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Melbourne Cup Barrier Draw Announced

An equal-record number of international horses will take part in this year's Melbourne Cup with the 24-horse field announced on Saturday.

Gai Waterhouse-trained Excess Knowledge earned automatic entry with its win in the Group One Lexus Stakes on Derby Day.

Lloyd Williams' The United States also secured a last-minute berth after Williams' Amralah was withdrawn because of veterinary advice on a substance within the horse's system.

Both Excess Knowledge and The United States secured the last available places for Tuesday's big race.

Eleven international horses will be in the field, which equals the record set in 2011 edition, which French horse Dunaden claimed.

Chris Waller has the most entries of the Australian trainers with three - Preferment, last year's third-placed horse Who Shot Thebarman and Grand Marshal.

"This year it means that there are more here than there is prize money down to 10th. So we respect the fact they've taken up the challenge," Racing Victoria's Michael Burn told Channel Seven.

"Certainly, the quality of the international horses this year is particularly strong."

The barrier draw for the Melbourne Cup:

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