2019 Melbourne Cup barrier draw

THE nation stops on the first Tuesday in November to watch the Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) at Flemington – but owners, trainers and punters alike also stop on the Saturday night before the great race to witness the barrier draw for the $7 million race.

The barrier draw is of great importance as it determines where each of the Melbourne Cup horses will be positioned, at least in the early stages, of the gruelling two-mile event.

A suitable barrier can enhance a horse’s chances of finding an ideal spot and running a bold race, and likewise, a poor draw can have disastrous consequences and destroy a runner’s chance before the gates have even opened.

Barriers at Flemington
Barriers at Flemington Racecourse – Home of The Melbourne Cup

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2019 Melbourne Cup barrier Draw

No. Silks Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Odds
1 Cross Counter Melbourne Cup 2019 Cross Counter Charlie Appleby William Buick 5 57.5kg $13
2 Mer De Glace Melbourne Cup 2019 Mer De Glace Hisashi Shimizu Damian Lane 2 56kg $9
3 Master Of Reality Melbourne Cup 2019 Master Of Reality Joseph O’Brien Frankie Dettori 1 55.5kg $26
4 Mirage Dancer Melbourne Cup 2019 Mirage Dancer T Busuttin & N Young Ben Melham 13 55.5kg $34
5 Southern France Melbourne Cup 2019 Southern France C Maher & D Eustace Mark Zahra 14 55.5kg $23
6 Hunting Horn Melbourne Cup 2019 Hunting Horn Aidan O’Brien Seamie Heffernan 11 55kg $46
7 Latrobe Melbourne Cup 2019 Latrobe Joseph O’Brien James Mcdonald 13 55kg $46
8 Mustajeer Melbourne Cup 2019 Mustajeer Kris Lees Damien Oliver 6 55kg $21
9 Rostropovich Melbourne Cup 2019 Rostropovich D & B Hayes & T Dabernig Dwayne Dunn 12 55kg $101
10 Twilight Payment Melbourne Cup 2019 Twilight Payment Joseph O’Brien Hugh Bowman 19 55kg $41
11 Finche Melbourne Cup 2019 Finche Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 4 54kg $41
12 Prince Of Arran Melbourne Cup 2019 Prince Of Arran Charlie Fellowes Michael Walker 8 54kg $19
13 Raymond Tusk Melbourne Cup 2019 Raymond Tusk Richard Hannon Jamie Spencer 3 54kg $23
14 Downdraft Melbourne Cup 2019 Downdraft Joseph O’Brien John Allen 15 53.5kg $20
15 Magic Wand Melbourne Cup 2019 Magic Wand Aidan O’Brien John Allen 14 53.5kg $19
16 Neufbosc Melbourne Cup 2019 Neufbosc D & B Hayes & T Dabernig Luke Nolen 23 53.5kg $251
17 Sound Melbourne Cup 2019 Sound Mike Moroney James Winks 10 53.5kg $126
18 Surprise Baby Melbourne Cup 2019 Surprise Baby Paul Preusker Jordan Childs 20 53.5kg $15
19 Constantinople Melbourne Cup 2019 Constantinople D & B Hayes & T Dabernig Joao Moreira 7 52.5kg $10
20 Il Paradiso Melbourne Cup 2019 Il Paradiso Aidan O’Brien Wayne Lordan 17 52.5kg $14
21 Steel Prince Melbourne Cup 2019 Steel Prince Anthony Freedman Brett Prebble 16 52.5kg $71
22 The Chosen One Melbourne Cup 2019 The Chosen One M Baker & A Forsman Tim Clark 18 52kg $71
23 Vow And Declare Melbourne Cup 2019 Vow And Declare Dan O’Brien Craig Williams 21 52kg $12
24 Youngstar Melbourne Cup 2019 Youngstar Chris Waller Tommy Berry 9 52kg $34

Recent Melbourne Cup barrier draws

  • No. Silks Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Odds
    1 Best Solution Melbourne Cup 2017 Best Solution Saeed bin Suroor Pat Cosgrave 6 57.5kg $15
    2 The Cliffsofmoher Melbourne Cup 2017 The Cliffsofmoher Aidan O’Brien Ryan Moore 9 56.5kg $17
    3 Magic Circle Melbourne Cup 2017 Magic Circle Ian Williams Corey Brown 17 56kg $8.50
    4 Chestnut Coat Melbourne Cup 2017 Chestnut Coat Yoshito Yahagi Yuga Kawada 4 55.5kg $9.50
    5 Muntahaa Melbourne Cup 2017 Muntahaa John Gosden Jim Crowley 13 55.5kg $10
    6 Sound Check Melbourne Cup 2017 Sound Check Mike Moroney Jordan Childs 16 55.5kg $67
    7 Who Shot TheBarman Melbourne Cup 2017 Who Shot TheBarman Chris Waller Ben Melham 18 55.5kg $8.50
    8 Ace High Melbourne Cup 2017 Ace High David Payne Tye Angland 22 55kg $11
    9 Marmelo Melbourne Cup 2017 Marmelo Hughie Morrison Hugh Bowman 10 55kg $17
    10 Avilius Melbourne Cup 2017 Avilius James Cummings Glyn Schofield 11 54.5kg $13
    11 Yucatan Melbourne Cup 2017 Yucatan Aidan O’Brien James McDonald 23 54.5kg $4.50
    12 Auvray Melbourne Cup 2017 Auvray Richard Freedman Tommy Berry 1 54kg $91
    13 Finche Melbourne Cup 2017 Finche Chris Waller Zac Purton 15 54kg $26
    14 Red Cardinal Melbourne Cup 2017 Red Cardinal Darren Weir Damien Oliver 5 54kg $34
    15 Vengeuer Masque Melbourne Cup 2017 Vengeur Masque Mike Moroney Patrick Moloney 2 54kg $67
    16 Ventura Storm Melbourne Cup 2017 Ventura Storm Hayes, Hayes & Dabernig Mark Zahra 7 54kg $34
    17 A Prince of Arran Melbourne Cup 2017 A Prince of Arran Charlie Fellowes Michael Walker 20 53kg $15
    18 Nakeeta Melbourne Cup 2017 Nakeeta Iain Jardine Regan Bayliss 3 53kg $81
    19 Sir Charles Road Melbourne Cup 2017 Sir Charles Road O’Sullivan & Scott Dwayne Dunn 14 53kg $101
    20 Zacada Melbourne Cup 2017 Zacada Forsman & Baker Damien Lane 24 53kg $126
    21 Runaway Melbourne Cup 2017 Runaway Waterhouse & Bott Stephen Baster 12 52kg $34
    22 Youngstar Melbourne Cup 2017 Youngstar Chriss Waller Craig Williams 8 51.5kg $21
    23 Cross Counter Melbourne Cup 2017 Cross Counter Charlie Appleby Kerrin McEvoy 19 51kg $9
    24 Rostropovich Melbourne Cup 2017 Rostropovich Aidan O’Brien Wayne Lordan 21 51kg $21

