Top 15 Melbourne Cup 2021 Runners

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TIGER MOTH

Weight: 52.5kg/Age: 3yo/Jockey: Kerrin McAvoy/Trainer: Aidan O’Brien
Although he has been given a nightmare barrier draw out in 23 of 24, the money keeps coming in for a horse who is hard to judge given his lack of experience. Tiger Moth won an Irish Group 3 easily last time on the track and has finished second to Santiago who had previously been a solid pick for this race.
TIGER MOTH TO WIN: TBA
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SIR DRAGONET

Weight: 55.5kg/Age: 4yo/Jockey: Glen Boss/Trainer: Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
A four-year-old formerly trained by Aidan O’Brien, who has such a stranglehold on the race this time, Sir Dragonet has had a great season. He peaked ten days ago when winning the Cox Plate and given his strong run last season in the St Leger in England there is hope that from barrier 14, he can see out this 3200m trip OK.
SIR DRAGONET TO WIN: TBA
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Surprise Baby

Weight: 54.5kg/Age: 6yo/Jockey: Craig Williams/Trainer: Paul Preusker
A long-time fancy for the race, Surprise Baby hasn’t been at his best having finished second at Group 2 level before running ninth in the Turnbull Stakes. Fifth last year from barrier 20, he has drawn 7 this time and could be on for a better run.
SURPRISE BABY TO WIN: TBA
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Russian Camelot

Weight: 53.5kg/Age: 3yo/Jockey: Damien Oliver/Trainer: Danny O’Brien
Russian Camelot is only a three-year-old and he hasn’t gone beyond 2000m yet but there are major positives in his profile. The Australian Derby and Underwood Stakes winner was an arguably career-best third in the Cox Plate last time, is by strong stayer Camelot and is clearly getting better. Barrier 16 may be his only slight negative.
RUSSIAN CAMELOT TO WIN: TBA
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Anthony Van Dyck

Weight: 58.5kg/Age: 4yo/Jockey: Hugh Bowman/Trainer: Aidan O’Brien
The apparent second-choice of the Aidan O’Brien horses, however from his barrier draw (3) he could pose a bigger threat. The 2019 Derby winner in England is peaking now and was a very fine second most recently in the Caulfield Cup, while he has also chased him Ghaiyyath, the world’s highest rated horse. The one negative is his big weight.
ANTHONY VAN DYCK TO WIN: TBA
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Ashrun

Weight: 53kg/Age: 4yo/Jockey: Declan Bates/Trainer: Andreas Wohler
It’s great to have another German contender, and it has been noted before that this horse seems to peak at this time of year. Having warmed up by winning the Hotham Stakes around here on Saturday he should be primed now, though he drawn out in the car park in barrier 24.
ASHRUN TO WIN: TBA
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VERRY ELLEEGANT

Weight: 55.5kg/Age: 5yo/Jockey: Mark Zahra/Trainer: Chris Waller
This brilliant mare landed Chris Waller his first Caulfield Cup on October 17th when she beat Anthony Van Dyck, while she also chased home Addeybb in the autumn who has since won the Champion Stakes in England. Her form truly stacks up, so assuming she gets the distance OK from barrier 15 she remains a leading fancy in the race.
VERRY ELLEEGANT TO WIN: TBA
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PRINCE OF ARRAN

Weight: 54.5kg/Age: 7yo/Jockey: Jamie Kah/Trainer: Charlie Fellowes
After a strong fourth in the Caulfield Cup recently, Charlie Fellowes’ English raider is in great shape to attempt to make it third time lucky here after finishing third in 2018 and second last year. He may need some luck in running from barrier 1, but he can go the shortest way round which could yet play to his advantage.
PRINCE OF ARRAN TO WIN: TBA
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Finche

Weight: 54.5kg/Age: 6yo/Jockey: James McDonald/Trainer: Chris Waller
Another for Waller, the former Andre Fabre-trained six-year-old of Khalid Abdullah’s Juddmonte operation was 7th in the race last year and gets barrier 6 this time. A strong, late-finishing run when finishing fifth in the Caulfield Cup keeps him among the elite here for sure.
FINCHE TO WIN: TBA
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MASTER OF REALITY

Weight: 56kg/Age: 5yo/Jockey: Ben Melham/Trainer: Joseph O’Brien
From the yard of Joseph O’Brien, Aidan’s son and winner of this race in 2017, Master Of Reality was second past the post in 2019 and can go well again. If your belief that his barrier draw in 1 was more of a hindrance than a help last year, then given he’s in even better form and comes from gate 11 now you have to fancy his chances strongly.
MASTER OF REALITY TO WIN: TBA
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STRATUM ALBION

Weight: 55kg/Age: 7yo/Jockey: Jordan Childs/Trainer: Willie Mullins
Known only as Stratum back home, punters in England and Ireland are more used to seeing Willie Mullins’ charge running over hurdles. His flat racing resume includes a Cesarewitch Handicap win and a Group 2 second. If he doesn’t find the pace of this race too hot, he can go well from barrier 9.
STRATUM ALBION TO WIN: TBA
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TWILIGHT PAYMENT

