Early Melbourne Cup Nominations & Official Order of Entry. Melbourne Cup final acceptances & weights. When is the Melbourne Cup? Tuesday 4th November 2014 at 3pm Melbourne time.
Q: How is the final field of the Melbourne Cup decided, what are the ballot conditions?
A: The final field of the Melbourne Cup is determined by the board of the VRC subject to certain conditions. The VRC board, at its discretion, may eliminate a horse(s) from the final field of 24 in certain circumstances. If such discretionary elimination does occur, replacement of such a horse will be according to the balloting order with the next horse in the order of entry making its way into the final field of 24. Horses outside of the top 24 will not be promoted over other horses.
Q: Why are there no emergencies in the Melbourne Cup?
A: The Australian totalisator (TAB) simply does not have a facility to accommodate more than 24 runners in a field, so there can be no number 25 or 26 etc. In other countries this is overcome by giving an emergency runner the saddlecloth number of a scratched horse, but this is not permitted in Australia as it is believed it would have a negative impact on turnover.
Q: When are final acceptances for the 2014 Melbourne Cup?
A: Final Declarations will be taken by 4.30pm on Saturday 1st November 2014 The final field and barrier draw are announced a short time later. Final acceptances are taken on the understanding the horse would be fit enough to race if the Melbourne Cup were held on the day of final declarations. The final field and barrier draw for the 2014 Melbourne Cup will be published here.
Q: Are the winners of certain races guaranteed entry to the Melbourne Cup?
A: The winners of the following races in 2014 are exempt from ballot and permitted an automatic entry to the Melbourne Cup should they decide to nominate:
VRC Lexus Stakes
VRC Victoria Derby
VRC Mackinnon Stakes
MVRC Cox Plate
MRC Caulfield Cup
Irish St Leger
Tenno Sho (Japan)
The remaining final acceptors shall be eliminated in the following order until the limit of 24 is reached:
Horses (other than those above) that:
A) since 1 August 2012 inclusive have won, or been placed 2nd or 3rd in an internationally recognised Group or Graded flat race run over 2300 metres or further; OR
B) since 1 August 2012 inclusive have been placed 4th or 5th in an internationally recognised Group 1 or Grade 1 flat race run over 2300 metres or further in which horses older than 3 years old could run, OR
C) since 1 August 2012 inclusive have won an internationally recognised Listed flat race run over 2300 metres or further, OR
D) since 1 August 2012 inclusive have won or been placed 2nd or 3rd in the York Ebor (UK), Northumberland Plate (UK), Cesarewitch (UK), Champions & Chater Cup (HK) or Queen Mother Memorial Cup (HK), OR
E) placed 6th, 7th or 8th in the 2014 MRC Caulfield Cup, OR
F) placed 2nd or 3rd in the 2014 MVRC Cox Plate, OR
G) placed 2nd or 3rd in the 2014 VRC Mackinnon Stakes, OR
H) won the 2014 VRC Turnbull Stakes
2014 Melbourne Cup Ballot Nominations Order of Entry FAQs:
Melbourne Cup 2014 Nominations & Order of Entry Conditions, Final Acceptors & Barrier Draw
The order of entry for the 2014 Melbourne Cup will be updated here following the publication of first entries in early September.
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Schedule for declarations of acceptance for the 2014 Melbourne Cup:
12 Noon (Melb. time) Tuesday 2nd September.
Any horse not previously entered may be nominated before 12 Noon Tuesday 9th Sept.
12 Noon Tuesday 7th October.
10.00am Monday 27th October.
4.30pm Saturday 1st November.
Handicaps will be declared not later than
Tuesday 16 September 2014.
Melbourne Cup 2014 Updated 21/07/14
The Melbourne Cup will be run at 3pm local time on Tuesday 4th November 2014. Here are the current top picks in early Melbourne Cup betting before nominations. Betting is all in, Win or Each Way paying 4 places. Click on any horse to see the latest Sportsbet betting market in full, more selections available on request.