  • No. Silks Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Odds
    1 Hartnell Melbourne Cup 2017 Hartnell James Cummings Damian Lane 12 57.5kg $26
    2 Almandin Melbourne Cup 2017 Almandin Robert Hickmott Frankie Dettori 14 56.5kg $7
    3 Humidor Melbourne Cup 2017 Humidor Darren Weir Blake Shinn 13 56kg $9.50
    4 Tiberian Melbourne Cup 2017 Tiberian Alain Couetil Oliver Peslier 23 55.5kg $31
    5 Marmelo Melbourne Cup 2017 Marmelo Hughie Morrison Hugh Bowman 16 55kg $9
    6 Red Cardinal Melbourne Cup 2017 Red Cardinal Andreas Wohler Kerrin McEvoy 24 55kg $15
    7 Johannes Vermeer Melbourne Cup 2017 Johannes Vermeer Aiden O’Brien Ben Melham 3 54.5kg $10
    8 Bondi Beach Melbourne Cup 2017 Bondi Beach Robert Hickmott Michael Walker 1 54kg $61
    9 Max Dynamite Melbourne Cup 2017 Max Dynamite William Mullins Zac Purton 2 54kg $15
    10 Ventura Storm Melbourne Cup 2017 Ventura Storm David & Ben Hayes & Tom Dabernig Glen Boss 6 54kg $31
    11 Who Shot Thebarman Melbourne Cup 2017 Who Shot Thebarman Chris Waller Tommy Berry 20 54kg $41
    12 Wicklow Brave Melbourne Cup 2017 Wicklow Brave William Mullins Stephen Baster 8 54kg $51
    13 Big Duke Melbourne Cup 2017 Big Duke Darren Weir Brenton Avdulla 5 53.5kg $19
    14 US Army Ranger Melbourne Cup 2017 US Army Ranger Joseph O’Brien Jamie Spencer 22 53.5kg $61
    15 Boom Time Melbourne Cup 2017 Boom Time David & Ben Hayes & Tom Dabernig Cory Parish 9 53kg $26
    16 Gallante Melbourne Cup 2017 Gallante Robert Hickmott Michael Dee 18 53kg $101
    17 Libran Melbourne Cup 2017 Libran Chris Waller Dwayne Dunn 7 53kg $41
    18 Nakeeta Melbourne Cup 2017 Nakeeta Iain Jardine Glyn Schofield 19 53kg $31
    19 Single Gaze Melbourne Cup 2017 Single Gaze Nick Olive Kathy O’Hara 11 53kg $41
    20 Wall of Fire Melbourne Cup 2017 Wall Of Fire Hugo Palmer Craig Williams 15 53kg $13
    21 Thomas Hobson Melbourne Cup 2017 Thomas Hobson William Mullins Joao Moreira 21 52kg $14
    22 Rekindling Melbourne Cup 2017 Rekindling Joseph O’Brien Corey Brown 4 51.5kg $16
    23 Amelie's Star Melbourne Cup 2017 Amelie’s Star Darren Weir Dean Yendall 10 51kg $23
    24 Cismonntane Melbourne Cup 2017 Cismontane Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Beau Mertens 17 50kg $41

Melbourne Cup barrier draw statistics

The start of the Melbourne Cup is relatively fair – there is over one kilometre from the barriers to the start of the first turn which gives jockeys plenty of time to try and find a position.

However, with 24 horses and a mix of frontrunners, backmarkers and mid-pack runners, there is also a lot of competition for the optimum positions which can make or break a horse’s chances.

Almandin
2016 Melbourne Cup winner Almandin (GER) PIC: (Alice Laidlaw/Racing Photos).

The most successful barrier is number five which has seen eight winners since the introduction of starting gates in 1924. The last winner of the Melbourne Cup to win from barrier five was Americain which won the 150th edition of the race in 2010 for French trainer Alain De Royer-Dupre and jockey Gerald Mosse.

Barrier five also has a good record, supplying seven winners including Gai Waterhouse’s Fiorente back in 2013. Barriers 10 and 14 and locked on six wins a piece, with Efficient and three-time Cup winner Makybe Diva exiting those gates respectively in 2007 and 2005.

The worst barrier is 18 – incredibly it has never produced a winner. Many also believe barrier 13 to be unlucky – even though champions Phar Lap, Baghdad Note, Ethereal and Dunaden all came from it to claim Australian racing’s premier race.

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