Melbourne Cup Hopes Face Off In 2023 The Bart Cummings Field

October 6, 2023

Melbourne Cup Hopes Face Off In 2023 The Bart Cummings Field

A ballot exemption for the world’s richest handicap is on offer at Flemington on Saturday with a line-up of Melbourne Cup hopefuls facing off in the 2023 The Bart Cummings.

First Immortal

First Immortal is favourite in the Lexus Bart Cummings 2023 at Flemington this weekend. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

The Group 3 $500,000 The Lexus Bart Cummings (2520m) is one of the key support acts on a bumper 10-race Turnbull Stakes Day card at Headquarters.

The Bart Cummings winner earns a ballot free ride into the iconic Group 1 $8.41 million Lexus Melbourne Cup (3200m) held back at the track on Tuesday November 7.

Almandin (2016) was the last horse to complete The Bart Cummings – Melbourne Cup double and betting on the former this year has First Immortal on top at $3.30 through Ladbrokes.com.au.

First Immortal is currently equal 59th on the Melbourne Cup order of entry as a $26 shot in all-in markets and is prepared by Mark & Levi Kavanagh.

Mark Kavanagh enjoyed Melbourne Cup success back in 2009 with Shocking and is hoping to have another genuine shot at the two-mile classic this spring with the consistent Churchill four-year-old.

The up-and-comer has won seven of his 13 starts to date and is a genuine Flemington specialist boasting three wins from four starts at the track.

He comes off a big 3.5 length romp home over 2000m at Caulfield carrying 63kg on September 23 and will be airborne back to 54kg in The Bart Cummings.

The favourite has the far outside alley to overcome but has previous winning form up to 2500m and looks a hard to beat fancy.

Three other runners are also under double-figures in The Bart Cummings betting this spring including the $7 second elect Goldman for Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott.

Jordan Childs rides the Verdi five-year-old who is already assured of a run in the 24-horse Melbourne Cup field sitting top of the ballot thanks to his stunning victory in the Listed Roy Higgins Quality (2600m) back in March.

This prep Goldman has had two runs when ninth in the Group 2 P.B. Lawrence and sixth last time out in the Group 3 Naturalism Stakes over 2000m.

He is tipped to improve third-up over further on Saturday from a favourable gate returning to Flemington.

Waterhouse & Bott saddle-up three horses in The Bart Cummings field with Goldman joined by Serpentine ($8.50) and Sir Lucan ($15).

The other best in betting at $7.50 is the in-form John O’Shea-trained Athabascan to be ridden by super hoop James McDonald.

The French-bred son of Almanzor chases a third win on the trot having won back-to-back Sydney races over the 2400m in September including most recently the Group 3 Colin Stephen Quality at Rosehill.

He makes his Melbourne debut on the weekend and is 41st on the Melbourne Cup ballot ahead of the event.

Ciaron Maher & David Eustace won last year’s Melbourne Cup with Gold Trip and the stable has four confirmed The Bart Cummings runners on Saturday along with the final emergency United Nations sweating on a start.

The team will be represented by last year’s Melbourne Cup third place-getter High Emocean ($31), Ashrun ($18), Interpretation ($16), and Future History ($14).

Craig Williams has the ride on the promising Showcasing gelding Future History who is lightly-raced chasing his sixth win at career start number 15 notably up in grade but with nice lead-up form and a good gate.

The Bart Cummings 2023 is set to run as Flemington Race 7 at 3:50pm (AEDT) on Saturday with the latest markets, courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au, available by clicking here.

2023 The Bart Cummings Final Field & Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 x5x22410x7 ASHRUN (FR) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Mark Zahra 18 59kg 103
2 x31x111x96 GOLDMAN (NZ) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Jordan Childs 2 59kg 103
3 472x295x08 SHERAZ (FR) Chris Waller Damien Oliver 4 58.5kg 102
4 020x129x24 SERPENTINE (IRE) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Ben Melham 15 58kg 101
5 0x1390x704 SIR LUCAN (IRE) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Ms Winona Costin 13 57.5kg 100
6 32x8802x09 VIRTUOUS CIRCLE (NZ) Liam Howley Damian Lane 6 57.5kg 100
7 8537Px9911 ATHABASCAN (FR) John O’Shea James McDonald 14 57kg 99
8 613x5840x7 HIGH EMOCEAN (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Harry Coffey 19 56.5kg 102
9 217x0020x0 HOPEFUL (FR) Annabel Neasham Chad Schofield 10 56.5kg 98
10 60847×7253 ALASKAN GOD Daniel Morton Ms Jamie Kah 1 56kg 97
11 45x83300x9 AMADE (IRE) Phillip Stokes Zac Spain 5 56kg 97
12 02x858x586 FANCY MAN (IRE) Annabel Neasham Jamie Mott 16 56kg 97
13 x5x8313x00 HASTA LA WAR Sue Murphy Ms Linda Meech 12 55.5kg 96
14 x6536Px325 INTERPRETATION (IRE) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Michael Dee (late alt) 17 55kg 95
15 61154×7212 FUTURE HISTORY (GB) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Craig Williams 3 54kg 93
16 15×0332361 MOSTLY CLOUDY (IRE) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Daniel Moor 9 54kg 92
17e 31115x2x31 CARINI (FR) Danny O’Brien Michael Dee 11 54kg 92
18e 7111011×21 FIRST IMMORTAL Mark & Levi Kavanagh Daniel Stackhouse 20 54kg 91
19e 4x11x71616 SHAIYHAR (IRE) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Beau Mertens 7 54kg 87
20e 17x41x9523 UNITED NATIONS (IRE) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 8 54kg 85

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

 

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