Horses, draw, how it works, and who will make the final field of 24 riders

UPDATE: One of Tuesday’s Melbourne Cup favorites was eliminated after failing a pre-race exam.

Loft, the second seed for the $6.50 race, will not race, leaving star jockey James McDonald without a race. McDonald rode Verry Elleegant to victory in last year’s race.

“Loft failed his Melbourne Cup pre-race physical examination today,” said a statement from the Racing Victoria stewards.

“The stable subsequently advised that the horse had a left front tendon injury and would be withdrawn from the Melbourne Cup.”

Loft’s scraping comes 24 hours after Damien Oliver’s Durston retired from racing.

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Loft co-owner Ozzie Kheir told Racenet he has no problem with vets scratching his horse.

“I don’t want to be a sook,” Kheir said.

“I’m just disappointed for the trainer and the other owners – and for the race – because we were very confident that he would be hard to beat.

“But there was swelling around his tendon.

“There is no blue with the process.”

Meanwhile, Makram, trained by Ben and JD Hayes, also had his appointment withdrawn for medical reasons. He was not inspected on Friday after being deemed unfit to contest the Melbourne Cup by RV Veterinary Services.

Reports received from members of the International Imaging Committee who reviewed Makram’s CT scan results indicate that the horse is at increased risk of injury.


Connections must name their horse for the Melbourne Cup, which – for this year’s race – could have been filed anytime before August 2, when they were closed.

This year, a total of 186 horses were nominated for the 2022 Cup.

As soon as this list is completed, handicappers will assess and assign each candidate a weight, based on their handicap rating and past performance at that time.

They will establish an “entry order” which will rank each horse from first to last based on its likelihood of qualifying for the final field. Generally, the horses at the top of the list will be assigned the heaviest weights.

Blake Shinn returns to the assembly yard aboard Emissary after winning the Geelong Cup. (Race photos via Getty Images)

From the moment it is created, the entry order will then change when connections withdraw their horse from competition, or when a named horse moves up the list based on weight penalties or performance in competitions. exemption (explained below).

When the Melbourne Cup barrier draw takes place at around 5.30pm on the Saturday before the race, the top 24 horses ranked in order of entry will form the Cup field and each will be allocated a barrier.

See the full updated entry order for 2022 below.


The Melbourne Cup has five non-ballot races, meaning the winner of each of those races can automatically earn a place in the Cup, should connections choose to accept it.

The five exemption races are; The Andrew Ramsden Stakes (May 14, won by Point Nepean), The Bart Cummings (October 1, won by Lunar Flare), Caulfield Cup (October 15, won by Durston), Cox Plate (October 22), and Lexus Stakes, formerly known as The Hotham (October 29).

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Lunar Flare and Point Nepean moved up to the top of the Melbourne Cup entry order following their victories.

The Geelong Cup is not an exemption race for the Melbourne Cup, but the winner of the latter may be awarded a weight penalty which moves them up the order of entry. The 2022 Geelong Cup was won by Emissary, who was ranked 30th in the entry order before the win.

Both the 2010 and 2011 Melbourne Cup winners came from winning the Geelong Cup.

Durston (GB) ridden by Michael Dee wins the Carlton Draft Caulfield Cup at Caulfield Racecourse on October 15, 2022 in Caulfield, Australia. (Photo by Brett Holburt/Racing Photos) (Racing Photos via Getty Images)


(Correct from 5:15 p.m. on Friday, October 28)

1 LUNAR FLARE (mare, 7 years old, Grahame Begg, 51.5kg + 0.5kg penalty)

2 POINT NEPEAN (IRE) (horse, 5 years, Robert Hickmott, 51 kg)

3 DEAUVILLE LEGEND (IRE) (gelding, 4 years old, James Ferguson, 55kg)

4 GOLD TRIP (FRA) (horse, 6 years old, Ciaron Maher and David Eustace, 57.5 kg)

5 DUAIS (mare, 5 years old, Edward Cummings, 55.5kg)

6 MONTEFILIA (mare, 5 years old, David Payne, 55.5 kg)

7 HOO YA MAL (GB) (horse, 4 years old, Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott, 53.5kg)

8 KNIGHTS ORDER (IRE) (gelding, 8 years old, Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott, 55.5kg)

9 WITHOUT A FIGHT (IRE) (gelding, 6 years old, Simon and Ed Crisford, 55.5kg)

10 NUMERIAN (IRE) (gelding, 7 yrs, Annabel Neasham, 55.5kg)

11 CAMORRA (IRE) (gelding, 6 years old, Ben and JD Hayes, 55 kg)

12 ALEGRON (gelding, 4 years old, James Cummings, 53kg)

13 STOCKMAN (NZ) (gelding, 6 years old, Joseph Pride, 54 kg)

14 YOUNG WERTHER (NZ) (gelding, 5 years old, Danny O’Brien, 54 kg)

15 VOW AND DECLARE (gelding, 7 years old, Danny O’Brien, 54 kg)

16 GRAND PROMENADE (GB) (gelding, 7 years old, Ciaron Maher and David Eustace, 53kg)

17 TRALEE ROSE (NZ) (mare, 6 years old, Symon Wilde, 51.5kg)

18 DAQIANSWEET JUNIOR (NZ) (gelding, 5 years, Phillip Stokes, 53 kg)

19 ARAPAHO (FRA) (gelding, 6 years old, Bjorn Baker, 52.5kg)

20 CRYSTAL PEGASUS (GB) (gelding, 6 years old, Chris Waller, 52kg)

21 SMOKIN’ ROMANS (NZ) (gelding, 6 years old, Ciaron Maher and David Eustace, 51.5kg + 1.5kg penalty)

22 EMISSARY (GB) (gelding, 6 years old, Michael Moroney, 51kg + 0.5kg penalty)

23 KINGDOM OF FLOWERS (mare, 6 years old, Anthony and Sam Freedman, 50 kg)

24 HIGH EMOCEAN (NZ) (mare, 6 years old, Ciaron Maher and David Eustace, 50kg)

25 INTERPRETATION (IRE) (horse, 5 years old, Ciaron Maher and David Eustace, 50 kg)

26 KING OF THE CASTLE (IRE) (gelding, 5yo, Robert Hickmott, 50kg)

27 SERPENTINE (IRE) (gelding, 6 years old, Robert Hickmott, 53.5kg)

28 CHAPADA (gelding, 7 years old, Michael Moroney, 52.5kg)

29 SAN HUBERTO (IRE) (horse, 7, Matt Cumani, 51.5kg)

30 SCHABAU (GER) (gelding, 8 years old, Robert Hickmott, 50kg)

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