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Melbourne Cup News
5/11/2017 Almandin firm favourite for Melbourne Cup

Almandin remains the favourite to defend his Melbourne Cup crown and give his owner Lloyd Williams a sixth win in the race he covets most.

31/10/2017 Dettori excited for Cup tilt on Almandin

It's been 24 years since Frankie Dettori first attempted to win the Melbourne Cup aboard English raider Drum Taps and now he has a live chance on 2016 winner Almandin.

30/10/2017 Scottish star on target for Melbourne Cup

The first Scottish trainer to have a runner in the Melbourne Cup has arrived in Australia to oversee final preparations for the big race.

30/10/2017 Lloyd Williams waits on Almandin Cup rider

Five-time Melbourne Cup winning owner Lloyd Williams has been inundated with text messages for the ride on Almandin following the suspension of Damien Oliver.

23/10/2017 Boom Time gets 1kg Melbourne Cup penalty

The David and Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig-trained Boom Time caused an upset in Saturday's $3 million 2400m-handicap, carrying 52kg with Cory Parish aboard.

22/10/2017 Marmelo motors into Melbourne Cup favouritism
English raider Marmelo is the new favourite for next month's Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) after an eye-catching trial behind Boom Time in Saturday's Group 1 BMW Caulfield Cup (2400m).

15/10/2017 Big win for Melbourne Cup hope Big Duke

Big Duke has underlined his Melbourne Cup credentials with a display of stamina over 2600m to win the reinstated St Leger Stakes at Randwick.

Moore booked to ride Red Cardinal

International jockey Ryan Moore will ride the Australian Bloodstock-owned Red Cardinal (Montjeu) in this year’s Melbourne Cup for German trainer Andreas Wohler.

7/10/2017 Weir into Melbourne Cup with Amelie’s Star
Stayer Amelie’s Star won a spot in next month’s Melbourne Cup $6.3 million race via her Bart Cummings win at Flemington.

4/10/2017 Admire Deus hitout delights Williams
Craig Williams has given a glowing endorsement of Cups contender Admire Deus after piloting the Japanese raider in a strong gallop at Werribee on Tuesday morning.

4/10/2017 Almandin set to contest Bart Cummings

Almandin is set to run in Saturday's The Bart Cummings at Flemington, but what does that mean for his chances of running in the Caulfield Cup?

18/9/2017 Damien Oliver confirms Almandin booking for Melbourne Cup

Damien Oliver's chance to win a record-equalling fourth Melbourne Cup has soared after the jockey confirmed his booking for defending champion Almandin.

16/9/2017 Almandin wows Oliver in Flemington victory
Champion jockey Damien Oliver is in no doubt Almandin is on target for his Melbourne Cup defence after an emphatic win in a Listed race at Flemington.

13/9/2017 BMW Caulfield and Emirates Melbourne Cup Weights
Weights for Australia’s two iconic Group 1 staying races have been released on the same day, with Godolphin gelding Hartnell assigned topweight for the BMW Caulfield Cup (2400m), and the Aidan O’Brien-trained Order of St George the topweight for the Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m)

12/9/2017 Williams gives report on Japanese stayer
Japanese stayer Admire Deus could run in the Caulfield Cup as a lead-up to the Melbourne Cup

Sep 3 2017 Tavago closing in on return for spring
Co-trainer Trent Busuttin wishes he had another week up his sleeve with Tavago who could make his return in a Group Two race at Moonee Valley.

31/8/2017 Marmelo confirmed for Melbourne Cup start
Trainer Hughie Morrison confirmed yesterday that the last start Prix Kergorlay (Gr 2, 3000m) winner Marmelo will travel to Australia in the spring for a tilt at the Melbourne Cup.

30/8/2017 Chocante to make Sydney debut in Chelmsford

A winter campaign in Queensland has been worth more than a Brisbane Cup success for Chocante as the New Zealand gelding prepares for his Sydney debut in the Gr.2 Chelmsford Stakes at Randwick.

30/8/2017 Spring Cups nominations revealed

A total of 140 horses are in contention for the $6.2 million Emirates Melbourne Cup after first nominations closed on Tuesday.

