Melbourne Cup Calendar

The 2023 Melbourne Cup calendar is highlighted by the Group 1 $8.41 million Lexus Melbourne Cup (3200m) held on Tuesday the 7th of November, 2023.

2023 Melbourne Cup Results

2023 Melbourne Cup winner Without A Fight 

2023 Melbourne Cup winner Without A Fight was excellent late winning by two lengths off his Caulfield Cup victory last month. Photo: Steve Hart.

The 2023 Melbourne Cup results will be known when the race runs on Tuesday November 7, 2023. 

  • 1st: #3 Without A Fight ($8)
  • 2nd: #6 Soulcombe
  • 3rd: #14 Sheraz
  • 4th: #11 Ashrun

The Anthony & Sam Freedman-trained Caulfield Cup winner Without A Fight was given a perfectly-timed ride by Mark Zahra, who opted to come off last year’s champ Gold Trip, to become the 12th horse in history to complete the Spring Cups double.

Zahra made up ground from the back hitting the front on the eventual 2023 Melbourne Cup winner the closing stages as Without a Fight charged strongly down the middle before drawing clear for an impressive two length victory over the Chris Waller-trained Soulcombe who missed the kick by three lengths.

Waller also prepared the third place-getter Sheraz who ran out of his skin as a triple-figure roughie to complete the Melbourne Cup trifecta.

Click here for the full story and to view the complete 2023 Melbourne Cup finishing order.

2023 Melbourne Cup Results & Finishing Order

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 3 WITHOUT A FIGHT (IRE) Anthony & Sam Freedman Mark Zahra 16 56.5kg 1.0kg $8
2 6 SOULCOMBE (GB) Chris Waller Joao Moreira 2.25L 4 53.5kg $9.50
3 14 SHERAZ (FR) Chris Waller Beau Mertens 2.75L 22 51.5kg $151
4 11 ASHRUN (FR) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Kerrin McEvoy 4.75L 11 51.5kg $26
5 12 DAQIANSWEET JUNIOR (NZ) Phillip Stokes Daniel Stackhouse 4.95L 12 51.5kg $51
6 22 INTERPRETATION (IRE) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Teo Nugent 5.35L 17 50kg $41
7 7 ABSURDE (FR) Willie Mullins Zac Purton 5.45L 8 53kg $9
8 24 TRUE MARVEL (FR) Matthew Smith Ben Thompson 6.7L 10 50kg $151
9 9 VOW AND DECLARE Danny O’Brien Billy Egan 7.45L 19 53kg $31
10 17 MILITARY MISSION (IRE) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Ms Rachel King 8.2L 5 51kg 0.5kg $26
11 13 OKITA SOUSHI (IRE) Joseph O’Brien Dylan Gibbons (a) 8.4L 20 51.5kg $101
12 20 MORE FELONS (IRE) Chris Waller Ms Jamie Kah 9.15L 23 50.5kg $26
13 15 LASTOTCHKA (FR) Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Craig Williams 13.15L 21 51kg $26
14 5 VAUBAN (FR) Willie Mullins Ryan Moore 13.35L 3 55kg $5.50F
15 21 FUTURE HISTORY (GB) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Hollie Doyle 14.1L 13 50kg $18
16 4 BREAKUP (JPN) Tatsuya Yoshioka Kohei Matsuyama 14.3L 18 55kg $18
17 1 GOLD TRIP (FR) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace James McDonald 23.3L 2 58.5kg $6.50
18 19 VIRTUOUS CIRCLE (NZ) Liam Howley Craig Newitt 32.3L 6 51kg $151
19 18 SERPENTINE (IRE) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Jye McNeil 32.4L 1 51kg $41
20 23 KALAPOUR (IRE) Kris Lees Zac Lloyd (a) 32.7L 14 50kg $41
21 2 ALENQUER (FR) Michael Moroney Damien Oliver 33.45L 9 56.5kg $21
22 16 MAGICAL LAGOON (IRE) Chris Waller Mark Du Plessis 43.45L 7 51kg $101
FF 8 RIGHT YOU ARE Ciaron Maher & David Eustace John Allen 15 53kg $31
10 CLEVELAND (IRE) Kris Lees Michael Dee 0 0.5kg

Table Credit: Racing Australia.


With edge of your seat races, flamboyant outfits and non-stop fun, the Melbourne Cup calendar is filled with spectacles not to missed as well as plenty of prime punting opportunities led by Melbourne Cup betting on the ‘race that stops a nation’.

Situated at the famous Flemington Racecourse in Victoria, the carnival is held from the end of October or early November for one week and features four top class days of racing not to miss.

The entire Melbourne Cup Carnival is centered around the world’s richest handicap – the Melbourne Cup – run on the first Tuesday of November annually as Flemington Race 7.

Having been run for over a century, the Melbourne Cup Spring Racing Carnival has become an important part of Australia’s cultural and social tradition. With names such as Phar Lap, Makybe Diva and Carbine, the carnival is by a long way one of the most inspiring pieces of our nation’s history and is growing each year. Each year over 700 million people from around the world turn on their televisions to watch the two-mile classic Melbourne Cup.

Over the course of four days – Victoria Derby Day, Melbourne Cup Day, VRC Oaks Day and Champions Stakes Day – allows spectators to see some of the world’s greatest horses compete for the lucrative prize money on offer across a host of Group 1 races.

The plethora of Group 1 Melbourne Cup Carnival races highlighting the Melbourne Cup calendar are headlined by the $8 million Group 1 Lexus Melbourne Cup (3200m), betting on which is open now at Ladbrokes.com.au.

2023 Melbourne Cup Calendar

The first meeting marked on the calendar is Victoria Derby day which features eight Group races headlined three Group 1 races. With all the events on this day holding Group status, the day is especially popular with those wanting to see the better horses of the carnival. The most important race of the day, the $2 million Victoria Derby (2500m), is a Group 1 set weight race over a distance of 2500 metres for three-year-olds. The race has seen many champion horses win including Phar Lap. The other elite levels on the VRC Derby Day card are the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) and the Group 1 Empire Rose Stakes (1600m). 

Next on the list is the prestigious Melbourne Cup Day, home to the world famous 3200 metre Melbourne Cup race. Worth over $8.41 million dollars in prize money and trophies, this particular race is the world’s richest handicap race and the Melbourne Cup winner takes home $4,400,000 plus trophies.

The race’s most successful trainer, the late Bart Cummings has taken home twelve winning titles. Known as “the race that stops a nation”, the Melbourne Cup calendar draws a crowd of over 100,000 people and these numbers continue to soar.

Known as “Ladies Day” at Flemington and run on the Thursday after Melbourne Cup Day on the Melbourne Cup calendar,  Kennedy Oaks Day is an amazing showcase of the nation’s finest three-year-old fillies compete in the $1 million Group 1 VRC Oaks (2500m). With so many women attending the race day, it is little wonder that the VRC Oaks Day also hosts the prestigious Fashions on the Field.

Marking the last day of the Melbourne Cup calendar, Champions Stakes Day (formerly Mackinnon Stakes Day) features three final Group 1 races. The day’s namesake race is the lucrative $3 million Group 1 Champions Stakes (2000m). Also held on the day are the Group 1 $3 million Champions Sprint (1200m) – formerly the VRC Sprint Classic – and as of 2022 the Group 1 $3 million Champions Mile (1600m) – formerly the Kennedy Cantala Stakes.

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