Melbourne Cup Field

2021 Melbourne Cup Results

  • 1st: #4 Verry Elleegant
  • 2nd: #2 Incentivise
  • 3rd: #3 Spanish Mission
  • 4th: #22 Floating Artist



Click here to read more on the historic Melbourne Cup 2021 win by Verry Elleegant.

2021 Melbourne Cup Results & Finishing Order

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 4 VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ) Chris Waller James McDonald 18 57kg $18
2 2 INCENTIVISE Peter G Moody Brett Prebble 4L 15 57kg 1.5kg $2.90F
3 3 SPANISH MISSION (USA) Andrew Balding Craig Williams 4.4L 14 57kg $10
4 22 FLOATING ARTIST (GB) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Teodore Nugent (a) 4.6L 10 50kg $11
5 6 THE CHOSEN ONE (NZ) Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Damian Lane 10.6L 5 54kg $31
6 16 GRAND PROMENADE (GB) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Kerrin McEvoy 12.6L 20 52kg 1.0kg $15
7 7 DELPHI (IRE) Anthony & Sam Freedman Damien Oliver 13.35L 3 53.5kg 1.0kg $19
8 9 SELINO (GB) Chris Waller Ron Stewart 13.45L 23 53.5kg $81
9 21 TRALEE ROSE (NZ) Symon Wilde Dean Holland 16.7L 12 51kg $21
10 19 SHE’S IDEEL Bjorn Baker Craig Newitt 17.2L 19 52kg $101
11 1 TWILIGHT PAYMENT (IRE) Joseph O’Brien Jye McNeil 19.45L 2 58kg $13
12 17 MIAMI BOUND (NZ) Danny O’Brien Patrick Moloney 21.45L 16 52kg $151
13 23 GREAT HOUSE (IRE) Chris Waller Michael Dee 21.85L 7 50kg $26
14 24 SIR LUCAN (IRE) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Glen Boss 21.95L 17 50kg (cd 51kg) $26
15 5 EXPLOSIVE JACK (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace John Allen 23.2L 4 54kg $51
16 14 MASTER OF WINE (GER) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Fred Kersley 24.2L 6 52.5kg $91
17 15 PONDUS (GB) Robert Hickmott Ms Rachel King 24.6L 1 52.5kg $21
18 13 CARIF Peter & Paul Snowden Blaike McDougall 25.35L 8 52.5kg $101
19 11 KNIGHTS ORDER (IRE) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Daniel Stackhouse 25.65L 9 53kg $101
20 12 PERSAN Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Luke Currie 28.9L 11 53kg $31
21 18 PORT GUILLAUME (FR) Ben & JD Hayes Harry Coffey 33.15L 22 52kg $101
22 10 JOHNNY GET ANGRY (NZ) Denis Pagan Lachlan King (a) 41.15L 21 53kg $91
23 8 OCEAN BILLY (NZ) Chris Waller Damien Thornton 53.15L 13 53.5kg $31
20 FUTURE SCORE (IRE) Matt Cumani Dean Yendall 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

The Melbourne Cup field is made up of the world’s best staying types with both local Australian gallopers and international raiders fighting it out for the richest handicap prize every November.

Held on the first Tuesday of November each year at Melbourne’s famous Flemington Racecourse the Melbourne Cup field features a capacity 24 starters and has no emergencies.

Every spring the Melbourne Cup field of final acceptances is released on the Saturday before Melbourne Cup Day. The live announcement of the Melbourne Cup field is made from Flemington at around 6:00pm (local time), with the official Melbourne Cup final acceptances closing to connections at 4:30pm (AEDT) after the action of Victoria Derby Day.

2021 Melbourne Cup Field

The Melbourne Cup 2021 Field & Barriers will be published below as soon as the final 24 Melbourne Cup horses are confirmed by Racing Victoria on the Saturday prior to Melbourne Cup Day.

The official 2021 Melbourne Cup field and barrier draw attracted 24 stayers with last year’s champion Twilight Payment for Ireland’s Joseph O’Brien carrying the 58kg top-weight from barrier two.

