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Melbourne Cup

The 2017 Melbourne Cup will take place on Tuesday 7th November 2017 at Flemington racecourse in Melbourne at 3.00pm and will be the 156th running of the 'race that stops a nation'.

Prizemoney for this year's Melbourne Cup is in excess of $6,200,000, making it the richest handicap race in the world over 3200 metres.

The 2017 Melbourne Cup nominations will be taken in September and the final field & barrier draw will be released on the first day of the 2017 Melbourne Cup Carnival in November.

2017 Melbourne Cup Field & Barrier Draw

The 2017 Melbourne Cup final field & barrier draw will be held on Derby Day at Flemington on Saturday 4th November October 2017 following the completion of the meeting.

The Melbourne Cup field is generally released shortly after the Derby Day meeting has finished. The barrier draw is typically held around 6.30pm in the evening, where the 2017 Melbourne Cup final field & barrier draw will be completed.

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We will have the 2017 Melbourne Cup final field and barrier draw as soon as it is announced, so make sure you return after the Derby Day meeting to see how your Melbourne Cup fancy fared in the barrier draw.

2017 Melbourne Cup Nominations and Dates

Nominations for the 2017 Melbourne Cup will be released in early September, along with handicap declarations. First, Second & Final acceptances will be announced in October and November.

2017 Melbourne Cup Nominations: Tuesday 5th September 2017
2017 Melbourne Cup Late Nominations: Tuesday 12th September 2017
2017 Melbourne Cup Handicaps Declared: Tuesday 19th September 2017
2017 Melbourne Cup First Acceptances: Tuesday 10th October 2017
2017 Melbourne Cup Second Acceptances: Monday 30th October 2017
2017 Melbourne Cup Final Acceptances: Saturday 4th November 2017
2017 Melbourne Cup Barrier Draw: Saturday 4th November 2017
2017 Melbourne Cup Date: Tuesday 7th November 2017

Dates are subject to change at the discretion of the Victoria Racing Club.

2017 Melbourne Cup Field

Melbourne Cup Day is held at Flemington racecourse and the 2017 Melbourne Cup will run as Race 7 on the card with a 3:00pm (AEST) start time.


Of $6,000,000.1st $3,600,000, 2nd $900,000, 3rd $450,000, 4th $250,000, 5th $175,000, 6th $125,000, 7th $125,000, 8th $125,000, 9th $125,000, 10th $125,000
Handicap Event
No Allowances for apprentices. Field Limit: 24

# Form Horse Bar Trainer Wgt Jockey
1 11x Big Orange 7 Michael Bell 57.0 J Spencer
2 586 Our Ivanhowe 6 L & A Freedman 57.0 D Dunn
3 0x9 Curren Mirotic 18 O Hirata 56.5 T Berry
4 x33 Bondi Beach 5 A O'Brien 56.0 R Moore
5 353 Exospheric 13 L & A Freedman 56.0 D Oliver
6 112 Hartnell 12 J O'Shea 56.0 J McDonald
7 272 Who Shot Thebarman


C Waller 56.0 H Bowman
8 431 Wicklow Brave 24 W Mullins 56.0 F Dettori
9 084 Almoonqith 19 D&B Hayes & T Dabernig 54.5 M Walker
10 x27 Gallante 2 R Hickmott 54.5 B Shinn
11 691 Grand Marshal 9 C Waller 54.5 B Melham
12 121 Jameka 3 C Maher 54.5 N Hall
13 11x Heartbreak City 23 T Martin 54.0 J Moreira
14 210 Sir John Hawkwood 14 J Thompson 54.0 B Spriggs
15 834 Excess Knowledge 21 G Waterhouse & A Bott 53.5 V Duric
16 553 Beautiful Romance 1 S Bin Suroor 52.5 D Lane
17 511 Almandin 17 R Hickmott 52.0 K McEvoy
18 921 Assign 22 R Hickmott 52.0 K Mallyon
19 x82 Grey Lion 16 M Cumani 52.0 G Boss
20 x31 Oceanographer 11 C Appleby 52.0 C Schofield
21 2x1 Secret Number 10 S Bin Suroor 52.0 S Baster
22 737 Pentathlon 4 J Wheeler 51.5 M Du Plessis
23 2x1 Qewy 15 C Appleby 51.5 C Williams
24 940 Rose Of Virginia 8 L & S Hope 51.0 B Thompson (a)

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