Melbourne Cup order of entry 2018

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The order of entry for the Melbourne Cup is invariably the most discussed issue heading into the $6.2 million event.

Even as late as a fortnight before the race that stops a nation, over 50 horses can be on the ballot vying to make the final 24 runner field.

Simply being a quality horse is not good enough to ensure entry into the cup, as a number of key criteria need to be addressed before a runner can be eligible to run in the world’s richest staying race.

There are also four races that gain a galloper direct entry into the Melbourne Cup.

Order Of Entry 2018

Order Horse/Trainer Age Weight $ Since Date Details Race
Melbourne Cup ballot exempt horses as of 2 November, 2018 : 2
1 BEST SOULTION (IRE) (Saeed bin Suroor) 5 57.5 EXEMPT 20/10/2018 1st G1 2400m Caulfield Cup
2 AVILIUS (GB) (James Cummings) 5 54.5 (inc 1.5 pen) EXEMPT 06/10/2018 1st G3 2500m Bart Cummings
Passed 2018 Melbourne Cup first ballot clause as of 2 November, 2018 : 41
3 ACE HIGH (David Payne) 4 55.0 $1,290,000 4/11/2017 1st G1 2500m VRC Derby
4 THECLIFFSOFMOHOR (IRE) (Aidan O’Brien) 5 56.5 $991,303 20/10/2018 3rd G1 2400m Caulfield Cup
5 MAGIC CIRCLE (IRE) (Ian Williams) 7 56.0 $68,751 24/05/2018 1st G3 3240m Henry II Stakes UK
6 WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) (Chris Waller) 10 55.5 $2,136,375 14/04/2018 1st G1 3200m Sydney Cup
7 TOSEN BASIL (JPN) (Darren Weir) 7 54.0 $850,087 10/12/2017 3rd G1 2400m Hong Kong Case HK
8 MUNTAHAA (IRE) (John Gosden) 6 55.5 $597,428 25/08/2018 1st Ebor 2800m Ebor Handicap UK
9 CHESTNUT COAT (JPN) (Yoshito Yahagi) 5 55.5 $481,356 24/03/2018 2nd G2 2500m Nikkei Sho JPN
10 SOUND CHECK (GRE) (Michael Moroney) 6 55.5 $198,960 12/08/2018 2nd G1 2400m Grosser Preis von Berlin GER
11 ROSTROPOVICH (IRE) (Aidan O’Brien) 4 51.0 $671,328 30/06/2018 2nd G1 2400m Irish Derby IRE
12 MARMELO (GB) (Hughie Morrison) 6 55.0 $459,796 14/07/2018 1st G2 2800m Prix de Maurice de Nieuil FR
13 CROSS COUNTER (GB) (Charlie Appleby) 4 51.0 $210,625 4/08/2018 1st G3 2414m Gordon Stakes UK
14 YOUNGSTAR (Chris Waller) 4 51.5 $497,361 26/05/2018 1st G1 2200m Queensland Oaks
15 YUCATAN (IRE) (Aidan O’Brien) 5 54.5 (inc 2.5kg pen) $249,724 14/10/2018 1st G2 2400m Herbert Power Stakes
16 VENGEUR MASQUE (IRE) (Michael Moroney) 7 54.0 $430,500 11/11/2017 1st G3 2600m Queen Elizabeth Stakes
17 VENTURA STORM (IRE) (Hayes, Hayes and Dabernig) 6 54.0 $367,400 27/10/2018 1st G2 2500m Moonee Valley Gold Cup
18 RED CARDINAL (IRE) (Darren Weir) 7 54.0 $364,171 14/05/2017 1st G2 3200m Oleander-Rennen GER
19 AUVRAY (FR) (Richard Freedman) 8 54.0 $245,550 23/09/2017 1st G3 2400m Colin Stephens Quality
20 RED VERDON (USA) (Ed Dunlop) 6 54.0 $225,096 23/06/2018 2nd G2 2400m Hardwicke Stakes UK
21 FINCHE (GB) (Andre Fabre) 5 54.0 $113,007 5/08/2018 1st G3 2500m Prix du Reux FR
22 RUNAWAY (Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott) 4 50.5 (inc 1.5kg pen) $394,300 24/10/2018 1st G3 2400m Geelong Cup
23 ZACADA (NZ) (Baker and Forsman) 6 53.0 $506,933 14/04/2018 2nd G1 3200m Sydney Cup
24 SIR CHARLES ROAD (O’Sullivan and Scott) 5 53.0 $487,354 7/04/2018 1st G2 2600m ATC Chairmans Hcp
25 NAKEETA (GB) (Iain Jardine) 8 53.0 $479,363 28/10/2017 5th G1 3200m Melbourne Cup
26 SOLE IMPACT (JPN) (Hirofumi Toda) 7 53.0 $391,760 17/02/2018 3rd G3 3400m Diamond Stakes JPN
27 MISS ADMIRATION (JPN) (Mick Price) 4 50.0 $182,000 22/09/2018 1st G3 2400m Colin Stephens Quality
28 A PRINCE OF ARRAN (GB) (Charlie Fellows) 6 53.0 $155,662 14/10/2018 3rd G2 2400m Herbert Power Stakes
29 LIBRAN (IRE) (Chris Waller) 8 53.0 $54,000 28/10/2017 2nd G2 2500m Moonee Valley Gold Cup
30 TRAP FOR FOOLS (Jarrod McLean) 5 53.0 $90,000 27/10/2018 2nd G2 2500m Moonee Valley Gold Cup
31 PRIZE MONEY (GB) (Saeed bin Suroor) 6 52.5 $625,389 4/03/2017 1st G2 2400m Dubai City of Gold UAE
32 GALLIC CHIEFTAIN (FR) (Darren Weir) 5 52.5 $405,125 25/10/2017 2nd G3 2400m Geelong Cup
33 LORD FANDANGO (GER) (Archie Alexander) 6 52.5 $405,125 14/10/2017 1st G2 2400m Herbert Power Stakes
34 MEGABLAST (NZ) (Darren Weir) 6 52.5 $162,986 30/06/2018 1st LR 2400m Caloundra Cup
35 DAL HARRAILD (GB) (Maher and Eustace) 6 52.5 $119,263 14/07/2018 2nd G3 2780m Silver Cup UK
36 WALL OF FIRE (IRE) (Maher and Eustace) 6 52.5 $94,131 14/10/2017 2nd G2 2400m Herbert Power Handicap
37 PATRICK ERIN (Chris Waller) 7 52 (inc 2kg pen) $435,500 29/09/2018 2nd G1 2400m Metropolitan Handicap
38 RISING RED (NZ) (Busuttin and Young) 5 51.0 $167,695 4/03/2017 2nd G1 2400m New Zealand Derby NZ
39 NORTHWEST PASSAGE (Waterhouse and Bott) 5 50.5 $154,000 24/10/2018 2nd G3 2400m Geelong Cup
40 BRIMHAM ROCKS (Chris Waller) 5 50.5 $213,000 29/09/2018 2nd G1 2400m Metropolitan Handicap
41 YOGI (NZ) (Darren Weir) 6 50.0 $123,315 6/10/2018 3rd G3 2500m Bart Cummings
42 JAAMEH (GER) (Hayes, Hayes and Dabernig) 6 50.0 $54,000 1/06/2018 2nd G2 2500m Bart Cummings
43 MIDTERM (GB) (Liam Howley) 6 50.0 $36,834 20/05/2017 2nd G3 2400m Ascot Park Stakes UK

