2023 Melbourne Cup Second Acceptances: 51 Stayers Still in the Mix

October 17, 2023

2023 Melbourne Cup Second Acceptances: 51 Stayers Still in the Mix

Fifty-one of the world’s best stayers remain in the mix for a shot at the famous Flemington two-mile classic on the first Tuesday of November following the 2023 Melbourne Cup second acceptances.

Gold Trip | Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos | Races.com.au

Reigning hero Gold Trip is one of the standout 2023 Melbourne Cup second acceptors for this November. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

Second declarations for the 163rd running of the Group 1 $8.41 million Lexus Melbourne Cup (3200m) closed on Tuesday leaving fifty-one hopefuls still looking to make the official 24-starter line-up on November 7th at headquarters.

The number of 2023 Melbourne Cup second acceptors is down slightly from the fifty-seven at the same stage last spring, but the quality remains outstanding.

There are five international Melbourne Cup-bound horses still in contention including the all-in favourite Vauban for Ireland’s Willie Mullins to be ridden by Ryan Moore.

The classy chestnut heads all-in Melbourne Cup betting at $4.40 through Ladbrokes.com.au to become the first international champion since Twilight Payment in 2020.

The galloper has a brilliant two-mile record (5:2-2-1), mainly in hurdle races, but is also a proven flat performer who has won his last two starts carrying 61kg.

He is allocated 55kg in the Melbourne Cup weights and is tipped to relish the track, distance and those kilos when he lines-up in Australia’s premier race.

Mullins also has the ballot exempt Absurde in the mix on 53kg with Hong Kong-based Zac Purton to ride the Ebor Handicap winner.

The current confirmed 2023 Melbourne Cup jockeys are: Ryan Moore (Vauban), Kohei Matsuyama (Breakup), Zac Purton (Absurde), Hollie Doyle (Future History), Kerrin McEvoy (Okita Soushi), and Blake Shinn (Spanish Mission)

Fellow Irishman Joseph O’Brien has prepared two previous Melbourne Cup winners with the aforementioned Twilight Payment (2020) and Rekindling (2017).

He returns in 2023 and has two of the five international entries with four-year-old grey Valiant King and recent Group 3 Irish St Leger third placed Okita Soushi with three-time winning hoop Kerrin McEvoy confirmed as the Melbourne Cup jockey for the latter.

Japan’s Breakup, rated a $9 chance to emulate Japanese-trained Melbourne Cup champ Delta Blues (2006), rounds out the international runners and will have Kohei Matsuyama in the saddle.

Reigning Melbourne Cup champion Gold Trip, who will carry the 58.5kg top-weight, is tracking towards a big title defence as the current $7 second elect after his impressive Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) win at the track last time out.

Gold Trip’s trainers Ciaron Maher & David Eustace dominate the Melbourne Cup second acceptances numbers-wise with seven.

Another of their contingent assured of a start is Future History with just 50kg to be ridden by England’s Hollie Doyle who will be down under for her career highlight ride.

Consistent six-year-old Future History enjoyed a ballot exemption with his three-quarters-of-a-length upset in the Group 3 The Bart Cummings (2520m) on October 7.

Almandin (2016) was the last horse to complete The Bart Cummings – Melbourne Cup double, and Future History currently pays $26 to be the next.

The other Maher/Eustace-trained runners are Right You Are, last year’s third placed mare High Emocean, United Nations, Interpretation, and Ashrun.

Chris Waller, who won in 2021 with his class mare Verry Elleegant, is also in the mix with seven Melbourne Cup second acceptors this year led by the $8 third elect Soulcombe.

The five-year-old son of Frankel has been racing well against top-class rivals this prep and was last seen crossing two-lengths back third to Gold Trip in the Turnbull.

The other best fancied from the Waller camp is another son of Frankel, Francesco Guardi, at $13 whose run for seventh in the Turnbull was better than it reads on paper.

The Melbourne Cup 2023 third acceptances close at 10:00am (AEDT) on Monday the 30th of October, 2023.

Click here for the latest pre-field odds courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au.

