (FR) H 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 6 57kg 2.5
7 17x2513x2x SPANISH MISSION (USA) H 6 Andrew Balding 7 57kg 2.5
8 1132113×95 EXPLOSIVE JACK (NZ) H 4 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 8 54kg 108
9 8111111×11 INCENTIVISE G 5 Peter G Moody 9 55.5kg 112
10 3x6345x321 MONTEFILIA M 4 David Payne 10 52kg 1.0kg 4.5
11 329431×009 JOHNNY GET ANGRY (NZ) G 4 Denis Pagan 11 53kg 105
12 x3253x527x AWAY HE GOES (IRE) G 6 Ismail Mohammed 12 54.5kg 5
13 4x2606x342 THE CHOSEN ONE (NZ) H 6 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman 13 54kg 107
14 2821121×36 DUAIS M 4 Edward Cummings 14 51kg 5.5
15 x86541x084 SELINO (GB) G 6 Chris Waller 15 53.5kg 6
16 878333×009 MIAMI BOUND (NZ) M 5 Danny O’Brien 16 52kg 105
17 308×826845 MIRAGE DANCER (GB) H 8 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 17 53.5kg 104
18 3x75232x52 YOUNG WERTHER (NZ) G 4 Danny O’Brien 18 52kg 100
19 32324×3719 SHE’S IDEEL M 6 Bjorn Baker 19 52kg 6
20 71x610x505 OCEAN BILLY (NZ) G 6 Chris Waller 20 53.5kg 6
21 1111x6x421 DELPHI (IRE) H 5 Anthony & Sam Freedman 21 53.5kg 1.0kg 103
22 75810×0520 QUICK THINKER H 5 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman 22 53kg 6.5
23 15x1244x37 PERSAN G 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 23 53kg 104
24 43x8511x90 KNIGHTS ORDER (IRE) G 7 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 24 53kg 103
25 211x2x03x6 KING OF LEOGRANCE (FR) G 7 Robert Hickmott 25 53kg 104
26 13616x2x00 DAWN PATROL (IRE) G 5 Robert Hickmott 26 53kg 103
27 112114×332 TRALEE ROSE (NZ) M 5 Symon Wilde 27 51kg 100
28 1x07422x47 CARIF G 6 Peter & Paul Snowden 28 52.5kg 7
29 241441×060 ATTORNEY (FR) G 7 Matthew Smith 29 52.5kg 7
30 5x57170x50 LE DON DE VIE (GB) G 6 Anthony & Sam Freedman 30 52.5kg 103
31 x73590x003 CHAPADA G 6 Michael Moroney 31 52.5kg 102
32 0x22x722x5 PONDUS (GB) G 6 Robert Hickmott 32 52.5kg 103
33 8x663x0003 MASTER OF WINE (GER) G 7 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 33 52.5kg 7
34 1x1510x060 PORT GUILLAUME (FR) G 5 Ben & JD Hayes 34 52kg 101
35 622x32x057 CHARMS STAR (NZ) M 4 Chris Waller 35 50kg 8
36 53x6133x08 FUTURE SCORE (IRE) G 7 Matt Cumani 36 51.5kg 100
37 34100×6673 FUN FACT G 6 Bjorn Baker 37 51.5kg 8
38 8x0x574x08 SHERWOOD FOREST G 5 Tony Pike 38 51kg 97
39 x855167x03 GOOD IDEA G 7 Phillip Stokes 39 51kg 95
40 x41x81x248 SIR LUCAN (IRE) H 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 40 50kg 8.5
41 51716×8078 MOSH MUSIC M 7 Archie Alexander 41 50kg 99
42 780x9x5992 YOUNG RASCAL (FR) G 7 Richard & Michael Freedman 42 50.5kg 9
43 2×54151163 HARPO MARX (IRE) G 6 Bjorn Baker 43 50.5kg 9
44 34×1327515 GREAT HOUSE (IRE) G 5 Chris Waller 44 50kg 9.5
45 211131×482 HIGH EMOCEAN (NZ) M 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 45 50kg 90
46 122x05x644 ZEYREK (FR) G 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 46 50kg 84
47 2x547x7713 HASTA LA WAR G 6 Sue Murphy 47 50kg 9.5
48 x121x41x80 AMADE (IRE) G 8 Phillip Stokes 48 52.5kg 102
49 11166×8244 DEFIBRILLATE (NZ) G 7 Patrick Payne 49 52kg 103
50 0x31851447 THE GOOD FIGHT (NZ) G 7 Michael Moroney 50 50.5kg 98
51 x0x0558x96 CONSTANTINOPLE (IRE) G 6 Aaron Purcell 51= 50kg 89
52 1x2031x27 EMISSARY (GB) G 5 Michael Moroney 51= 50kg 80
53 75x55x0111 FLOATING ARTIST (GB) G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 51= 50kg 94
54 5x111733x7 KING’S CHARISMA (IRE) G 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 51= 50kg 76
55 x31222x232 MANKAYAN (IRE) G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 51= 50kg 78
56 4x2x22x586 PESTO (GB) G 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 51= 50kg 76
57 00x00x5030 ROSTROPOVICH (IRE) G 7 Ben & JD Hayes 51= 50kg 95
58 x79288611x TOKEN SPIRIT G 4 Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock 51= 50kg 71
59 3×11222117 TOORADIN G 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 51= 50kg 92
60 388×3116 FORGOT YOU (NZ) C 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 51= 49kg 69

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

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