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The 2013 Melbourne Cup barrier draw and field has been released; with one of the strongest fields in the history of the race set to take part in the Group 1 event at Flemington on Tuesday.

Fiorente was the big winner in the 2013 Melbourne Cup barrier draw and will jump from barrier five at Flemington on Tuesday.

Fiorente was the big winner in the 2013 Melbourne Cup barrier draw and will jump from barrier five at Flemington on Tuesday. Photo by: Race Horse Photos Australia

The Macedon Lodge team of Lloyd Williams makes up a quarter of the 2013 Melbourne Cup field and he has a number of excellent chances to give him his fifth victory in the race.

2012 Melbourne Cup winner Green Moon (barrier ten) is attempting to become the first horse since champion mare Makybe Diva to win ‘the race that stops a nation’ in back-to-back years but will have to carry 57.5kg, three and half kilos more than the 54kg he lumped to victory in 2013.

The best backed of Williams’ six runners in the 2013 Melbourne Cup has been the highly-rated Sea Moon (barrier seven) who has improved each of his starts since making his Australian racing debut in the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m).

The Beat Hollow entire failed to fire in the Makybe Diva Stakes or Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) but produced strong staying efforts to be the first horse across the line in Listed The Bart Cummings (2520m) and the Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes (2400m).

The Caulfield Cup is considered the major 2013 Melbourne Cup form race but no horse since Ethereal in 2001 has been able to complete the Caulfield Cup/Melbourne Cup double; with even champion mare Makybe Diva unable to win Australia’s most famous handicap races in the same year.

The staying ability of Fawkner was questioned before his impressive Caulfield Cup victory and there are still those who doubt whether the Reset gelding can run a strong 3200 metres but he should get an excellent run into the race from barrier eight.

Rounding out the Williams-owned runners in the 2013 Melbourne Cup field and barrier draw are: The Metropolitan Handicap winner Seville (barrier nine), 2011 Ladbrokes St Leger winner Masked Marvel (barrier two) and Sydney Cup winner Mourayan (barrier 19).

Luca Cumani-trained Mount Athos and last year’s runner-up Fiorente have been battling for favoritism all week but Fiorente will be the new favourite after drawing barrier five in the 2013 Melbourne Cup barrier draw, while Mount Athos drew towards the outside of the field in gate 22.

Fiorente is yet to produce a bad performance since arriving in Australia before the Melbourne Cup last year and his lead-up to the race has been stellar; winning the Group 2 Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes (1600m) before flashing home late to finish fourth in the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) and finish a tough third in the Cox Plate (2040m).

The lead-up form of Mount Athos has not been as impressive and the Montjeu gelding failed to fire in the Group 2 Hardwicke Stakes (2414m) and the Group 2 Goodwood Cup (3218m) but returned to his best form with a narrow second place finish behind Harris Tweed in the Listed Goodwood Cup (2816m).

Irish St Leger winner Voleuse De Coeurs and French stayer Tres Blue have both been well-backed in 2013 Melbourne Cup betting markets but they are expecting to drift slightly after drawing barriers 21 and 20 respectively.

Other big winners in the 2013 Melbourne Cup barrier drew were Dandino (barrier four), Royal Empire (barrier 11) and Brown Panther (barrier six).

