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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: November 3rd, 2017

Melbourne Cup 2017 Order Of Entry:

Order Horse Weight Penalty
1 BOOM TIME 53kg Ā 1kg
2 AMELIEā€™S STAR 51kg
3 HARTNELL (GB) 57.5kg
4 ALMANDIN (GER) 56.5kg
5 JON SNOW (NZ) 54.5kg
6 HUMIDOR (NZ) 56kg
7 TIBERIAN (FR) 55.5kg
8 REKINDLING (GB) 51.5kg
9 RED CARDINAL (IRE) 55kg
10 MARMELO (GB) 55kg
11 SINGLE GAZE 53kg
12 JOHANNES VERMEER (IRE) 54.5kg
13 WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) 54kg
14 MAX DYNAMITE (FR) 54kg
15 VENTURA STORM (IRE) 54kg
16 WICKLOW BRAVE (GB) 54kg
17 BONDI BEACH (IRE) 54kg
18 US ARMY RANGER (IRE) 53.5kg
19 BIG DUKE (IRE) 53.5kg
20 GALLANTE (IRE) 53kg
21 LIBRAN (IRE) 53kg
22 QEWY (IRE) 53kg
23 NAKEETA (GB) 53kg
24 WALL OF FIRE (IRE) 53kg
25 ABBEY MARIE 51.5kg
26 THOMAS HOBSON (GB) 52kg
27 HARLEM (GB) 51.5kg 0.5kg
28 ALOFT (IRE) 51.5kg
29 FOUNDRY (IRE) 51kg 1.0kg
30 VENGEUR MASQUE (IRE) 50.5kg Ā 0.5kg
31 PENTATHLON (NZ) 50.5kg
32 COOL CHAP 50kg
=33 CISMONTANE (NZ) 50kg
=33 KELLSTORM (IRE) 50kg
GUARDINI (FR)* 53kg
ALWARD (IRE)* 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;

Race Date
The Bart Cummings October 7th
Caulfield Cup October 21st
Cox Plate October 28th
Lexus Stakes November 4th

 

 
 
 
 
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