Melbourne Cup form guide: find your winner here

Melbourne Cup horses 2019 | form guide, tips, odds, jockeys, barriers – all here.

The 2019 Melbourne Cup is almost here – time to check out the horses.

The Race That Stops a Nation is stacked with foreign stayers, as has become standard in recent years, but there are a couple of local hopes aiming for an Aussie win.

The field has been finalised for the 3200m Group 1 epic at Flemington, with $7.75 million prize money at stake. Useful information about race day can be found on our race day guide.

Here is our form guide, with all the key information with Richard Freedman's expert tips on this year's horses.

1. CROSS COUNTER (57.5kg, barrier 5)

Great Britain, 5yo gelding, Teofilo-Waitress

Jockey: William Buick

Trainer: Charlie Appleby

Career: 12 starts, 6 wins, 2 seconds, 1 third

Last 10: 4-2-1

Win range: 1710-3219m

Earnings: $6 million

Odds: $13**

The lightly-raced 2018 Melbourne Cup winner has been lumped with an extra 6.5kg for this year's run. He has been impressive in four races since his Flemington triumph, winning the Group 2 Dubai Gold Cup and being thereabouts in three Group 1s; the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot, the Goodwood Cup and the Irish St Leger. History and weight are against him, but must be respected.

2. MER DE GLACE (56kg, barrier 2)

Japan, 5yo stallion, Rulership-Glacier Blue

Jockey: Damian Lane

Trainer: Hisashi Shimizu

Career: 18, 8-2-5

Last 10: 7-2-0

Win range: 2000-2400m

Earnings: $5.5 million

Odds: $6.50

Won the 2400m Caulfield Cup, stamping himself as a serious contender, yet has never raced – let alone won – beyond that distance. The Japanese stayer won five consecutive races at home before saluting at Caulfield, but Group 3 was the highest-calibre victory. Rightfully rated a top chance and has firing jockey Damian Lane aboard, yet still has big questions to answer.

3. MASTER OF REALITY (55.5kg, barrier 1)

Ireland, 5yo stallion, Frankel-L'Ancresse

Jockey: Frankie Dettori

Trainer: Joseph O'Brien

Career: 12, 3-1-2

Last 10: 2-1-2

Win range: 2400-2816m

Earnings: $265,000

Odds: $26

Last won in April, in the Group 3 Vintage Crop Stakes (2816m) and has since placed in the Royal Ascot Gold Cup and run fifth in the Irish St Leger; each time carrying more weight than his Melbourne Cup impost. Doesn't present as a major chance – but he's a Lloyd Williams horse, purchased by the six-time winning owner with the aim of winning yet another Cup.

4. MIRAGE DANCER (55.5kg, barrier 13)

Great Britain, 6yo stallion, Frankel-Heat Haze

Jockey: Ben Melham

Trainer: Trent Busuttin & Natalia Young

Career: 17, 4-5-4

Last 10: 2-4-2

Win range: 1408-2412m

Earnings: $817,000

Odds: $34

Impressed in the Caulfield Cup, finishing strongly to place third behind Mer De Glace and Vow and Declare. Won a listed race in May, at Goodwood over 2412m, but has no wins of great significance to his credit. Hasn't run beyond 2400m and looks just short of class to be a true threat, but has clearly settled nicely in Melbourne.

5. SOUTHERN FRANCE (55.5kg, barrier 1)

Ireland, 5yo stallion, Galileo-Alta Anna

Jockey: Mark Zahra

Trainer: Ciaron Maher & David Eustace

Career: 14, 3-3-3

Last 10: 1-3-3

Win range: 2400-2816m

Earnings: $626,000

Odds: $21

Won a trial for the Irish St Leger and then backed-up a month later for third in the Group 1 staying race (2816m). Otherwise hasn't won since the Yeats Stakes in May last year, while his only other win is in a maiden. Form at the upper distances is encouraging, but hasn't had a tune-up run in Australia and doesn't seem like Melbourne Cup-winning calibre.

