Acceptances for the 2015 Melbourne Cup field close at midday on Wednesday the 28th of October. Late acceptances will be accepted up until 10am the next morning. On Victoria Derby Day, Saturday October 31st, the final Melbourne Cup field will be announced. The 2015 Melbourne Cup field races off on the 3rd of November.
Final acceptances for the 2015 Melbourne Cup field will be announced on Victoria Derby Day, October 31st.
2015 Melbourne Cup Field & Barriers
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight (Penalty)||Hcp Rating|
|1||23x7x116x5||SNOW SKY (GB)||Sir Michael Stoute||Ryan Moore||16||58kg||115|
|2||x32135x612||CRITERION (NZ)||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Michael Walker||4||57.5kg||116|
|3||x61x01x2x6||FAME GAME (JPN)||Yoshitada Munakata||Zac Purton||12||57kg||113|
|4||1016x7x923||OUR IVANHOWE (GER)||Lee & Anthony Freedman||Ben Melham||22||56kg||112|
|5||115x47117x||BIG ORANGE (GB)||Michael Bell||Jamie Spencer||23||55.5kg||110|
|6||7x2114x465||HARTNELL (GB)||John O’Shea||James McDonald||17||55.5kg||112|
|7||38x05x36x0||HOKKO BRAVE (JPN)||Yasutoshi Matsunaga||Craig Williams||20||55.5kg||110|
|8||1244F7221x||MAX DYNAMITE (FR)||William Mullins||Frankie Dettori||2||55kg||109|
|9||726x52073x||RED CADEAUX (GB)||Ed Dunlop||Gerald Mosse||8||55kg||109|
|10||x411121352||TRIP TO PARIS (IRE)||Ed Dunlop||Tommy Berry||14||55kg||109|
|11||x5442x7587||WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ)||Chris Waller||Blake Shinn||6||54.5kg||109|
|12||x46xD1x1x2||SKY HUNTER (GB)||Saeed Bin Suroor||William Buick||7||54kg||108|
|13||60x8x15541||THE OFFER (IRE)||Gai Waterhouse||Damien Oliver||13||54kg||108|
|14||89431×0750||GRAND MARSHAL (GB)||Chris Waller||Jim Cassidy||15||53.5kg||106|
|15||x0628x0119||PREFERMENT (NZ)||Chris Waller||Hugh Bowman||11||53.5kg||113|
|16||201x2112x0||QUEST FOR MORE (IRE)||Roger Charlton||Damian Lane||21||53.5kg||107|
|17||5416×50671||ALMOONQITH (USA)||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Dwayne Dunn||10||53kg (1.0kg)||105|
|18||266x412x38||KINGFISHER (IRE)||Aidan O’Brien||Colm O’Donoghue||9||53kg||106|
|19||2123×85582||PRINCE OF PENZANCE (NZ)||Darren Weir||Ms Michelle Payne||1||53kg||105|
|20||12122||BONDI BEACH (IRE)||Aidan O’Brien||Brett Prebble||18||52.5kg||112|
|21||98x21x0069||SERTORIUS||Jamie Edwards||Craig Newitt||5||52.5kg||101|
|22||x3x0x12261||THE UNITED STATES (IRE)||Robert Hickmott||Joao Moreira||3||52.5kg (2.5kg)||104|
|23||5x11x57221||EXCESS KNOWLEDGE (GB)||Gai Waterhouse||Kerrin McEvoy||24||51kg||101|
|24||x1141x9804||GUST OF WIND (NZ)||John Sargent||Chad Schofield||19||51kg||104|
There is always a maximum of 24 horses in the final 2015 Melbourne Cup field. No emergencies are allocated in the Melbourne Cup field, so if some horses drop out, they will not be replaced by other runners. The only horses that can contest the Melbourne Cup are those named in the final field. It becomes much clearer as Melbourne Cup Day approaches which horses will contest the final field. You can watch some lead up races to determine which of those runners that are borderline inclusions will actually make it into the final 24 Melbourne Cup horses.
Melbourne Cup nominations open in early September, usually about two months prior to the Cup itself. Usually, around 150 horses will appear amongst the Melbourne Cup nominations. Many of these will be foreigners who are a fair way down the order of entry. As a result, they often head to Australia early in order to get through the mandatory 14 days of quarantine and still have time for a lead-up race.
Because Melbourne Cup nominations occur so early, the betting markets are open for a very long time. It’s possible to have a punt on Melbourne Cup nominations nearly two months out from the Melbourne Cup. Of course, there are some risks involved with betting on a horse that early. There is every chance that your horse will withdraw from nominations or simply not qualify for the final field. In 2014, Gai Waterhouse’s The Offer was the favourite well out from the race due to an impressive Sydney Cup win. It would have attracted considerable punting volumes, and was withdrawn from contention prior to the final acceptances.
2015 Melbourne Cup Second Acceptances
2015 Melbourne Cup second declarations are usually announced about a week or two out from the race itself. The Melbourne Cup second acceptances greatly narrow down the field of potential contenders and provide punters with much clearer insight into the make-up of the final field.
