2016 Melbourne Cup Barrier Draw Completed

October 29, 2016

2016 Melbourne Cup Barrier Draw Completed

The 2016 Melbourne Cup barrier draw has been completed and released; confirming alleys for all twenty-four stayers confirmed in the final field for the world’s richest two-mile race.

Jameka will leave from the ideal barrier 3 in the 2016 Melbourne Cup. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

Jameka will leave from the ideal barrier 3 in the 2016 Melbourne Cup. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

Race favourite Hartnell’s incredible run of form culminated in second in the Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) last weekend and has been allocated the central Melbourne Cup barrier 12.

A multiple Group 1 winner, Hartnell won each of the Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m), Group 2 Hill Stakes (2000m) and Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) by a combined seventeen lengths leading into his Cox Plate second.

Godolphin have a combined total of five runners in the 2016 Melbourne Cup field; the Charlie Appleby-trained Qewy and Oceanographer have drawn barriers 15 and 11 respectively, while Saeed Bin Suroor will saddle Beautiful Romance (barrier 1) and Secret Number (barrier 10).

Jameka has returned to racing in career-best form this season and while yet to be tested at two miles, has drawn ideally into the Melbourne Cup field in barrier 3.

Winner of last year’s edition of the Group 1 Crown Oaks (2500m), Jameka clearly required a couple of runs and more distance to find peak condition this time, but more than announced her intentions with a dominant win in the Group 3 Naturalism Stakes (2000m).

Having progressed to second behind Hartnell in the Turnbull Stakes, the daughter of Myboycharlie completed an ideal Melbourne Cup lead-in via a three length win in the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) a fortnight ago.

Wicklow Brave has performed admirably in some of Britain’s standout staying races this year but has been charged with overcoming barrier 24 for his first Australian run in the Melbourne Cup.

Third in the Group 2 Lonsdale Cup (3299m) on August 19th, the Beat Hollow gelding charged home to win the Group 1 Irish St Leger (2816m) last time out on September 11th.

Bondi Beach has remained prominent in Melbourne Cup betting through recent months and the British raider’s chances of saluting have only improved after drawing into the race in barrier 5.

Third in each of the Group 3 Ballyroan Stakes (2414m) and Group 3 Enterprise Stakes (2414m) at his two most recent starts, Bondi Beach is weighted well and will be given a great ride by 2014 Melbourne Cup winner Ryan Moore.

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No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 7x5x23x11x BIG ORANGE (GB) Michael Bell Jamie Spencer 7 57kg 117
2 0x5501x586 OUR IVANHOWE (GER) Lee & Anthony Freedman Dwayne Dunn 6 57kg 116
3 x300x620x9 CURREN MIROTIC (JPN) Osamu Hirata Tommy Berry 18 56.5kg 116
4 1220x11x33 BONDI BEACH (IRE) Aidan O’Brien Ryan Moore 5 56kg 116
5 1413×18353 EXOSPHERIC (GB) Lee & Anthony Freedman Damien Oliver 13 56kg 117
6 50x5x21112 HARTNELL (GB) John O’Shea James McDonald 12 56kg 123
7 0324×65272 WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 20 56kg 115
8 3333×26431 WICKLOW BRAVE (GB) William Mullins Frankie Dettori 24 56kg 117
9 x9065x8084 ALMOONQITH (USA) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Michael Walker 19 54.5kg 112
10 069x031x27 GALLANTE (IRE) Robert Hickmott Blake Shinn 2 54.5kg 114
11 8533×72691 GRAND MARSHAL (GB) Chris Waller Ben Melham 9 54.5kg 115
12 5324×47121 JAMEKA Ciaron Maher Nicholas Hall 3 54.5kg 2.0kg 119
13 00x101x11x HEARTBREAK CITY (FR) Tony Martin Joao Moreira 23 54kg 113
14 2x1322x210 SIR JOHN HAWKWOOD (IRE) John P Thompson Blake Spriggs 14 54kg 1.5kg 114
15 17x20x9834 EXCESS KNOWLEDGE (GB) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Vlad Duric 21 53.5kg 111
16 x6153x1553 BEAUTIFUL ROMANCE (GB) Saeed Bin Suroor Damian Lane 1 52.5kg 110
17 x221x66511 ALMANDIN (GER) Robert Hickmott Kerrin McEvoy 17 52kg 1.0kg 108
18 8x1153x921 ASSIGN (IRE) Robert Hickmott Ms Katelyn Mallyon 22 52kg 1.0kg 104
19 32x1837x82 GREY LION (IRE) Matt Cumani Glen Boss 16 52kg 107
20 11x4017x31 OCEANOGRAPHER (GB) Charlie Appleby Chad Schofield 11 52kg 1.0kg 107
21 361x2x12x1 SECRET NUMBER (GB) Saeed Bin Suroor Stephen Baster 10 52kg 112
22 3254×06737 PENTATHLON (NZ) John Wheeler Mark Du Plessis 4 51.5kg 102
23 22x0Fx22x1 QEWY (IRE) Charlie Appleby Craig Williams 15 51.5kg 0.5kg 107
24 62102×0940 ROSE OF VIRGINIA (NZ) Lee & Shannon Hope Ben E Thompson (a) 8 51kg 100

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