Melbourne Cup 2020 Barrier Draw: Anthony Van Dyke Draws 3, Tiger Moth in 23

October 31, 2020

Melbourne Cup 2020 Barrier Draw: Anthony Van Dyke Draws 3, Tiger Moth in 23

The highly-anticipated 2020 Melbourne Cup barrier draw has been conducted ahead of the world’s richest handicap race at Flemington on Tuesday November 3 with the Aidan O’Brien-trained top-weight Anthony Van Dyke drawn well in barrier three.

Vow And Declare Horse Form (Photo: Steve Hart) - Races.com.au

Reigning champion Vow And Declare has drawn barrier 4 for his title defense on Tuesday. Photo Credit: Steve Hart.

The official gates for the Group 1 $8 million Lexus Melbourne Cup (3200m) have been drawn following the VRC Derby Day racing action and one of the big winners was the Irish raider, Anthony Van Dyke, in gate three for jockey Hugh Bowman looking to improve on his lead-up second in the Caulfield Cup.

There is likely to be a slight shake-up to the Melbourne Cup odds online at Ladbrokes.com.au with the favourite Tiger Moth, another in the mix for Ireland, drawing out wide in barrier 23 for three-time winning hoop Kerrin McEvoy – a gate that hasn’t seen a winner since 1976.

The Danny O’Brien-trained Vow And Declare won the 2019 Melbourne Cup from out in barrier 21 of 24 last year and looks to have an easier run ahead for jockey Jamie Mott 12 months with the reigning champion in barrier four.

The most successful Melbourne Cup barrier draw producing nine winners in the history of the race – most recently French raider Americain (2010) – is barrier 11 drawn in 2020 by the Joseph O’Brien-trained Master Of Reality – fourth to Vow And Declare from the inside alley last year.

The next most winning barrier in the history of the Lexus Melbourne Cup producing eight winners (the latest in 2013) is barrier 5 belonging this spring to the Kiwi galloper The Chosen One to be ridden by Daniel Stackhouse.

Of course, every year there’s talk of the Melbourne Cup Barrier 18 Hoodoo with just the one winner from that gate way back in 1963 and this season it is Vow And Declare’s stablemate King Of Leogrance drawn the horror gate.

O’Brien’s two other runners in the race are Russian Camelot in another awkward gate (16) having drawn the outside in the Cox Plate last weekend, and the Moonee Valley Gold Cup winning mare Miami Bound in 13.

After celebrating the high of making it into the 24-horse Melbourne Cup field via a win in Saturday’s Group 3 Lexus Hotham Stakes, the Andreas Wohler-trained German raider Ashrun suffered a blow coming up with the outside alley that hasn’t produced a winner since 1973.

The Ciaron Maher & David Eustace-trained Cox Plate winner Sir Dragonet came up with gate 14 for Glen Boss.

Interestingly, the last horse to win the Cup from that gate was Makybe Diva who Boss rode to victory in all three of her Melbourne Cup wins.

Another from for Joseph O’Brien who won the race in 2017 with Rekindling, Twilight Payment came so close last year and has a good gate in barrier 12, jockey Jye McNeil hoping the tempo will be on.

Chris Waller’s Caulfield Cup winning mare Verry Elleegant will be drifting in the Melbourne Cup markets after her awkward barrier 15 draw.

Jockey Mark Zahra will have work to do to get her to settle back in those early stages as Verry Elleegant attempts the coveted Spring Cups double.

Stablemate Finche looks ideally drawn in barrier six for jockey James McDonald.

“Drawing good gates are a big help for him,” McDonald said after the draw.

“He can get into a good rhythm pretty quickly.

“He hasn’t really drawn a gate this preparation…now he’s got a good gate there’s no excuses.

“He’s in really good form…he looks really well and hopefully the big striding chestnut can salute.”

In another potential good omen Melbourne Cup draw, female hoop Jamie Kah will ride two-time placegetter Prince Of Arran from the inside alley with barrier one last producing a winner in Prince Of Penzance – ridden by Michelle Payne.

Surprise Baby has drawn barrier 7, a great gate after the horse that was beaten by a wide alley covering a lot of ground off a slow speed last year when eye-catching late for fifth.

Last year’s winning hoop Craig Williams rides the son of 2009 Melbourne Cup winner Shocking this year looking to go back-to-back in the ‘race that stops a nation’.

The in-form Perth-based William Pike has his first ride in the Melbourne Cup and drew barrier 21 on Steel Prince, the gate that produced last year’s champion.

Click here for the market updates on the 2020 Melbourne Cup courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au.

2020 Melbourne Cup Barriers

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

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