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Melbourne Cup Order of Entry

Every year the Melbourne Cup order of entry becomes a major talking point between racing fans as horses vieĀ for a start in the race worth more than $6 million dollars.

24 horses can run in the Melbourne Cup Field. Below are the runners who are nominated for the race and where they sit in the order of entry into the field.

2017 Order of Entry

The order of entry for the 2017 Melbourne Cup will be released here and updated regularly closer to the Spring Carnival. You can see the latest odds and fancied runners on our Melbourne Cup page.

Runners marked in GREEN are ballot exempt and have a guaranteed spot in the field.

Runners marked in REDĀ are ruled out of the race due to injuries or bypassing race.

Runners marked in BLUEĀ areĀ unlikely to run in the race.

Runners marked with NP have not passed the ballot clause.

Updated: October 22nd, 2017

Melbourne Cup 2017 Order Of Entry:

BallotHorseWeightPenalty
1BOOM TIME52kg
2AMELIEā€™S STAR51kg
3HARTNELL (GB)57.5kg
4ALMANDIN (GER)56.5kg
5JON SNOW (NZ)54.5kg
6ADMIRE DEUS (JPN)56kg
7HUMIDOR (NZ)56kg
8BONNEVAL (NZ)52.5kg
9TIBERIAN (FR)55.5kg
10REKINDLING (GB)51.5kg
11RED CARDINAL (IRE)55kg
12MARMELO (GB)55kg
13INFERENCE53.5kg
14SINGLE GAZE53kg
15JOHANNES VERMEER (IRE)54.5kg
16WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ)54kg
17MAX DYNAMITE (FR)54kg
18VENTURA STORM (IRE)54kg
19WICKLOW BRAVE (GB)54kg
20FRANCIS OF ASSISI (IRE)54kg
21SIR ISAAC NEWTON (GB)54kg
22BONDI BEACH (IRE)54kg
23US ARMY RANGER (IRE)53.5kg
24BIG DUKE (IRE)53.5kg
25GALLANTE (IRE)53kg
26LIBRAN (IRE)53kg
27QEWY (IRE)53kg
28NAKEETA (GB)53kg
29CHOCANTE (NZ)53kg
30ASSIGN (IRE)53kg
31WALL OF FIRE (IRE)53kg
32ABBEY MARIE51.5kg
33LIZZIE Lā€™AMOUR (NZ)51.5kg
34ANNUS MIRABILIS (IRE)52.5kg
35THOMAS HOBSON (GB)52kg
36HARLEM (GB)51.5kg0.5kg
37ALOFT (IRE)51.5kg
38FOUNDRY (IRE)51kg1.0kg
39BERISHA50.5kg
40HARLOW GOLD (NZ)50kg
41PENTATHLON (NZ)50.5kg
42FANATIC (NZ)50kg
43COOL CHAP50kg
44BROADSIDE (NZ)50kg
45AUVRAY (FR)50kg
46GALLIC CHIEFTAIN (FR)50kg
47VENGEUR MASQUE (IRE)50kg
48KELLSTORM (IRE)50kg
49GAILO CHOP (FR)55.5kg
50GUARDINI (FR)53kg
51AMRALAH (IRE)52kg
52FOUNDATION (IRE)50.5kg
53KIDMENEVER (IRE)50.5kg
54ALWARD (IRE)50kg
55CISMONTANE (NZ)50kg

How does the order of entry work?

The Melbourne Cup order of entry is a list of all the Melbourne Cup contenders and are ordered by their eligibility ranking for the race.

Given the field for the Melbourne Cup is limited to 24 runners it’s important to be inside or as close to the top 24 as possible on the order of entry if you wish to gain a start in the Cup.

The ballot order is the biggest factor when determining the order of entry, while horses may also gain automatic entry by winning one of the four ballot-exempt races in the lead up to the Melbourne Cup.

Melbourne Cup Ballot Clause

A horse must pass at least one of the following criteria to pass the Melbourne Cup ballot clause.

  • Since 1 February, 2015 inclusive, won or was placed 2nd or 3rd in an internationally recognised Group or Graded flat race run over 2300 metres or further; OR won or was placed 2nd or 3rd in the Queensland Derby, Queensland Oaks or Brisbane Cup; OR
  • Since 1 February, 2015 inclusive, was placed 4th or 5th in an internationally recognised Group 1 or Grade 1 flat race run over 2300 metres or further in which horses older than 3 years old could run; OR
  • Since 1 February, 2015 inclusive, won an internationally recognised Listed flat race run over 2300 metres or further; OR
  • Since 1 February, 2015 inclusive, won or was placed 2nd or 3rd in the York Ebor (UK) or Champions & Chater Cup (HK); OR
  • Since 1 February, 2015 inclusive, won the Northumberland Plate (UK), Cesarewitch (UK), or Queen Mother Memorial Cup (HK); OR
  • Was placed 6th, 7th or 8th in the 2016 MRC Caulfield Cup; OR
  • Was placed 2nd or 3rd in the 2016 MVRC Cox Plate; OR
  • Was placed 2nd or 3rd in the 2016 VRC EmiratesĀ Stakes; OR
  • Won the 2016 VRC Turnbull Stakes; OR
  • Won or was placed 2nd or 3rd in the 2014 Emirates Melbourne Cup; OR
  • Won the 2014 Caulfield Cup

Melbourne Cup Ballot Exempt Races

Horse can gain automatic entry into the 2017 Melbourne Cup field by winning any of the following races leading up to the Cup;

RaceDate
The Bart CummingsOctober 7th
Caulfield CupOctober 21st
Cox PlateOctober 28th
Lexus StakesNovember 4th

 

 
 
 
 
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