6. HUNTING HORN (55kg, barrier 11)

Ireland, 5yo stallion, Camelot-Mora Bai

Jockey: Seamie Heffernan

Trainer: Aidan O'Brien

Career: 23, 3-2-5

Last 10: 1-0-1

Win range: 2004-2500m

Earnings: $1.5 million

Odds: $34

Won the Group 2 Moonee Valley Gold Cup after arriving for his Australian campaign, though Kingston Rule (1990) is the only horse to have won the Melbourne Cup after claiming that 2500m lead-in race. Otherwise hadn't won since June last year, in a Group 3 over 2004m at Royal Ascot, while his only other win was a maiden. Placings chance.

7. LATROBE (55kg, barrier 22)

Ireland, 5yo stallion, Camelot-Question Times

Jockey: James McDonald

Trainer: Joseph O'Brien

Career: 15, 3-6-1

Last 10: 1-3-1

Win range: 2414m-2414m

Earnings: $2 million

Odds: $26

Stamped his class by winning last year's Group 1 Irish Derby, one of three victories at just beyond 2400m. Won the Group 3 Ballyroan in August and then finished sixth in the Irish St Leger. Hasn't had a tune-up run in Australia and but performed well at near the Cup distance in June, placing second in the Group 2 Curragh Cup (2800m). A Lloyd Williams horse, so can't be ignored.

8. MUSTAJEER (55kg, barrier 6)

Great Britain, 7yo gelding, Medician-Qelaan

Jockey: Damien Oliver

Trainer: Kris Lees

Career: 20, 4-3-3

Last 10: 2-2-1

Win range: 1600-2787m

Earnings: $1.4 million

Odds: $17

Ran a decent sixth in the Caulfield Cup, showing he's settled nicely in Australian conditions. Was ridden by three-time Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Damien Oliver and the pairing continues at Flemington. Ran third in the Group 1 Curragh Gold Cup in May, then fifth in the Group 2 Curragh Cup before winning the Ebor Handicap over 2787m at York. Worth considering.

9. ROSTROPOVICH (55kg, barrier 12)

Ireland, 5yo gelding, Frankel-Tyranny

Jockey: Dwayne Dunn

Trainer: David & Ben Hayes & Tom Dabernig

Career: 18, 4-2-2

Last 10: 1-2-0

Win range: 1408-2414m

Earnings: $1.3 million

Odds: $67

Ran fifth in both the Cox Plate and the Melbourne Cup last Spring Carnival, but has done little of note since. Has had three Group 1 races in Melbourne already this campaign, disappointing in each; seventh in the Makybe Diva Stakes, ninth in the Turnbull Stakes and 16th in the Caulfield Cup. Would need a massive form reversal to challenge and doesn't appear a genuine factor.

10. TWILIGHT PAYMENT (55kg, barrier 19)

Ireland, 7yo gelding, Teofilo-Dream On Buddy

Jockey: Hugh Bowman

Trainer: Joseph O'Brien

Career: 24, 5-9-5

Last 10: 3-3-1

Win range: 2414-3218m

Earnings: $500,000

Odds: $67

Won the Levmoss Stakes then the Curragh Cup before a disappointing seventh in the Irish St Leger. A genuine stayer well accustomed to going the long journey, but its win at the Cup distance was in a small race three years ago. Is racing lighter than usual, has decorated Winx hoop Hugh Bowman aboard and belongs to Lloyd Williams, yet is an outside chance at best.

11. FINCHE (54kg, barrier 4)

Great Britain, 6yo gelding, Frankel-Binche

Jockey: Kerrin McEvoy

Trainer: Chris Waller

Career: 14, 4-1-3

Last 10: 2-1-1

Win range: 1600-2500m

Earnings: $918,000

Odds: $10

Ran fourth in last year's Melbourne Cup with Zac Purton aboard and this year will be ridden by Triple Cup-winning jockey Kerrin McEvoy, who saluted on Cross Counter in 2018. Has had a lengthy and decent lead-up in Australia, winning the Group 3 Kingston Town Stakes at Randwick, second by a short head in the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes at Flemington and fifth in the Caulfield Cup after racing wide. A good chance that will be well backed.

12. PRINCE OF ARRAN (54kg, barrier 8)

Great Britain, 7yo gelding, Shirocco-Storming Sioux

Jockey: Michael Walker

Trainer: Charlie Fellowes

Career: 37, 6-7-5

Last 10: 2-1-2

Win range: 1609-3200m

Earnings: $1.4 million

Odds: $17

Won the Group 3 Geelong Cup (2400m) carrying 58kg last month, meaning it will hope to emulate modern champions Media Puzzle (2002), Americain (2010) and Dunaden (2011) by doing the Geelong-Melbourne Cup double. Also finished second in the Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes at Caulfield over the same distance last month. Ran third with Walker aboard in last year's Melbourne Cup and looks a genuine threat again.

