Melbourne Cup Runners and Riders – All the Entries For 2023

It’s that time of year once again, as British racing fans set the alarm clocks a little earlier in preparation for one of the most famous and highly coveted flat contests of the season. 4 am UK time on Tuesday 7th November is the time and Flemington Racecourse Australia is the place for the 2023 edition of the Melbourne Cup.

With the final field confirmed and the draw made, we now have our final list of runners and riders ahead of “The Race That Stops a Nation”. With A$8 million in total prize money up for grabs, this contest invariably attracts the cream of the domestic talent, in addition to a smattering of overseas stars, and things are no different in 2023.

Lexus Melbourne Cup: Confirmed Field of Runners and Riders

Number Horse Jockey Trainers
1 Gold Trip James McDonald Ciaron Maher & Ed Eustace
2 Alenquer Damien Oliver Michael Moroney
3 Without A Fight Mark Zahra Anthony & Sam Freedman
4 Breakup Kohei Matsuyama Tatsuya Yoshioka
5 Vauban Ryan Moore Willie Mullins
6 Soulcombe Joao Moreira Chris Waller
7 Absurde Zac Purton Willie Mullins
8 Right You Are John Allen Ciaron Maher & Ed Eustace
9 Vow And Declare Billy Egan Danny O’Brien
10 Cleveland Michael Dee Kris Lees
11 Ashrun Kerrin McEvoy Ciaron Maher & Ed Eustace
12 Daqiansweet Junior Daniel Stackhouse Phillip Stokes
13 Okita Soushi Dylan Gibbons Joseph Patrick O’Brien
14 Sheraz Beau Mertens Chris Waller
15 Lastotchka Craig Williams Mick Price & Michael Kent Jnr
16 Magical Lagoon Mark Du Plessis Chris Waller
17 Military Mission Rachel King Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
18 Serpentine Jye McNeil Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
19 Virtuous Circle Craig Newitt Liam Howley
20 More Felons Jamie Kah Chris Waller
21 Future History Hollie Doyle Ciaron Maher & Ed Eustace
22 Interpretation Theodore Nugent Ciaron Maher & Ed Eustace
23 Kalapour Zac Lloyd Kris Lees
24 True Marvel Ben E Thompson Matthew A Smith


We look set to have the shortest-priced favourite in many a year in 2023, with the Willie Mullins-trained, Rich Ricci-owned Vauban proving all the rage in the market in the lead-up to the race. High class over hurdles, having landed the 2022 Triumph Hurdle, he has proven just as smart on the flat in winning four of his six starts. The pick of those efforts came when slamming reopposing stablemate Absurde in the Copper Horse Handicap at Royal Ascot. Still relatively unexposed as a flat performer, the five-year-old is the clear pick of the overseas raiders with Ryan Moore in the saddle. Also going for Ireland is Duke of Edinburgh Stakes winner Okita Sushi. He’s amongst the rank outsiders here but hails from the yard of Joseph O’Brien, who won this in 2017 and 2020.

Another runner who will likely be familiar to British racing fans is Without A Fight, who could manage only 13th in the race for Simon and Ed Crisford in 2022. Now in the hands of Anthony and Sam Freedman, the six-year-old arrives on the back of a win in the Caulfield Cup and will be hoping for better this time around. Serpentine, meanwhile, landed the Epsom Derby for Aidan O’Brien in 2020 and returns for another crack at this prize for Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott, having also finished down the field in 2022.

Leading the charge for the home team is defending champion Gold Trip, who will attempt to become the sixth horse to win Australia’s greatest race on more than one occasion. He’s top of the weights but was good value for that two-length win in 2022 and seems likely to make a bold bid.

The Chris Waller-trained Soulcombe is also prominent in the early market, having shown plenty of promise since making the switch from the William Haggas yard at the back end of last season. A winner over 1m6f during his time in England, he ran a nice prep behind Without A Fight in the Caulfield Cup and represents super sire Frankel.

Of those available at bigger prices, Vow And Declare has been showing signs of being back to something like his best of late, having won this back in 2019, whilst Japanese raider Breakup is a Group 2 winner in his homeland and adds to the international flavour of what promises to be a spectacular edition.