How to qualify a horse for the Melbourne Cup

Eligibility for prospective Melbourne Cup horses is determined by performances in past races. To be in the mix for a final spot in the 2017 Melbourne Cup for example, a horse must have passed the following criteria:

  • Since 1 February, 2016 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, 2016 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, 2016 inclusive, won an internationally recognised Listed flat race run over 2300 metres or further; OR
  • Since 1 February, 2016 inclusive, won or was placed 2nd or 3rd in the York Ebor (UK) or Champions & Chater Cup (HK); OR
  • Since 1 February, 2016 inclusive, won the Northumberland Plate (UK), Cesarewitch (UK), or Queen Mother Memorial Cup (HK); OR
  • Was placed 6th, 7th or 8th in the 2017 Caulfield Cup; OR
  • Was placed 2nd or 3rd in the 2017 Cox Plate; OR
  • Was placed 2nd or 3rd in the 2017 VRC Stakes; OR
  • Won the 2017 Turnbull Stakes; OR
  • Won or was placed 2nd or 3rd in the 2015 Melbourne Cup; OR
  • Won the 2015 Caulfield Cup

How to gain automatic entry into the Melbourne Cup

There are four races prior to the Cup that will ensure a horse is exempt from the ballot for the Melbourne Cup final field and will have a guaranteed place in the event if connections elect to take that route.

The Bart Cummings – October 6, 2018

A group three event held on Turnbull Stakes day at Flemington, the Bart Cummings is the first opportunity for a horse to lock away a spot in the race that stops a nation.

2015 was the first time the Bart Cummings was listed as a ballot-exempted race, which has increased the profile of the event ten-fold. In 2016 eventual Melbourne Cup winner Alamndin gained entry into the race via the Bart Cummings.

