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Each year hundreds of horses are nominated for the Melbourne Cup field. We give you the updated list of nominations which is now down to seventy two horses as we are four weeks from the race that stops a nation.

While Australian gallopers still take up the majority of nominations each year there has been a solid number of internationals nominating for the Melbourne Cup each year.

Once nominations close the weights will be released approximately a a week later, followed by the order of entry.

The final field for the 2018 Melbourne Cup will be released on Saturday, November 3 (Derby Day) along with the barrier draw.

2018 Melbourne Cup Nominations

Nominations will be posted here on Tuesday, August 7, 2018.


You can view the latest Melbourne Cup odds and tips on our Melbourne Cup page here.

Melbourne Cup Acceptances

First acceptances will be declared on Tuesday October 9, 2018 and is likely to halve the list of nominated horses. First acceptances gives the first proper guide as to which horses are likely to get a start in the Melbourne Cup.

Second acceptances for the 3200m race are scheduled to be released on Monday, October 29. Once second acceptances are announced we begin to see a clear picture as to which horses are likely to gain a start in the field of 24.

Once acceptances are released they will be published on JustHorseRacing.com.au immediately.

Melbourne Cup Weights

The weights for the nominated runners will be released on Tuesday 11th September, approximately a week after nominations have closed. Once the weights have been declared by the handicapper we will publish them immediately on this page.

Melbourne Cup Key Dates

Nominations Tuesday, August 7, 2018
Late Nominations Tuesday, September 4, 2018
Weights Tuesday, September 11, 2018
First Declaration Tuesday, October 9, 2018
Second Declaration Monday, October 29, 2018
Final Field Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 6.30pm
Barrier Draw Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 7pm
Melbourne Cup Race Tuesday, November 6, 2018 at 3pm Race 7


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