Melbourne Cup field and barrier draw - Yucatan draws wide in barrier 23

  • Barrier draw for the 2018 Melbourne Cup
Ben Hayes draws a barrier for Criterion during the 2015 Melbourne Cup Barrier Draw at Flemington Racecourse

The all-important barrier draw has been completed for Tuesday’s Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m).

Race favourite Yucatan has fared poorly in gate 23 following his ultra-impressive victory in the Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes (2400m) where he won by 1.2 lengths but was eased down to a canter in the final 100m.

He’s yet to be tested beyond 2400m but is by Galileo and out of the top mare Six Perfections who was European Champion two-year-old winning four Group races in France before winning the Breeders Cup Mile in North America. 

Charlie Appleby’s Cross Counter has drawn barrier 19 and comes to Australia with strong 2400m form having won two in a row before narrowly being defeated by stablemate Old Persian in the Group 2 Great Voltiguer Stakes (2400m) at York.

Magic Circle and Muntahaa are on the third line of betting and have drawn in gates 17and 13 respectively. 

There is no doubt with Magic Circle running the trip right out seeing he has won the Chester Cup (3749m) and the Henry ll Stakes (3264m) in his past two starts, while Muntahaa comes off an impressive 3.2-length win in the Ebor Handicap (2816m) which has been a good form reference for the Melbourne Cup in the past. 

A Prince Of Arran gains a start with his win in the Lexus Stakes (2500m) and will jump from barrier 20, and Caulfield Cup winner Best Solution will carry top weight of 57.5kg and has come up with gate 6. 

Japanese visitor Chestnut Coat will be aiming to make it back-to-back wins from barrier 4 with last year’s Melbourne Cup winner Rekindling jumping from that gate, while Who Shot Thebarman will have to make history from barrier 18 as no horse has won from the hoodoo gate. 

Others to have drawn wide include: A Prince Of Arran (20), Rostropovich (21), Ace High (22) and Zacada (24).

2018 Melbourne Cup field and barriers:

1. BEST SOLUTION (IRE) Saeed Bin Suroor - Pat Cosgrave (6) 57.5kg
2. THE CLIFFSOFMOHER (IRE) Aidan O'Brien - Ryan Moore (9) 56.5kg
3. MAGIC CIRCLE (IRE) Ian Williams - Corey Brown (17) 56kg
4. CHESTNUT COAT (JPN) Yoshito Yahagi - Yuga Kawada (4) 55.5kg
5. MUNTAHAA (IRE) John Gosden - Jim Crowley (13) 55.5kg
6. SOUND CHECK (GER) Michael Moroney - Jordan Childs (16) 55.5kg
7. WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) Chris Waller - Ben Melham (18) 55.5kg
8. ACE HIGH David Payne - Tye Angland (22) 55kg
9. MARMELO (GB) Hughie Morrison - Hugh Bowman (10) 55kg
10. AVILIUS (GB) James Cummings - Glyn Schofield (11) 54.5kg
11. YUCATAN (IRE) Aidan O'Brien - James McDonald (23) 54.5kg
12. AUVRAY (FR) Richard Freedman - Tommy Berry (1) 54kg
13. FINCHE (GB) Chris Waller - Zac Purton (15) 54kg
14. RED CARDINAL (IRE) Darren Weir - Damien Oliver (late alt) (5) 54kg
15. VENGEUR MASQUE (IRE) Michael Moroney - Patrick Moloney (2) 54kg
16. VENTURA STORM (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig - Mark Zahra (7) 54kg
17. A PRINCE OF ARRAN (GB) Charlie Fellowes - Michael Walker (20) 53kg
18. NAKEETA (GB) Iain Jardine - Regan Bayliss (3) 53kg
19. SIR CHARLES ROAD Lance O'Sullivan & Andrew Scott - Dwayne Dunn (14) 53kg
20. ZACADA (NZ) Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman - Damian Lane (24) 53kg
21. RUNAWAY Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott - Stephen Baster (12) 52kg
22. YOUNGSTAR Chris Waller - Craig Williams (8) 51.5kg
23. CROSS COUNTER (GB) Charlie Appleby - Kerrin McEvoy (19) 51kg
24. ROSTROPOVICH (IRE) Aidan O'Brien - Wayne Lordan (21) 51kg

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Melbourne Cup field and barrier draw - Yucatan draws wide in barrier 23

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