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 will be released on Victoria Derby Day. It will be published below.

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.

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.

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 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.