2023 Melbourne Cup Second Acceptances

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight True Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 3127x1261x ABSURDE (FR) G 6 Willie Mullins 1= 53kg 6.5
2 31x111x960 GOLDMAN (NZ) G 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 1= 52kg 7.5
3 2x7931x805 LUNAR FLARE M 8 Grahame Begg 1= 51.5kg 6.5
4 1154×72121 FUTURE HISTORY (GB) G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 1= 50kg 9.5
5 91x2570x41 GOLD TRIP (FR) H 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 5 58.5kg 1
6 6x69x00x05 ALENQUER (FR) G 6 Michael Moroney 6 56.5kg 3
7 x3x907x009 EL BODEGON (IRE) G 5 Chris Waller 7 55.5kg 4
8 4x339x3x78 SPANISH MISSION (USA) H 8 Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman 8 55.5kg 4
9 11x20x11x6 WITHOUT A FIGHT (IRE) G 7 Anthony & Sam Freedman 9 55.5kg 4
10 2x110x340x BREAKUP (JPN) H 6 Tatsuya Yoshioka 10 55kg 4.5
11 11x234211x VAUBAN (FR) G 6 Willie Mullins 11 55kg 4.5
12 39x8663x00 KNIGHTS ORDER (IRE) G 9 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 12 54kg 5.5
13 232821×057 FRANCESCO GUARDI (IRE) G 6 Chris Waller 13 54kg 5.5
14 x1x682x143 SOULCOMBE (GB) G 5 Chris Waller 14 53.5kg 6
15 223180×572 HOO YA MAL (GB) G 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 15 53kg 6.5
16 1x22460x02 VOW AND DECLARE G 8 Danny O’Brien 16 53kg 6.5
17 111121×250 RIGHT YOU ARE G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 17 53kg 6.5
18 15x0x06x90 MAGICAL LAGOON (IRE) M 5 Chris Waller 18 51kg 7
19 2x8802x090 VIRTUOUS CIRCLE (NZ) H 4 Liam Howley 19 51kg 7
20 7x1x23x41x LASTOTCHKA (FR) M 5 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 20 51kg 7
21 x641127x89 FAME G 4 Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman 21 51kg 7
22 12x530x950 EMISSARY (GB) G 7 Michael Moroney 22 52kg 7.5
23 13x5840x70 HIGH EMOCEAN (NZ) M 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 23 50kg 8
24 72x295x080 SHERAZ (FR) G 7 Chris Waller 24 51.5kg 8
25 706x0x0074 DAQIANSWEET JUNIOR (NZ) G 6 Phillip Stokes 25 51.5kg 8
26 26x50x4962 CLEVELAND (IRE) H 6 Kris Lees 26 51.5kg 8
27 34×21225 VALIANT KING (GB) H 4 Joseph O’Brien 27 50kg 8
28 00x11x513x OKITA SOUSHI (IRE) H 6 Joseph O’Brien 28 51.5kg 8
29 319×920141 MILITARY MISSION (IRE) G 6 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 29 51kg 0.5kg 8.5
30 1x1430x003 KING FRANKEL (IRE) G 6 Annabel Neasham 30 51kg 8.5
31 20x129x243 SERPENTINE (IRE) G 7 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 31 51kg 8.5
32 11265x728x SCRIPTWRITER (IRE) G 5 Chris Waller 32 50.5kg 9
33 302813×808 TRUE MARVEL (FR) G 8 Matthew Smith 33 50kg 9.5
34 31413×3221 LADIES MAN (NZ) G 6 Allan Sharrock 34 50kg 9.5
35 537Px99118 ATHABASCAN (FR) G 5 John O’Shea 35 50kg 9.5
36 7x41x95232 UNITED NATIONS (IRE) H 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 36 50kg 9.5
37 2x858x5861 FANCY MAN (IRE) G 6 Annabel Neasham 37 50kg 9.5
38 5x8313x006 HASTA LA WAR G 8 Sue Murphy 38 50kg 9.5
39 111011×212 FIRST IMMORTAL G 4 Mark & Levi Kavanagh 39 50kg 9.5
40 1213x3L733 KALAPOUR (IRE) G 7 Kris Lees 40 50kg 9.5
41 6536Px3259 INTERPRETATION (IRE) G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 41 50kg 9.5
42 7720×00407 RAGING BULL G 5 Mark Minervini 42 50kg 9.5
43 1×23136713 FERAGO G 7 Patrick F Ryan Jnr 43 50kg 9.5
44 5x83300x95 AMADE (IRE) G 10 Phillip Stokes 44 50kg 9.5
45 5x22410x76 ASHRUN (FR) G 8 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 45 51.5kg 8
46 1115x2x315 CARINI (FR) G 5 Danny O’Brien 46= 50kg 9.5
47 15931×1736 DENY KNOWLEDGE (IRE) M 6 Michael Kent 46= 50kg 9.5
48 x13x4321x2 GREGOLIMO (FR) G 6 Michael Moroney 46= 50kg 9.5
49 5×03323614 MOSTLY CLOUDY (IRE) G 5 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 46= 50kg 9.5
50 1x558x3641 THE MAP M 5 Dan Clarken & Oopy MacGillivray 46= 50kg 9.5
51 53331 MEDATSU (NZ) G 3 Chris Waller 46= 49kg 9.5

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

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