Melbourne Cup Horses

The Melbourne Cup is widely recognised as one of the most prestigious horse racing events in the world, and the Melbourne Cup horses that line-up in the world’s richest handicap are the best in the business.

Many Australian trainers go through their entire career with the hope of someday having a horse good enough to enter the $6 million race on the first Tuesday of November, and more and more we are seeing imported Melbourne Cup horses bred to stay the testing two mile distance.

It is also becoming very common place to find a strong international charge with Northern Hemisphere-trained Melbourne Cup horses making a raid for the ‘Loving Trophy’.

Melbourne Cup history shows a number of recent internationally-trained Melbourne Cup winners including Protectionist (2014), Dunaden (2011) sand Americain (2010).

With only the very best stayers from around the globe being granted the honour of a start in the capacity 24-horse Melbourne Cup field, you can be assured that each year’s race will possess an incredible amount of talent and staying ability.

The 2017 Melbourne Cup Horses has been released and every horse in the 2017 Melbourne Cup field can be found below.

2017 MELBOURNE CUP HORSES: BACK OR SACK?

2017 MELBOURNE CUP FORM GUIDE & BETTING HISTORY

2017 Melbourne Cup Horses


1. Hartnell

Big Orange 2016 Melbourne Cup Silks

  • Trainer: James Cummings
  • Jockey: Damian Lane
  • Barrier: 12
  • Weight: 57.5kg
  • Last 10 Form: x2822x1229
  • Jockey Silks: Royal Blue, Fly Emirates Logo
  • Bet on Hartnell

2. Almandin

Our Ivanhowe 2016 Melbourne Cup Silks

  • Trainer: Robert Hickmott
  • Jockey: Frankie Dettori
  • Barrier: 14
  • Weight: 56.5kg
  • Last 10 Form: 665111×214
  • Jockey Silks: Navy Blue, White Armbands And Cap
  • Bet on Almandin

3. Humidor

Curren Mirotic 2016 Melbourne Cup Silks

  • Trainer: Darren Weir
  • Jockey: Blake Shinn
  • Barrier: 13
  • Weight: 56kg
  • Last 10 Form: 212×681352
  • Jockey Silks: Light Green, Black Seams, Dark Green Yoke And Sleeves, Quartered Cap
  • Bet on Humidor

4. Tiberian

Bondi Beach 2016 Melbourne Cup Silks

  • Trainer: Alain Couetil
  • Jockey: Olivier Peslier
  • Barrier: 23
  • Weight: 55.5kg
  • Last 10 Form: 242x11711x
  • Jockey Silks: Fluorescent Yellow, Navy ATB Logo And Seams
  • Bet on Tiberian

5. Marmelo

Exospheric 2016 Melbourne Cup Silks

  • Trainer: Hughie Morrison
  • Jockey: Hugh Bowman
  • Barrier: 16
  • Weight: 55kg
  • Last 10 Form: 232x1521x6
  • Jockey Silks: Navy Blue, Pale Yellow Spots, Halved Sleeves, Pale Yellow Cap
  • Bet on Marmelo

6. Red Cardinal

Hartnell 2016 Melbourne Cup Silks

  • Trainer: Andreas Wohler
  • Jockey: Kerrin McEvoy
  • Barrier: 12
  • Weight: 55kg
  • Last 10 Form: 1132x11x5x
  • Jockey Silks: Royal Blue, White Horseshoe, Black And White Checked Sleeves And Cap
  • Bet on Red Cardinal

7. Johannes Vermeer

Who Shot Thebarman 2016 Melbourne Cup Silks

  • Trainer: Aidan O’Brien
  • Jockey: Ben Melham
  • Barrier: 3
  • Weight: 54.5kg
  • Last 10 Form: 3x45712x23
  • Jockey Silks: Navy Blue, White Armbands And Cap
  • Bet on Johannes Vermeer

8. Bondi Beach

Almoonqith 2016 Melbourne Cup Silks

  • Trainer: Robert Hickmott
  • Jockey: Michael Walker
  • Barrier: 1
  • Weight: 54kg
  • Last 10 Form: x11x330x90
  • Jockey Silks: Navy Blue, White Armbands And Cap
  • Bet on Bondi Beach

