Melbourne Cup favourite Fame Game has drawn well, with connections picking barrier 12 in Saturday evening's draw for the $6.2 million big race.The 24-horse field had earlier been announced, with the Gai Waterhouse-trained Excess Knowledge and Lloyd Williams' The United States grabbing the last available places.
Excess Knowledge earned automatic entry with its win in the Group One Lexus Stakes on Derby Day, while The United States was the beneficiary of stablemate Amralah's misfortune.
Amralah was withdrawn from the race on Saturday by owner Lloyd Williams, after advice that a substance provided to the horse under vet's treatment would be out of the horse's system in 14 days proved 'negligent,' according to Williams.
Prince of Penzance drew the inside barrier, while Excess Knowledge drew the outside barrier 24.
Topweight Snow Sky drew barrier 16, the David Hayes / Tom Dabernig-trained Criterion drew barrier four, the other Japanese horse Hokko Brave will start from barrier 20, and Gai Waterhouse's other horse, The Offer, matched its saddlecloth with barrier 13.
Of the Australian trainers, Chris Waller leads the way with three entries - Preferment (barrier 11), last year's third-placed horse Who Shot Thebarman (six) and Grand Marshal (15).
Williams will also have three entries, with the Robert Hickmott-trained The United States (three) joined by Bondi Beach (18) and Kingfisher (nine) from Irish trainer Aidan O'Brien's stable.
Co-owner Nick Williams rejected suggestions that the Cup would come one year too soon for The United States.
"No, no ... after his Moonee Valley Cup win, the way he's come on, and trained on from that win, he's shown us that he really needs to run in this race this year," he told racing.com.
Jockey Joao Moreira will ride The United States at 52.5kg.
Godolphin trainer Saeed Bin Suroor was happy with Sky Hunter, who drew barrier seven.
"He's fine now, he just needs some luck, as usual," he said.
"It's very important for Sheik Mohammed, for UAE racing (to win the Cup)," he said.
"We have been here many, many times, three times we have come second, we are looking to win it this time."
Godolphin's other runner, the John O'Shea-trained Hartnell, drew barrier 17.
Freedman says Our Ivanhowe set to peakLee and Anthony Freedman's Our Ivanhowe drew two from the outside in barrier 22.
Asked whether Our Ivanhowe could give him his sixth win in the race, Lee Freedman said:
"No reason why not. I couldn't be happier with the horse, he's set to peak this week, and if we get any luck, he'll win."
"Even though it won't be an absolute wet track, there won't be that absolute sting in the ground given the forecast for the next few days.
"You've got to remember this horse may be six years old, but he's only had 14 starts. He's a very lightly raced horse and a very exciting horse."
Photo: The Ed Dunlop trained Red Cadeaux drew barrier eight for the 2015 Melbourne Cup. (Getty Images: Darrian Traynor)
Dunlop happy with old campaigner Red CadeauxEnglish trainer Ed Dunlop said his veteran galloper Red Cadeaux had drawn "everywhere" in his four previous attempts at the Melbourne Cup.
"He's got a good draw this year (in barrier eight)," Dunlop said.
"He's a year older, (but) the boys are happy with the way he's going. Fingers crossed."
Dunlop's other hope is Trip To Paris, who comes off a strong second in the Caulfield Cup.
"It was a great run, I know a lot of attention went on the Japanese horse (Fame Game), but I thought he was very good.
"He should appreciate a step up (in distance)."
Dunlop said no one was sure how much rain would fall between now and Cup time.
"The rain and the (race) tempo will be important," he said.
Mullins thinks Max's preparations have been DynamiteIrish trainer Willie Mullins was optimistic about the chances of Max Dynamite, who drew barrier two.
"We've been very happy with how the horse has settled in, and trained," he said.
"Lots of things have gone right for us, and the form is working out so we're here now and we're looking forward to it."
In this year's Lonsdale Cup Max Dynamite thrashed Trip to Paris to put him into consideration for this year's Cup.
"His previous race ... he came from a really wide draw for second. We thought that that could win us the Lonsdale Cup, what we didn't expect was how well he won it," he said.
"Then we decided that was our ticket to come across for the Melbourne Cup and we think everything has gone right."