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.
|Anthony Van Dyck||TBA||TBA||TBA||TBA|
|Prince of Arran||TBA||TBA||TBA||TBA|
|Master of Reality||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.
|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.
|Anthony Van Dyck||IRE|
|Master of Reality||IRE|
|Prince of Arran||GB|
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.
Learn more about the Melbourne Cup race
For more information about the Melbourne Cup you can read the following pages: