2023 Geelong Cup Field & Betting Update: First Immortal Favourite

October 24, 2023

2023 Geelong Cup Field & Betting Update: First Immortal Favourite

The Mark & Levi Kavanagh-trained First Immortal is firm favourite to claim victory in Wednesday’s Geelong Cup 2023 field as the up-and-comer continues to chase a start in this year’s Melbourne Cup.

First Immortal

First Immortal is favourite to return to winning form in the 2023 Geelong Cup this Wednesday. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

A key lead-up into the ‘race that stops a nation’ takes place at the midweek meeting with a talented line-up of stayers facing off in the Group 3 $500,000 Geelong Cup (2400m).

The Geelong Cup has a good history of providing genuine Melbourne Cup contenders including three internationals to do the double: Media Puzzle (2002), Americain (2010) and Dunaden (2011).

First Immortal pays $2.60 in the Geelong Cup betting at Ladbrokes.com.au to salute on Wednesday on the back of a good second in the Group 3 The Bart Cummings (2500m) at Flemington.

The consistent Churchill four-year-old has won seven of his 14 starts to date but The Bart Cummings, where he went down 0.75 lengths to Future History, was his firsts Group assignment.

He was out wide that day (16 of 16) with 54kg and has the same weight here wide again.

Originally drawn barrier 15 the favourite comes into gate 13 with the current Geelong Cup scratchings: Spanish Mission (11), Sheraz (12) and Fancy Man (17).

First Immortal is 37th on the Melbourne Cup order of entry for the November 7 classic ahead of Wednesday’s race.

The danger at current Geelong Cup odds of $6 is the market mover Ashrun drawn the rails for Ciaron Maher & David Eustace.

Last Saturday’s Caulfield Cup winning jockey Mark Zahra has the ride third-up on the Authorized eight-year-old who remains lightly-raced for his age having his 17th start on Wednesday.

The French-bred gelding ran fourth to Steel Prince in the 2020 Geelong Cup, won that year’s Lexus  and then ran 10th in the Melbourne Cup when prepared by Andreas Wholer in Germany.

He had a huge break from racing spending over two years on the sidelines before returning this spring for Maher & Eustace.

Since his let-up the galloper has had two runs with the latest producing a sixth in The Bart Cummings under three lengths beaten when carrying 59kg.

He is back to 56.5kg now which is the current Geelong Cup top-weight with Spanish Mission (60kg) withdrawn.

The other best in betting are the Liam Howley-trained ATC Derby runner-up from the autumn Virtuous Circle ($6.50) and the imported More Felons ($7.50) having his first Australian run for Chris Waller.

Almanzor four-year-old Virtuous Circle is already assured of a run in the 24-horse Melbourne Cup field sitting 17th on the ballot, while European expat More Felons is 30th on the order of entry needing a win on Wednesday.

Despite scratching Sheraz from the field Waller still saddles-up four Geelong Cup hopefuls with More Felons joined by Timour ($101), Magical Lagoon ($19) and Mr Waterville ($17) to be ridden by Craig Williams.

The 2023 Geelong Cup is set to run as Race 7 at 4:00pm (AEDT) on Wednesday with full markets available by clicking here thanks to Ladbrokes.com.au.

2023 Geelong Cup Final Field & Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 4x339x3x78 SPANISH MISSION (USA) Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman Blake Shinn 11 60kg 110
2 5x22410x76 ASHRUN (FR) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Mark Zahra 1 56.5kg 103
3 1x1430x003 KING FRANKEL (IRE) Annabel Neasham Jamie Mott 3 56kg 102
4 72x295x080 SHERAZ (FR) Chris Waller 12 56kg 102
5 15x0x06x90 MAGICAL LAGOON (IRE) Chris Waller Damien Oliver 5 55kg 104
6 11265x728x MORE FELONS (IRE) Chris Waller Michael Dee 10 55kg 100
7 2x8802x090 VIRTUOUS CIRCLE (NZ) Liam Howley Damian Lane 4 55kg 100
8 2x858x5861 FANCY MAN (IRE) Annabel Neasham John Allen 17 54.5kg 99
9 13x5840x70 HIGH EMOCEAN (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Harry Coffey 16 54kg 102
10 x1390x7040 SIR LUCAN (IRE) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Ms Linda Meech 2 54kg 98
11 5x83300x95 AMADE (IRE) Phillip Stokes Zac Spain 13 54kg 97
12 9x0050x806 MOUNT POPA (IRE) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Jye McNeil 14 54kg 97
13 111011×212 FIRST IMMORTAL Mark & Levi Kavanagh Ms Jamie Kah 15 54kg 96
14 x7043100x0 TIMOUR (FR) Chris Waller Beau Mertens 9 54kg 95
15 1×23136713 FERAGO Patrick F Ryan Jnr Harry Grace 6 54kg 84
16 312x18x740 MR WATERVILLE (IRE) Chris Waller Craig Williams 7 54kg 84
17 1x558x3641 THE MAP Dan Clarken & Oopy MacGillivray Ben Price (a) 8 54kg 79

Table Credit: Racing Australia.


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