2013 Melbourne Cup Final Field & Barrier Draw

November 2nd, 2013

Gai Waterhouse-trained Fiorente has been the big winner out of the 2013 Melbourne Cup barrier draw that was conducted at Flemington this afternoon. hi

Fiorente is the new favourite in 2013 Melbourne Cup betting markets after the barrier draw was conducted this afternoon.

Fiorente is the new favourite in 2013 Melbourne Cup betting markets after the barrier draw was conducted this afternoon. Photo by: Race Horse Photos Australia

A star-studded field of 24 horses will tackle the Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) at Flemington on Tuesday and the race is set to be one of the most exciting in the history of Australia’s most famous race.

Fiorente and Mount Athos have been battling for favoritism in 2013 Melbourne Cup betting markets throughout the week but the Gai Waterhouse-trained stayer is the new favourite after drawing barrier five this afternoon.

His major rival in betting, Mount Athos did not fare as well in the barrier draw and will need plenty of luck to win the Melbourne Cup from gate 22 but will have the advantage of leading Australian jockey Craig Williams on his back.

Lloyd Williams will have a record-breaking six runners in the 2013 Melbourne Cup and the majority of his charges fared extremely well in the barrier draw this afternoon.

The highly-rated Sea Moon (barrier seven), Caulfield Cup winner Fawkner (barrier eight), last-start winner Seville (barrier nine) and 2012 Melbourne Cup winner Green Moon (barrier ten) will all start next to each other, with Masked Marvel (barrier two) tucked on the inside of the field.

Sydney Cup winner Mourayan (barrier 19) was the only Lloyd Williams-owned runner not to fare well at the barrier draw and is the extreme outsider in 2013 Melbourne Cup betting markets at the massive odds at $151.

While the Macedon Lodge team had a mortgage on a number of the inside gates, a number of European-trained runners will also start towards the inside of the field; with 2011 Melbourne Cup winner Dunaden drawing barrier one, French stayer Verema starting from barrier three and the Michael Owen-owned Brown Panther set to jump from barrier six.

Horses have won the Melbourne Cup from an outside barrier but a wide draw is never ideal and a number of the leading chances have lengthened slightly because of their poor draw.

Irish St Leger winner Voleuse De Coeurs has been well-backed in the week leading up to the race but will need a great deal of luck from barrier 21, as will Gai Waterhouse-trained import Tres Blue (barrier 22) who will be the first Northern Hemisphere-trained three-year-old to contest the ‘race that stops a nation’ since Mahler in 2007.

OTI Racing only made the decision to include Ruscello in the 2013 Melbourne Cup field after his victory in the Group 3 Lexus Stakes (2500m) but may be regretting their decision after the lightly-raced galloper drew the far outside gate.

2013 Melbourne Cup runners whose chances were not affected either way by the barrier draw include: Ethiopia (barrier 14), Super Cool (barrier 13), Royal Empire (barrier 11) and Simenon (barrier 12).

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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