2023 Melbourne Cup Update: Cleveland Scratched – 23 Horses Remain

November 6, 2023

2023 Melbourne Cup Update: Cleveland Scratched – 23 Horses Remain

In heart-breaking news on the eve of the ‘race that stops a nation’ for trainer Kris Lees his Moonee Valley Gold Cup champion Cleveland has been scratched from the Melbourne Cup 2023 field due to an elevated temperature.

2023 Moonee Valley Gold Cup winner Cleveland

Moonee Valley Gold Cup winner Cleveland has been scratched from the Melbourne Cup 2023 field. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

The six-year-old Camelot entire was drawn the second outside barrier (23) and was to be ridden by Michael Dee who was chasing his first victory in the event.

The Group 1 $8.41 million Lexus Melbourne Cup (3200m) – which is set to run as Flemington Race 7 at 3:00pm (AEDT) on Tuesday – is now down to 23 horses with no emergencies allowed for the iconic two-mile showdown.

Newcastle-based trainer Lees informed Racing Victoria stewards his horse would not be fit to run in the 163rd edition of the Melbourne Cup only hours after Cleveland passed his RV mandatory veterinary inspection.

With Cleveland officially out of the mix, goliath owner Lloyd Williams‘ sole shot at an incredible eighth win in the Melbourne Cup lies with the rails-drawn Serpentine.

Serpentine is prepared by Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott and Jye McNeil, who won the race aboard Irish raider Twilight Payment back in 2020, has the mount on the $35 shot through Ladbrokes.com.au.

Lees meanwhile still has a chance at a maiden Melbourne Cup victory saddling-up last Saturday’s Group 3 Lexus Archer Stakes winner Kalapour on the three-day back-up.

Shocking (2009) was the last stayer to complete the Lexus – Melbourne Cup double and the latest Melbourne Cup 2023 odds online have Kalapour paying $51 to be the next from barrier 14 with apprentice hoop Zac Lloyd in the saddle.

The other horse under an injury cloud ahead of the race is the Michael Moroney-trained Alenquer.

He will be re-examined on Tuesday morning after presenting with mild lameness associated with a stone bruise on the weekend.

Click here for the latest Melbourne Cup betting markets courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au.

Updated 2023 Melbourne Cup Field & Barriers

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 (moves into 23) 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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