The 2017 Melbourne Cup barrier draw is officially done! Find out how all the runners faired in the race that stops the nation and where they’ll get to in the run with our early speed-map, brought to you by Punters.com.au. Is your horse destined to be stuck behind a nuffie when the whips are cracking? Or have you drawn the perfect gate to deliver that Melbourne Cup dream? Find out below:
Tempo looks to be genuine. Cismontane and Gallante will look to cross from their wide draws with Tiberian pressing forward also from barrier 23. Should be run at a solid clip.
1. Hartnell (12) – Possesses good tactical speed and has plenty of options from his middle draw. Should get a lovely run in transit towards the front of the pack.
2. Almandin (14) – Jumped from barrier 17 in his Cup triumph last year. Will similarly drift to the back half of the field and look to hook out wide in the home straight.
3. Humidor (13) – Great draw for this Weir galloper. Will settle near the rear however where Shinn will look to smother him up and conserve his energy for that big finishing burst he possesses.
4. Tiberian (23) –Best form has been when racing right on top of the speed so will likely roll forward from his wide gate. Will be forced to course deep throughout however and the draw really hurts his chances.
5. Marmelo (16) – Likely to position towards the tail and settle in the three-wide line with a trail. Not a great draw for this bloke but he’s certainly still right in it.
6. Red Cardinal (24) – Coming up with the outside marble has really hurt this imports chances. Will be dictated to from the gate and be forced to go right back to the tail of the field.
7. Johannes Vemeer (3) – Should be able to take up a more prominent position than his last start where he half blundered the start. Great gate leaves him with lots of options and will lob close to the speed a few pairs back, will just need the breaks to come his way in the home straight.
8. Bondi Beach (1) – Horror draw for this gallopers get-back racing style. Inside peg will force him to into an awkward spot buried away on the fence around midfield and will need plenty of luck to feature.
9. Max Dynamite (2) – Has come up with a super draw which will allow him to be much more prominent than his previous Melbourne Cup run. Should settle just behind the leaders and get his chance.
10. Ventura Storm (6) – Perfect draw. Can position much closer than his last run and settle well into the first half of the field with plenty of cover. Will just need luck to get the right runs around the home turn.
11. Who Shot TheBarman (20) – SCRATCHED.
12. Wicklow Brave (8) – Super draw for this English raider. Was given no chance jumping from the outside gate in his last attempt at the Cup where he was wide throughout before setting a suicidal pace in front. Will take a sit today midfield and be afforded every chance if good enough.
13. Big Duke (5) – One of the big winners from the draw. He maps to score a beautiful run in transit in the front half of the field and will just need to be wary of those gallopers falling back into his lap in the final stages.
14. US Army Ranger (22) – Left with no option but to get back in the field in search for cover from the gate. Certainly hurts his chances and one of the big losers from the barrier draw.
15. Boom Time (9) – The Caulfield Cup winner should be afforded a great run in transit once again where he should settle in the vanguard just behind the leaders in the coveted 1/1. Will get every hope if good enough.
16. Gallante (18) – Lloyd Williams potential pacemaker in the race. Will roll forward to sit outside Cismontane up to the 3200m but no surprise to see him press on and set up a brutal pace. Could cause some traffic issues for other gallopers in the latter stages if he runs up to his price.
17. Libran (7) – Friendly draw will allow him to position midfield as opposed to the tail of the field where he settled last start. Another who has been a big winner from the barrier draw.
18. Nakeeta (19) – Tricky gate. Another who will be forced to drop back in search of cover and this raiders chances have definitely taken a big hit.
19. Single Gaze (11) – Super barrier for this mare. She’ll be able to take up a prominent position in the top six runners and she’ll get every chance.
20. Wall Of Fire (15) – Will look to settle much closer than his Australian debut where he ran on hard from the back of the field. Could be the big watch here from a barrier that gives him plenty of options.
21. Thomas Hobson (21) – Another import that has been dictated too by the barrier draw. No option but to drift back or risk being posted deep and will need plenty of things to go his way to be figuring in the finish.
22. Rekindling (4) – Tricky draw for the European three-year-old. His racing style is to get back and run on which may not bode well for his chances as he is likely to be cluttered up in traffic the majority of the race.
23. Amelie’s Star (10) – Great draw for this mare. Has shown great versatility to go either forward or back and should lob in an ideal position here in the front half of the field with plenty of cover.
24. Cismontane (17) – Lexus winner who will roll across from his wide gate and looks the designated leader. Will have plenty of company in Gallante and they will run this at a solid clip and make it a real staying test.
Has your runner been gifted that dream marble, or are your Cup hopes up in smoke? The big winners post draw look to be Johannes Vemeer, Ventura Storm, Big Duke, Single Gaze, Amelie’s Star and Wicklow Brave who will all be afforded great runs in transit and get every chance for Cup glory!