Melbourne Cup Runners
International horse racing – especially the Melbourne Cup – is something many people are incredibly invested in. For this reason, we all began to wonder which horses will be in contention for the 2021 edition of the race as soon as the latest running was over. Do not hesitate to read our guide to get tips for the Melbourne Cup to help you decide which thoroughbred horse to bet on.
The Race That Stops the Nation is the sporting and betting peak of Australia’s year (learn more about Melbourne Cup betting), with millions tuning in to watch the race from around the world but we all know the real stars of the show are out there on the track.
Tuesday 2nd November is the day to mark in your diary for the Melbourne Cup 2021 with Flemington Racecourse in Caulfield once again the famous host venue.
Up to a maximum of 24 horses will be in the starting gates for what is a high-stakes 3,200-metre (or near two-mile) race, with $8 million up for grabs in total.
This Group 1 race is of major international importance and so it is all about the prestige of taking the win, rather than the prize money, and with that, we’ll take an early look at who could potentially compete in the 161st running of this high-stakes horse racing event.
Which horses are running in the Melbourne Cup 2021?
It’s unclear as to whether 2020 hero Twilight Payment will be back to try to win a second year in a row, given that he’ll be eight years old, while perennial tryer Prince of Arran may also miss out.
Last year’s runner-up, Tiger Moth, looks certain to have another go at taking the win, all being well. However, there should be an improvement from some of last season’s up-and-comers as well. New entrants will, of course, be added to the list, and there are a couple of notable names already popping up on the ante-post betting charts for those wanting to place a bet on who will win early in the game.
We’ll note some of the early top contenders for what should be yet again one of the most exciting events anywhere in the horse racing world in 2021. For more information about how to watch the high-stakes Melbourne Cup race, read our guide to learn where and how to watch the Melbourne Cup live.
Melbourne Cup Favourites Odds – Three Horses to Watch
While much can – and will – change between now and 2nd November, you should watch these three horses carefully as the year goes on. In addition, you can also have a look at the Melbourne Cup odds here to find the best odds for the race.
Here are some of the potential Melbourne Cup horses that could participate in – and maybe win – the high-stakes 2021 Melbourne Cup race:
Twilight Payment (IRE)
After winning the 2020 edition of the Melbourne Cup, it is no surprise that Twilight Payment is one of the main favourites to participate in – and potentially win – the Melbourne Cup 2021.
Trainer: Joseph O’Brien
English King (FR)
Although his form did tail off for Ed Walker, he retains a ton of natural ability. He was sold for huge money to Australia at the Tattersalls sales and will be campaigned down under in 2021, though his trainer is unclear just now.
Trainer: Michael Moroney
Verry Elleegant (IRE)
Having earned more than $9,000,000 in her career, this previous Caulfield Cup winner is one to watch for this year’s Melbourne Cup. She came in 7th place during the 2020 edition and could come back fighting.
Trainer: Chris Waller
You should be aware that odds are prone to change as race day approaches. You should make sure to recheck them before placing your bet.
Top Melbourne Cup Runners 2021
The final runners have not yet been announced for the 2021 edition of the Melbourne Cup. However, the horses below have the top ante-post odds, which can give you an idea of which horses will be selected.
All odds have been taken from bet365, but please keep in mind that the odds can change before the race so you should regularly check them before placing any bets.
|Melbourne Cup Horse||Melbourne Cup Odds||Visit Site|
|Away He Goes||15.00|
|Realm Of Flowers||21.00|
|Master Of Wine||26.00|
|The Chosen One||26.00|
Below are four of the main horses expected to give a strong performance during this year’s Melbourne Cup.
- This very expensive recruit from Ed Walker’s yard in Berkshire has all the raw ingredients to make it to the very top in horse racing, and it could be that the Melbourne Cup will finally bring out the best in him.
- His wins at Newcastle and Lingfield marked him out as potentially top-class and while his underwhelming run in The Derby, albeit in 5th place, rather knocked the stuffing out of him, he is sure to rediscover not only his form but also his previous progression now that he is to be trained in Australia.
Trainer: Danny O’Brien
- Unlike Tiger Moth, Russian Camelot wasn’t really ready for this race as a three-year-old but not because of a lack of experience. If anything, he’d arguably had too busy a season and will be able to handle the rigours of a tough Group 1 schedule better now that he is a little older.
Trainer: Dermot Weld
- The excellent mare will have the Melbourne Cup on her agenda from the beginning of the 2021 campaign, with Dermot Weld a past master at training them for this high-stakes event.
- In 2020 the Aga Khan’s classy daughter of Shamardal went on a 4-race winning streak, taking victories at Group level in Ireland, France and the USA at the Breeders’ Cup. She stays a mile-and-a-half well and likes fast ground, so conditions in Australia should be perfect for the early ante post favourite with British layers.
Trainer: Aidan O’Brien
- Tiger Moth was backed into favouritism for the 2020 Melbourne Cup having been left alone a little more than fellow three-year-old Russian Camelot.
- The rest suited him well and he ran a blinder to finish a close second, but that’s not to say he can’t improve more in 2021 and should be watched closely as the season in Europe progresses.
Many horses who have run well in the Melbourne Cup have returned to do so again, so this horse is the obvious choice of many at this early stage and will be one to watch.
Who are the runners in the Melbourne Cup 2021?