13. RAYMOND TUSK (54kg, barrier 3)

Ireland, 5yo stallion, High Chaparral-Dancing Shoes

Jockey: James Spencer

Trainer: Richard Hannon

Career: 12, 3-3-1

Last 10: 2-2-1

Win range: 1609-2400m

Earnings: $426,000

Odds: $17

Hasn't had an Australian tune-up run and hasn't won since October last year, when he claimed the Group 2 Gran Premio at San Siro. Convinced his connections to have a shot at the Melbourne Cup in his last start, in the Ebor Handicap at York, where he came from last at 800m to finish a strong fourth; with a feeling that he could have won with better luck. Will go the distance and may place.

14. DOWNDRAFT (53.5kg, barrier 15)

Ireland, 5yo stallion, Camelot-Cinnamon Rose

Jockey: John Allen

Trainer: Joseph O'Brien

Career: 18, 7-2-1

Last 10: 5-1-1

Win range: 1408-2816m

Earnings: $469,000

Odds: $21

Won the Group 3 Hotham Handicap (Lexus Stakes) on Derby Day at Flemington and placed third in the Moonee Valley Gold Cup. Eleven horses have won the Hotham-Melbourne Cup double, including Brew (2000) and Shocking (2009). Won a pair of races in Ireland in July, including one at 2816m. A legitimate chance to feature at the finish.

15. MAGIC WAND (53.5kg, barrier 24)

Ireland, 5yo mare, Galileo-Prudenzia

Jockey: Ryan Moore

Trainer: Aidan O'Brien

Career: 19, 2-8-2

Last 10: 0-6-1

Win range: 2281-2405m

Earnings: $3.4 million

Odds: $26

Ran fourth in the Cox Plate (2040m) carrying 57kg. Last won in a Group 2 at Royal Ascot in June last year, but has been highly consistent since then. Hasn't won anything of great note and has never raced beyond 2400m, meaning there are huge question marks over her staying class. Ticks the jockey, trainer and weight boxes, but has the wide gate. Perhaps one for your exotics.

16. NEUFBOSC (53.5kg, barrier 23)

France, 5yo gelding, Mastercraftsman-Nonsuch Way

Jockey: Luke Nolen

Trainer: David & Ben Hayes & Tom Dabernig

Career: 13, 3-2-1

Last 10: 2-1-1

Win range: 1900-2400m

Earnings: $371,000

Odds: $151

Has been running in Australia since August and done very little, with its last start an underwhelming ninth in the Geelong Cup. Won in France at Group 3 level last year, but has never raced beyond 2400m and the bookies' prices tell you all you need to know about his Melbourne Cup hopes, especially with a wide gate.

17. SOUND (55.5kg, barrier 10)

Germany, 7yo stallion, Lando-Sky Dancing

Jockey: James Winks

Trainer: Michael Moroney

Career: 24, 7-2-1

Last 10: 0-1-1

Win range: 1600-3200m

Earnings: $499,000

Odds: $101

Has been outclassed in three Groups 1s so far in his Australian campaign; 14th in the Makybe Diva Stakes, seventh in the Turnbull Stakes and 10th in the Caulfield Cup, though he was heavily checked with 200m remaining in that last start. Doesn't present as a genuine chance despite being under Cup-winning trainer Mike Moroney.

18. SURPRISE BABY (53.5kg, barrier 20)

New Zealand, 5yo gelding, Shocking-Bula Baby

Jockey: Jordan Childs

Trainer: Paul Preusker

Career: 10, 5-1-1

Last 10: 5-1-1

Win range: 1200-3200m

Earnings: $724,000

Odds: $15

Won the Group 3 Bart Cummings Stakes (2520m) at Flemington last month, carrying 57kg. Also won the Group 2 Adelaide Cup over the 3200m distance during March. Didn't get much luck with the barrier draw but will be popular with punters, given it has decent credentials for staying the journey. Lightly-raced, down in weight and a decent chance.

