The 2021 Melbourne Cup Order of Entry is yet to be declared, but Lew Dub is going to give Melbourne Cup-a-Files an ‘aniticipated’ version before the curtains are pulled on the official edition. The Racing Victoria document that outlines the conditions of entry has been published and there they say that the Order of Entry will be released no later than 17th September 2021 and possibly as early as the 11th September (click the links to see how Racing Victoria published conflicting timelines for Order of Entry publishing).
I have posted Spanish Mission to the number one or top weight position in the Order of Entry. Despite last year’s winner Twilight Payment being set for a title defence by Lloyd Williams, the form of Spanish Mission in coming a narrow second to Stradivarius in the Lonsdale Cup is supreme IMO.
I have lodged Sir Dragonet up at number three on account of his Tancred Stakes win. The Tancred is Australia’s only G1 weight for age 2400m race and in previous years the winner of that race has always ranked high in Melbourne Cup Order of Entry lists. I strongly doubt Sir Dragonet will contest the Cup but his ranking is unquestionable.
In the video from Lew Dub’s Personal Best posted to BitChute and YouTube you will see Lone Eagle and Glycon in amongst the top 20 but they have been removed from my printed version as news of their scratchings arrived after the recording of the video.
Other runners that rank highly in the Order of Entry that may surprise some include The Chosen One, Ocean Billy and Sweet Thomas. The Chosen One is ranked at 13 for his third place effort in last year’s Caulfield Cup and fourth in the Melbourne Cup. Ocean Billy is virtually assured of a Cup start after his Auckland Cup win earlier this year. My lofty ranking of Ocean Billy is backed by the fact that the Racing Victoria Executive General Manager of Racing actually made a phone call to trainer Bill Pomare urging him to put his entry forward for the race. Pomare must have been confused by when entries had to be registered just as I had. Running a tight ship is not what Racing Victoria is renowned for. Meanwhile, nine year old (10 by Australia’s spring racing standards) Sweet Thomas has received a handy ranking of 39 for his third in the Brisbane Cup this year. If he scrapes into the Cup and it’s a heavy track, include him in your exotic bets.
Below is a link to my ‘Anticipated’ 2021 Melbourne Cup Order of Entry. And remember before you make any early Melbourne Cup bets the current favourite Incentivise is not inside the 24 horse field according to my list and most likely not in the official edition.