9. Max Dynamite

Gallante 2016 Melbourne Cup Silks

  • Trainer: Willie Mullins
  • Jockey: Zac Purton
  • Barrier: 2
  • Weight: 54kg
  • Last 10 Form: 1x2x30x91x
  • Jockey Silks: Pale Pink, Fluorescent Green Spots
  • Bet on Max Dynamite

10. Ventura Storm

Grand Marshal 2016 Melbourne Cup Silks

  • Trainer: David Hayes, Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig
  • Jockey: Glen Boss
  • Barrier: 6
  • Weight: 54kg
  • Last 10 Form: 121x5x7620
  • Jockey Silks: Lime Green, Navy Blue Stripes, Striped Cap
  • Bet on Ventura Storm

SCRATCHED

11. Who Shot Thebarman

Heartbreak City 2016 Melbourne Cup Silks

  • Trainer: Chris Waller
  • Jockey: Tommy Berry
  • Barrier: 20
  • Weight: 54kg
  • Last 10 Form: 3642×94491
  • Jockey Silks: Tangerine, White Spots, Armbands And Cap

12. Wicklow Brave

Jameka 2016 Melbourne Cup Silks

  • Trainer: Willie Mullins
  • Jockey: Stephen Baster
  • Barrier: 8
  • Weight: 54kg
  • Last 10 Form: 0x81424440
  • Jockey Silks: Purple And Orange Seams, Star Cap
  • Bet on Wicklow Brave

13. Big Duke

Sir John Hawkwood 2016 Melbourne Cup Silks

  • Trainer: Darren Weir
  • Jockey: Brenton Avdulla
  • Barrier: 5
  • Weight: 53.5kg
  • Last 10 Form: 113×550214
  • Jockey Silks: Royal Blue, White Horseshoe, Black And White Checked Sleeves And Cap
  • Bet on Big Duke

14. US Army Ranger

Excess Knowledge 2016 Melbourne Cup Silks

  • Trainer: Joseph O’Brien
  • Jockey: Jamie Spencer
  • Barrier: 22
  • Weight: 53.5kg
  • Last 10 Form: 428×320386
  • Jockey Silks: Navy Blue, White Armbands And Cap
  • Bet on US Army Ranger

15. Boom Time

Beautiful Romance 2016 Melbourne Cup Silks

  • Trainer: David Hayes, Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig
  • Jockey: Corey Parish
  • Barrier: 9
  • Weight: 53kg
  • Last 10 Form: 6510×39341
  • Jockey Silks: White, Green Sash, Black Sleeves And Cap
  • Bet on Boom Time

16. Gallante

Almandin 2016 Melbourne Cup Silks

  • Trainer: Robert Hickmott
  • Jockey: Michael Dee
  • Barrier: 18
  • Weight: 53kg
  • Last 10 Form: 031x270x07
  • Jockey Silks: Navy Blue, White Armbands And White Cap
  • Bet on Gallante

17. Libran

Assign 2016 Melbourne Cup Silks

  • Trainer: Chris Waller
  • Jockey: Dwayne Dunn
  • Barrier: 7
  • Weight: 53kg
  • Last 10 Form: 746Px61652
  • Jockey Silks: Sky Blue, Navy Blue Armbands And Cap
  • Bet on Libran

18. Nakeeta

Grey Lion 2016 Melbourne Cup Silks

  • Trainer: Iain Jardine
  • Jockey: Glyn Schofield
  • Barrier: 19
  • Weight: 53kg
  • Last 10 Form: 202x024x1x
  • Jockey Silks: Grey And Purple Chevrons, Purple And Grey Hooped Cap
  • Bet on Nakeeta

19. Single Gaze

Oceanographer 2016 Melbourne Cup Silks

  • Trainer: Nick Olive
  • Jockey: Kathy O’Hara
  • Barrier: 11
  • Weight: 53kg
  • Last 10 Form: 2612×05442
  • Jockey Silks: Royal Blue, Red Spot And Armbands
  • Bet on Single Gaze

20. Wall Of Fire

Secret Number 2016 Melbourne Cup Silks

  • Trainer: Hugo Palmer
  • Jockey: Craig Williams
  • Barrier: 15
  • Weight: 53kg
  • Last 10 Form: 11x6248x22
  • Jockey Silks: Navy Blue, Pale Yellow Spots, Halved Sleeves, Quartered Cap
  • Bet on Wall Of Fire

