2014 Melbourne Cup Field Confirmed

By: Thomas Hackett
October 31st, 2014

Update: The 2014 Melbourne Cup field has been confirmed and there were no late surprises; with the 24 horses we touted as likely starters yesterday set to take their place in the $6 million race at Flemington on the first Tuesday of November.

Signoff was expected to win the Lexus Stakes and earn a place in the Melbourne Cup, which he did comfortably at Flemington this afternoon, while Unchain My Heart secured a start following the withdrawal of 2012 winner Green Moon due to a cracked heel.

The official 2014 Melbourne Cup field has been released.

The 2014 Melbourne Cup field has been all but decided, but the connections of Araldo and Unchain My Heart are still sweating on having their place in the Group 1 event at Flemington next Tuesday confirmed.

Lidari is guaranteed a place in the 2014 Melbourne Cup field. Photo by: Race Horse Photos Australia

Lidari is guaranteed a place in the 2014 Melbourne Cup field. Photo by: Race Horse Photos Australia

Araldo moved up to number 23 in the Melbourne Cup order of entry following the withdrawal of The Offer on Tuesday, but he could still be leapfrogged by the winner of the ballot-exempt Group 3 Lexus Stakes (2500m) and Lloyd Williams-owned Amralah, who will qualify for a start in the Melbourne Cup if he is able to finish in the placings in the Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes (2000m).

Unchain My Heart currently sits at number 24 in the Melbourne Cup order of entry, but will need to win the Lexus Stakes to be assured of a start in the race or hope that More Than Sacred is able to win the Lexus Stakes and Amralah does not finish in the placings in the Mackinnon Stakes.

Caulfield Cup winner Admire Rakti sits comfortably on top of the Melbourne Cup order of entry and he will carry the top-weight of 58 and a half kilograms in ‘the race that stops a nation’ next Tuesday.

The Japanese stayer will carry one and a half kilograms more than any other horse in the Melbourne Cup field; with 2012 Melbourne Cup winner Green Moon, Cox Plate runner-up Fawkner, veteran stayer Red Cadeaux and Godolphin stayer Cavalryman set to carry 57 kilograms.

German stayer Protectionist has been well-backed in 2014 Melbourne Cup betting markets and he will carry 56 and a half kilograms in the Group 1 event as will Lloyd Williams-owned Sea Moon, who finished at the tail of the field in the Caulfield Cup.

Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock-owned Seismos produced a dour performance in the Caulfield Cup, but connections are hoping that he will be better suited by 3200 metres when he carries 56 kilograms in the Melbourne Cup.

Johnny Murtagh-trained Royal Diamond and The Metropolitan winner Junoob will both carry 55 and a half kilograms in the Melbourne Cup, while New Zealand stayer Who Shot Thebarman, Ebor Handicap winner Mutual Regard, John Gosden-trained Gatewood and Godolphin stayer Gatewood have all been allocated 55 kilograms.

Team Cummings-trained Precedence missed out on a place in the 2013 Melbourne Cup field, but he is guaranteed a start in this year’s race and he will take his place in the field, despite being galloped on in the Group 2 Moonee Valley Cup (2500m) last Saturday.

OTI Racing is guaranteed four runners in the Melbourne Cup field and European-based Gatewood will be joined by Caulfield Cup duo Lidari and Brambles, while Au Revoir will run in the race after he made his Australian racing debut in the Moonee Valley Cup last weekend.

Lucia Valentina currently sits at number eight in the Melbourne Cup order of entry, but she will carry only 53 kilograms after her fast-finishing third behind Admire Rakti in the Caulfield Cup.

Mr O’Ceirin has not recorded a race win for over a year and has failed to fire this preparation, but he has still gained a start in the Melbourne Cup, while the likely field is rounded out by Sydney Cup runner-up Opinion.

Update: Green Moon has been ruled out of the 2014 Melbourne Cup field due to a cracked hoof and his withdrawal now means that Araldo is assured of a start in the Group 1 event.

Veteran mare Unchain My Heart moves up to number 23 in the Melbourne Cup order of entry and has been subsequently scratched from the Lexus Stakes, but she could still miss out on a start in the race if Shoreham finishes second or third in the Lexus Stakes and Amralah finishes in the placings in the Mackinnon Stakes.

Signoff has been extremely well-backed in Lexus Stakes betting markets and looks the most likely winner of the ballot-exempt race, but there has been a sprinkling of support for Tony McEvoy-trained Big Memory, promising staying mare Let’s Make Adeal and Makybe Diva‘s three-quarters sister La Amistad.

Update: Signoff has secured a place in the Melbourne Cup field after he recorded a strong victory in the Lexus Stakes at Flemington this afternoon.

Shoreham was set a very difficult assignment by jockey Jim Cassidy and he tired badly, which means that Unchain My Heart will get a start in the Melbourne Cup as long as Lloyd Williams-owned Amralah does not finish in the placings in the Mackinnon Stakes.