2013 Melbourne Cup Barrier Draw

# Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 DUNADEN (FR) Mikel Delzangles Jamie Spencer 1 58.5kg 118
2 GREEN MOON (IRE) Robert Hickmott Brett Prebble 10 57.5kg 116
3 RED CADEAUX (GB) Ed Dunlop Gerald Mosse 23 56.5kg 114
4 SEA MOON (GB) Robert Hickmott Steve Arnold 7 56.5kg 114
5 BROWN PANTHER (GB) Tom Dascombe Richard Kingscote 6 55kg 112
6 FIORENTE (IRE) Gai Waterhouse Damien Oliver 5 55kg 113
7 FORETELLER (GB) Chris Waller Craig Newitt 15 55kg 112
8 DANDINO (GB) Marco Botti Ryan Moore 4 54.5kg 112
9 ETHIOPIA Pat Carey Ryhs McLeod 14 54.5kg 109
10 FAWKNER Robert Hickmott Nick Hall 8 54.5kg (inc 1.5kg penalty) 112
11 MOURAYAN (IRE) Robert Hickmott Breton Avdulla 19 54.5kg 110
12 SEVILLE (GER) Robert Hickmott Hugh Bowman 9 54.5kg (inc 1.0kg penalty) 110
13 SUPER COOL Mark Kavanagh Corey Brown 13 54.5kg 113
14 MASKED MARVEL (GB) Robert Hickmott Michael Rodd 2 54kg 108
15 MOUNT ATHOS (IRE) Luca Cumani Craig Williams 22 54kg 109
16 ROYAL EMPIRE (IRE) Saeed Bin Suroor Kerrin McEvoy 11 54kg 109
17 VOLEUSE DE COEURS (IRE) Michael Moroney James McDonald 21 54kg 113
18 HAWKSPUR Chris Waller Jim Cassidy 18 53.5kg 110
19 SIMENON (IRE) William Mullins Richard Hughes 8 53.5kg 107
20 IBICENCO (GER) Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 17 53kg (inc 1.0kg penatly) 107
21 VEREMA (FR) Alain de Royer Dupre Christophe Lemaire 3 53kg 110
22 DEAR DEMI Clarry Conners Chris Munce 16 51kg 108
23 TRES BLUE (IRE) Gai Waterhouse Tommy Berry 20 51kg 110
24 RUSCELLO (IRE) Ed Walker Chad Schofield 24 50kg 80

About The Author

Thomas Hackett

Thomas is a passionate and opinionated racing journalist and punter who has been obsessed with horse racing since he backed Saintly to win the 1996 Melbourne Cup. An international racing enthusiast, he has his finger on the pulse of racing news not just from Australia but all around the world.


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  5. Anonymous

    Simenon is a great stayer with a dangerous turn of foot. Trackwork last week has been great. Should run home

  6. katina lennie

    I know there’s a black horse running, don’t know it name, but it’s got my bet.

  7. Sven

    Another on the money article Tom, But surely Godolphin will finally break the drought with Royal Empire?

  8. Nz terrier

    Thoughts on dear demi. Another good run saturday no weight… Complacent ran well in the derby !!

  9. Isaac

    Team Williams appears to have his lot primed and the majority drawn well. Seville on top for me though.

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  11. Jason

    Mount Athos is a one batting pommie horse who cant win

  12. TheBawse

    Good review Tom but I am disappointed that you have left the mighty Ethopia out of your list of potential winners. Don’t take Ethopia lightly – he will surprise!

  13. Jarred Grimshaw

    Such a tough race! Any of 15 could win. Top three for mine, Fiorente, Hawkspur and VDC.

  14. Goth Sam

    Fiorente cant win , what do you mean double the odds surely that isnt right ? do you even know what you are talking about ?

  15. Tammy

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  16. V8Forever

    What an absolute joke! Some jumped up UK horse gets a run while Precedence misses out. What a rort! It’s an aussie race and aussie runners should get first shot!

  17. Henry

    Brown Panther? Sounds like a greyhound dipped in turd. Good luck on that, I’ve got double the odds on Fiorente with the Lads.

  18. HRacer

    You all have it wrong! Green Moon is the 2012 Melboune cup winner here, he’s got the best chance of winning at the 2013 melbourne cup

  19. ThebigD

    You are dumb Henry , seville will get lost , Brown Panther will maul your ass in the melbourne cup

  20. Thomas Hackett

    I agree Henry.

    I think that Seville will get a gun run into the race next to his stablemates in barrier nine and you know he is going to run the trip.

    Fiorente will get a lovely run from his gate but I’m worried about how much he has left in the tank.

  21. Henry

    I like Seville in B9 and Fiorente should have a good run at the straight!

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