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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.
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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.