Melbourne Cup 2019 Barrier Draw: Favourite Constantinople in Gate 7

November 2, 2019

Melbourne Cup 2019 Barrier Draw: Favourite Constantinople in Gate 7

The official 2019 Melbourne Cup barrier draw has been completed with the Lindsay Park-trained import and early favourite in betting Constantinople coming up trumps with gate seven.

The Irish raider was installed as the $7.00 favourite in Ladbrokes’ All-In Melbourne Cup market after running fourth in the Caulfield Cup a fortnight ago behind rivals Mirage Dancer, Vow And Declare and Mer De Glace.

Mer De Glace. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

Mer De Glace is out to complete the Caulfield Cup – Melbourne Cup double in the race that stops a nation on Tuesday. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

Makybe Diva was the last horse to win the Cup from barrier seven in 2004, while Mer De Glace, who won the Caulfield Cup by a length from Vow and Declare, drew barrier two. The five-year-old is the only other single-digit chance in the race as Damian Lane hopes to become the first jockey to win the Caulfield Cup, Cox Plate and Melbourne Cup three-peat.

Following the impressive Japanese stayer is the Danny O’Brien-trained Vow And Declare, who drew wide in gate 21. Jockey Craig Williams will once again saddle the four-year-old by Declaration Of War as he hopes to ride his first Melbourne Cup winner.

Last year’s winner Cross Counter has drawn barrier 5 and remains a $15.00 chance on the third line of betting. Like last year, Charlie Appleby has opted not to give his prized stayer a leadup run in Australia after finishing fourth last start in the Group 1 Irish St Leger (2816). Barrier five has been the most successful gate in Cup history totalling eight wins, most recently with Fiorente in 2013.

Elsewhere, Constantinople heads the four-year-old’s alongside Vow And Declare, Kiwi hopeful The Chosen One and Il Paradiso. Four-year old’s have enjoyed the most success in Cup history winning 45 times, only once more than five-year-old’s.

Seven-year-old’s Mustajeer, Twilight Payment, Sound, and Prince Of Arran are the oldest runners in this year’s Melbourne Cup field. Last start Geelong Cup winner Prince Of Arran drew barrier eight, while Hugh Bowman should feel confident about barrier 19 after Cross Counter won from there last year.

There is a total of 22 internationals set to line up in this years Melbourne Cup. One of the standouts leading in was the Aidan O’Brien trained Magic Wand, but after drawing barrier 24 – a gate no horse has won from since 1973 – it’s fair to say luck wasn’t on the Irishman’s side.

Anthony Freedman will also be hoping luck can play a part for the second week in a row after Warning claimed the Victoria Derby on Saturday. Freedman will line up Steel Prince from barrier 16 – a gate Jezabeel won from in 1998.

Surprise Baby, one of the top local hopes, also struggled for luck drawing gate 20. The last start Bart Cummings (2520) winner is a $15.00 chance, followed closely by Hotham Handicap winner Downdraft ($17.00) who drew barrier 15 – a gate Silver Knight last won from in 1971.

Further up in the market is Finche, one of two Chris Waller chances. Six-year-old’s have won the Melbourne Cup 33 times as the British import looks a serious chance from barrier four at the $10.00 mark.

Youngstar is Waller’s other chance from barrier nine fresh from a place in the St Leger Stakes (2600m) at Randwick last start. Finally, The Chosen One turned out to be the unlucky one after drawing barrier 18 – a gate no horse has ever won from.

Full 2019 Melbourne Cup odds can be viewed here.

2019 Lexus Melbourne Cup Field 

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
1 12x1x1x434 CROSS COUNTER (GB) Charlie Appleby William Buick 5 57.5kg
2 211x11x1x1 MER DE GLACE (JPN) Hisashi Shimizu Damian Lane 2 56kg
3 7250×14335 MASTER OF REALITY (IRE) Joseph O’Brien Frankie Dettori 1 55.5kg
4 2x0x1322x3 MIRAGE DANCER (GB) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Ben Melham 13 55.5kg
5 37×3264413 SOUTHERN FRANCE (IRE) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Mark Zahra 14 55.5kg
6 3344465881 HUNTING HORN (IRE) Aidan O’Brien Seamie Heffernan 11 55kg
7 220×344216 LATROBE (IRE) Joseph O’Brien James McDonald 22 55kg
8 4x1x723516 MUSTAJEER (GB) Kris Lees Damien Oliver 6 55kg
9 251557×790 ROSTROPOVICH (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Dwayne Dunn 12 55kg
10 423x2411x7 TWILIGHT PAYMENT (IRE) Joseph O’Brien Hugh Bowman 19 55kg
11 x1x34x5125 FINCHE (GB) Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 4 54kg
12 8x49x58321 PRINCE OF ARRAN (GB) Charlie Fellowes Michael Walker 8 54kg
13 1x6x237x4x RAYMOND TUSK (IRE) Richard Hannon Jamie Spencer 3 54kg
14 x196112x31 DOWNDRAFT (IRE) Joseph O’Brien John Allen 15 53.5kg
15 2×53220224 MAGIC WAND (IRE) Aidan O’Brien Ryan Moore 24 53.5kg
16 2x30x80709 NEUFBOSC (FR) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Luke Nolen 23 53.5kg
17 00x048x070 SOUND (GER) Michael Moroney James Winks 10 53.5kg
18 1514132×41 SURPRISE BABY (NZ) Paul Preusker Jordan Childs 20 53.5kg
19 531×212224 CONSTANTINOPLE (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Joao Moreira 7 52.5kg
20 322×17135 IL PARADISO (USA) Aidan O’Brien Wayne Lordan 17 52.5kg
21 x11111x467 STEEL PRINCE (IRE) Anthony Freedman Brett Prebble 16 52.5kg
22 0141×59195 THE CHOSEN ONE (NZ) Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Tim Clark 18 52kg
23 1x36621x42 VOW AND DECLARE Danny O’Brien Craig Williams 21 52kg
24 x059x87873 YOUNGSTAR Chris Waller Tommy Berry 9 52kg

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