Early Melbourne Cup Nominations & Official Order of Entry. Melbourne Cup final acceptances & weights. When is the Melbourne Cup? Tuesday 3rd November 2015 at 3pm Melbourne time.
Q: How is the final field of the Melbourne Cup decided, what are the ballot conditions?: 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) does not currently have a facility to accommodate more than 24 numbers in the system, 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 2015 Melbourne Cup?
A: Final Declarations will be taken by 4.30pm on Saturday 31st October 2015. 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 2015 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 are exempt from ballot and permitted an automatic entry to the Melbourne Cup should they decide to nominate:
2015 VRC Lexus Stakes
2015 Mackinnon Stakes
2015 MVRC Cox Plate
2015 MRC Caulfield Cup
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 February 2014 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 February 2014 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 February 2014 inclusive, won an internationally recognised Listed flat race run over 2300 metres or further, OR
D) since 1 February 2014 inclusive, won or was placed 2nd or 3rd in the York Ebor (UK) or Champions & Chater Cup (HK), OR
E) since 1 February 2014 inclusive, won the Northumberland Plate (UK), Cesarewitch (UK), or Queen Memorial Cup (HK), OR
F) was placed 6th, 7th or 8th in the 2015 MRC Caulfield Cup, OR
G) was placed 2nd or 3rd in the 2015 MVRC Cox Plate, OR
H) was placed 2nd or 3rd in the 2015 VRC Mackinnon Stakes, OR
I) won the 2015 VRC Turnbull Stakes, OR
J) won or was placed 2nd or 3rd in the 2013 Emirates Melbourne Cup, OR
K) won the 2013 Caulfield Cup
(All conditions may be subject to change at the discretion of the VRC, for the official conditions of entry for the 2015 Melbourne Cup go to melbournecup.com)
2015 Melbourne Cup Order of Entry FAQs:
Melbourne Cup 2015 Nominations & Order of Entry Conditions, Final Acceptors & Barrier Draw
2015 Melbourne Cup schedule for declarations of acceptance. (TO BE CONFIRMED)
12 Noon (Melb. time) Tuesday 1st September.
Any horse not previously entered may be nominated before 12 Noon Tuesday 8th Sept.
12 Noon Tuesday 6th October.
10.00am Monday 26th October.
Acceptances must be declared before 12pm Friday 30th October 2014.
Final field & barrier draw:
7pm Saturday 31st October.
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