The 2015 Melbourne Cup second acceptances will be published here.
|No||Last 10||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Ballot||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||11151×7431||MONGOLIAN KHAN||H||4||Murray Baker||1||56kg (1kg)||2|
|2||23x7x116x5||SNOW SKY (GB)||H||5||Sir Michael Stoute||2||58kg||1.5|
|3||x32135x612||CRITERION (NZ)||H||5||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||3||57.5kg||2|
|4||x61x01x2x6||FAME GAME (JPN)||H||6||Yoshitada Munakata||4||57kg||2.5|
|5||12122||BONDI BEACH (IRE)||H||4||Aidan O’Brien||5||52.5kg||3|
|6||1016x7x923||OUR IVANHOWE (GER)||H||6||Lee & Anthony Freedman||6||56kg||3.5|
|7||7x2114x465||HARTNELL (GB)||G||5||John O’Shea||7||55.5kg||4|
|8||38x05x36x0||HOKKO BRAVE (JPN)||H||8||Yasutoshi Matsunaga||8||55.5kg||4|
|9||115x47117x||BIG ORANGE (GB)||G||5||Michael Bell||9||55.5kg||4|
|10||x0628x0119||PREFERMENT (NZ)||H||4||Chris Waller||10||53.5kg||4.5|
|11||x411121352||TRIP TO PARIS (IRE)||G||5||Ed Dunlop||11||55kg||4.5|
|12||726x52073x||RED CADEAUX (GB)||G||10||Ed Dunlop||12||55kg||4.5|
|13||1244F7221x||MAX DYNAMITE (FR)||G||6||William Mullins||13||55kg||4.5|
|14||x5442x7587||WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ)||G||7||Chris Waller||14||54.5kg||5|
|15||960x8x1554||THE OFFER (IRE)||G||7||Gai Waterhouse||15||54kg||5.5|
|16||x1141x9804||GUST OF WIND (NZ)||M||4||John Sargent||16||51kg||5.5|
|17||x46xD1x1x2||SKY HUNTER (GB)||G||6||Saeed Bin Suroor||17||54kg||5.5|
|18||89431×0750||GRAND MARSHAL (GB)||G||6||Chris Waller||18||53.5kg||6|
|19||201x2112x0||QUEST FOR MORE (IRE)||G||6||Roger Charlton||19||53.5kg||6|
|20||211x0x0171||AMRALAH (IRE)||H||6||Robert Hickmott||20||53.5kg (2kg)||6|
|21||266x412x38||KINGFISHER (IRE)||H||5||Aidan O’Brien||21||53kg||6.5|
|22||5416×50671||ALMOONQITH (USA)||H||6||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||22||53kg (1kg)||7.5|
|23||2123×85582||PRINCE OF PENZANCE (NZ)||G||6||Darren Weir||23||53kg||6.5|
|24||0530×48425||BEATEN UP (GB)||G||8||Chris Waller||24||52.5kg||7|
|26||x3x0x12261||THE UNITED STATES (IRE)||H||6||Robert Hickmott||26||52.5kg (2.5kg)||9.5|
|27||645361x2x1||SECRET NUMBER (GB)||H||6||Saeed Bin Suroor||27||52.5kg||7|
|28||6624×00842||DANDINO (GB)||H||9||Darren Weir||28||52.5kg||7|
|29||73510×0872||PONDAROSA MISS (NZ)||M||5||Peter Hollinshead||29||50.5kg||7.5|
|30||0535×86826||THUNDER LADY (NZ)||M||4||John Sargent||30||50kg||8|
|31||2x893x0005||LIKE A CAROUSEL||G||6||Ken Keys||31||51kg||8.5|
|32||15x11x5722||EXCESS KNOWLEDGE (GB)||H||6||Gai Waterhouse||32||51kg||8.5|
|33||2121×69233||BOHEMIAN LILY (NZ)||M||4||Gai Waterhouse||33||50kg||9|
|34||4321x6x185||CHANCE TO DANCE (IRE)||G||6||Robert Hickmott||34||50.5kg||9|
|35||x362Lx6063||HAVANA COOLER (IRE)||G||6||John O’Shea||35||50kg||9.5|
|36||12156×2181||RULING DYNASTY||H||4||James Cummings||36||50kg||9.5|
|37||x34441x677||DE LITTLE ENGINE||G||5||Danny O’Brien||37=||50kg||9.5|
|38||6316×41211||ELHAAME (IRE)||G||6||Saeed Bin Suroor||37=||50kg||9.5|
|40||104110×927||HIGH MIDNIGHT||G||4||James Cummings||37=||50kg||9.5|
|41||6947719116||THUNDER SET||G||7||Vince Jones||37=||50kg||9.5|
|42||23314×8821||ZANTECA (NZ)||M||6||Darren Weir||37=||50kg||9.5|
2015 Melbourne Cup First Acceptances
The Melbourne Cup first acceptances are usually released in early October, roughly a month after nominations are announced. The Melbourne Cup first declarations provide a better indication of the final horses in the field, although there are still many runners in contention. Always keep in mind that things can change. Horses can get injured, trainers can change targets, horses may not get to the stage they need to be at, and a variety of issues can crop up. Still, you will most likely get better odds on the Melbourne Cup first acceptances, simply because there is a chance that each horse will drop out of contention.
You can visit this page if you would like to read about the horses in the first acceptances.
2015 Melbourne Cup Nominations & Weights
The Melbourne Cup nominations and weights are usually released about a week apart, with the nominations coming first. Melbourne Cup nominations provide the earliest official glimpse into which horses are likely to run in the race. A lot of punters focus on the Melbourne Cup nominations because it can give a good indication of the path that horses are likely to take during their spring campaign.
The 2015 Melbourne Cup nominations will be published here on September 1st.