The final 2014 Melbourne Cup field will be released at the conclusion of 2014 Victoria Derby Day before the barrier draw is conducted on Saturday evening.

# Horse Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp Rating
1 ADMIRE RAKTI (JPN) Tomoyuki Umeda 1 58.5kg 114
2 GREEN MOON (IRE) Robert Hickmott 2 57kg 111
3 FAWKNER Robert Hickmott 3 57kg 115
4 RED CADEAUX (GB) Ed Dunlop 4 57kg 111
5 CAVALRYMAN (GB) Saeed Bin Suroor 5 57kg 111
6 PROTECTIONIST (GER) Andreas Wohler 6 56.5kg 110
7 SEA MOON (GB) Robert Hickmott 7 56.5kg 105
8 MY AMBIVALENT (IRE) Roger Varian 8 54.5kg 109
9 LUCIA VALENTINA (NZ) Kris Lees 9 53kg 110
10 SEISMOS (IRE) Marco Botti 10 56kg 109
11 ROYAL DIAMOND (IRE) Johnny Murtagh 11 55.5kg 108
12 JUNOOB (GB) Chris Waller 12 55.5kg 108
13 WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) Chris Waller 13 55kg 107
14 MUTUAL REGARD (IRE) Johnny Murtagh 14 55kg 107
15 GATEWOOD (GB) John Gosden 15 55kg 107
16 WILLING FOE (USA) Saeed Bin Suroor 16 55kg 107
17 PRECEDENCE (NZ) Bart & James Cummings 17 54.5kg 104
18 BRAMBLES (NZ) Peter G Moody 18 54kg 105
19 MR O’CEIRIN (NZ) Ciaron Maher 19 54kg 103
20 OPINION (IRE) Chris Waller 20 53.5kg 104
21 AU REVOIR (IRE) Andre Fabre 21 53.5kg 103
22 LIDARI (FR) Peter G Moody 22 53.5kg 105
23 ARALDO (GB) Michael Moroney 23 53kg 100
24 UNCHAIN MY HEART David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 24 51.5kg 98
25 SIGNOFF Darren Weir 25 51kg 97

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18 Comments on 2014 Melbourne Cup Field Confirmed

  1. tsd says:

    japanese horse beats this mob of hack pretty easy i reckon. Remember Maykbe diva, everyone backed something to beat it hey but it kept winning. get on the toppy now because it just wins.

  2. shane hardy says:

    Araldo wins

  3. BJ says:

    Sign off 4 the cup

  4. Anonymous says:

    Sign off 4 the 2014 cup

  5. Watching Cup in Bali says:

    Had a quick look @ field, Gai hasn’t got a runner this year & it’s mostly a international feild – hasn’t the times changed.

  6. bob says:

    signoff for the cup

  7. bob says:

    signoff will win the melbourne cup tuesday

  8. ben says:

    Looking at that field there are not as many chances as people might think, MR O’CEIRIN would need a 100 metre head start just for one and what about the German horse well i guess it is a longish straight the Japanese horse could suffer a heart attack with 58.5kg thats cruelty to animamls lol, Who shot the barman is my pick he will get the 3200 is in his own hemisphere and has the astute Chris Waller to fine tune him he has acclimatized and is on his right leg.

  9. ben says:

    Did Hawkspur suffer an injury or just not qualify?

  10. Rod Henniker says:

    Good onya Thomas. I got same feeling when I backed Ziema to beat Light Fingers in 1965 as a 7yr old(not the horse me) beaten a nose. I’ve backed quite a few cup winners since notably my best VINTAGE CROP(Cropp my wife’s maiden name) the 1st overseas winner. I’m obsessed with number 9 & I backed LUCIA VALENTIA in Cauldfield Cup(certainty beaten wider than Van Der Hum in that memorable cup) and it is no.9 at the moment if the field stays the same and no drop outs. What do you think Thomas? By the way number obsession = Maths Teacher

  11. suzy bridge says:

    a couple of charmers!

  12. Marcus Coe says:

    Sorry Thomas. I didnt write this profanity, my school mates did, i believe you are a wonderful racing enthusiast. Good luck in the cup everyone

  13. Barry The Punter says:

    Who will you be tipping Thomas Hackett? Any specials for the mugs out there?

  14. Louise says:

    Thankyou so much Thomas

  15. Thomas Hackett says:

    Hi Louise,

    Fawkner is a grey and he is set to start the Melbourne Cup as one of the favourites.

  16. Louise says:

    Are there any Grey’s running in the Cup ?

  17. Thomas Hackett says:

    Hi Pat,

    The 2014 Melbourne Cup field will be released at about 6 o’clock (AEDT) time tomorrow afternoon.

  18. patfowler says:

    When will the final field be decided for the Melbourne Cup 2014.

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