This year’s final field has not yet been announced, as the draw usually takes place in October. Once the final lineup of horses has been announced, we will update you here.
|Melbourne Cup Barrier||Melbourne Cup Horse||Melbourne Cup Trainer|
Melbourne Cup Runners FAQ
Which horses have won the Melbourne Cup in recent years?
Here are the horses that have won the Melbourne Cup over the last 20 years as well as their trainer and jockey.
|Melbourne Cup Year||Horse||Jockey||Trainer|
|Melbourne Cup 2020||Twilight Payment (IRE)||Jye McNeil||Joseph O’Brien|
|Melbourne Cup 2019||Vow And Declare (AUS)||Craig Williams||Danny O’Brien|
|Melbourne Cup 2018||Cross Counter (GB)||Kerrin McEvoy||Charlie Appleby|
|Melbourne Cup 2017||Rekindling (GB)||Corey Brown||Joseph O’Brien|
|Melbourne Cup 2016||Almandin (GER)||Kerrin McEvoy||Robert Hickmott|
|Melbourne Cup 2015||Prince of Penzance (NZ)||Michelle Payne||Darren Weir|
|Melbourne Cup 2014||Protectionist (GER)||Ryan Moore||Andreas Wohler|
|Melbourne Cup 2013||Fiorente (IRE)||Damien Oliver||Gai Waterhouse|
|Melbourne Cup 2012||Green Moon (IRE)||Brett Pebble||Robert Hickmott|
|Melbourne Cup 2011||Dunaden (FRA)||Christophe Lemaire||Mikel Delzangles|
|Melbourne Cup 2010||Americain (USA)||Gérald Mossé||Alain de Royer Dupré|
|Melbourne Cup 2009||Shocking (AUS)||Corey Brown||Mark Kavanagh|
|Melbourne Cup 2008||Viewed (AUS)||Blake Shinn||Bart Cummings|
|Melbourne Cup 2007||Efficient (NZ)||Michael Rodd||Graeme Rogerson|
|Melbourne Cup 2006||Delta Blues (JPN)||Yasunari Iwata||Katsuhiko Sumii|
|Melbourne Cup 2005||Makybe Diva (AUS)||Glen Boss||Lee Freedman|
|Melbourne Cup 2004||Makybe Diva (AUS)||Glen Boss||Lee Freedman|
|Melbourne Cup 2003||Makybe Diva (AUS)||Glen Boss||David Hall|
|Melbourne Cup 2002||Media Puzzle (AUS)||Damien Oliver||Dermot Weld|
|Melbourne Cup 2001||Ethereal (NZ)||Scott Seamer||Sheila Laxon|
Do Melbourne Cup runners start in a straight line?
Yes, the gates on the field at Flemington Racecourse in Caulfield are lined up in a row, meaning the Melbourne Cup horses start the race in a straight line.
How many runners are in the Melbourne Cup?
Each year, there are 24 horses who take part in the Melbourne Cup race. However, this number can be slightly less if there are any last-minute scratchings that stop a horse or two from making it to the start line.
How many horses died during the Melbourne Cup 2020?
Unfortunately, there was one horse who died during the Melbourne Cup in 2020. This was Anthony Van Dyck, trained by Aidan O’Brien and ridden by Hugh Bowman.
How much do Melbourne Cup tickets cost?
The title of the most successful Melbourne Cup jockey is held by two Australian jockeys, Bobby Lewis and Harry White, who both won the Melbourne Cup on four occasions each. Lewis won in 1902, 1915, 1919 and 1927 while White won for the first time over half a century later in 1974, 1975, 1978 and 1979.
How many overseas runners are there in the Melbourne Cup race?
The number of overseas runners competing in the Melbourne Cup changes each year but there is normally a large proportion of the final field who have been bred and trained abroad.
Below you can find the list of overseas runners who took part in last year’s Melbourne Cup:
|Melbourne Cup Horse||Melbourne Cup Trainer||Melbourne Cup Jockey|
|Anthony Van Dyck (IRE)||Aidan O’Brien||Hugh Bowman|
|Avilius (GB)||James Cummings||John Allen|
|Master of Reality (IRE)||Joseph O’Brien||Ben Melham|
|Sir Dragonet (IRE)||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||Glen Boss|
|Twilight Payment (IRE)||Joseph O’Brien||Jye McNeil|
|Verry Elleegant (NZ)||Chris Waller||Mark Zahra|
|Mustajeer (GB)||Kris Lees||Michael Rodd|
|Stratum Albion (GB)||Willie Mullins||Jordan Childs|
|Dashing Willoughby (GB)||Andrew Balding||Michael Walker|
|Finche (GB)||Chris Waller||James McDonald|
|Prince Of Arran (GB)||Charlie Fellows||Jamie Kah|
|Surprise Baby (NZ)||Paul Preusker||Craig Williams|
|Russian Camelot (IRE)||Danny O’Brien||Damien Oliver|
|Steel Prince (IRE)||Anthony & Sam Freedman||William Pike|
|The Chosen One (NZ)||Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman||Daniel Stackhouse|
|Ashrun (FR)||Andreas Wohler||Declan Bates|
|Warning (GB)||Anthony & Sam Freedman||Luke Currie|
|Etah James (NZ)||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||Billy Egan|
|Tiger Moth (IRE)||Aidan O’Brien||Kerrin McEvoy|
|Oceanex (NZ)||Mick Price & Michael Kent||Dean Yendall|
|Miami Bound (NZ)||Danny O’Brien||Daniel Moor|