21. Thomas Hobson

  • Trainer: Willie Mullins
  • Jockey: Joao Moreira
  • Barrier: 21
  • Weight: 52kg
  • Last 10 Form: 9P01712x72
  • Jockey Silks: Pale Pink, Fluorescent Green Spots
  • Bet on Thomas Hobson

22. Rekindling

Qewy 2016 Melbourne Cup Silks

  • Trainer: Joseph O’Brien
  • Jockey: Corey Brown
  • Barrier: 4
  • Weight: 51.5kg
  • Last 10 Form: 210×140124
  • Jockey Silks: Navy Blue, White Armbands And Cap
  • Bet on Rekindling

23. Amelie’s Star

Rose Of Virginia 2016 Melbourne Cup Silks

  • Trainer: Darren Weir
  • Jockey: Dean Yendall
  • Barrier: 10
  • Weight: 51kg
  • Last 10 Form: 214×839410
  • Jockey Silks: Navy Blue, White Stripes And Sleeves, Navy Blue Seams, Seams Cap
  • Bet on Amelie’s Star

24. Cismontane

  • Trainer: Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott
  • Jockey: Dean Yendall
  • Barrier: 17
  • Weight: 50kg
  • Last 10 Form: x232521033
  • Jockey Silks: Pale Green, Yellow Chevrons, Yellow And Purple Hooped Cap
  • Bet on Cismontane

2017 Melbourne Cup Final Field

2017 Melbourne Cup Horses: As The Field Progressed

After Melbourne Cup second acceptances there are still 36 Melbourne Cup horses in the mix for the two-mile classic this spring.

Two of the Melbourne Cup horses assured of a start sitting inside the top 24 on the Melbourne Cup ballot are unlikely final acceptors: Gallante and Qewy.

As the Melbourne Cup horses are confirmed, connections are also locking in their Melbourne Cup 2017 Jockeys. Those jockeys booked for a ride in the Melbourne Cup field this year are also listed in the table below.

A final spot in the 2017 Melbourne Cup Field is on offer to the winner of the Group 3 Lexus Stakes (2500m) at Flemington this Saturday on Derby Day.

Update on 2017 Melbourne Cup Horses: Five-time Melbourne Cup winning owner Lloyd Williams will run Gallante in the race if there is a wet track. Gallante was 20th behind winning stablemate Almandin in the 2016 Melbourne Cup, but is undefeated on Heavy tracks. Williams could have as many as seven horses in the Melbourne Cup 2017 Field.

Update on Melbourne Cup 2017 Field: Qewy could take his spot in the 24 horse Melbourne Cup field, out to improve on a fourth in the race last year, after an impressive victory in the Bendigo Cup on Wednesday for Godolphin’s UK-based trainer Charlie Appleby.

2017 Melbourne Cup Jockeys Update: 20-year-old Regan Bayliss has lost the ride on Ventura Storm in the 2017 Melbourne Cup field. Three-time winning hoop Glen Boss has been named as the replacement rider of the Lindsay Park-trained galloper whose unplaced run behind stablemate Boom Time in the Caulfield Cup has been explained by a hoof abscess.

Latest Confirmed 2017 Jockeys: Zac Purton has been locked in to ride the 2015 Melbourne Cup runner-up Max Dynamite. The Irish raider had Frankie Dettori on his back for the second place to triple-figure winner Prince Of Penzance two years ago, but the controversial Italian hoop Dettori replaces the suspended Damien Oliver on the reigning champion Almandin in the 2017 Melbourne Cup Field. Joao Moreira rode last year’s runner-up Heartbreak City, but could a miss ride in this year’s field with the fellow Mullins-trained Thomas Hobson (26th) in danger of being balloted out of the field.

2017 Melbourne Cup Field Update: Qewy has officially been ruled out of the Melbourne Cup field by Godolphin’s UK trainer Charlie Appleby. The record-breaking Bendigo Cup winner needs more time to overcome that gutsy midweek success and his non-acceptances assures a Melbourne Cup start for fellow international Wall Of Fire to be ridden by Craig Williams.

Next Melbourne Cup Horse 2017 Out: Abbey Marie is a confirmed non-acceptor for the Melbourne Cup field. Elevated to No. 25 on the order of entry with the withdrawal of Qewy, the last start Caulfield Cup sixth placegetter was still at risk of failing to gain a run in the 24 horse field prompting trainer Mick Kent and connections to make the early call.