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Melbourne Cup

The 2018 Melbourne Cup will take place on Tuesday 6th November 2018 at Flemington racecourse in Melbourne and will be the 158th running of the 'race that stops a nation'.

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

The 2018 Melbourne Cup nominations will be taken in September and the final field & barrier draw will be released on the first day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival in November.

2018 Melbourne Cup Field & Barrier Draw

The 2018 Melbourne Cup final field & barrier draw will be held on Derby Day at Flemington on Saturday 3rd November 2018 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 Melbourne Cup final field & barrier draw will be completed.

Betting is now available on the 2018 Melbourne Cup and we highly recommend a Sportsbet account for the latest 2018 Melbourne Cup odds.

We will have the 2018 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.

2018 Melbourne Cup Nominations and Dates

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

2018 Melbourne Cup Nominations: Tuesday 4th September 2018
2018 Melbourne Cup Late Nominations: Tuesday 11th September 2018
2018 Melbourne Cup Handicaps Declared: Tuesday 18th September 2018
2018 Melbourne Cup First Acceptances: Tuesday 9th October 2018
2018 Melbourne Cup Second Acceptances: Monday 29th October 2018
2018 Melbourne Cup Final Acceptances: Saturday 3rd November 2018
2018 Melbourne Cup Barrier Draw: Saturday 3rd November 2018
2018 Melbourne Cup Date: Tuesday 6th November 2018

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

2018 Melbourne Cup Field

Melbourne Cup Day is held at Flemington racecourse and the 2018 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
1 229 Hartnell 12 J Cummings 57.5 D Lane
2 214 Almandin 14 R Hickmott 56.5 F Dettori
3 352 Humidor 13 D Weir 56.0 B Shinn
4 11x Tiberian 23 A Couetil 55.5 O Peslier
5 1x6 Marmelo 16 H Morrison 55.0 H Bowman
6 x5x Red Cardinal 24 A Wohler 55.0 K McEvoy
7 x23 Johannes Vermeer 3 A O'Brien 54.5 B Melham
8 x90 Bondi Beach 1 R Hickmott 54.0 M Walker
9 91x Max Dynamite 2 W Mullins 54.0 Z Purton
10 620 Ventura Storm 6 D B Hayes & T Dabernig 54.0 G Boss
11 Who Shot Thebarman Scratched
12 440 Wicklow Brave 8 W Mullins 54.0 S Baster
13 214 Big Duke 5 D Weir 53.5 B Avdulla
14 386 US Army Ranger 22 J O'Brien 53.5 J Spencer
15 341 Boom Time 9 D B Hayes & T Dabernig 53.0 C Parish
16 x07 Gallante 18 R Hickmott 53.0 M Dee
17 652 Libran 7 C Waller 53.0 D Dunn
18 x1x Nakeeta 19 I Jardine 53.0 G Schofield
19 442 Single Gaze 11 N Olive 53.0 Ms K O'Hara
20 x22 Wall Of Fire 15 H Palmer 53.0 C Williams
21 x72 Thomas Hobson 21 W Mullins 52.0 J Moreira
22 124 Rekindling 4 J O'Brien 51.5 C Brown
23 410 Amelie's Star 10 D Weir 51.0 D Yendall
24 331 Cismontane 17 G Waterhouse & A Bott 50.0 B Mertens (a)

2018 Melbourne Cup Day Information

The $7,300,000 Group 1 Melbourne Cup is run over a distance of 3200 metres under handicap conditions. Check out more Melbourne Cup info below.

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Melbourne Cup Bookmaker

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