Gold Trip: The Defending Champion
Gold Trip, last year's winner, is back to defend his title in the Melbourne Cup. He has been in top form and is fully fit for the race. However, it's worth noting that no horse has carried as much weight as Gold Trip and won in almost 50 years.
Alenquer: A Dark Horse
Alenquer, a former William Haggas runner, is a long shot in the Melbourne Cup. Although he has shown his best form over shorter distances, the booking of Damien Oliver as his jockey adds some intrigue to his chances.
Without A Fight: The Caulfield Cup Winner
Without A Fight, winner of the prestigious Caulfield Cup, is a strong contender in the Melbourne Cup. Despite a tricky wide draw, he has shown great form this season and has improved since moving to a new trainer.
Breakup: A Japanese Raider
Breakup, a Japanese raider, has been a consistent performer in hot contests in his home country. While he didn't stay in the Caulfield Cup, Japanese horses have a good track record in Australia, making Breakup a horse to watch in the Melbourne Cup.
Vauban: The Hot Favorite
Vauban, trained by Willie Mullins, is the hot favorite for the Melbourne Cup. He has been impressive in his recent runs, including a win at Royal Ascot. However, this will be his first time tackling the two-mile trip on the flat, and the race is expected to have a fast pace.
Soulcombe: A Strong Stayer
Soulcombe, an impressive winner at last year's Melbourne Cup, is expected to be a strong contender again. With the talented jockey Joao Moreira on board, he has a good chance of challenging for the win at a fair price.
Absurde: Another Mullins Runner
Absurde, another runner trained by Willie Mullins, is a strong contender for a place in the Melbourne Cup. He was a good winner at the Ebor and has the top Hong Kong jockey Zac Purton as his replacement rider. Ebor winners have a history of performing well in this race.
Right You Are: Needs a Step Up
Right You Are had a personal best performance in the Caulfield Cup, but he needs to step up his game for the Melbourne Cup. He didn't stay strongly in his previous race and has a less than ideal draw for this race.
Vow and Declare: Looking for Redemption
Vow and Declare, the winner of the 2019 Melbourne Cup, is looking for redemption after a disappointing 10th place finish last year. While he is in decent form and has less weight to carry this time, his chances of winning are slim.
Ashrun: A Solid Contender
Ashrun, who finished 10th in the Melbourne Cup three years ago, has made a strong comeback after a serious injury. While his performance in the Geelong Cup was solid, he will need to show a lot more to be a serious contender in this race.
Daqiansweet Junior: Needs to Step Forward
Daqiansweet Junior has been out of form recently and needs to make a major improvement to be a factor in the Melbourne Cup. His previous race at an extended distance didn't go well, and he will need to step forward significantly to have a chance.
Okita Soushi: Room for Improvement
Okita Soushi, a runner trained by Joseph O'Brien, had a poor performance in the Caulfield Cup. However, it was likely just a prep run, and he is expected to do better in the Melbourne Cup. That said, he still needs to show significant improvement to be a contender.
Sheraz: Outclassed in the Melbourne Cup
Sheraz has a modest record in Australia and his best performances have come on softer tracks. While he was well held in his previous race, he is expected to be outclassed in the Melbourne Cup.
Lastotchka: A Stayer with Potential
Lastotchka, a Group 3 winner in France, has shown strong staying abilities. While the quicker surface in the Melbourne Cup is a concern, she can't be ruled out with a good jockey booking and strong recent form.
Magical Lagoon: Struggling to Find Form
Magical Lagoon, winner of the Irish Oaks last year, has struggled since moving to Australia. He is unlikely to stay the distance of the Melbourne Cup and is expected to struggle in the race.
Military Mission: A Dark Horse
Military Mission has been a solid performer in recent races, winning a Grade 2 at Caulfield and the Newcastle Cup. While this is a step up in class, he has shown potential as a stayer and could surprise at a fair price.
Serpentine: A Classic Winner with a Challenge
Serpentine, the winner of the 2020 Derby, has only scored one victory since then. While he ran well over the Derby trip in his previous race, he needs the longer distance to bring out his best. He faces a tough challenge in the Melbourne Cup.
Virtuous Circle: Form Hit or Miss
Virtuous Circle's form has been inconsistent, and his best performances have come on bottomless ground, which is unlikely in the Melbourne Cup. He is not a strong contender in the race.
More Felons: A Hike in Class
More Felons ran well in the Ebor and has shown potential as a stayer. However, the Melbourne Cup is a big step up in class, and he will need to improve significantly to be a factor in the race.
Future History: A Big Price Contender
Future History, ridden by Hollie Doyle, could surprise at a big price. He ran well over a staying trip in his previous race and has a good jockey on board. While this is a big hike in class, he shouldn't be ruled out.