The 2018 Bart Cummings was won by Godolphin staying prospect Avilius

The Bart Cummings-Melbourne Cup double attempts

Year Winner Price Melbourne Cup Finish
2017 Amelie’s Star $4.60 TBC
2016 Almandin $3 1st of 24
2015 Let’s Make adeal $8 Did not run
2014 Who Shot The Barman $1.85 3rd of 22
2013 Araldo $4.60 Did not run

The Caulfield Cup – October 20, 2018

The first of Melbourne’s big-three races of the spring, the Group One Caulfield Cup, which is typically run just shy of three weeks in advance of the Melbourne Cup, has routinely been a launching pad for an assault on the main event of Australian racing.

Doing the Caulfield/Melbourne Cup is a rarity in racing given only 11 horses in history have completed it. The last horse to complete the Caulfield/Melbourne Cup double was Ethereal in 2001.

The 2018 Caulfield Cup was won by Godolphin import Best Solution

The Cox Plate – October 27, 2018

The Group One Cox Plate, which is run every year at Moonee Valley, has become the ultimate tune-up race for horses looking to run in the Melbourne Cup.

In the history of the race just six horses have completed the Cox Plate/Melbourne Cup double, the last of which was the immortal Makybe Diva back in 2005.

Recent history suggests that the Cox Plate has become more of a stand-alone race. No horse since So You Think in 2010 has won the Cox Plate and gone on to compete in the Melbourne Cup of that year.

The Lexus Stakes – November 3, 2018

Last chance saloon for those owners and trainers wanting to ensure their horse takes its place in the Melbourne Cup.

Ran on the Saturday prior to the main event at Flemington, the short turnaround is unavoidable for those horses which look unlikely to make their way into the final 24. 11 horses in the history of the race have completed the Lexus Stakes/Melbourne Cup double, the last of which was Shocking in 2009.

Previous Melbourne Cup final fields & order of entry


  • Final field

    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 SCR
    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

