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. That Saturday is Victoria Derby Day and the live announcement of the Melbourne Cup field is made from Flemington directly after the day’s racing action at around 5:30pm (VIC time).

This means that the 2013 Melbourne Cup Final Field will be released on Saturday November 2, 2013.

Official Melbourne Cup Field 2013

# Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 DUNADEN (FR) Mikel Delzangles Jamie Spencer 1 58.5kg 118
2 GREEN MOON (IRE) Robert Hickmott Brett Prebble 10 57.5kg 116
3 RED CADEAUX (GB) Ed Dunlop Gerald Mosse 23 56.5kg 114
4 SEA MOON (GB) Robert Hickmott Steve Arnold 7 56.5kg 114
5 BROWN PANTHER (GB) Tom Dascombe Richard Kingscote 6 55kg 112
6 FIORENTE (IRE) Gai Waterhouse Damien Oliver 5 55kg 113
7 FORETELLER (GB) Chris Waller Craig Newitt 15 55kg 112
8 DANDINO (GB) Marco Botti Ryan Moore 4 54.5kg 112
9 ETHIOPIA Pat Carey Ryhs McLeod 14 54.5kg 109
10 FAWKNER Robert Hickmott Nick Hall 8 54.5kg (inc 1.5kg penalty) 112
11 MOURAYAN (IRE) Robert Hickmott Breton Avdulla 19 54.5kg 110
12 SEVILLE (GER) Robert Hickmott Hugh Bowman 9 54.5kg (inc 1.0kg penalty) 110
13 SUPER COOL Mark Kavanagh Corey Brown 13 54.5kg 113
14 MASKED MARVEL (GB) Robert Hickmott Michael Rodd 2 54kg 108
15 MOUNT ATHOS (IRE) Luca Cumani Craig Williams 22 54kg 109
16 ROYAL EMPIRE (IRE) Saeed Bin Suroor Kerrin McEvoy 11 54kg 109
17 VOLEUSE DE COEURS (IRE) Michael Moroney James McDonald 21 54kg 113
18 HAWKSPUR Chris Waller Jim Cassidy 18 53.5kg 110
19 SIMENON (IRE) William Mullins Richard Hughes 8 53.5kg 107
20 IBICENCO (GER) Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 17 53kg (inc 1.0kg penatly) 107
21 VEREMA (FR) Alain de Royer Dupre Christophe Lemaire 3 53kg 110
22 DEAR DEMI Clarry Conners Chris Munce 16 51kg 108
23 TRES BLUE (IRE) Gai Waterhouse Tommy Berry 20 51kg 110
24 RUSCELLO (IRE) Ed Walker Chad Schofield 24 50kg 80

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, 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 but 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.

2013 Melbourne Cup Field Dates

  • Nominations: Tuesday 3 September 2013
  • Late Nominations: Tuesday 10 September 2013
  • Handicaps: Tuesday 17 September 2013
  • First Declaration: Tuesday 8 October 2013
  • Second Declaration: Monday 28 October 2013
  • Final Field: Saturday 2 November 2013
  • Jockeys: Saturday 2 November 2013
  • Barrier Draw: Saturday 2 November 2013

Of course betting on the Melbourne Cup field opens at bookies around the country including 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, the country’s most trusted bookie for Melbourne Cup odds.