Weight: 55.5kg/Age: 7yo/Jockey: Jye McNeil/Trainer: Joseph O’Brien
Drawn next door to his stable companion in 12, Twilight Payment perhaps needs to prove his fitness having not run since a good third in the Irish St Leger back in September. Before that he demolished Master Of Reality in a Group 2 by 8 lengths off level weights, leading to many asking why there are similar odds for this event.
TWILIGHT PAYMENT TO WIN: TBA
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MIAMI BOUND

Weight: 51kg/Age: 4yo/Jockey: Daniel Moor/Trainer: Danny O’Brien
As a previous winner of the race, trainer Danny O’Brien knows what it takes to land this huge event. Miami Bound won the Moonee Valley Gold Cup most recently and looks a prospect from barrier 13 for sure.
MIAMI BOUND TO WIN: TBA
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AVILIUS

Weight: 57kg/Age: 6yo/Jockey:John Allen/Trainer: James Cummings
Godolphin decided that their British-based horses would stay at home this time around, yet Sheikh Mohammed’s operation has a huge chance with this runner. Coming from barrier 10, Avilius may well prove to be back to his very best after a fine 6th from a wide draw in the Caulfield Cup when not getting the best luck in running.
AVILIUS TO WIN: TBA
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PERSAN

Weight: 51kg/Age: 4yo/Jockey: Michael Dee/Trainer: Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
The four-year-old has a wide draw (20) to overcome, but he’s in good form having landed the Bart Cummings most recently at Flemington most recently. He has a low weight and is at least in good order so holds place chances at least.
PERSAN TO WIN: TBA
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Which Horses Are Running in the Melbourne Cup 2021?

The Melbourne Cup 2021 will be run over 3200 metres at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, Australia. This year the race will be held on Tuesday 2nd November at 3 pm local time. There should be a full field of 24 runners and the barrier draw will be announced closer to the day of the race. The odds below can help you decide which favourite to win you want to bet on for the Melbourne Cup when race day comes later in the year.

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2021 MELBOURNE CUP LATEST ODDS

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Tiger Moth TBA TBA TBA TBA
Sir Dragonet TBA TBA TBA TBA
Surprise Baby TBA TBA TBA TBA
Russian Camelot TBA TBA TBA TBA
Anthony Van Dyck TBA TBA TBA TBA
Verry Elleegant TBA TBA TBA TBA6
Prince of Arran TBA TBA TBA TBA
Master of Reality TBA TBA TBA TBA
Ashrun TBA TBA TBA TBA
Finche TBA TBA TBA TBA
Avilius TBA TBA TBA TBA
Miami Bound TBA TBA TBA TBA
Persan TBA TBA TBA TBA
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Melbourne Cup 2021 Favourites to win

Although we won’t know which horses will be the favourites to win this year’s Melbourne Cup until the full lineup is released closer to race day, there are two horses that really stand out among the array of potential Melbourne Cup horses: Surprise Baby and Russian Camelot. If these two runners participate in the Melbourne Cup 2021, they’ll both have an outstanding chance to win the race.

Beginning with Paul Preusker’s charge, here’s a closer look at three of the top shouts among the potential Melbourne Cup runners for the 2021 race:

Surprise Baby (NZ)

  • Age: 6
  • Jockey: TBC
  • Weight: 54.5kg
  • Trainer: Paul Preusker

Surprise Baby’s relatively short odds are based on his finishing position in the 2019 Melbourne Cup. Fifth that time, the then-5yo was only ¾ of a length behind the winner and all from barrier 20.

The key point about that run is that the first three were all ridden close to the pace. Vow And Declare, Master Of Reality and Prince Of Arran were all handy that day.

Should Surprise Baby get a better draw for the Melbourne Cup, he could be one of the horses at the front of the charge during this year’s race, and maybe even win.

Russian Camelot (IRE)

  • Age: 4
  • Jockey: TBC
  • Weight: 53.5kg
  • Trainer: Danny O’Brien

This horse is a real improver in the field and, should he get a good draw, will attract plenty of money from those who want to bet on the winner. Top Melbourne Cup horses should always be getting better and this one is a prime example.

Only a four-year-old, Russian Camelot was just fourth in a handicap as recently as March. Since then though, he’s won the South Australian Derby and in great style too.

More recently, the son of Camelot was among other potential Melbourne Cup runners in the Diva Stakes. Second that day, missing the win by just a head, this horse gave an incredible racing performance given his age – the only three-year-old in the field.

His sire won The Derby in England and didn’t stop at the finish line, so the race distance in these racing conditions shouldn’t be a worry either. One last crucial piece of info; trainer Danny O’Brien won this race last year and so he knows what Melbourne Cup horses are all about, as well as what it takes to win.

Melbourne Cup 2021 Runners

It is always useful to know the favourites to win when it comes to horse racing, but Melbourne Cup history has also taught us that they usually do not fare rather well in the race. In the past ten years, only one favourite has managed to win – Fiorente in 2013, and only one horse has managed to take three wins in a row – Makybe Diva in 2002, 2003, and 2004.

