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2023 Melbourne Cup Results
The 2023 Melbourne Cup results will be known when the race runs on Tuesday November 7, 2023.
- 1st: #3 Without A Fight ($8)
- 2nd: #6 Soulcombe
- 3rd: #14 Sheraz
- 4th: #11 Ashrun
The Anthony & Sam Freedman-trained Caulfield Cup winner Without A Fight was given a perfectly-timed ride by Mark Zahra, who opted to come off last year’s champ Gold Trip, to become the 12th horse in history to complete the Spring Cups double.
Zahra made up ground from the back hitting the front on the eventual 2023 Melbourne Cup winner the closing stages as Without a Fight charged strongly down the middle before drawing clear for an impressive two length victory over the Chris Waller-trained Soulcombe who missed the kick by three lengths.
Waller also prepared the third place-getter Sheraz who ran out of his skin as a triple-figure roughie to complete the Melbourne Cup trifecta.
2023 Melbourne Cup Results & Finishing Order
|1||3||WITHOUT A FIGHT (IRE)||Anthony & Sam Freedman||Mark Zahra||16||56.5kg||1.0kg||$8|
|2||6||SOULCOMBE (GB)||Chris Waller||Joao Moreira||2.25L||4||53.5kg||$9.50|
|3||14||SHERAZ (FR)||Chris Waller||Beau Mertens||2.75L||22||51.5kg||$151|
|4||11||ASHRUN (FR)||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||Kerrin McEvoy||4.75L||11||51.5kg||$26|
|5||12||DAQIANSWEET JUNIOR (NZ)||Phillip Stokes||Daniel Stackhouse||4.95L||12||51.5kg||$51|
|6||22||INTERPRETATION (IRE)||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||Teo Nugent||5.35L||17||50kg||$41|
|7||7||ABSURDE (FR)||Willie Mullins||Zac Purton||5.45L||8||53kg||$9|
|8||24||TRUE MARVEL (FR)||Matthew Smith||Ben Thompson||6.7L||10||50kg||$151|
|9||9||VOW AND DECLARE||Danny O’Brien||Billy Egan||7.45L||19||53kg||$31|
|10||17||MILITARY MISSION (IRE)||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Ms Rachel King||8.2L||5||51kg||0.5kg||$26|
|11||13||OKITA SOUSHI (IRE)||Joseph O’Brien||Dylan Gibbons (a)||8.4L||20||51.5kg||$101|
|12||20||MORE FELONS (IRE)||Chris Waller||Ms Jamie Kah||9.15L||23||50.5kg||$26|
|13||15||LASTOTCHKA (FR)||Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)||Craig Williams||13.15L||21||51kg||$26|
|14||5||VAUBAN (FR)||Willie Mullins||Ryan Moore||13.35L||3||55kg||$5.50F|
|15||21||FUTURE HISTORY (GB)||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||Hollie Doyle||14.1L||13||50kg||$18|
|16||4||BREAKUP (JPN)||Tatsuya Yoshioka||Kohei Matsuyama||14.3L||18||55kg||$18|
|17||1||GOLD TRIP (FR)||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||James McDonald||23.3L||2||58.5kg||$6.50|
|18||19||VIRTUOUS CIRCLE (NZ)||Liam Howley||Craig Newitt||32.3L||6||51kg||$151|
|19||18||SERPENTINE (IRE)||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Jye McNeil||32.4L||1||51kg||$41|
|20||23||KALAPOUR (IRE)||Kris Lees||Zac Lloyd (a)||32.7L||14||50kg||$41|
|21||2||ALENQUER (FR)||Michael Moroney||Damien Oliver||33.45L||9||56.5kg||$21|
|22||16||MAGICAL LAGOON (IRE)||Chris Waller||Mark Du Plessis||43.45L||7||51kg||$101|
|FF||8||RIGHT YOU ARE||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||John Allen||15||53kg||$31|
|10||CLEVELAND (IRE)||Kris Lees||Michael Dee||0||0.5kg|
Table Credit: Racing Australia.
The 2023 Melbourne Cup Horses are officially known when final acceptances are announced on the Saturday prior to the race following the VRC Derby Day action.
The Melbourne Cup 2023 field is released on November 4, 2023 with the confirmed Melbourne Cup horses to be detailed below.
The official 24-horse Melbourne Cup 2023 final field has been confirmed with the defending champion Gold Trip looking to go back-to-back with James McDonald coming aboard. Race favourite Vauban will wear the No. 5 Melbourne Cup saddlecloth first-up down under as one of four international raiders in the field.
The 2023 Melbourne Cup barrier draw took place on Saturday evening with the favourite Vauban drawing ideally with barrier three, while Gold Trip will defend his title one closer to the rails jumping from gate two. Click here for the full story.
- 2023 Melbourne Cup Scratchings Update: No. Cleveland (23) has been withdrawn on Monday evening due to an elevated temperature. Click here for the full story.
|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.
As one of the most prestigious horse racing events in the world, and the Melbourne Cup horses that line-up in the world’s richest handicap are the best in the business.
Many Australian trainers go through their entire career with the hope of someday having a horse good enough to enter the $8.41 million race on the first Tuesday of November, and more and more we are seeing imported Melbourne Cup horses bred to stay the testing two mile distance.
It is also becoming very common place to find a strong international charge with Northern Hemisphere-trained Melbourne Cup horses making a raid for the ‘Loving Trophy’.
Melbourne Cup history shows a number of recent internationally-trained Melbourne Cup winners including most recently Rekindling (2017), Cross Counter (2018) and Twilight Payment (2020) who held out two other raiders in an all-international Melbourne Cup trifecta.
In 2019 the locals were back in winning form with the Danny O’Brien-trained Vow And Declare becoming the first Australian-bred Melbourne Cup winner meanwhile since Shocking back in 2009.
The 2021 Melbourne Cup was won by the Chris Waller-trained Verry Elleegant over Queensland-bred Incentivise, while UK raider Spanish Mission ran third.
All three Melbourne Cup horses in the 2021 trifecta carried 57kg.
In 2022 the French-bred but Australian-trained Gold Trip for Ciaron Maher & David Eustace won the Melbourne Cup carrying the 57.5kg top-weight.
With only the very best stayers from around the globe being granted the honour of a start in the capacity 24-horse Melbourne Cup field, you can be assured that each year’s race will possess an incredible amount of talent and staying ability.
In 2023 the Melbourne Cup winner was the Irish-bred but Australian-trained Without A Fight for Anthony & Sam Freedman with the horse become the 12th in history to do the Caulfield Cup – Melbourne Cup double in the same year.