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Incentivise has been thrown a curveball ahead of Tuesday’s Melbourne Cup with Peter Moody’s three-time Group 1 winner drawing barrier 16 ahead of the $7.75 million staying test.

Last fortnight’s dominant 3.5L win in the Caulfield Cup saw the Moody team set their sights on the ‘race that stops a nation’, while the victory also saw the son of Shamus Award tighten into $2.30 in Ladbrokes’ All-In Melbourne Cup market.

Incentivise will be having his fourth run back as he steps out over two miles for the first time in his short career and will be saddled by top spring jockey Brett Pebble, who has ridden him to all three wins this prep.

Last year’s winner Twilight Payment, meanwhile, came up trumps in barrier 2 and is hoping to become the first horse since Makybe Diva to win the Cup two years running.

The Irish international pushed forward last year from out wide, but it appears Jye McNeil will have options this time around aboard the $11.00 pop.

After plenty of uncertainty, Spanish Mission will indeed take his place in the field, despite failing two vet examinations earlier in the week.

The American has been well-fancied in the leadup to the Cup and drew barrier 14 on Saturday – a gate that has produced three winners over the last 21 years.

Twilight Payment and Spanish Mission make up a smaller field of internationals in this year’s Cup, with the other headline acts being Herbert Power winner Delphi ($34), Bart Cummings winner Grand Promenade ($17) and last week’s Moonee Valley Vase place getter, Floating Artist ($16).

Speaking of headliners, it was announced right before Saturday’s draw that nine-time Group 1 winner Verry Elleegant would take her spot in the field for the second year in a row.

Chris Waller’s mighty mare finished four lengths seventh to Twilight Payment last year and was uncertain to run after finishing off only fairly for third in the Cox Plate last week.

James McDonald finds himself back in the saddle though, replacing his ride on Away He Went, who was scratched after a vet check earlier in the week.

Waller will also line up Great House in the Cup, winner of Saturday’s Group 3 Hotham Handicap over 2500m at Flemington.

The Irish import claimed the Newcastle Cup prior to a couple of strong finishes in The Metropolitan and the Caulfield Cup, making him one of the better roughies in the race at the $26.00 quote.

Barrier 5 has been the winningest gate in the Melbourne Cup, producing eight winners in the past.

The Chosen One, a son of Savabeel, has drawn the honours this year looking to bounce back from a disappointing performance when 14 of 18 in the Caulfield Cup.

Unfortunately, Camelot entire Sir Lucan has drawn the opposite in his first run under the care of Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott.

The four-year-old Irish raider has drawn barrier 18 for the Cup, a gate that hasn’t produced a winner in the 84 years barriers have been in use.

Finally, Geelong Cup winner Tralee Rose can be found at handy $18.00 odds hoping to become just the fourth horse and the first since Dunaden in 2011 to complete the double.

Ladbrokes’ 2021 Melbourne Cup market ahead of next Tuesday’s race, scheduled to run at 2:00pm (AEDT) can be viewed here.

2021 Melbourne Cup Final Field

No. Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
1 1131×33912 TWILIGHT PAYMENT (IRE) G 9 Joseph O’Brien Jye McNeil 2 58kg
2 111111×111 INCENTIVISE G 5 Peter G Moody Brett Prebble 16 57kg (1.5kg penalty)
3 17x2513x2x SPANISH MISSION (USA) H 6 Andrew Balding Craig Williams 14 57kg
4 x3112x2143 VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ) M 6 Chris Waller James McDonald 19 57kg
5 132113×950 EXPLOSIVE JACK (NZ) H 4 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace John Allen 4 57kg
6 x2606x3420 THE CHOSEN ONE (NZ) H 6 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Damian Lane 5 54kg
7 111x6x4210 DELPHI (IRE) H 5 Anthony & Sam Freedman Damien Oliver 3 53.5kg
8 1x610x5059 OCEAN BILLY (NZ) G 6 Chris Waller Damien Thornton 13 53.5kg (1.0kg penalty)
9 86541×0840 SELINO (GB) G 6 Chris Waller Ron Stewart 24 53.5kg
10 29431×0090 JOHNNY GET ANGRY (NZ) G 4 Denis Pagan Lachie King 22 53kg
11 3x8511x909 KNIGHTS ORDER (IRE) G 7 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Daniel Stackhouse 9 53kg
12 5x1244x373 PERSAN G 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Luke Currie 11 53kg
13 07422×4747 CARIF G 6 Peter & Paul Snowden Blaike McDougall 8 52.5kg
14 x663x00030 MASTER OF WINE (GER) G 7 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Fred Kersley 6 52.5kg
15 x22x722x54 PONDUS (GB) G 6 Robert Hickmott Rachel King 1 52.5kg
16 x221211251 GRAND PROMENADE (GB) G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Kerrin McEvoy 21 52kg (1.0kg penalty)
18 78333×0095 MIAMI BOUND (NZ) M 5 Danny O’Brien Patrick Moloney 17 52kg
18 x1510x0600 PORT GUILLAUME (FR) G 5 Ben & JD Hayes Harry Coffey 23 52kg
19 2324×37197 SHE’S IDEEL M 6 Bjorn Baker Craig Newitt 20 52kg
20 3x6133x086 FUTURE SCORE (IRE) G 7 Matt Cumani Dean Yendall 15 51.5kg
21 12114×3321 TRALEE ROSE (NZ) M 5 Symon Wilde Dean Holland 12 51kg
22 x55x011132 FLOATING ARTIST (GB) G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Teo Nugent 10 50kg
23 4×13275155 GREAT HOUSE (IRE) G 5 Chris Waller Michael Dee 7 50kg
24 x41x81x248 SIR LUCAN (IRE) H 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Glen Boss 18 50kg

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