Melbourne Cup Qualifying Races

Racehorse trainers and owners can secure an automatic entry in the Melbourne Cup by winning one of a selection of local or international stayers races, or by claiming the Australian Stayers Challenge series of races. This allows them to avoid the drawn out balloting process other horses have to go through before being confirmed in the final field of 24 for the Melbourne Cup.

More about the Melbourne Cup qualifiers

A win the following races will exempt a horse from the balloting process for the Melbourne Cup. Wins in some of these races are considered major career achievements in their own right.

Qualifying Races
Grp Race Name Age Sex Weight Distance Date
1 Caulfield Cup 3YO+ Open sw 2400 October
1 Cox Plate 3YO+ Open wfa 2040 October
3 Lexus Stakes 3YO+ Open hcp 2500 February
2 Doncaster Cup 3YO+ Open sw 3600 September
1 Tenno Sho (Spring) 4YO+ Open hcp 3200 April
3 The Bart Cummings 4YO+ Open hcp 2500 October
1 Irish St Leger 3yo+ Open sw 2816 September
2 The Sankei Sho All Comers 4YO+ Open sw 2000 September
1 Arlington Million 3YO+ Open sw 2011 November
3 San Juan Capistrano Handicap 4YO+ Open hcap 2736 April

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