Melbourne Cup Barrier Draw

2020 Melbourne Cup Results

  • 1st: #6 Twilight Payment
  • 2nd: #21 Tiger Moth
  • 3rd: #12 Prince Of Arran
  • 4th: #17 The Chosen One
Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 6 TWILIGHT PAYMENT (IRE) Joseph O’Brien Jye McNeil 12 55.5kg $26
2 21 TIGER MOTH (IRE) Aidan O’Brien Kerrin McEvoy 0.4L 22 52.5kg 2.5kg $6.50
3 12 PRINCE OF ARRAN (GB) Charlie Fellowes Jamie Kah 0.6L 1 54.5kg $9.50
4 17 THE CHOSEN ONE (NZ) Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Daniel Stackhouse 2.35L 5 53.5kg $41
5 24 PERSAN Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Michael Dee 2.45L 19 51kg 1.0kg $41
6 5 SIR DRAGONET (IRE) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Glen Boss 3.45L 14 55.5kg $12
7 7 VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ) Chris Waller Mark Zahra 3.85L 15 55.5kg 0.5kg $10
8 15 RUSSIAN CAMELOT (IRE) Danny O’Brien Damien Oliver 3.95L 16 53.5kg $13
9 11 FINCHE (GB) Chris Waller James McDonald 4.7L 6 54.5kg $21
10 18 ASHRUN (FR) Andreas Wohler Declan Bates 4.8L 23 53kg $26
11 22 OCEANEX (NZ) Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Dean Yendall 5.55L 17 51.5kg $81
12 19 WARNING Anthony & Sam Freedman Luke Currie 6.8L 8 53kg $41
13 13 SURPRISE BABY (NZ) Paul Preusker Craig Williams 8.8L 7 54.5kg $6F
14 23 MIAMI BOUND (NZ) Danny O’Brien Daniel Moor 10.55L 13 51kg $41
15 4 MASTER OF REALITY (IRE) Joseph O’Brien Ben Melham 10.75L 11 56kg $19
16 16 STEEL PRINCE (IRE) Anthony & Sam Freedman William Pike 10.95L 20 53.5kg 1.0kg $31
17 20 ETAH JAMES (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Billy Egan 12.7L 21 52.5kg $101
18 3 VOW AND DECLARE Danny O’Brien Jamie Mott 13.95L 4 57kg $61
19 8 MUSTAJEER (GB) Kris Lees Michael Rodd 14.95L 2 55kg $101
20 9 STRATUM ALBION (GB) Willie Mullins Jordan Childs 17.95L 9 55kg $31
21 10 DASHING WILLOUGHBY (GB) Andrew Balding Michael Walker 19.2L 18 54.5kg $101
22 2 AVILIUS (GB) James Cummings John Allen 20.95L 10 57kg $61
FF 1 ANTHONY VAN DYCK (IRE) Aidan O’Brien Hugh Bowman 3 58.5kg $10
14 KING OF LEOGRANCE (FR) Danny O’Brien Damian Lane 0

*Table Credit: Racing Australia.
The official Melbourne Cup barrier draw is only released a few days before the iconic handicap race takes place at Flemington Racecourse when final acceptances are taken on Victoria Derby Day.  The capacity 24-starter Melbourne Cup field is announced on the Saturday before the race each year.

2020 Melbourne Cup Barrier Draw

The official Melbourne Cup 2020 barrier draw will be released live from Flemington Racecourse following the racing action on VRC Derby Day, Saturday October 31, 2020. 

The 2020 Melbourne Cup Barrier Draw: 

  • Anthony Van Dyck (3) new favouite after drawing barrier 3
  • Last year’s winner Vow And Declare (4) fares well in gate 4
  • Prince Of Arran (1) a dual placegetter in the race has the inside alley
  • Lexus Hotham Stakes winner Ashrun (24) in the outside gate
  • Barrier 11 (the most successful in the race’s history) drawn by Master Of Reality

