Melbourne Cup field finalised

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The final 24 horses are in place to tackle Tuesday’s Melbourne Cup after the last few spots were confirmed on an action-packed Derby Day afternoon at Flemington on Saturday.

The big winner out of the late reshuffle of the Cup field was the Irish-trained Thomas Hobson, with the proven distance stayer slotting in late at No. 24 in order following the forced withdrawal of Jon Snow, who was ruled unfit to start by the Victoria Racing Club Committee acting on veterinary advice.

Hong Kong star Joao Moreira is booked to ride Thomas Hobson for Willie Mullins, who will also start Wicklow Brave and Max Dynamite.

For the connections of Vengeur Masque, it was once again a matter of so-close yet so-far.

Last year the horse was stranded outside the Cup field at 25th in order and that was the position he finished in again on Saturday night after running so bravely in the Lexus Stakes to finish a narrow second to Cismontane.

Cismontane was ridden to victory by Stephen Baster but as he is booked to partner Wicklow Brave in Tuesday’s Cup, trainers Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott moved swiftly to book Beau Mertens for the ride in the $6.2 million race.

The all-important barrier draw for the Melbourne Cup was to take place at Flemington on Saturday night at 7pm.

Melbourne Cup Final Field:

1. Hartnell (James Cummings) – Damian Lane – 57.5kg -12

2. Almandin (Robert Hickmott) – Frankie Dettori – 56.5kg – 14

3. Humidor (Darren Weir) – Blake Shinn – 56kg – 13

4. Tiberian (Alain Couetil) – Olivier Peslier – 55.5kg – 23

5. Marmelo (Hughie Morrison) – Hugh Bowman – 55kg – 16

6. Red Cardinal (Andreas Wohler) – Kerrin McEvoy – 55kg – 24

7. Johannes Vermeer (Aidan O’Brien) – Ben Melham – 54.5kg – 3

8. Bondi Beach (Robert Hickmott) – Michael Walker – 54kg – 1

9. Max Dynamite (Willie Mullins) – Zac Purton – 54kg – 2

10. Ventura Storm (David & Ben Hayes & Tom Dabernig) – Glen Boss – 54kg – 6

11. Who Shot Thebarman (Chris Waller) – Tommy Berry – 54kg – 20

12. Wicklow Brave (Willie Mullins) – Stephen Baster – 54kg – 8

13. Big Duke (Darren Weir) – Brenton Avdulla – 53.5kg – 5

14. US Army Ranger (Joseph O’Brien) – Jamie Spencer – 53.5kg – 22

15. Boom Time (David & Ben Hayes & Tom Dabernig) – Cory Parish – 53kg – 9

16. Gallante (Robert Hickmott) – Michael Dee – 53kg – 18

17. Libran (Chris Waller) – Dwayne Dunn – 53kg – 7

18. Nakeeta (Iain Jardine) – Glyn Schofield – 53kg – 19

19. Single Gaze (Nick Olive) – Kathy O’Hara – 53kg – 11

20. Wall Of Fire (Hugo Palmer) – Craig Williams – 53kg – 15

21. Thomas Hobson (Willie Mullins) – Joao Moreira – 52kg – 21

22. Rekindling (Joseph O’Brien) – Corey Brown – 51.5kg – 4

23. Amelie’s Star (Darren Weir) – Dean Yendall – 51kg – 10

24. Cismontane (Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott) – Beau Mertens – 50kg – 17

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