The 2014 Melbourne Cup will be the 154th running of Australia’s most famous thoroughbred race, held at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne. With $6.2m in prizemoney available, the Melbourne Cup is the world’s richest turf race in 2014 and will again attracted quality staying horses from around the globe.
The favourite for the 2014 Melbourne Cup is currently Admire Rakti after the Japanese stallion and topweight’s impressive victory in the Caulfield Cup. He has been installed at $4.60 by the bookies, but will have to carry 58.5 kilograms for the richest race on Australian soil. The connections of the stallion have confirmed he will run, with the owner saying he was “very keen” to test his horse in Australia’s richest race.
Gai Waterhouse runner The Offer has been withdrawn from the race, placing the defending champion trainer with no runners in the list of second acceptances. The horse was scratched from the Cup after some questions over his form in the lead-up to the race. At one point he was a favourite for the race, after winning the Sydney Cup in the autumn, but has been withdrawn entirely.
Imported stayer Caravan Rolls On was penalised 1.5kg after he won the Geelong Cup on Wednesday, and is still not a confirmed starter in the $6 million race. He sits ranked 28th after second acceptances, however, and it’s unsure whether he’ll take his place.
The Darren Weir trained Prince of Penzance has been penalised 2kg after his win in the 2500m Mooney Valley Cup on the weekend, and now sits 30th in the list at 52.5kg.
Q: What time does the Melbourne Cup start?
A: The 2014 Melbourne Cup is run at 3.00pm AEDT.
Q: What channel is the Cup on?
A: Channel Seven have the rights to the live race, at 3pm. Whilst 7TWO and 7Mate have been used, the main Channel Seven station will be broadcasting. Long time Melbourne horse racing caller Greg Miles will again call the race. Both Sky and TVN will show an immediate replay.
The full second acceptances list is here:
|Name (country)||Weight||Rating||Last Run|
|1||Admire Rakti (JPN) - T.UMEDA||58.5||114||18 Oct, CAUL, 2400m – 1st|
|2||Green Moon (IRE) - R.HICKMOTT||57||116||18 Oct, CAUL, 2400m – 9th|
|3||Fawkner - R.HICKMOTT||57||112||25 Oct, M V, 2040m – 2nd|
|4||Red Cadeaux (GB) - E.DUNLOP||57||N/A||6 Sep, K PK, 2400m – 7th|
|5||Cavalryman (GB) - S.B.SUROOR||57||107||22 Aug, YOR., 3300m – 4th|
|7||Protectionist (GER) - A.WOHLER||56.5||110||11 Oct, CAUL, 2400m – 4th|
|8||Sea Moon (GB) - R.HICKMOTT||56.5||105||18 Oct, CAUL, 2400m – 18th|
|9||My Ambivalent (IRE) - R.VARIAN||54.5||N/A||29 Jun, CURR, 2000m – 4th|
|10||Lucia Valentina (NZ) - K.A.LEES||53||108||18 Oct, CAUL, 2400m – 3rd|
|11||Seismos (IRE) - M.BOTTI||56||109||18 Oct, CAUL, 2400m – 15th|
|12||Royal Diamond (IRE) - J.MURTAGH||55.5||N/A||14 Sep, CURR, 2800m – 6th|
