Melbourne Cup Runners

Last Updated 17 Dec 2019 | Commercial content | 18+

As soon as the Melbourne Cup 2019 was over, everyone started wondering who Melbourne Cup runners 2020, and more importantly, potential Melbourne Cup winners are going to be. After all, the race that stops the nation is the pinnacle of the horse racing season in Australia.

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.

Melbourne Cup winners 2019

The 2019 Cup took place on November 5th, 2019. In days leading up to the race, there were many upsets and changes. This primarily affected which Melbourne Cup runners would appear in the race.

One of the biggest Melbourne Cup favourites, Marmelo, was pulled from the race just days before it was set to happen after he was found to have had “an incomplete fracture.” Godolphin’s Ispolini, another one of Melbourne cup runners 2019 deemed favourite, was of the same fate.

So when the final 24 horses were announced, there were lots of surprises, to say the least. This was also evident in the bookmakers’ odds which kept changing around the clock.

Here are the five Melbourne Cup runners 2019 that came on top, which is why they are already considered Melbourne Cup favourites for 2020.

Melbourne Cup Runners

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Vow and Declare

Weight: TBA
Age: 4
Jockey: TBA
Trainer: Danny O’Brien
Barrier: TBA

Australia has been waiting for a domestic Melbourne Cup race winner since 2009 and now the wait is finally over. Vow and Declare, foaled in 2015, was sired by Declaration of War, a Group 1 winner himself. This means that he has Nearctic and Northern Dancer in his pedigree on his sire’s side, both of whom were legendary 20th-century sires.

He started the race at odds of 10/1 and a 52 kg handicap. His jockey was Craig Williams, an Australian. He was successful in obtaining the Melbourne Cup victory in his fifteenth attempt. Vow and Declare’s trainer, Danny O’Brien, has trained 17 Group 1 winners in his career, with his first win taking place in 1998, with Nefertari.

Prince of Arran

Weight: TBA
Age: 6
Jockey: TBA
Trainer: Charlie Fellowes
Barrier: TBA

This six-year-old gelding was at the very top among Melbourne Cup runners 2019. He was considered to be one of the main contenders for victory. He placed third in 2018, and this time he moved one step up the ladder, having finished second.

His handicap was 54 kg and he was given odds of 16/1 at some bookmakers’ websites. His jockey was Michael Walker, just like in 2018. This pair is no stranger to achieving excellent Melbourne Cup results.

Given that he is in his prime when it comes to his age, he’ll most likely be among the Melbourne Cup horses in 2020. Hopefully, he will finally make it to the Melbourne Cup winners list.

Il Paradiso

Weight: TBA
Age: 3
Jockey: TBA
Trainer: A P O’Brien
Barrier: TBA

This three-year-old chestnut colt was at the centre of a pretty exciting finish in the Melbourne Cup 2019. However, it was eventually locked in the third place. He finished fourth originally, but after Master of Reality was demoted to fourth place, he moved one place up.

Il Paradiso is an American Thoroughbred trained by legendary A P O’Brien who has quite a few significant Grade 1 wins under his belt. (with Melbourne Cup still being the one that has eluded him).

His age is surely his greatest advantage in the upcoming Cup, and his past performances are nothing short of stellar.

Master of Reality

Weight: TBA
Age: 4
Jockey: TBA
Trainer: Joseph Patrick O’Brien
Barrier: TBA

A former jockey who has decided to venture into horse racing training, Joseph O’Brien, has evidently made the right career choice. He is responsible for Master of Reality’s fantastic performance in the 2019 Melbourne Cup. He originally finished in the second position but was then demoted to fourth after claims of interference.

This bay gelding began the race at odds of 22/1 with Frankie Dettori as his jockey (who got a nine-race suspension after this demotion). Given that Master of Reality is just four years old, we expect him to make an appearance among Melbourne Cup runners 2020 and be one of the main contenders for the trophy.

Surprise Baby

Weight: TBA
Age: 5
Jockey: TBA
Trainer: Paul Preusker
Barrier: TBA

This five-year-old gelding was one of a handful of Thoroughbreds from the Southern Hemisphere in the 2019 Cup. He has a stellar record of finishing his races either as a winner (45%) or placed (64%), which is pretty impressive.

He started in 11 races and came first in as many as 5. He managed to finish Melbourne Cup 2019 fifth with Jordan Childs as his jockey. Will he be one of Melbourne Cup winners remains to be seen.

Which horses are running in the Melbourne Cup 2020?

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).

Given that not long has passed since the 2019 Cup was finished, we can only try to guess who Melbourne Cup runners 2020 are going to be.

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, as they were among the Melbourne Cup horses in the 2019 Flemington races.

Cross Counter

Unfortunately, Cross Counter did not manage to defend his 2018 title this time around and finished the race in the eighth position. However, his age and experience will be his greatest advantage in 2020. He will have the chance to reclaim his title should he be one of Melbourne Cup runners 2020.

He’ll surely be among Melbourne Cup favourites once more. He’s greatest disadvantage in this race was that he was handicapped the most, having to carry 6.5 kg more than last year. But this is quite understandable, given that previous Melbourne Cup winners are always penalised in this manner.

Weight: TBA
Age: 4
Jockey: TBA
Trainer: Charlie Appleby
Barrier: TBA

Mer De Glace

Weight: TBA
Age: 4
Jockey: TBA
Trainer: Hisashi Shimizu
Barrier: TBA

The only Japanese Thoroughbred on our list and another one of Melbourne Cup runners 2019, Mer De Glace has had a fantastic season in 2019 with four wins (Niigata, Hanshin, Kokura, Caulfield).

Unfortunately, he reached the sixth place in the Cup in 2019, but given that this was his first race at Flemington Racecourse, he could have quite a comeback in 2020. One of the reasons that Mer De Glace did not perform so well could be the soft track caused by around 20 mm of rain that fell in Melbourne prior to the race.

Hisashi Shimizu’s star horse has had only one soft track start before the Cup and failed to be placed.

Constantinople

Weight: TBA
Age: 4
Jockey: TBA
Trainer: Tom Dabernig
Barrier: TBA

Considered to be one of the top Melbourne Cup favourites for 2019, Constantinople was given the odds of 7/1 by some bookmakers before the race. His handicap was 52.5 kg and he finished the race in the thirteenth position, so he failed to place, unfortunately.

At only three-years-old, he’s already had two wins and two second places, so hope to see him perform better as one of Melbourne Cup runners 2020.

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. Given that 2020 Cup is months away, there’ll be plenty of changes when it comes to which horses will enter the twenty-four barriers on November 3rd, 2020.

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 races 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 odds as soon as they are announced.