Click here to read more on the winners and losers at the Melbourne Cup 2020 barrier draw.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 0330x25x12 ANTHONY VAN DYCK (IRE) Aidan O’Brien Hugh Bowman 3 58.5kg 122
2 54533×4626 AVILIUS (GB) James Cummings John Allen 10 57kg 116
0 21x395x900 VOW AND DECLARE Danny O’Brien Jamie Mott (late alt) 4 57kg 115
4 3354x6221x MASTER OF REALITY (IRE) Joseph O’Brien Ben Melham 11 56kg 113
5 44x2x222x1 SIR DRAGONET (IRE) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Glen Boss 14 55.5kg 121
6 x70x7x2113 TWILIGHT PAYMENT (IRE) Joseph O’Brien Jye McNeil 12 55.5kg 115
7 42212×1411 VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ) Chris Waller Mark Zahra 15 55.5kg 0.5kg 116
8 x1225x0098 MUSTAJEER (GB) Kris Lees Michael Rodd 2 55kg 114
9 2104xPx72x STRATUM ALBION (GB) Willie Mullins Jordan Childs 9 55kg 114
10 14579×1140 DASHING WILLOUGHBY (GB) Andrew Balding Michael Walker 19 54.5kg 112
11 x51257x335 FINCHE (GB) Chris Waller James McDonald 6 54.5kg 112
12 20x3x36x34 PRINCE OF ARRAN (GB) Charlie Fellowes Jamie Kah 1 54.5kg 113
13 132x415x29 SURPRISE BABY (NZ) Paul Preusker Craig Williams 7 54.5kg 112
14 9x211x2x03 KING OF LEOGRANCE (FR) Danny O’Brien Damian Lane 18 53.5kg 109
15 2x411x2123 RUSSIAN CAMELOT (IRE) Danny O’Brien Damien Oliver 16 53.5kg 118
16 x4679x0331 STEEL PRINCE (IRE) Anthony & Sam Freedman William Pike 21 53.5kg 1.0kg 111
17 38572×1873 THE CHOSEN ONE (NZ) Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Daniel Stackhouse 5 53.5kg 111
0 853x5x2241 ASHRUN (FR) Andreas Wohler Declan Bates (late alt) 24 53kg 110
19 755633×760 WARNING Anthony & Sam Freedman Luke Currie 8 53kg 115
20 6416341×04 ETAH JAMES (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Billy Egan 22 52.5kg 106
21 3x12x1 TIGER MOTH (IRE) Aidan O’Brien Kerrin McEvoy 23 52.5kg 2.5kg 114
22 07511×0003 OCEANEX (NZ) Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Dean Yendall 17 51.5kg 108
23 1x84x40661 MIAMI BOUND (NZ) Danny O’Brien Daniel Moor 13 51kg 111
24 3121112121 PERSAN Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Michael Dee 20 51kg 1.0kg 107

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

An exact value cannot be placed on drawing a good barrier, but some alleys are clearly better than others in regards to producing Melbourne Cup winners over the years.

Is the Melbourne Cup Barrier Draw Important?

Despite the many times the race has been run, there are still barriers that have never produced a winner as well as barriers that have only ever sent off a winner once.

When looking at the Melbourne Cup odds on a site like Ladbrokes.com.au, it pays to keep the effect of the Melbourne Cup barrier draw in mind. While the long distance of the race does reduce the importance of the starting barrier, it doesn’t hurt for your horse to start from one of the first 12 barriers.

Which Melbourne Cup Barriers are Best?

The most successful barriers leading up to the 2020 Melbourne Cup barrier draw are:

  • Barrier 5 – 8 wins, last in 2013
  • Barrier 11 – 7 wins, last in 2010
  • Barrier 10 – 6 wins, last 2014
  • Barrier 14 – 6 wins, last in 2005
  • Barrier 8 – 5 wins, last in 2008

In the past decade barrier 5 has produced two Melbourne Cup winners with Green Moon (2012) and Fiorente (2013) going back-to-back from the gate.

From 2006 – 2016 barrier 10 has also produced two champions with Delta Blues (2006) and Protectionist (2014).

In 2019 Vow And Declare became the first Australian-bred Melbourne Cup winner since Shocking (2009) and won from barrier 21 of 24.

Which Melbourne Cup Barriers are Worst?

There have historically been a few awful Melbourne Cup barriers. The worst leading up to the 2020 Melbourne Cup barrier draw are:

  • Barrier 18 – 0 wins
  • Barrier 7 – 2 wins, in 1924 and 2015
  • Barrier 15 – 1 win, in 1973

Barrier 12 recorded a third win in 2020 with Twilight Payment, while Barriers 2 and 20 have 2 wins. Numbers beyond barrier 24 have not been included, as the number of starters is currently limited to 24 with no emergencies.

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