Official 2014 Melbourne Cup Field

By: Thomas Hackett
November 1st, 2014
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The 2014 Melbourne Cup field has been released and a strong field of 24 talented stayers are set to contest the Group 1 event at Flemington on Tuesday afternoon.

Admire Rakti is set to start the 2014 Melbourne Cup as a clear favourite after his strong win in the Caulfield Cup. Photo by: Race Horse Photos Australia

Admire Rakti is set to start the 2014 Melbourne Cup as a clear favourite after his strong win in the Caulfield Cup. Photo by: Race Horse Photos Australia

Signoff has been the best backed runner in 2014 Melbourne Cup betting markets over the past week and he is now on the fourth line of betting for the Group 1 event at Flemington following his impressive victory.

Racing Victoria Chief Handicapper Greg Carpenter has allocated Signoff a one kilogram Melbourne Cup penalty for his Lexus Stakes victory, but he will still carry the minimum weight of 51 kilograms.

David Hayes elected to withdraw Unchain My Heart from the Lexus Stakes field even though the veteran mare was not assured of a start in the Melbourne Cup, but the gamble paid off after Shoreham failed to finish in the placings in the Lexus Stakes and Lloyd Williams-owned Amralah did not finish in the placings in the Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes.

Unchain My Heart is the only horse in the 2014 Melbourne Cup field that has previously won over 3200 metres at Flemington after taking out the past two editions of the Listed Andrew Ramsden Stakes (3200m).

The key form guide for the Melbourne Cup is set to be the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) that was run at Caulfield on October 18 and ten of the runners from the $3 million event will back-up in ‘the race that stops a nation’ on Tuesday.

Admire Rakti stamped himself as a clear favourite in Melbourne Cup betting markets after taking out the Caulfield Cup in impressive fashion, but history is against the Japanese stayer after he was awarded a half a kilogram penalty for his Caulfield Cup victory.

The Heart’s Cry entire will carry 58 and a half kilograms in the Melbourne Cup and no horse has carried that much weight to victory since Think Big took out the 1975 edition of the race.

Lucia Valentina stormed home late to finish third in the Caulfield Cup and the talented mare will have the chance to turn-the-tables on Admire Rakti in the Melbourne Cup.

The Savabeel mare will be stepping up to 3200 metres for the first time in her racing career, but her run in the Caulfield Cup suggests that she will get the trip and trainer Kris Lees said that the four-year-old gives him every impression that she will handle the rise in trip.

The Peter Moody-trained duo of Brambles and Lidari, imported stayer Araldo, The Metropolitan winner Junoob, Chris Waller-trained Who Shot Thebarman, Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock-owned Seismos, Unchain My Heart and Lloyd Williams-owned Sea Moon will also back-up in the Melbourne Cup after running in the Caulfield Cup.

No European-trained horse has won the Melbourne Cup without a lead-up run in Australia since Vintage Crop took out the 1993 edition of the race, but a number of horses will have the chance to replicate that feat in this year’s race.

Red Cadeaux and Cavalryman have previously run in the Melbourne Cup and are back for another tilt at the race, while Johnny Murtagh-trained pair Royal Diamond and Mutual Regard, talented mare My Ambivalent and Godolphin stayer Willing Foe will be making their Australian racing debuts in the race.

Gatewood missed out on a run in the 2012 Melbourne Cup after taking out the Group 3 Geelong Cup (2400m), but he is guaranteed a start in this year’s race after performing strongly in Europe this season.

One of the best-backed runners in 2014 Melbourne Cup betting markets over the past month is German stayer Protectionist, whose odds for ‘the race that stops a nation’ were slashed after he made his Australian racing debut with a fast-finishing fourth in the Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes (2400m) at Caulfield on October 11.

Protectionist won the Group 2 Hansa-Preis (2413m) and Group 2 Prix Kergorlay (3000m) before making the trip to Australia and he will be making his Group 1 debut in the Melbourne Cup.

Fawkner was narrowly denied by Adelaide in the Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley on October 25, but the Reset gelding will have the chance to return to winning form in the Melbourne Cup.

The consistent galloper ran in the Melbourne Cup last year and he was settled at the tail of the field by jockey Nick Hall in the early stages of the race before he stormed home late to finish sixth behind Fiorente.

One horse that is sure to receive plenty of sentimental support in the Melbourne Cup is Team Cummings-trained Precedence, who will be running in the race for the fourth time in his stellar racing career.

Precedence has missed the placings in his three race starts this preparation and would need to improve significantly to deliver trainer Bart Cummings a 13th Melbourne Cup win, but the Zabeel gelding is sure to run out the trip and has beaten more than half the field home in his three previous Melbourne Cup starts.

OTI Racing is set to have four runners in the 2014 Melbourne Cup field and their team is rounded out by imported galloper Au Revoir.