Incentivise is set to start the shortest-priced favourite in a Melbourne Cup field since Phar Lap (1930) and is drawn barrier 16 with Brett Prebble to ride the last start Caulfield Cup winner.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 1131×33912 TWILIGHT PAYMENT (IRE) Joseph O’Brien Jye McNeil 2 58kg 117
2 111111×111 INCENTIVISE Peter G Moody Brett Prebble 16 57kg 1.5kg 123
3 17x2513x2x SPANISH MISSION (USA) Andrew Balding Craig Williams 14 57kg 117
4 x3112x2143 VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ) Chris Waller James McDonald 19 57kg 118
5 132113×950 EXPLOSIVE JACK (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace John Allen 4 54kg 115
6 x2606x3420 THE CHOSEN ONE (NZ) Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Damian Lane 5 54kg 114
7 111x6x4210 DELPHI (IRE) Anthony & Sam Freedman Damien Oliver 3 53.5kg 1.0kg 112
8 1x610x5059 OCEAN BILLY (NZ) Chris Waller Damien Thornton 13 53.5kg 112
9 86541×0840 SELINO (GB) Chris Waller Ron Stewart 24 53.5kg 110
10 29431×0090 JOHNNY GET ANGRY (NZ) Denis Pagan Lachlan King (a) 22 53kg 113
11 x8511x9097 KNIGHTS ORDER (IRE) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Daniel Stackhouse 9 53kg 107
12 5x1244x373 PERSAN Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Luke Currie 11 53kg 109
13 07422×4747 CARIF Peter & Paul Snowden Blaike McDougall 8 52.5kg 108
14 x663x00030 MASTER OF WINE (GER) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Fred Kersley 6 52.5kg 113
15 x22x722x54 PONDUS (GB) Robert Hickmott Ms Rachel King 1 52.5kg 111
16 x221211251 GRAND PROMENADE (GB) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Kerrin McEvoy 21 52kg 1.0kg 108
17 78333×0095 MIAMI BOUND (NZ) Danny O’Brien Patrick Moloney 17 52kg 111
18 x1510x0600 PORT GUILLAUME (FR) Ben & JD Hayes Harry Coffey 23 52kg 101
19 2324×37197 SHE’S IDEEL Bjorn Baker Craig Newitt 20 52kg 111
20 3x6133x086 FUTURE SCORE (IRE) Matt Cumani Dean Yendall 15 51.5kg 107
21 12114×3321 TRALEE ROSE (NZ) Symon Wilde Dean Holland 12 51kg 106
22 x55x011132 FLOATING ARTIST (GB) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Teodore Nugent (a) 10 50kg 106
23 x132751551 GREAT HOUSE (IRE) Chris Waller Michael Dee 7 50kg 107
24 x41x81x248 SIR LUCAN (IRE) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Glen Boss 18 50kg 110

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2021 Melbourne Cup Field Dates

2021 Melbourne Cup field and nomination announcement dates:

  • 2021 Melbourne Cup Nominations: Closed on Tuesday August 3, 2021 – drew 174 stayers
  • 2021 Melbourne Cup First Declarations: Close on Tuesday September 7, 2021 – attracted 124 horses
  • 2021 Melbourne Cup Second Declarations: Closed on Tuesday September 28, 2021
  • 2021 Melbourne Cup Third Declarations: Closed on Tuesday October 12, 2021 – 60 stayers remain
  • 2021 Melbourne Cup Fourth Declarations: Closed on Monday October 25, 2021 – 35 left in the mix
  • 2021 Melbourne Cup Final Field: Announced Saturday October 30, 2021 at 4:30pm (local time)
  • 2021 Melbourne Cup Barrier Draw: Takes place Saturday October 30, 2021 at 7:00pm (local time)

Of course betting on the Melbourne Cup field opens at bookies around the country including Ladbrokes.com.au before even the Melbourne Cup nominations are taken.

Melbourne Cup odds are open nearly all year round with futures betting offering great prices, the favourite paying over $20, for those that want to get in on the action early.

To check out the latest Melbourne Cup betting markets for this year’s showdown head to Ladbrokes.com.au, the country’s most trusted bookie for Melbourne Cup odds.

It is a long process to whittle down all the hopeful horses to reveal the official Melbourne Cup field. Things start in late August or early September when the Melbourne Cup nominations are taken, with numbers usually exceeding 150 early entries. First declaration stage narrows down the number of Melbourne Cup horses a month later at the start of October by as much as half. Second declarations follow about three weeks on at the end of October before the final declaration or acceptance stage on Victoria Derby Day.

2021 Melbourne Cup Nominations

The 2021 Melbourne Cup nominations will be listed below as soon as they are released by Racing Victoria (RV) on Tuesday August 3, 2021.

The Melbourne Cup 2021 nominations feature 174 early entries – the exact number at this time last season – including Joseph O’Brien’s defending champion from Ireland Twilight Payment.

2021 Melbourne Cup First Acceptances

The 2021 Melbourne Cup first acceptances will be published below once announced by Racing Victoria (RV) on Tuesday September 7, 2021.

The Peter Moody-trained Incentivise remains favourite in all-in betting on the ‘race that stops a nation’ following the 2021 Melbourne Cup first acceptances that attracted 124 stayers.

2021 Melbourne Cup Second Acceptances

The 2021 Melbourne Cup second acceptances were taken by Racing Victoria (RV) on Tuesday September 28, 2021.

2021 Melbourne Cup Third Acceptances

The 2021 Melbourne Cup third acceptances will be published below once announced by Racing Victoria (RV) on Tuesday October 12, 2021.

The Melbourne Cup 2021 third acceptances attracted 60 stayers including the Peter Moody-trained all-in favourite Incentivise running first in the Caulfield Cup field, last year’s champion Twilight Payment for Ireland’s Aiden O’Brien and Herbert Power Stakes winner Delphi.

Click here to read more on the key horses in the Melbourne Cup 2021 third acceptances.

2021 Melbourne Cup Fourth Acceptances

The 2021 Melbourne Cup fourth acceptances are taken on Monday, October 25, 2021 just eight days out from the event.

The Melbourne Cup 2021 fourth acceptances have left 35 entries with Caulfield Cup hero Incentivise clear favourite to deny the Irish raider Twilight Payment back-to-back wins.

Click here to read more on the key stayers in the Melbourne Cup 2021 fourth declarations.

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