Melbourne Cup Form Guide

2023 Melbourne Cup Results

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

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.


  • 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.

Each year the Melbourne Cup form guide is the most important betting guide for punters and race fans on the ‘race that stops a nation’.

The Melbourne Cup 2023 form guide will be released as soon as the capacity 24-stayer Melbourne Cup field is announced on Victoria Derby Day, the Saturday before the Melbourne Cup.

Detailing all the facts and stats you need to know to place a winning Melbourne Cup bet, the Melbourne Cup form guide is a detailed breakdown of the field.

Info you will find in the 2023 Melbourne Cup form guide includes:

  • Melbourne Cup Barriers – what horses will jump from what gates
  • Melbourne Cup Saddlecloth Numbers – the saddlecloth number each horse will wear
  • Melbourne Cup Jockeys – the jockeys that will ride each contender
  • Melbourne Cup Trainers – which trainer is behind the horse you are backing
  • Melbourne Cup Weights – the handicap weight allocated to all the hopefuls

These are just some of the basic Melbourne Cup field and race information listed in a general Melbourne Cup form guide.

A more detailed Melbourne Cup form guide will include additional details of other important statistics, such as:

  • Win and Place rates for each horse
  • Last 6-10 runs by each horse
  • First-up and Second-up records of the gallopers
  • The Track & Distance records for the horses

If you are unfamiliar with how a form guide works, this article will help you understand the information found on the Melbourne Cup form guide so that you can make smarter picks.

Melbourne Cup Form Guide Facts

Melbourne Cup Trainers: Lee Freedman boasts five Melbourne Cup wins in the past 30 years so watch for Melbourne Cup horses from the Freedman stable in the 2023 Melbourne Cup Field. The Freedman family won a fifth Melbourne Cup with Anthony & Sam Freedman training Without A Fight for his 2023 success.

Melbourne Cup Jockeys: Damien Oliver, Glen Boss and Kerrin McEvoy have all  ridden three Melbourne Cup winners in the past 30 years so placing a 2023 Melbourne Cup bet on an in-form stayer with one of these hoops in the saddle could be a winning Melbourne Cup tip.

Melbourne Cup Barriers: The most successful Melbourne Cup barrier in the past 30 years producing four winners is barrier 11. Keep an eye out on the 2023 Melbourne Cup barrier draw released on VRC Derby Day on the Saturday before Melbourne Cup Day.

Melbourne Cup Favourites: Since 2005 the only Melbourne Cup favourite to salute for the punters was Fiorente ($7 in 2013) so looking at gallopers further down the 2023 Melbourne Cup betting markets is a better bet.

How to Read a Melbourne Cup Form Guide

Form guides are not entirely standard – one site may include more statistics, another might have information on how a horse ran in their last 6 races – but they tend to use similar terminology and abbreviations.

The following are commonly included statistics in a Melbourne Cup form guide that could have an effect on your bet. Entries on miscellaneous information have been omitted, as information such as horse colour will have no effect on your bet.

Saddlecloth Number – This is simply the number of the horse, which can be needed to place your bet.

Barrier – This is the barrier number that the horse will start in, usually presented as a number in brackets after the horse name.

Weight – The weight the horse will carry, this may be given its own section or may be found directly after the barrier number, weights are in kilograms, and you should look for a number less than 56kg.

Age and Sex – These are normally found together. Age will usually read “7yo”, and sex will either be written in full or abbreviated to the first letter. Sexes are Horse (full stallion of 4 years or older), Colt (male of 3 years or less, intact), Filly (female of 3 years or less), Mare (female of 4 years or older), or Gelding (castrated male horse).

Remember to look on your Melbourne Cup form guide for 4 and 5 year old full horses and geldings. These runners are statistically the most likely to win, while fillies and colts have not performed well in recent years. Mares can be worthwhile if they have proven themselves in other races.

Pedigree – The sire and dam of the horse. Can indicate the type of run that the horse is best suited to, as stayers tend to produce stayers and sprinters produce sprinters. This is often listed as just two horse names separated by a dash.

Form/Last 6 – This is the string of numbers and letters you see listed next to a horse’s name. It indicates at a glance how the horse performed in its last 6 runs, with the most recent result being the number on the far right.

Numbers from 1 to 9 indicate a finish in that position, while a 0 indicates a finish behind ninth place. Letters and symbols indicate falls, throws and other mishaps. Many online betting sites provide full race details, so there is little need to memorise all the symbols if you are just betting on the Melbourne Cup, as you can read the full race summary for the horse at sites like

Career – This is the number of races the horse has run and the numbers of wins, seconds and thirds. It is presented in a format of – Total Starts: Wins Seconds Thirds. An example is 5: 2 0 1 which would indicate a horse that has 5 starts with 2 wins, 0 second placings, 1 third placing, and the other starts not being place finishes.

Trainer – A horse’s trainer is very important, and you will generally want to support runners that come from one of the top Australian trainers. Bart Cummings is the most successful trainer of Melbourne Cup winners, with 12 wins from 1965 to 2009. Lee Freedman is the next most successful in the modern era, with 5 wins from 1989 to 2005.

Jockey – Despite what beginners think, a skilled jockey is vital to a horse’s success in the Melbourne Cup. If you don’t know anything about the jockey, check to see if the horse has any previous experience with that rider. It’s a good sign if the jockey has taken that horse to wins over similar distances before.

Fast/Good/Dead/Slow/Heavy/Wet – These are all different track conditions, and the statistics for them are similar to the Career stat, i.e. Wins Seconds Thirds, in those specific track conditions. If the track conditions on Melbourne Cup day are unfavourable for your runners, you will need to rethink the kinds of bets you will make.

First Up – How the horse has performed in their first race after a long break, written like the Career statistic. This won’t matter much in a Melbourne Cup form guide, as all the contenders will have raced many times in the weeks prior to the Cup.

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