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The 2019 Melbourne Cup field is yet to be announced, however, the process for accepting nominations into the race is well underway, with first acceptances already revealed.
The Melbourne Cup itself will be held on Tuesday, November 5 in 2019, however, the process of horses being nominated and then whittled down to the 24 who will run in the race takes months.
The first nominations closed on Thursday, August 29 and were revealed to the general public in the days soon after, with the deadline for late nominations being Tuesday, September 3.
Weights for all those horses were released on Tuesday, September 10.
The first acceptances for the final field were then made on Tuesday, October 8. This left just 64 horses on the list, which can be seen below.
The second declaration or acceptance list will be made on Monday, October 28, just eight days before the race itself, removing even more horses from the extended list and giving the first proper idea of what the field for Australia’s most famous race will look like.
The field also has some spots which are known as ballot exempt for winning various races in the lead-up to the Cup. These are the Andrew Ramsden Stakes, won by Steele Prince, the Bart Cummings, won by Surprise Baby, and the Caulfield Cup, won by Mer De Glace, and Lexus Stakes and Cox Plate, which are both yet to be raced.
|=1||Steel Prince||Paul Preusker||New Zealand||53.5kg||5|
|=1||Surprise Baby||Anthony Freedman||Ireland||52.5kg||6|
|=1||Mer de Glace||Hisashi Shimizu||Japan||55kg||5|
|4||Cross Counter||Charlie Appleby||Great Britain||57.5kg||5|
|5||Avilius||James Cummings||Great Britain||57.5kg||6|
|6||Marmelo||Hughie Morrison||Great Britain||56kg||7|
|8||Southern France||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||Ireland||55.5kg||5|
|9||Mirage Dancer||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||Great Britain||55.5kg||6|
|10||Master of Reality||Joseph O’Brien||Ireland||55.5kg||5|
|11||Constantinople||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Ireland||52.5kg||4|
|12||Il Paradiso||Aidan O’Brien||USA||52.5kg||4|
|14||Angel of Truth||Gwenda Markwell||Australia||53.5kg||4|
|15||Mustajeer||Kris Lees||Great Britain||55kg||7|
|16||Rostropovich||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Ireland||55kg||5|
|17||Ispolini||Charlie Appleby||Great Britain||55kg||5|
|18||Verry Elleegant||Chris Waller||New Zealand||52kg||4|
|19||Magic Wand||Aidan O’Brien||Ireland||53.5kg||5|
|20||Hunting Horn||Aidan O’Brien||Ireland||55kg||5|
|21||Twilight Payment||Joseph O’Brien||Ireland||55kg||7|
|23||Muntahaa||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Ireland||54kg||7|
|24||Mr Quickie||Phillip Stokes||Australia||52.5kg||4|
|25||Finche||Chris Waller||Great Britain||54kg||6|
|26||Qafila||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Australia||51kg||4|
|27||Red Verdon||Ed Dunlop||USA||54kg||7|
|28||Raymond Tusk||Richard Hannon||Ireland||54kg||5|
|29||Gold Mount||Ian Williams||Great Britain||54kg||7|
|31||Glory Days||Bill Thurlow||New Zealand||52kg||7|
|32||Big Duke||Kris Lees||Ireland||53.5kg||8|
|34||Neufbosc||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||France||53.5kg||5|
|36||The Chosen One||Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman||New Zealand||52kg||4|
|37||Vow and Declare||Danny O’Brien||Australia||52kg||4|
|39||Prince of Arran||Charlie Fellowes||Great Britain||53kg||7|
|40||Kings Will Dream||Chris Waller||Ireland||53kg||6|
|41||Patrick Erin||Chris Waller||New Zealand||53kg||8|
|42||True Self||William Mullins||Ireland||51.5kg||7|
|43||Raheen House||William Haggas||Ireland||53kg||6|
|44||Sir Charles Road||Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott||Australia||52.5kg||6|
|45||Gallic Chieftain||Archie Alexander||France||52.5kg||7|
|46||Ged Galileo||Saeed Bin Suroor||Great Britain||52.5kg||9|
|47||Dal Harraild||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||Great Britain||52.5kg||7|
|48||Grey Lion||Matthew Smith||Ireland||52.5kg||8|
|50||Brimham Rocks||Chris Waller||Great Britain||51.5kg||6|
|52||Azuro||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||France||50.5kg||6|
|53||Hush Writer||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Japan||50kg||5|
|54||Valac||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Ireland||50kg||8|
|55||Sully||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||New Zealand||50kg||5|
|56||Supernova||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Great Britain||50kg||5|
|57||Top of the Range||Michael Moroney||New Zealand||50kg||6|
|58||Wolfe||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Japan||50kg||5|
|59||Attention Run||Kris Lees||Germany||50kg||5|
|60||Humidor||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||New Zealand||56kg||7|
|61||Red Cardinal||Kris Lees||Ireland||52.5kg||8|
|62||Alfarris||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||France||50kg||6|
|63||Master Of Wine||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Germany||50kg||5|
|64||Wall Of Fire||Ciaron Maher & David Eustaace||Ireland||50kg||7|
Note: Jockeys will not be confirmed until the final field is announced.
The final field itself will be revealed at Derby Day, which in 2019 is Saturday, November 2. This will be at 6:30pm (AEDT) following the conclusion of racing for the day, with the barrier draw for the most expensive race on the Australian calendar to follow later that evening at 7pm (AEDT).
The barrier draw is done completely randomly, and any scratchings from that point forward will not be replaced in the 24-runner field.
Between the barrier draw and race day, Sunday and Monday will see the entire field converge on Flemington for final training and preparation.
Below is a summary of all the key dates listed in this article. Be sure to bookmark the page and keep checking back for the updated entry lists and order of runners once they are released.
Thursday, August 29: Nomination deadline
Tuesday, September 3: Late nomination deadline
Tuesday, September 10: Weights revealed by the handicapper
Tuesday, October 8: First acceptances revealed
Monday, October 28: Second acceptances revealed
Saturday, November 2: Final field and barrier draw announced at the conclusion of Derby Day
Tuesday, November 5: Melbourne Cup 2019