2020 Melbourne Cup Field: 24 Horses Confirmed for ‘Race That Stops A Nation’

October 31, 2020

2020 Melbourne Cup Field: 24 Horses Confirmed for ‘Race That Stops A Nation’

The official Melbourne Cup 2020 field of 24 horses set to contest the $8 million Lexus-sponsored ‘race that stops a nation’ on Tuesday November 3 is now confirmed with the Andreas Wohler-trained German raider Ashrun securing the final slot via his Lexus Hotham Stakes win on Derby Day.

Verry Elleegant Horse Form (Photo: Steve Hart) | Races.com.au

Caulfield Cup winning mare Verry Elleegant chases the double in Tuesday’s 2020 Melbourne Cup field. Photo: Steve Hart.

As is tradition, the final Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) field was announced by Racing Victoria after the racing action on Victoria Derby Day and post the Lexus Hotham Stakes results that offered a ballot exemption into the two-mile classic to the winner.

That went to Ashrun, given a patient ride by Kerrin McEvoy from last to first to add his name to the list of confirmed Melbourne Cup horses and sure to relish a nice drop in weight having escaped a penalty for his narrow win.

With Ashrun accepting into the field, the Willie Mullins mare True Self missed out on the final position but there remains eight internationals in the Melbourne Cup 2020 field.

After hunting for a last minute Melbourne Cup jockey to ride Ashrun in the big one, Declan Bates was announced as the rider of the Hotham winner.

Melbourne Cup betting at Ladbrokes.com.au on the final field is led by one of those, the Aidan O’Brien-trained Tiger Moth to be ridden by the Lexus Hotham Stakes winning hoop Kerrin McEvoy.

McEvoy is a three-time Melbourne Cup winning jockey having won aboard Brew (2000), Almandin (2016) and most recently Cross Counter (2018).

A European three-year-old, Galileo colt Tiger Moth was runner-up in the Irish Derby back in June before a four-length romp home carrying hoop Ryan Moore to victory with 58.5kg over a mile and a half last start in Ireland.

He comes well back in weight with just 52.5kg even with a penalty and is the lightly-raced danger sure to run out a strong 3200m fresh on Australian soil.

A Cox Plate winning trainer with Adelaide (2014) in Australia, O’Brien is after his first ‘Loving Trophy’ and also saddles-up the 58.5kg topweight Anthony Van Dyck in his attempt to do so with the horse impressive finishing second in the Group 1 $5 million Caulfield Cup (2400m) last time out.

O’Brien’s son Joseph also has a strong hand in the iconic event that he won back in 2017 with Rekindling.

This year he returns looking for a second success in the race that has been run and won since 1861 saddling-up two chances with last year’s Melbourne Cup fourth placegetter Master Of Reality and recent Irish St Leger placegetter Twilight Payment.

The other raiders in the field are: Stratum Albion (William Mullins), dual Melbourne Cup placegetter Prince Of Arran (Charlie Fellowes) who put in an enormous run for fourth in the Caulfield Cup on October 17 and Dashing Willoughby (Andrew Balding).

Sir Dragonet, the star import a recent addition to the Ciaron Maher & David Eustace stables, is the danger in the Melbourne Cup odds online and will be ridden by Glen Boss.

Boss is famous for his Melbourne Cup hat-trick aboard the triple champion Makybe Diva (2003-05).

He made an immediate impact racing down under first-up to salute in the Group 1 $5 million Ladbrokes Cox Plate (2040m) and now attempts to become just the eighth horse in history to complete the double joining: Makybe Diva, Might and Power, Saintly, Nightmarch, Phar Lap, Delta and Rising Fast.

Vow And Declare defends his title in the Melbourne Cup 2020 having become the first Australian-bred winner of the event since Shocking (2009) last year for trainer Danny O’Brien.

Success will see the now five-year-old enjoy dual wins in the race for the first time since the three-peat of Makybe Diva (2003-05).

Vow And Declare did it with just 52kg last year from barrier 21 of 24, but is at long odds to repeat his success carrying 5kg more this season.

