2015 Melbourne Cup Field

The 2015 Melbourne Cup Field & Barrier Draw can be found here. We also provide updates on the Melbourne Cup Declarations stages.

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
25 98x21x0069 SERTORIUS G 8 Jamie Edwards 25 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
39 x88x000306 ETHIOPIA G 7 Pat Carey 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.