On the other hand, there is Prince of Penzance, who was an outsider and definitely not one of the Melbourne Cup favourites to win. He started the race at 100/1 in 2015, managed to win and become known as one of the legendary Melbourne Cup horses, as well as a legend in horse racing history.

Melbourne Cup 2020 Confirme Horses: The Race Results

The stakes were high and there were a lot of incredibly talented horses fighting to win this spot in racing history, but only one horse could be crowned the winner of the 2020 Melbourne Cup, one of the most infamous horse races in the world.

Horse Trainer Jockey Position
Twilight Payment (IRE) Joseph O’Brien Jye McNeil 1st
Tiger Moth Aidan O’Brien Kerrin McEvoy 2nd
Prince Arran (GB) Charlie Fellows Jamie Kah 3rd
The Chosen One (NZ) Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Daniel Stackhouse 4th
Persan Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Michael Dee 5th
Sir Dragonet (IRE) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Glen Boss 6th
Veerry Ellegant (NZ) Chris Waller Mark Zahra 7th
Russian Camelot (IRE) Danny O’Brien Damien Oliver 8th
Finche (GB) Chris Waller Hames McDonald 9th
Ashrun (FR) Andreas Wohler Declan Bates 10th
Oceanex (NZ) Mick Price & Michael Kent Dean Yendall 11th
Warning Anthony & Sam Freedman Luke Currie 12th
Surprise Baby (NZ) Paul Preusker Craig Williams 13th
Miami Bound (NZ) Danny O’Brien Daniel Moor 14th
Master of Reality (IRE) Joseph O’Brien Ben Melham 15th
Steel Prince (IRE) Anthony & Sam Freedman William Pike 16th
Etah James (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Billy Egan 17th
Vow and Declare Danny O’Brien Jamie Mott 18th
Mustajeer (GB) Kris Lees Michael Rodd 19th
Stratum Albion (GB) Willie Mullins Jordan Childs 20th
Dashing Willoughby (GB) Andrew Balding Michael Walker 21st
Avilius (GB) James Cummings John Allen 22nd
Anthony Van Dyck (IRE) Aidan O’Brien Hugh Bowman 23rd
King of Leogrance (FR) (Scratched) Danny O’Brien Damien Lane 24th

Melbourne Cup Past Winners

Melbourne Cup Year Winner
2020 Melbourne Cup Twilight Payment
2019 Melbourne Cup Vow And Declare
2018 Melbourne Cup Cross Counter
2017 Melbourne Cup Rekindling
2016 Melbourne Cup Almandin
2015 Melbourne Cup Prince of Penzance
2014 Melbourne Cup Protectionist
2013 Melbourne Cup Fiorente
2012 Melbourne Cup Green Moon
2011 Melbourne Cup Dunaden
2010 Melbourne Cup Americain

Melbourne Cup Last Horse

While the winner of the Melbourne Cup is always the punters’ focus, the last horse over the line is also of interest for some people – spectators and bettors alike. While no one in the horse racing world aims to come last, it’s interesting to see who finished at the rear of the pack.

Melbourne Cup Year Last Horse
2020 Melbourne Cup Avilius
2019 Melbourne Cup Rostropovich
2018 Melbourne Cup Red Cardinal
2017 Melbourne Cup Gallante
2016 Melbourne Cup Rose of Virginia
2015 Melbourne Cup Snow Sky
2014 Melbourne Cup Admire Rakti
2013 Melbourne Cup Verema
2012 Melbourne Cup Ethiopia
2011 Melbourne Cup Modun
2010 Melbourne Cup Zavite

Melbourne Cup International Horses

With the Melbourne Cup being such an integral competition to the horse racing world, it is no surprise that horses from all over the world are brought across to Victoria, Australia in order to guarantee that the calibre of the competition is as high as possible.

The international lineup at this pinnacle of horse racing seems to get stronger every year and that will surely be the case this year. However, before then, below you’ll find the international horses who participated in the 2020 Melbourne Cup.

Horse Country
Anthony Van Dyck IRE
Master of Reality IRE
Sir Dragonet IRE
Twilight Payment IRE
Stratum Albion GB
Dashing Willoughby GB
Prince of Arran GB
Ashrun FR
Tiger Moth IRE

FAQ

How does a horse qualify for the Melbourne Cup?
There are two main things taken into consideration for a horse to qualify for the Melbourne Cup. These are:

  • If the horse has won a ballot-free race in the lead up to the event
  • The weight of the handicap assigned to the horse

How many horses have died in the Melbourne Cup?
Seven horses have died at Melbourne Cup races, with the most recent death occurring last year when Anthony Van Dyck, unfortunately, had to be euthanized after an injury.

Are any horses scratched from the Melbourne Cup?
Yes, sometimes horses are scratched from the Melbourne Cup, for example, King of Leogrance was scratched from the race last year.

Which horse won the Melbourne Cup 2020?
Twilight Payment won the 2020 Melbourne Cup

Which horse won the Melbourne Cup 2019?
Rostropovish won the race in 2019.

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