|13||Junoob (GB) - C.J.WALLER||55.5||108||18 Oct, CAUL, 2400m – 7th|
|14||Who Shot Thebarman (NZ) - C.J.WALLER||55||107||18 Oct, CAUL, 2400m – 13th|
|15||Mutual Regard (IRE) - J.MURTAGH||55||N/A||23 Aug, YOR., 2800m – 1st|
|16||Gatewood (GB) - J.GOSDEN||55||101||31 Aug, DVLE, 2500m – 2nd|
|17||Willing Foe (USA) - S.B.SUROOR||55||N/A||14 Sep, CURR, 2800m – 4th|
|18||Precedence (NZ) - J.B.CUMMINGS||54.5||106||25 Oct, M V, 2500m – 5th|
|19||Brambles (NZ) - P.G.MOODY||54||105||18 Oct, CAUL, 2400m – 4th|
|20||Mr O’ceirin (NZ) - C.MAHER||54||105||12 Oct, CRAN, 2025m – 7th|
|21||Opinion (IRE) - C.J.WALLER||53.5||104||25 Oct, M V, 2500m – 6th|
|22||Au Revoir (IRE) - A.FABRE||53.5||103||25 Oct, M V, 2500m – 3rd|
|23||Lidari (FR) - P.G.MOODY||53.5||105||18 Oct, CAUL, 2400m – 6th|
|24||Araldo (GB) - M.D.MORONEY||53||100||18 Oct, CAUL, 2400m – 5th|
|25||Unchain My Heart - D.A.HAYES||51.5||99||18 Oct, CAUL, 2400m – 17th|
|26||Shoreham - S.HASAN||53||100||22 Oct, GEEL, 2400m – 6th|
|27||La Amistad - J.R.HAWKES||51.5||98||18 Oct, RAND, 2406m – 2nd|
|28||Caravan Rolls On (GB) - D.T.O’BRIEN||52.5||95||22 Oct, GEEL, 2400m – 1st|
|29||Big Memory (FR) - A.J.MCEVOY||52.5||100||18 Oct, CAUL, 2400m – 10th|
|30||Prince of Penzance (NZ) - D.K.WEIR||52.5||94||25 Oct, M V, 2500m – 1st|
|31||Lord van Percy (GB) - A.BALDING||52.5||100||11 Oct, CAUL, 2400m – 5th|
|32||Noble Protector (GB) - R.SMERDON||51||95||18 Oct, CAUL, 2000m – 2nd|
|33||Let’s Make Adeal - N.A.BLACKISTON||50.5||99||11 Oct, CAUL, 2400m – 3rd|
|34||Marksmanship (IRE) - C.MAHER||50.5||96||22 Oct, GEEL, 2400m – 2nd|
|35||Wish Come True (IRE) - P.G.MOODY||50.5||97||22 Oct, GEEL, 2400m – 5th|
|36||Like a Carousel - K.M.KEYS||50||96||22 Oct, GEEL, 2400m – 3rd|
|37||Signoff (IRE) - D.K.WEIR||50||66||18 Oct, CAUL, 2000m – 3rd|
|38||Amralah (IRE) - R.HICKMOTT||54.5||N/A||9 Aug, HAYD, 2100m – 1st|
|39||Gris Caro (GB) - J.A.STEPHENS||52||97||4 Oct, FLEM, 2000m – 12th|
|40||Thunderbird One (NZ) - F.FINNEGAN||50||91||16 Oct, MOE, 2050m – 8th|
The 2013 Melbourne Cup was won by the Gai Waterhouse-trained Fiorente, who ran down overseas raiders Red Cadeaux and Mount Athos to win the race for jockey Damien Oliver.
Melbourne Cup 2013:
Melbourne Cup 2013: Who won, who came last
Official 2013 Melbourne Cup finishing order and margins
1. Fiorente – WINNER
2. Red Cadeaux (0.75L)
3. Mount Athos (2.25L)
4. Simenon (2.45L)
5. Dandino (3.45L)
6. Fawkner (5.95L)
7. Ethiopia (6.95L)
8. Brown Panther (7.25L)
9. Super Cool (7.65L)
10. Voleuse De Coeurs (7.95L)
11. Dunaden (8.7L)
12. Seville (8.9L)
13. Sea Moon (9.4L)
14. Royal Empire (10.4L)
16. Ibicenco (12.05L)
17. Foreteller (12.8L)
18. Masked Marvel (14.05L)
19. Dear Demi (14.8L)
20. Hawkspur (19.05L)
21. Green Moon (44.05L)
22. Tres Blue (54.05L)
23. Ruscello (56.3L)
24. Verema – Failed to finish