We are closing in on the 2016 Melbourne Cup with just days until the running of the race that stops a nation. View our list of horses that have been ruled out of the race and the horses that are still in contention.

 

Updates:

25/10/2016: Caulfield Cup runner up Scottish will not line-up in Tuesday’s Melbourne Cup field. Trainer Charlie Appleby said on Godolphin’s website he was happy to drop the horse back to 2000 metres given his consistent form over the distance in Britain this season.

25/10/2016: Godolphin runner Oceanographer has been a late nomination in Saturday’s Lexus Stakes field. Oceanographer sits 29th in the order of entry for the Melbourne Cup and on our prediction will not make the field unless he wins the Lexus hence why Godolphin have nominated.

25/10/2016: Trainer Charlie Appleby has stated today that it is likely that Scottish will bypass the Melbourne Cup and run in the Emirates Stakes. We have changed Scottish from Likely to run to now Unlikely to run.

24/10/2016: Second acceptances were taken today with 32 horses left in Melbourne Cup contention, the biggest surprise was that Tally remains in acceptances despite John O’Shea saying he will not run in the race posing the question thathe could be a starter. He is set to run in the Lexus Stakes so a decision is likely to be made after his Lexus run.

23/10/2016: A decision whether Hartnell will run in the Melbourne Cup will be made no later than Monday but it is more than likely he will line up in the race despite the 8L defeat in the Cox Plate. John O’Shea has stated all a long that Hartnell’s best chance of a major was in the Melbourne Cup and if the horse is sound he will race.

 

Outs:

Scottish: The Caulfield Cup runner up will bypass the Melbourne Cup and run in Saturday weeks Emirates Stakes.

Tally was originally said to be out of Melbourne Cup contention although he remained in the acceptances on Monday so we have moved him from Out to a Maybe. He will run in the Lexus Stakes and trainer John O’Shea is likely to wait until after the Lexus to make a decision on the Cup.

 

MAYBES:

Howard Be Thy Name: Darren Weir has said Howard Be Thy Name will head to the Bendigo Cup before a decision on whether he will run in the Melbourne Cup or not with connections saying he will need to win the race to press onto the Cup.

 

Unikely to Run:

TBA

 

Likely to Run:

Real Love: Despite a disappointing run in the Caulfield Cup Real Love remains in contention for the $6.5million dollar race with owner Bob Peters stating she will run in the Lexus Stakes with a run in the Melbourne Cup determined on how she goes but with the booking of William Pike today it is likely she will race.

 

Ins:

In list order we have Jameka, Alamndin, Big Orange, Our Ivanhowe, Curren Mirotic, Hartnell, Who Shot Thebarman Wicklow Brave, Bondi Beach, Exospheric, Grand Marshal, Gallante, Almoonqith, Sir John Hawkwood, Heartbreak City, Beautiful Romance Excess Knowledge, Assign, Secret Number, Grey Lion  with the Lexus Stakes winner being ballot exempt Qewy is currently on the fringe.

 

Odds:

26/10/2016: Following the removal of Scottish from markets Jameka has shortened from $6.00 into $5.50 whilst Heartbreak City has trimmed up from $14 into $13.

25/10/2016: Despite there being any major news both Hartnell and Jameka have shortened in betting today with Hartnell moving from $4.60 into $4.40 whilst Jameka has been $6.50 into $6.00.

Scottish has eased slightly from $15 out to $17 with news he is likely to run in the Emirates Stakes instead.

24/10/2016: Following second acceptances Big Orange has been the notable shortener firming from $16 into $13 as has Tom Melbourne who had his odds slashed from $301 into $51. Wicklow Brave has also shortened slightly from $18 into $17. Whilst Grand Marshal has drifted back out to $34.

Hartnell remains the Melbourne Cup favourite following his second to Winx in the Cox Plate however he has drifted slightly from $4.40 out to $4.80 whilst Jameka firmed from $7 into $6.50.

Grand Marshal was the biggest firmer in markets after Cox Plate day with his odds of $51 turned into $17.

Who Shot Thebarman was also a firmer in markets $26 into $21 as was Pentathlon $101-$51 with Gallante drifting $21 out to $35 as did Excess Knowledge $31-$51.

Market: View the current Melbourne Cup market

 

View our Possible Melbourne Cup Field as it stands at 25/10/2016:

  1. Jameka
  2. Almandin
  3. Big Orange
  4. Our Ivanhowe
  5. Curren Mirotic
  6. Hartnell
  7. Who Shot Thebarman
  8. Wicklow Brave
  9. Bondi Beach
  10. Exospheric
  11. Grand Marshal
  12. Gallante
  13. Almoonqith
  14. Real Love
  15. Sir John Hawkwood
  16. Heartbreak City
  17. Beautiful Romance
  18. Excess Knowledge
  19. Assign
  20. Secret Number
  21. Grey Lion
  22. Qewy
  23. Pentathlon
  24. either Tom Melbourne, De Little Engine, The Bandit, Rose Of Virginia or Oceanographer

 

Next in Line:

Rose Of Virginia

Vengeur Masque

Oceanographer

 

View the current order of entry:

Runners marked in GREEN are ballot exempt and have a guaranteed spot in the field.

Runners marked in RED are ruled out of the race due to injuries or bypassing race.

Runners marked in BLUE are unlikely to run in the race.

Runners marked with NP have not passed the ballot clause.

 

Updated 25th October 2016.

Ballot Horse Order Weight
1   JAMEKA       1 53.5kg
2   ALMANDIN (GER)       2 51kg
3 BIG ORANGE (GB) 3 56kg
4 OUR IVANHOWE (GER) 4 56kg
5 CURREN MIROTIC (JPN) 5 55.5kg
6 HARTNELL (GB) 6 55kg
7 WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) 7 55kg
8 WICKLOW BRAVE (GB) 8 55kg
9 BONDI BEACH (IRE) 9 55kg
10 EXOSPHERIC (GB) 10 55kg
11   SCOTTISH (IRE)       11 54.5kg
12   TALLY       12 52.5kg
13 GRAND MARSHAL (GB) 13 53.5kg
14 GALLANTE (IRE) 14 53.5kg
15 ALMOONQITH (USA) 15 53.5kg
16 REAL LOVE 16 52kg
17 SIR JOHN HAWKWOOD (IRE) 17 53kg
18 HEARTBREAK CITY (FR) 18 53kg
19   HOWARD BE THY NAME       19 51.5kg
20 BEAUTIFUL ROMANCE (GB) 20 51.5kg
21 EXCESS KNOWLEDGE (GB) 21 52.5kg
22 ASSIGN (IRE) 22 51kg
23 SECRET NUMBER (GB) 23 51kg
24 GREY LION (IRE) 24 51kg
25 QEWY (IRE) 25 50.5kg
26 PENTATHLON (NZ) 26 50.5kg
27 ROSE OF VIRGINIA (NZ) 27 50kg
28 VENGEUR MASQUE (IRE) 28 50kg
29 OCEANOGRAPHER (GB) 29 50kg
30 DE LITTLE ENGINE NP 50kg
31 THE BANDIT (JPN) NP 50kg
32 TOM MELBOURNE (IRE) NP 50kg