2021 Melbourne Cup Contenders

As the Melbourne Cup rolls around for another year, the main contenders are beginning to reveal themselves as they work through the earlier races in Australia’s Spring Racing Carnival. From the beginning of the carnival, right up to the day before the race, the main contenders can change so if you are keen to attend the event, or watch the televised race, then it is important to stay up to date with the horses that are in the running.


 Long-held to be the favourite to win the Melbourne Cup in 2021, Incentivise is one of the only single figure horses in the running. The Australian gelding has amassed nearly $1,500,000 in winnings and is considered to be an elite class of racehorse. Her last win, ridden by Brett Pebble was 16th October in the Caulfield Cup at the Caulfield racetrack. She looks to be a sure winner in this year’s big race.

Spanish Mission

 Although this horse missed the Caulfield Cup due to muscle spasms, he has been a consistently reliable horse throughout the last few years and is the second favourite behind Incentivise. The 5-year-old bay stallion has had 6 wins in his career so far, the latest being the Yorkshire Cup in May and came second at the Lonsdale Cup in August.


 Given that Delphi has won 5 races in his career, this 4-year-old bay stallion from Ireland is now one of the top favourites to win the Melbourne Cup. His most recent win was at Caulfield Racecourse on the 9th of October in the Herbert Power Stakes and was ridden by champion jockey Damien Oliver. Anthony and Sam Freedman are the powerhouse trainers who keep this horse as a top contender.

Grand Promenade

 This 5-year-old bay gelding from the UK has 8 career wins and definitely has the reputation and skill to win the Melbourne Cup. His most significant win to date was at Flemington on the 2nd of October earning $750,000 and increasing his Melbourne Cup betting odds. He has amassed over $1,000,000 in earnings throughout his career. Keep an eye on this one.

Away He Goes

This 5-year-old gelding from Ireland is trained by Ismail Mohammed and is no doubt a promising contender for the 2021 Melbourne Cup. He has been consistently successful since 2019 with his very first win as a three-year-old at Newbury in July 2019. He is going up against the big guns here at the Melbourne Cup and thanks to his training, may just have the stamina to pull it off.

Explosive Jack

This four-year-old bay stallion hails from New Zealand and is trained by prolific veteran trainers Ciaron Maher & David Eustace. He had a great win in April, beating fellow kiwi Young Wether. His Jockey was Irishman John Allen who has had a great deal of time with this horse and has ridden him for most of the horse’s career. If Explosive Jack can keep up his consistently great performance then he is certainly in the running for the Melbourne Cup, even though it will be his first time running the race.


Nothing is certain in this sport of Kings, especially with so many elite class horses racing on the day. With Incentivise being the clear favourite, it will be interesting to see who comes out on top.

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