Melbourne Cup Final Field and Barriers – 2015

View the 2015 Melbourne Cup Final Field and barriers with the race that stops a nation to be run on Tuesday 3rd November over 3200m at Group 1 level at Flemington racecourse.


Race 7 – 3:00PM Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200 METRES)
Of $6,000,000.1st $3,600,000, 2nd $900,000, 3rd $450,000, 4th $250,000, 5th $175,000, 6th $125,000, 7th $125,000, 8th $125,000, 9th $125,000, 10th $125,000 GROUP 1
Handicap, Minimum Weight 50kg, Apprentices cannot claim.Field Limit: 24


No Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty
1 SNOW SKY (GB) Sir Michael Stoute Ryan Moore 16 58kg
2 CRITERION (NZ) David Hayes & Tom Dabernig Michael Walker 4 57.5kg
3 FAME GAME (JPN) Yoshitada Munakata Zac Purton 12 57kg
4 OUR IVANHOWE (GER) Lee & Anthony Freedman Ben Melham 22 56kg
5 BIG ORANGE (GB) Michael Bell Jamie Spencer 23 55.5kg
6 HARTNELL (GB) John O’Shea James McDonald 17 55.5kg
7 HOKKO BRAVE (JPN) Yasutoshi Matsunaga Craig Williams 20 55.5kg
8 MAX DYNAMITE (FR) William Mullins Frankie Dettori 2 55kg
9 RED CADEAUX (GB) Ed Dunlop Gerald Mosse 8 55kg
10 TRIP TO PARIS (IRE) Ed Dunlop Tommy Berry 14 55kg
11 WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) Chris Waller Blake Shinn 6 54.5kg
12 SKY HUNTER (GB) Saeed Bin Suroor William Buick 7 54kg
13 THE OFFER (IRE) Gai Waterhouse Damien Oliver 13 54kg
14 GRAND MARSHAL (GB) Chris Waller Jim Cassidy 15 53.5kg
15 PREFERMENT (NZ) Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 11 53.5kg
16 QUEST FOR MORE (IRE) Roger Charlton Damian Lane 21 53.5kg
17 ALMOONQITH (USA) David Hayes & Tom Dabernig Dwayne Dunn 10 53kg 1.0kg
18 KINGFISHER (IRE) Aidan O’Brien Colm O’Donoghue 9 53kg
19 PRINCE OF PENZANCE (NZ) Darren Weir Ms Michelle Payne 1 53kg
20 BONDI BEACH (IRE) Aidan O’Brien Brett Prebble 18 52.5kg
21 SERTORIUS Jamie Edwards Craig Newitt 5 52.5kg
22 THE UNITED STATES (IRE) Robert Hickmott Joao Moreira 3 52.5kg 2.5kg
23 EXCESS KNOWLEDGE (GB) Gai Waterhouse Kerrin McEvoy 24 51kg
24 GUST OF WIND (NZ) John Sargent Chad Schofield 19 51kg


English trainer Michael Bell believes Big Orange can help him write an almost rags-to-riches Melbourne Cup story.

The five-year-old gelding had never travelled outside the United Kingdom, let alone spent a night away from his trainer’s Newmarket yard or the stud where he was born, before the 30-hour flight to Melbourne.

“He’s taken to it like a duck to water. In fact he’s thinking of emigrating,” Bell said joked on Sunday.

Bell never intended for the horse to run in another race here before Tuesday’s Cup.

“He’s got bags of experience, he runs well fresh so it was never my plan to give him a prep. He doesn’t need match practice.”

Big Orange is the first horse Bell has had in an Australian race and he is hoping the stayer can become the first English-trained Melbourne Cup winner.

“The Australian way of life suits me well and we were always very, very keen to have a go if we got the right one,” he said.

Even with a suitable horse, other factors come into play when you’re an international trainer eyeing a Melbourne Cup run including connections who are looking at upwards of $150,000 to come here.

“You need an owner with a deep pocket to be able to make the flight,” Bell said.

“You need a suitable horse – it’s probably ideally better off with a gelding so you’re not trying to protect stallion value by shipping them down here and shipping them back again.

“There aren’t that many particular horses that are suitable to come down for it and we’re lucky to have eventually got one, 26 years after I started.”

Big Orange shares a grand dam with popular Cup runner Red Cadeaux and while Bell trained his gelding’s mother, he believes the horse would have been overlooked had he gone to yearling sales because he is a box walker.

“He’s enormous. He’s not particularly fashionably bred.

“I wouldn’t say he’s completely a rags-to-riches story but it would be certainly a good story for me if he won anyway.”

Bell also believes he has the right jockey in Jamie Spencer, who arrives in Melbourne on Monday morning and will have to make the best of barrier 23.

“Jamie’s a world-class jockey, the horse is talented, so hopefully Jamie can wave his magic wand and we’ll get a good possie into the bend and away we go.”

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