19. CONSTANTINOPLE (52.5kg, barrier 7)

Ireland, 4yo stallion, Galileo-One Moment In Time

Jockey: Joao Moreira

Trainer: David & Ben Hayes & Tom Dabernig

Career: 9, 2-4-1

Last 10: 2-4-1

Win range: 1609-2012m

Earnings: $448,000

Odds: $8

Was held up and then checked in the Caulfield Cup yet still ran fourth, meaning he lost no admirers. Won a Group 3 race at Curragh in May, over 2012m, and then ran three consecutive second-placings around 2400m. Has caught the eye given that he bears similarity to recent Melbourne Cup winners Rekindling (2017) and Cross Counter (2019); a promising international four-year-old on the rise. Will start favourite or close to it, despite no results at Cup distance. Centre of an extraordinary story in the build-up: triple Cup-winning jockey Glen Boss was taken off the ride in favour of Brazilian hoop Joao Moreira.

20. IL PARADISO (52.5kg, barrier 17)

USA, 4yo stallion, Galileo-Famous

Jockey: Wayne Lordan

Trainer: Aidan O'Brien

Career: 8, 2-2-2

Last 10: 2-2-2

Win range: 2400-3200m

Earnings: $125,000

Odds: $15

Won a handicap at Curragh over the Cup distance in July, having won a maiden at 2400m in May. Hasn't had an Australian tune-up, with his last start a fifth-placing among eight in the St Leger Stakes at Doncaster. Like Constantinople, boasts an alluring profile that is perhaps creating more excitement than is due. Can't be ruled out, but his form line is unconvincing.

21. STEEL PRINCE (52.5kg, barrier 16)

Ireland, 6yo gelding, Nathaniel-Steel Princess

Jockey: Brett Prebble

Trainer: Anthony Freedman

Career: 21, 8-5-1

Last 10: 5-2-0

Win range: 1800-2800m

Earnings: $605,000

Odds: $67

Had no luck as he ran seventh in the Geelong Cup and showed a bit in the Groups 3 Naturalism Stakes (2000m) at Caulfield in September, suggesting that he could have fared better at the finish over a longer distance. Won't cause a great deal of excitement among punters, however, and seems unlikely to challenge.

22. THE CHOSEN ONE (52kg, barrier 18)

New Zealand, 4yo stallion, Savabeel-The Glitzy One

Jockey: Tim Clarke

Trainer: Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman

Career: 16, 5-2-0

Last 10: 3-0-0

Win range: 1400-2400m

Earnings: $654,000

Odds: $81

Ran fifth in the Caulfield Cup after a ninth in the Hotham Handicap, which followed an impressive win in the Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes (2400m), where he beat fellow Cup runner Prince of Arran into second. Also claimed a pair of Group 3 wins earlier this year, yet he has never raced beyond 2500m and looks a deep outside chance.

23. VOW AND DECLARE (52kg, barrier 21)

Australia, 4yo gelding, Declaration Of War-Geblitzt

Jockey: Craig Williams

Trainer: Danny O'Brien

Career: 12, 3-3-2

Last 10: 3-3-1

Win range: 1800-3000m

Earnings: $1.1 million

Odds: $11

An exciting local hope among a sea of foreign raiders who was second in the Caulfield Cup, running home strongly after a shaky bend. Also placed fourth in the Turnbull Stakes this campaign, won the Group 3 Tatt's Cup over 3000m in June and has a quality veteran hoop on board in Craig Williams for the Melbourne Cup. Will rightly start at short odds with the light weight and should threaten to snatch victory.

24. YOUNGSTAR (52kg, barrier 9)

Australia, 5yo mare, High Chaparral-Starspangled

Jockey: Tommy Berry

Trainer: Chris Waller

Career: 21, 4-1-4

Last 10: 0-0-1

Win range: 1500-2200m

Earnings: $999,000

Odds: $34

Hasn't won since May last year, in the Group 1 Queensland Oaks (2200m). Put in a solid run to finish sixth in last year's Melbourne Cup, though that was off the back of far more impressive form than she boasts this campaign. Ran third last start in the ATC St Leger at Royal Randwick (2600m), offering a glimmer of form. Looks a roughie, but had zero luck in her last start and might pull one out in the big race.

RICHARD FREEDMAN'S EXPERT TIPS

1. Mer De Glace 2. Constantinople 3. Finche 4. Hunting Horn

**All odds TAB, correct at time of publication.

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