Which Horses Are Running in the Melbourne Cup 2021?
The Melbourne Cup 2021 is run over 3200 metres at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne on Tuesday, November 2nd at 3 pm local time. There should be a full field of 24 runners and the barrier draw has been announced. Here is a form analysis of five leading contenders for the race that stops a nation.
2021 MELBOURNE CUP LATEST ODDS
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|Prince of Arran||TBA||TBA||TBA||TBA||TBA|
|Master of Reality||TBA||TBA||TBA||TBA||TBA|
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Melbourne Cup 2021 Favourites – 2 Horses to Watch
With a full field set for November 2, a ‘shortlist’ of possible winners here really is a longlist! That said, certain horses often stick out at the top of the market.
This year, Surprise Baby, Russian Camelot and Santiago really do stand out among the array of potential Melbourne Cup horses. Given their form heading into the Melbourne Cup, as well as their potential, they each have an outstanding chance.
Beginning with Paul Preusker’s charge, here’s a closer look at three of the top shouts among the engaged Melbourne Cup runners for 2021:
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 last year’s 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, he can be up in the vanguard and that makes him so dangerous.
Russian Camelot (IRE)
- Age: 3
- Jockey: TBC
- Weight: 53.5kg
- Trainer: Danny O’Brien
The real improver in the field and one who with a good draw will attract plenty of money. Top Melbourne Cup horses should always be getting better and this one is a prime example.
Only a three-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 in among other potential Melbourne Cup runners in the Diva Stakes. Second that day, beaten just a head, he was the moral winner for many given his age – the only three-year-old in the field.
His sire won The Derby in England and stayed further, so the race distance in these conditions shouldn’t be a worry either. One last crucial piece of info; trainer Danny O’Brien won this race last year and so knows what Melbourne Cup horses are all about.
Melbourne Cup 2021 Runners
It is always useful to know the favourites when it comes to horse racing, but the Melbourne Cup history has also taught us that they usually do not fare rather well. 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. He started the race at 100/1 in 2015, managed to win and become known as one of the legendary Melbourne Cup horses. This is why we have compiled a list of ten more Melbourne Cup runners to look out for in 2021.