Melbourne Cup Runners
As soon as the Melbourne Cup 2019 finished, horse racing fans started wondering who the Melbourne Cup runners for 2020 would be and more importantly, what the potential Melbourne Cup winner is going to be. After all, the race that stops the nation is the pinnacle of the horse racing season in Australia and horses that ran in the race often return back for another crack at winning.
The Melbourne Cup 2020 will take place on Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020 at Flemington Racecourse. A total of twenty-four horses begins the 3,200-meter race and competes for the prize money and trophies. The prize pool in 2019 was 8 million Australian dollars and trophies estimated at $250,000 (which was $700,000 more than in 2018, and $1,800,000 more than in 2017).
Being a winner in the Flemington races is a matter of prestige. This is why we are going to take a look at the Melbourne Cup results from 2019 and compile a list of potential Melbourne Cup horses that could participate in the next race.
Which horses are running in the Melbourne Cup 2020?
The 2019 Melbourne Cup winner – Vow and Declare – could line-up again for the 2020 race and being a proven winner of the Melbourne Cup he’s hard to ignore. He won with just 8st 3lbs in weight in 2019, but is likely to have a much bigger burden in 2020, while he’s not won a race since taking the 2019 renewal.
If Vow and Declare does win the 2020 Melbourne Cup, he’ll be the first back-to-back winner of the race since 2005.
In addition to the five horses who were the fastest Melbourne Cup runners 2019, we can expect some other favourites participating in this race to make a comeback.
Melbourne Cup favourites odds – 3 horses to watch
Here are other potential Melbourne Cup horses that could participate in the 2020 Melbourne Cup race:
Master of Reality
The Joseph O’Brien stable won the Melbourne Cup in 2017 with a horse called Rekindling and they went close in 2019 too with Master Of Reality. This 5 year-old finished second in the 2019 Melbourne Cup but was later disqualified and placed fourth after interfering with other horses in the closing stages. He only lost by a head that day and having trained on this season is certainly a Melbourne Cup horse to note if running again in 2020.
Trainer: Joseph O’Brien
This New Zealand-bred 6 year-old managed to finish fifth in the 2019 Melbourne Cup and despite his age is fairly lightly-raced. He’s run well at the Flemington Park track again this season in a Group One and if running again in the 2020 Melbourne Cup looks one to have on the shortlist.
Trainer: Paul Preusker
Finche managed to finish seventh in the 2019 Melbourne Cup, but the fact he was only beaten 1 ¼ lengths suggests he’s another Melbourne Cup horse of interest if making the final 2020 Melbourne Cup runners.
Trainer: Chris Waller
Top* Melbourne Cup runners 2020
What we have learned from the 2019 Cup is that not all Melbourne Cup runners 2019 who were considered to be Melbourne Cup favourites fared so well on the race day.
Weight: 8st 4lbs
Trainer: Aidan O’Brien
The powerful Aidan O’Brien stable are yet to win the Melbourne Cup, but they’ve got close several times – while Aidan’s son – Joseph did win the race in 2017! We can expect the Aidan O’Brien camp to have another strong hand of Melbourne Cup runners, but if making the trip Down Under, his 3 year-old Tiger Moth could be their main hope. This lightly-raced Galileo colt was a close second in the Irish Derby back in June 2020 and has since landed a Group Three race at Leopardstown in Ireland very easily. The step up to 2m could bring out further improvement and with only a handful of past runs to his name looks the sort to have more to come – could it be with a win in the 2020 Melbourne Cup?
Weight: 8st 6lbs
Trainer: Danny O’Brien
This 3 year-old hails from the Danny O’Brien yard that won the 2019 Melbourne Cup with Vow and Declare, so Russian Camelot will have every assistance from his handlers. He’s run well in two races at Caufield racetrack this season and looks to have the right profile going into the Melbourne Cup as a lightly-raced sort that should have more improvement to come. The big question mark, however, will be the step up to 2 miles, as the furthest he’s gone to date is 1m 4 ½ furlongs – but that did result in an easy win!
Vow and Declare
Trainer: Danny O’Brien
The 2019 Melbourne Cup winner so is impossible to ignore if running again in the 2020 Melbourne Cup. He’ll be looking to become the first horse to defend his Melbourne Cup title since 2005, but being proven at the track and over this trip are big pluses. He’s likely to have to carry 11lbs more in weight for the 2020 Melbourne Cup though as he only had 8st 3lbs when winning in 2019, and with a blanket covering the first five home in 2019, then you feel he’d need to improve again.
Prince of Arran
Weight: 8st 8lbs
Trainer: Charlie Fellowes
From the UK-based Charlie Fellowes yard in Newmarket, this 7 year-old has been a regular runner in the Melbourne Cup in recent years. He finished third in 2018 and then was promoted to second in the 2019 Melbourne Cup. This would have been his target all season and looks set to race off a similar weight to the 8st 7lbs he carried in 2019. Track and trip are perfect, while a run behind the classy Enable at Kempton back in earlier September should have him spot-on again – he’ll have the each-way Melbourne Cup players licking their lips again.
*Top only based on the opinions of our writers and the odds available at the time of writing.
The nominations for the race typically close at the end of August and the handicaps and weights are announced mid-September.
Then the first, second and third acceptances are announced throughout October. Finally, the final field, jockeys, and barrier draws are announced on the last Saturday before the race. Make sure to check out where you can watch the Melbourne Cup live too, since live streaming will keep you most informed about the runners’ performance.
However, the betting markets for this race usually open before the nominations take place, and you can find futures odds for Melbourne Cup horses months in advance. You’ll surely recognise the potential Melbourne Cup winners by the shortest odds assigned to them by various bookmakers.
Make sure to revisit our article as we’ll surely update all the info regarding Melbourne Cup runners and their assigned jockeys as soon as they are announced.