    Order of entry

    Order Silks Horse/Trainer Age Weight $ Since Date Details Race
    Exempt from Ballot as at 30 October 2017 : 2
    1 Almandin Melbourne Cup 2017 BOOM TIME (Hayes, Hayes and Dabernig) 6 53.0 (inc 1.0kg pen) Exempt 21/10/2017 1st G1 2400m Caulfield Cup
    2 Amelie's Star Melbourne Cup 2017 AMELIE’S STAR (Darren Weir) 6 51.0 Exempt 7/10/2017 1st G3 2500m Bart Cummings
    Passed 2017 Emirates Melbourne Cup first ballot clause as at 30 October 2017 : Total 32
    3 Hartnell Melbourne Cup 2017 HARTNELL (GB) (James Cummings) 7 57.5 $450,000 1/11/2016 3rd G1 3200m Emirates Melbourne Cup
    4 Almandin Melbourne Cup 2017 ALMANDIN (GER) (Robert Hickmott) 8 56.5 $4,132,000 1/11/2016 1st G1 3200m Emirates Melbourne Cup
    5 Jon Snow Melbourne Cup 2017 JON SNOW (NZ) (Baker and Forsman) 4 54.5 $1,390,865 1/04/2017 1st G1 2400m ATC Derby
    6 Humidor Melbourne Cup 2017 HUMIDOR (NZ) (Darren Weir) 5 56.0 $385,000 25/03/2017 2nd G1 2400m Tancred Stakes
    7 Tiberian Melbourne Cup 2017 TIBERIAN (FR) (Alain Couetil) 6 55.5 $386,846 27/08/2017 1st G2 2500m Grand Prix de Deauville FR
    8 Rekindling Melbourne Cup 2017 REKINDLING (GB) (Joseph O’Brien) 4 51.5 $121,027 2/07/2017 1st G2 2800m Curragh Cup IRE
    9 Red Cardinal Melbourne Cup 2017 RED CARDINAL (IRE) (Andreas Wohler) 6 55.0 $422,102 14/05/2017 1st G2 3200m Oleander-Rennen GER
    10 Marmelo Melbourne Cup 2017 MARMELO (FR) (Hughie Morrison) 5 55.0 $315,041 20/08/2017 1st G2 3000m Prix de Kergolay FR
    11 Single Gaze Melbourne Cup 2017 SINGLE GAZE (Nick Olive) 5 53.0 $485,000 21/10/2017 2nd G1 2400m Caulfield Cup
    12 Johannes Vermeer Melbourne Cup 2017 JOHANNES VERMEER (IRE) (Aidan O’Brien) 5 54.5 $242,503 21/10/2017 3rd G1 2400m Caulfield Cup
    13 Who Shot Thebarman Melbourne Cup 2017 WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) (Chris Waller) 9 54.0 $1,288,375 28/10/2017 1st G2 2500m Moonee Valley Cup
    14 Max Dynamite Melbourne Cup 2017 MAX DYNAMITE (FR) (Willie Mullins) 8 54.0 $914,187 26/05/2016 3rd G3 3280m Henry II Stakes UK
    15 Ventura Storm Melbourne Cup 2017 VENTURA STORM (IRE) (Hayes, Hayes and Dabernig) 5 54.0 $551,874 16/10/2016 1st G1 2400m Gran Premio del Jockey Club ITY
    16 Wicklow Brave Melbourne Cup 2017 WICKLOW BRAVE (GB) (Willie Mullins) 9 54.0 $497,788 11/09/2016 1st G1 2800m Irish St Leger IRE
    17 Bondi Beach Melbourne Cup 2017 BONDI BEACH (IRE) (Robert Hickmott) 6 54.0 $120,722 15/05/2016 1st G3 2800m Vintage Crop Stakes IRE
    18 US Army Ranger Melbourne Cup 2017 US ARMY RANGER (IRE) (Joseph O’Brien) 5 53.5 $816,116 4/06/2016 2nd G1 2400m Epsom Derby UK
    19 Big Duke Melbourne Cup 2017 BIG DUKE (IRE) (Darren Weir) 6 53.5 $757,250 1/04/2017 1st G2 2600m Chairman’s Hcp
    20 Gallante Melbourne Cup 2017 GALLANTE (IRE) (Robert Hickmott) 7 53.0 $1,354,500 9/04/2016 1st G1 3200m Sydney Cup
    21 Libran Melbourne Cup 2017 LIBRAN (IRE) (Chris Waller) 7 53.0 $702,000 28/10/2017 2nd G2 3200m Moonee Valey Cup
    22 Qewy Melbourne Cup 2017 QEWY (IRE) (Charlie Appleby) 8 53.0 $535,500 19/10/2016 1st G3 2400m Geelong Cup
    23 Nakeeta Melbourne Cup 2017 NAKEETA (GB) (Iain Jardine) 7 53.0 $304,363 26/08/2017 1st Ebor Hcp Ebor Handicap UK
    24 Wall of Fire Melbourne Cup 2017 WALL OF FIRE (IRE) (Hugo Palmer) 5 53.0 $94,131 14/10/2017 2nd G2 2400m Herbert Power Handicap
    25 Abbey Marie Melbourne Cup 2017 ABBEY MARIE (Michael Kent) 5 51.5 $75,000 21/10/2017 6th Caulfield Cup Caulfield Cup
    26 Thomas Hobson Melbourne Cup 2017 THOMAS HOBSON (GB) (Willie Mullins) 8 52.0 $36,885 15/09/2017 2nd G2 3600m Doncaster Cup UK
    27 Harlem Melbourne Cup 2017 HARLEM (GB) (Hayes, Hayes and Dabernig) 6 51.5 (inc 0.5kg pen) $119,314 5/06/2016 3rd G2 2400m Prix de Chantilly FR
    28 Aloft Melbourne Cup 2017 ALOFT (IRE) (Robert Hickmott) 6 51.5 $57,000 1/04/2017 2nd G2 2600m Chairman’s Hcp
    29 Foundry Melbourne Cup 2017 FOUNDRY (IRE) (Robert Hickmott) 8 51.0 (inc 1.0kg pen) $435,500 30/09/2017 1st G1 2400m Metropolitan Handicap
    30 Vengeur Masque Melbourne Cup 2017 VENGEUR MASQUE (IRE) (Michael Moroney) 6 50.0 $54,000 5/11/2016 2nd G3 2400m Queen Elizabeth Stakes
    31 Lizzie L'Amour Melbourne Cup 2017 LIZZIE L’AMOUR (Baker and Forsman) 5 51.5 $58,636 10/12/2016 1st G3 2400m Waikato Cup NZ
    32 Col Chap Melbourne Cup 2017 COOL CHAP (Lee & Anthony Freedman) 5 50.0 $161,200 14/05/2016 3rd G1 2500m South Australian Derby
    33 Cismonntane Melbourne Cup 2017 CISMONTANE (NZ) (Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott) 5 50.0 $27,000 28/10/2017 3rd G2 2500m Moonee Valley Cup
    35 Kellstorm Melbourne Cup 2017 KELLSTORM (IRE) (Darren Weir) 5 50.0 $27,000 7/10/2017 3rd G3 2500m Bart Cummings
    Not Passed 2017 Emirates Melbourne Cup first ballot clause as at 30 October 2017 : Total 2
    Alward Melbourne Cup 2017 ALWARD (IRE) (Chris Waller) 5 50.0 Not passed ballot
    Guardini Melbourne Cup 2017 GUARDINI (FR) (Darren Weir) 7 53.0 Not passed ballot
    TOTAL : 36