26/8/2017 Almandin pleases in return at the Valley
Melbourne Cup winner Almandin has started his title defence with a pleasing first-up second at Moonee Valley.

24/8/2017 Melham teams up with Almandin for return
The title defence of Melbourne Cup winner Almandin begins in a 2040m-handicap at Moonee Valley with Ben Melham to ride.

23/8/2017 Lindsay Park cup contenders trial well
At Tatura barrier trials, Lindsay Park-trained Cup contenders Ventura Storm and Harlem
finished first and second respectively in heat one over 1400 metres.

21/8/2017 Melbourne Cup favourite Red Cardinal 5th

Melbourne Cup favourite Red Cardinal has finished fifth in the Group Two Prix Kergorlay at Deauville won by English horse Marmelo.

Admire Deus cups bound

Talented Japanese stayer Admire Deus remains on a path to the Melbourne and Caulfield Cups but will now fly the Australian flag.

7/8/2017 Tiberian keeps his Melbourne Cup dream alive

The Alain Couétil-trained Tiberian won the Prix de Reux (Gr 3, 2500m) at Deauville yesterday.

7/8/2017 Red Cardinal Set For Melbourne Cup

Andreas Wohler, who saddled Protectionist to win the Melbourne Cup (Gr 1, 3200m) in 2014, has said he intends to follow the same route as he did with Red Cardinal as he prepares the gelding for a run in the Flemington feature.

5/8/2017 Aloft in winning start to possible Cup bid

A winter handicap over 2000m at Flemington is not the usual formline for a Melbourne Cup winner.

26/7/2017 Spring hopeful set for first test
Fanatic is closing in on a trial outing that will kick start her Melbourne spring campaign.

26/6/2017 Tavago in light training with spring aims
After initial fears Tavago would miss the spring carnival, the Group One winner is back in light work with connections hoping to target the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups..

23/6/2017 Maybe another Melbourne Cup start for Big Orange after Gold Cup Royal Ascot win.

Big Orange has led all the way under James Doyle to win the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot for trainer Michael Bell, holding off a late challenge from last year's winner, the Lloyd Williams-owned Order Of St George. 

Jun 14 2017 Red Cardinal to follow Protectionist path
Red Cardinal is likely to follow a similar program to Protectionist towards a start in the Melbourne Cup.Trained in Germany by Andreas Wohler, Red Cardinal is the $15 equal favourite with Francis Of Assisi for the Melbourne Cup following his win in the Belmont Gold Cup in New York on the weekend.
Melbourne Cup
Race Details
Date:November 7, 2017
Time: 3:00 pm
Racecourse:Flemington racecourse
Race Distance:3200m
Prize Money:$6,200,000

Qualifying and race conditions:

The race is a quality handicap for horses 3 years old and over, run over a distance of 3,200 metres, on the first Tuesday in November at Flemington Racecourse. The minimum handicap weight is 50 kg. There is no maximum weight, but the top allocated weight must not be less than 57 kg. The weight allocated to each horse is declared by the VRC Handicapper in early September.

Weight penalties
After the declaration of weights for the Melbourne Cup, the winner of any handicap flat race of the advertised value of A$55,000 or over to the winner, or an internationally recognised Listed, Group, or Graded handicap flat race, shall carry such additional weight (if any), for each win, as the VRC Handicapper shall determine.

The winner of the following races are exempt from any ballot:

  • Lexus Stakes (formerly Saab Quality and registered as The Hotham Handicap)
  • LKS Mackinnon Stakes
  • Cox Plate
  • Caulfield Cup
  • The Bart Cummings (from 2015)
  • Doncaster Cup (UK)
  • Irish St. Leger (IRE)
  • Tenno Sho (Spring) (JPN)
  • Sankei Sho All Comers (JPN)
  • Arlington Million (USA)
  • San Juan Capistrano Handicap (USA)
  • Australian Stayers Challenge

    Multiple Melbourne Cup Winners
  • Archer (1861, 1862)
  • Peter Pan (1932, 1934)
  • Rain Lover (1968, 1969)
  • Think Big (1974, 1975)
  • Makybe Diva (2003, 2004, 2005)