Au Revoir has not recorded a race win since he took out a race at Clairefontaine in France on August 24 last year, but he has form around some of the best horses in Europe and he was far from disgraced when making his Australian racing debut in the Group 3 Moonee Valley Gold Cup (2500m).

Opinion will also be backing up from the Moonee Valley Cup in the Melbourne Cup, while the field is rounded out by Ciaron Maher-trained Mr O’Ceirin, who has not been seen at the races since he finished seventh in the Listed Cranbourne Cup (2025m) on October 12.

The 2014 Melbourne Cup barrier draw will be conducted at Flemington at 7 o’clock (AEDT) on Saturday evening.

# Horse Trainer Jockey Weight Hcp Rating
1 ADMIRE RAKTI (JPN) Tomoyuki Umeda Zac Purton 58.5kg 114
2 FAWKNER Robert Hickmott Nick Hall 57kg 115
3 RED CADEAUX (GB) Ed Dunlop Gerald Mosse 57kg 111
4 CAVALRYMAN (GB) Saeed Bin Suroor Craig Williams 57kg 111
5 PROTECTIONIST (GER) Andreas Wohler Ryan Moore 56.5kg 110
6 SEA MOON (GB) Robert Hickmott Tommy Berry 56.5kg 105
7 MY AMBIVALENT (IRE) Roger Varian Andrea Atzeni 54.5kg 109
8 LUCIA VALENTINA (NZ) Kris Lees Kerrin McEvoy 53kg 110
9 SEISMOS (IRE) Marco Botti Craig Newitt 56kg 109
10 ROYAL DIAMOND (IRE) Johnny Murtagh Steven Arnold 55.5kg 108
11 JUNOOB (GB) Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 55.5kg 108
12 WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) Chris Waller Glen Boss 55kg 107
13 MUTUAL REGARD (IRE) Johnny Murtagh Damien Oliver 55kg 107
14 GATEWOOD (GB) John Gosden William Buick 55kg 107
15 WILLING FOE (USA) Saeed Bin Suroor James McDonald 55kg 107
16 PRECEDENCE (NZ) Bart & James Cummings Michael Rodd 54.5kg 104
17 BRAMBLES (NZ) Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 54kg 105
18 MR O’CEIRIN (NZ) Ciaron Maher 54kg 103
19 OPINION (IRE) Chris Waller Tye Angland 53.5kg 104
20 AU REVOIR (IRE) Andre Fabre Glyn Schofield 53.5kg 103
21 LIDARI (FR) Peter G Moody Ben Melham 53.5kg 105
22 ARALDO (GB) Michael Moroney Dwayne Dunn 53kg 100
23 UNCHAIN MY HEART David Hayes & Tom Dabernig Dean Yendall 51.5kg 98
24 SIGNOFF Darren Weir Joao Moreira 51kg 97

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16 Comments on Official 2014 Melbourne Cup Field

  1. Barry The Punter says:

    Hey Sasha, are you Tom Hackett’s mother? On another note, I’m personally looking forward to the match race for 23rd spot between Unchain My Heart and Mr O’Ceirin. That’s what racing is all about.

  2. Bob says:

    How do you beat Bart Cummings for a trainer

  3. Troy says:

    Any one got any good tips

  4. Jasmine says:

    Fawkner has had a perfect preparation this Spring Carnival and he has been set for the Melbourne Cup. He finished a brave 6th last year after a tough race; in much better form this year. Top Chance and I will be putting $1,000 to win on him.

  5. Monty says:

    JUNOOB… Had no luck last start,after 2 good wins. That Man Waller..

  6. Sasha says:

    Tom Hacket fantastic journalist.. Watch and listen to him closely..

  7. Sasha says:

    Tom Hacket what a great racing journalist.. Listen and watch him carefully. ..

  8. Wally Price says:

    Working on weights and handicap ratings, Falkner should beat Admire Rakti, by three and a half lengths, with Mutual Regard in third place. Signoff will finish closer to last, than first.

  9. Pat says:

    Blow out !

    Sea Moon
    Saving his best till last

  10. mark j says:

    Sign off weighted to win from Fawkner who has had an uninterrupted preparation red cadeaux to round top 3 off

  11. munchie says:

    24 Signoff – 7Kg Lighter than top weight must be considered

    3 Red Cadeaux – Placed previously in this race cannot disregard

    1 Admire Ratki – Caulfield Cup winners not the best guide to this race

  12. mezza says:

    This is the year for RED

  13. KarenJet says:

    Lucia Valentina
    My Ambivalent
    Admire Ratki

  14. Dean says:

    1st Lucia velentina
    2nd Falkner
    3rd Red Cadeaux

  15. John Reynolds says:

    Admire Rakti ftw

  16. muddy says:

    tipping Signoff in the Cup after his great win today in the Lexus

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