Definition of Melbourne Cup field in English:

Melbourne Cup field

noun

Australian
  • A large pool of applicants, especially for a job or contract.

    ‘the state-wide by-election attracted a Melbourne Cup field’
    • ‘A Melbourne Cup field of prospective captains keep publicly announcing they would be wonderful national skippers.’
    • ‘Party sources said a "Melbourne Cup field" was likely when pre-selection nominations were called.’
    • ‘With a Melbourne Cup field running in the election, it will be difficult for him to get back in.’
    • ‘It is an utterly pointless exercise to carry on about the primary vote, especially when you have a Melbourne cup field in a mid-term by election.’
    • ‘To many they are cannon fodder sprinkled through the group phase of World Cups that drag on for weeks before a veritable Melbourne Cup field is trimmed to a familiar few.’
    • ‘You're right that the minor parties will not do as well because of the Melbourne Cup field.’
    • ‘There's a Melbourne Cup field of incompetence to choose from.’