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2023 Melbourne Cup Preview:
Track: Good Weather: Fine
A full field of 24, including two mares, will line up for Australia’s most famous race – the $8,000,000 2023 Lexus Melbourne Cup. Six of them had their last start in the Moonee Valley Gold Cup, five in the Caulfield Cup, four in the Geelong Cup, two in the Moonee Valley Gold Cup and two in the Herbert Power Stakes. Three had their last start overseas. Others runners came via the Cox Plate, The Bart Cummings, Bendigo Cup and the Archer Stakes. Ciaron Maher & David Eustace have five runners, Chris Waller has four, Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott have two runners, Willie Mullins has two and Kris Lees has two.
The favourite in the early betting is Vauban. He is one of two runners for Irish trainer Willie Mullins that has won on the flat and over hurdles carrying big weights and will be having his first run in Australia. Second favourite is Without A Fight who looked brilliant winning the Caulfield Cup. Third favourite is 2022 winner Gold Trip who is racing very well.
Soulcombe has talent but also has a bad habit of missing the start , which can be costly. Absurde is Willie Mullins’s second runner who won the Ebor Handicap at York and has also won over hurdles over long distances. Breakup is a Japanese runner who finished 8th inthe Caulfield Cup. Lastotchka is a lightly-raced French mare having her first Australian start. Future History led all the way to win The Bart Cummings, while 2019 Cup winner Vow And Declare is racing in great form. All other runners are currently $30 or longer.
As always there are many hopes in the Cup and a long price has never stopped a horse from winning.