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2023 Melbourne Cup Final Field and Draw - Vauban drawn perfectly in stall three

Last updated: 04 Nov 2023
Jon Vine 04 Nov 2023
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  • We bring you the final confirmed field for the 2023 Melbourne Cup
  • This huge handicap takes place at Flemington on Tuesday 7th November
  • Favourite Vauban has been drawn kindly in stall three
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Willie Mullins, trainer of Melbourne Cup favourite Vauban is seen after the barrier draw of The Melbourne Cup at Flemington. (Getty)

The final field was confirmed and the draw was made for the 2023 Melbourne Cup today.

"The race that stops a nation" will take place at Flemington racecourse in the early hours of Tuesday morning (GMT) and the final field of 24 runners has now been confirmed. Here's the field, jockey booking and the draw for the 2023 Melbourne Cup.

2023 Melbourne Cup Final Field

Weight (kg)
1 GOLD TRIP 58.5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace James McDonald
2 ALENQUER 56.5 Michael Moroney Damien Oliver
3 WITHOUT A FIGHT 56.5 Anhtony & Sam Freedman Mark Zahra
4 BREAKUP 55 Tatsuyra Yoshioka Kohei Matsuyama
5 VAUBAN 55 Willie Mullins Ryan Moore
6 SOULCOMBE 53.5 Chris Waller Joao Moreira
7 ABSURDE 53 Willie Mullins Zac Purton
8 RIGHT YOU ARE 53 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace John Allen
9 VOW AND DECLARE 53 Danny O'Brien Billy Egan
10 CLEVELAND 52 Kris Lees Michael Dee
11 ASHRUN 51.5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Kerrin McEvoy
12 DAQIANSWEET JUNIOR 51.5 Phillip Stokes Daniel Stackhouse
13 OKITA SOUSHI 51.5 Joseph O'Brien Dylan Gibbons
14 SHERAZ 51.5 Chris Waller Beau Mertens
15 LASTOTCHKA 51 Mick Price & Michael Kent Craig Williams
16 MAGICAL LAGOON 51 Chris Waller Mark Du Plessis
17 MILITARY MISSION 51 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Rachel King
18 SERPENTINE 51 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Jye McNeil
19 VIRTUOUS CIRCLE 51 Lian Howley Craig Newitt
20 MORE FELONS 50.5 Chris Waller Jamie Kah
21 FUTURE HISTORY 50 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Hollie Doyle
22 INTERPRETATION 50 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Teo Nugent
23 KALAPOUR 50 Kris Lees Zac Lloyd
24 TRUE MARVEL 50 Mattew Smith Ben Thompson

Ryan Moore will ride the favourite, Vauban for Willie Mullins, who will also be represented by Ebor winner Absurde. Defending champion, Gold Trip carries a kilo more on his back than when he won under Mark Zahra 12 months ago. Craig Williams comes in for the ride on Gold Trip this time around, with Zahra switching to Without A Fight, whom he rode to victory in the Caulfield Cup last month.

Gold Trip is one of five runners for Ciaron Maher and David Eustace, who also run Ashrun and Future History, ridden by Kerrin McEvoy and Hollie Doyle respectively. Rachel King rides Military Mission for Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott, with "Magic Man" Joao Morerira partnering Soulcombe for Chris Waller.

Japan will be represented by Tatsuya Yoshioka's Breakup. Two-time winner, Joseph O'Brien runs Okita Soushi. Former French star, Lastotchka makes his debut for Mick Price and Michael Kent. Familiar former European runners Alenquer, More Felons (was Scriptwriter) and Cleveland will represent Australian connections.

2023 Melbourne Cup Odds

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2023 Melbourne Cup Draw

1 Serpentine
2 Gold Trip
3 Vauban
4 Soulcombe
5 Military Mission
6 Virtuous Circle
7 Magical Lagoon
8 Absurde
9 Alenquer
10 True Marvel
11 Ashrun
12 Daqainsweet Junior
13 Future History
14 Kalapour
15 Right You Are
16 Without A Fight
17 Interpretation
18 Breakup
19 Vow And Declare
20 Okita Soushi
21 Lastotchka
22 Sheraz
23 Cleveland
24 More Felons

Willie Mullins and the Ricci's will have been delighted to see Vauban handed a kind low draw in stall three. Stall five has proven to be the most successful barrier in the Melbourne Cup, and that birth will be filled by Military Mission this time around. 

Gold Trip will break from stall two, having won well from gate 13 12 months ago. Absurde will break from stall eight, with the well-fancied Soulcombe landing a lovely draw in stall four.

A winner from stall 21 in 2021, Vow And Declare will have to cope with another wide draw, having been placed in stall 19. Without A Fight comes out of stall 16, with Okita Soushi, Sheraz, Cleveland and More Felons also landing unfavourably wide draws.

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