Melbourne Cup final field and barrier draw

  • Oceanographer scores most successful barrier in recent times.
  • Curren Mirotic cops unlucky 18
A detail shot of the miniature Melbourne Cups

The all-important barrier draw has been declared for the 2016 Melbourne Cup (3200m) with 24 hopefuls ready to embark on a gruelling staying test.

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No horse has ever won the iconic race from barrier 18, and in 2016, Japanese stayer Curren Mirotic will have to overcome a 155 year hoodoo to claim a second win for Japan.

Race favourite Hartnell has drawn in barrier 12 and will be looking to prove his staying ability having failed in the Sydney Cup (3200m) as favourite.

The John O’Shea-trained son of Authorized has been one of the most dominant performers of the spring and beat all but Winx in the Cox Plate (2040m).

Another Godolphin-owned galloper, Oceanographer, stormed into Cup calculations with a fast-finishing win in the Lexus Stakes (2500m) on Derby Day and has drawn barrier 11.

Barrier 11 has been the most successful in recent times with four winners in the past 30 years.

Barriers 5, 10 and 21 have all produced three winners each in that period, while horses drawn in gates 6, 12, 15, 19, 23 and 24 have been unsuccessful in that time.

Caulfield Cup winner Jameka has drawn well in gate 3 and is aiming for her second Group 1 win at Flemington having claimed the Crown Oaks (2500m) on a Heavy track last spring.

Ethereal (2001) and Let’s Elope (1991) were the last four-year-old mares to win the Melbourne Cup.

A host of internationals are high in the betting order and have met with mixed results, and while Big Orange and Bondi Beach fared well in barriers 7 and 5, Wicklow Brave and Heartbreak City drew wide in gates 24 and 23.

2017 Melbourne Cup Runners

No.HorseTrainerJockeyWeight / Barrier DrawBet
1HartnellJames CummingsDamian Lane57.5kg / 12LATEST ODDS
2AlmandinRobert HickmottFrankie Dettori56.5kg / 14LATEST ODDS
3HumidorDarren WeirBlake Shinn56kg / 13LATEST ODDS
4TiberianAlain CouetilOlivier Peslier55.5kg / 23LATEST ODDS
5MarmeloHughie MorrisonHugh Bowman55kg / 16LATEST ODDS
6Red CardinalAndreas WohlerKarrin McEvoy55kg / 24LATEST ODDS
7Johannes VermeerAidan O'BrienBen Melham54.5kg / 3LATEST ODDS
8Bondi BeachRobert HickmottMichael Walker54kg / 1LATEST ODDS
9Max DynamiteWilliam MullinsZac Purton54kg / 2LATEST ODDS
10Ventura StormDavid & B Hayes & T DabernigGlen Boss54kg / 6LATEST ODDS
11Who Shot Thebarman (SCRATCHED)Chris WallerTommy Berry54kg / 20
12Wicklow BraveWilliam MullinsStephen Baster54kg / 8LATEST ODDS
13Big DukeDarren WeirBrenton Avdulla53.5kg / 5LATEST ODDS
14US Army RangerJoseph O'BrienJamie Spencer53.5kg / 22LATEST ODDS
15Boom TimeDavid & B Hayes & T DabernigCory Parish53kg / 9LATEST ODDS
16GallanteRobert HickmottMichael Dee53kg / 18LATEST ODDS
17LibranChris WallerDwayne Dunn53kg / 7LATEST ODDS
18NakeetaIain JardineGlyn Schofield53kg / 19LATEST ODDS
19Single GazeNick OliveKathy O'Hara53kg / 11LATEST ODDS
20Wall Of FireHugo PalmerCraig Williams53kg / 15LATEST ODDS
21Thomas HobsonWilliam MullinsJoao Moreira52kg / 21LATEST ODDS
22RekindlingJoseph O'BrienCorey Brown51.5kg / 4LATEST ODDS
23Amelie's StarDarren WeirDean Yendall51kg / 10LATEST ODDS
24CismontaneGai Waterhouse & Adrian BottBeau Mertens50kg / 17LATEST ODDS

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