2023 Melbourne Cup Barrier Draw Confirmed: Vauban Draws Barrier 3

November 4, 2023

2023 Melbourne Cup Barrier Draw Confirmed: Vauban Draws Barrier 3

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The official Melbourne Cup 2023 barrier draw has been locked in with all 24 Melbourne Cup horses allocated their starting positions for the 163rd running of Australia’s most famous race on Tuesday at Flemington Racecourse.

Ryan Moore

Ryan Moore will get the run of the race from barrier three on Tuesday aboard the 2023 Melbourne Cup favourite Vauban. Photo: Steve Hart.

Race favourite, the Wille Mullins-trained Irish raider Vauban, will jump from barrier 3 with Ryan Moore to ride on 55kg first-up down under.

Vauban is sure to firm in his favouritism to win the Melbourne Cup after coming up trumps with the charmed gate that last produced a winner in fellow Irish raider Media Puzzle back in 2002.

Stablemate Absurde drew barrier eight with Zac Purton over from Hong Kong to ride the Ebor Handicap winner.

Japanese star Breakup will start from out wider in gate 18 as he looks to be the second Melbourne Cup winner from Japan joining Delta Blues (2006).

No Melbourne Cup winner had won from barrier 18 until the 2021 success of Verry Elleegant.

The other international raider in the 2023 Melbourne Cup field are Joseph O’Brien’s Irish galloper Okita Soushi with a wide barrier 20 draw for apprentice jockey Dylan Gibbons to overcome in his first Melbourne Cup ride.

Last spring Gold Trip won the 2022 Melbourne Cup from barrier 13 with the 57.5kg top-weight.

Race favourite Vauban will jump from barrier three in the 2023 Melbourne Cup field with fellow Irish raider Media Puzzle (2002) the last to win from that gate

This year he will be after back-to-back wins in the ‘race that stops a nation’ drawn gate two, one on theinside of the favourite, with the 58.5kg top-weight.

Last year’s Melbourne Cup winning barrier (13) was drawn this spring by stablemate Future History to be ridden by visiting English hoop Hollie Doyle as one of five in the field for the Maher/Eustace stable.

Gold Trip won the Melbourne Cup from barrier 13 last year and will defend his title from gate two in 2023

The last time back-to-back Melbourne Cup winners jumped from the same barrier was in 2012 and 2013 with Green Moon and Fiorente both saluting from gate five.

Barrier five is in fact the most successful in Melbourne Cup history producing eight winners since 1924 with Fiorente (2013) the last and is drawn in 2023 by the Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained Military Mission.

Barrier five has produced eight Melbourne Cup winners since 1924 and belongs this year to Military Mission

Barrier eleven producing seven Melbourne Cup winners is the next best and belongs on Tuesday by Ashrun to be ridden by three-time winning jockey Kerrin McEvoy.

The last Melbourne Cup winner to jump from the outside barrier was Brew from gate 22 in 2000.

This year the outside gate, barrier 24, was drawn by the Chris Waller-trained import More Felons.

Most Successful Melbourne Cup Barriers:

  • Barrier 5 – 8 wins (last win Fiorente in 2013) – Drawn in 2023 by No. 17 Military Mission 
  • Barrier 11 – 7 wins (last win Americain in 2010) – Drawn in 2023 by No. 11 Ashrun
  • Barrier 10 – 6 wins (last win Protectionist in 2014) – Drawn in 2023 by No. 24 True Marvel
  • Barrier 14 – 6 wins (last win Makybe Diva in 2005) – Drawn in 2023 by No. 23 Kalapour
  • Barrier 8 – 5 wins (last win Viewed in 2008) – Drawn in 2023 by No. 7 Absurde 

The 2023 Melbourne Cup runs as Flemington Race 7 at 3:00pm (AEDT) on Tuesday’s bumper 10-race card.

Click here for the updated Melbourne Cup 2023 odds thanks to Ladbrokes.com.au following the official barriers.

2023 Melbourne Cup Barrier Draw

NO LAST 10 HORSE TRAINER JOCKEY BARRIER WEIGHT PROBABLE WEIGHT PENALTY HCP RATING
1 x2570x4135 GOLD TRIP (FR) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace James McDonald 2 58.5kg 122
2 x69x00x059 ALENQUER (FR) Michael Moroney Damien Oliver 9 56.5kg 110
3 1x20x11x61 WITHOUT A FIGHT (IRE) Anthony & Sam Freedman Mark Zahra 16 56.5kg 1.0kg 118
4 x110x340x8 BREAKUP (JPN) Tatsuya Yoshioka Kohei Matsuyama 18 55kg 114
5 11x234211x VAUBAN (FR) Willie Mullins Ryan Moore 3 55kg 114
6 1x682x1437 SOULCOMBE (GB) Chris Waller Joao Moreira 4 53.5kg 115
7 3127x1261x ABSURDE (FR) Willie Mullins Zac Purton 8 53kg 110
8 11121×2505 RIGHT YOU ARE Ciaron Maher & David Eustace John Allen 15 53kg 114
9 x22460x022 VOW AND DECLARE Danny O’Brien Billy Egan 19 53kg 115
10 6x50x49621 CLEVELAND (IRE) Kris Lees Michael Dee 23 52kg 0.5kg 109
11 x22410x762 ASHRUN (FR) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Kerrin McEvoy 11 51.5kg 109
12 706x0x0074 DAQIANSWEET JUNIOR (NZ) Phillip Stokes Daniel Stackhouse 12 51.5kg 105
13 0x11x513x0 OKITA SOUSHI (IRE) Joseph O’Brien Dylan Gibbons (a) 20 51.5kg 109
14 2x295x0808 SHERAZ (FR) Chris Waller Beau Mertens 22 51.5kg 105
15 7x1x23x41x LASTOTCHKA (FR) Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Craig Williams 21 51kg 106
16 5x0x06x906 MAGICAL LAGOON (IRE) Chris Waller Mark Du Plessis 7 51kg 106
17 319×920141 MILITARY MISSION (IRE) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Ms Rachel King 5 51kg 0.5kg 107
18 20x129x243 SERPENTINE (IRE) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Jye McNeil 1 51kg 110
19 x8802x0908 VIRTUOUS CIRCLE (NZ) Liam Howley Craig Newitt 6 51kg 112
20 1265x728x5 MORE FELONS (IRE) Chris Waller Ms Jamie Kah 24 50.5kg 106
21 154×721213 FUTURE HISTORY (GB) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Hollie Doyle 13 50kg 109
22 536Px32591 INTERPRETATION (IRE) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Teo Nugent 17 50kg 103
23 213x3L7331 KALAPOUR (IRE) Kris Lees Zac Lloyd (a) 14 50kg 106
24 02813×8080 TRUE MARVEL (FR) Matthew Smith Ben Thompson 10 50kg 102

Table Credit: Racing Australia.


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