Melbourne Cup 2021: horses, field, order of entry, betting guide


It sounds extraordinary in a 24-horse Melbourne Cup, but punters have already said the big race is a two-horse war. Find out which horses to watch as the 2021 race approaches.

It sounds extraordinary in a 24-horse Melbourne Cup, but punters have already said the big race is a two-horse war with overseas invader Spanish Mission the only threat to favorite Incentivise.

With several injured contenders fallen by the wayside and out of the Melbourne Cup race in recent times, Incentivize is a huge losing result for bookies and is the favorite of $ 2.30 with fixed TAB odds.

However, the Spanish mission, formed by Andrew Balding, went from $ 8 to $ 6 since last week and was still at that rating after fellow international Away He Goes suffered a tendon injury and failed to participate in the Cup Wednesday morning.

“We took an $ 8,000 bet on Spanish Mission last week at $ 7, while a constant stream of small bets saw its price drop,” a TAB spokesperson said.

A TAB client is considering a potential raise of over $ 41,000 on Spanish Mission after placing a $ 3,500 multiple bet that started with two greyhounds who both won earlier this week.

The punter needs Spanish Mission, who nearly knocked out European champion Stradivarius in York in August, to win the Cup and get his multi back.

In the Cup, it’s not quite about writing your own post on anything other than the two fantasies, but there are no other double-figure runners and the champion in Twilight Payment title is next with most bookies at around $ 13.

Betting agency Ladbrokes said Incentivize was clearly their worst result at the Melbourne Cup, accounting for around 45% of their bets on the race.

“Peter Moody remains optimistic and we expect this strong support to continue,” said a spokesperson for Ladbrokes.

“Spanish Mission was our second best supported runner but still remains a small winning result for the book.”


Melbourne Cup Away competitor He Goes was excluded from the big race due to a tendon injury.

It comes barely 72 hours after Sydney champion jockey James McDonald took over the British challenger trained by Ismail Mohammed.

Away He Goes, a Group 1 Goodwood Cup finalist in July, was valued at the Melbourne Cup markets at $ 15.

McDonald’s was scheduled to ride Away He Goes for the first time during a track gallop in Werribee on Wednesday.

The Sydney star, who only last Saturday was denied the chance to team up with Zaaki in the Cox Plate, was keen to get a feel for Away He Goes on Wednesday.

“He’s similar in form to Spanish Mission and they gave him some good raps, so we’re going to go over that,” McDonald said on Tuesday.

“While his winning form isn’t great, I think he looks fantastic from the photos I’ve seen and can’t wait to see him tomorrow.

“It looks like a great race especially with the weight that has been allocated to him. Should be around the mark.

His exit is a hammer blow for Newmarket conditioner Mohammed and his connections. Australian company Twilight Payment, Pondus and Cup second-favorite, Spanish Mission, remain the only internationals trained in the northern hemisphere in the field of the Cup.


1. INCENTIVES G5 Peter G Moody 57 kg (penalty of 1.5 kg)

2. GRAND PROMENADE (GB) G6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 52kg (1.0kg penalty)

3. VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ) M6 Chris Waller 57kg

4. PAYMENT TWILIGHT (IRE) G9 Joseph O’Brien 58kg

5. SPANISH MISSION (USA) H6 Andrew Balding 57kg

6. EXPLOSIVE JACK (NZ) H4 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 54kg

7. JOHNNY GET ANGRY (NZ) G4 Denis Pagan 53kg

8. AWAY HE GOES (IRE) G6 Ismail Mohammed 54,5kg – BY INJURY

9. THE CHOSEN ONE (NZ) H6 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman 54kg

10. SELINO (GB) G6 Chris Waller 53.5 kg

11. MIAMI BOUND (NZ) M5 Danny O’Brien 52kg

12. SHE IS IDEAL M6 Bjorn Baker 52kg

13. OCEAN BILLY (NZ) G6 Chris Waller 53.5 kg

14 .DELPHI (IRE) H5 Anthony & Sam Freedman 53.5 (1kg penalty)

15. PERSAN G5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustache 53kg

16. ORDER OF KNIGHTS (IRE) G7 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 53kg

17. TRALEE ROSE (NZ) M5 Symon Wilde 51kg

18. CARIF G6 Pierre and Paul Snowden 52.5 kg

19. PONDUS (GB) G6 Robert Hickmott 52.5 kg

20. MASTER OF WINE (GER) G7 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 52.5kg

21. PORT GUILLAUME (FR) G5 Ben & JD Hayes 52kg

22. FUTURE SCORE (IRE) G7Matt Cumani 51.5kg

23. FUN FACTS G6 Bjorn Baker 51.5 kg

24. SIR LUCAN (IRE) H4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 50kg

25. MOSH MUSIC M7 Archie Alexander 50kg

26. BIG HOUSE (IRE) G5 Chris Waller 50kg

27. FLOATING ARTIST (GB) G6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 50kg

28. HASTA THE WAR G6 Sue Murphy 50kg

29. AMADE (IRE) G8 Phillip Stokes 52.5 kg

30. CONSTANTINOPLE (IRE) Aaron Purcell = 50kg

31. EMISSARY (GB) G5 Michael Moroney = 50kg

32. CHARISM OF THE KING (IRE) G5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace = 50kg

33. MANKAYAN (IRE) G6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 50kg

34. TOORADIN G5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustache = 50kg

35. YOU FORGET (NZ) C3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young = 49kg

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