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.
|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|
|3||San Juan Capistrano Handicap||4YO+||Open||hcap||2736||April|