O’Brien saddles-up a bumper four Melbourne Cup horses in his bid at back-to-back wins by a trainer with the reigning champion joined in the starting line-up by last start Cox Plate third placed Russian Camelot, the Adelaide Cup winner King Of Leogrance coming off a third in the Group 3 Geelong Cup (2400m) and his VRC Oaks champ Miami Bound.

Miami Bound earned her Melbourne Cup start via an eye-catching win in the Group 2 Moonee Valley Gold Cup (2500m) on Cox Plate Day, the Reliable Man mare a huge light-weight chance carrying just 51kg on Tuesday.

The other standout mare in the Melbourne Cup field this season is Chris Waller’s outstanding Caulfield Cup champion Verry Elleegant, while last year’s eye-catching fifth-placed Surprise Baby also features high-up the early markets this season.

Head to Ladbrokes.com.au for the updated 2020 Melbourne Cup odds on the final field, with the 2020 Melbourne Cup Barrier Draw taking place at 5:30pm (AEDT).

2020 Melbourne Cup Final Field

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp. Rating
1 0330x25x12 ANTHONY VAN DYCK (IRE) H 5 Aidan O’Brien Hugh Bowman 58.5kg 122
2 54533×4626 AVILIUS (GB) G 7 James Cummings John Allen 57kg 116
3 21x395x900 VOW AND DECLARE G 5 Danny O’Brien Jamie Mott 57kg 115
4 3354x6221x MASTER OF REALITY (IRE) G 6 Joseph O’Brien Ben Melham 56kg 113
5 44x2x222x1 SIR DRAGONET (IRE) H 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Glen Boss 55.5kg 121
6 x70x7x2113 TWILIGHT PAYMENT (IRE) G 8 Joseph O’Brien Jye McNeil 55.5kg 115
7 42212×1411 VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ) M 5 Chris Waller Mark Zahra 55.5kg 0.5kg 116
8 x1225x0098 MUSTAJEER (GB) G 8 Kris Lees Michael Rodd 55kg 114
9 2104xPx72x STRATUM ALBION (GB) G 8 Willie Mullins Jordon Childs 55kg 114
10 14579×1140 DASHING WILLOUGHBY (GB) G 5 Andrew Balding Michael Walker 54.5kg 112
11 x51257x335 FINCHE (GB) G 7 Chris Waller James McDonald 54.5kg 112
12 20x3x36x34 PRINCE OF ARRAN (GB) G 8 Charlie Fellowes Jamie Kah 54.5kg 113
13 132x415x29 SURPRISE BABY (NZ) G 6 Paul Preusker Craig Williams 54.5kg 112
14 9x211x2x03 KING OF LEOGRANCE (FR) G 6 Danny O’Brien Damian Lane 53.5kg 109
15 2x411x2123 RUSSIAN CAMELOT (IRE) H 4 Danny O’Brien Damien Oliver 53.5kg 118
16 x4679x0331 STEEL PRINCE (IRE) G 7 Anthony & Sam Freedman William Pike 53.5kg 1.0kg 111
17 38572×1873 THE CHOSEN ONE (NZ) H 5 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Daniel Stackhouse 53.5kg 111
18 853x5x2241 ASHRUN (FR) H 5 Andreas Wohler Declan Bates 53kg 110
19 755633×760 WARNING G 4 Anthony & Sam Freedman Luke Currie 53kg 115
20 6416341×04 ETAH JAMES (NZ) M 8 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Billy Egan 52.5kg 106
21 3x12x1 TIGER MOTH (IRE) H 4 Aidan O’Brien Kerrin McEvoy 52.5kg 2.5kg 114
22 07511×0003 OCEANEX (NZ) M 5 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Dean Yendall 51.5kg 108
23 1x84x40661 MIAMI BOUND (NZ) M 4 Danny O’Brien Daniel Moor 51kg 111
24 3121112121 PERSAN H 4 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Michael Dee 51kg 1.0kg 107

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