Mark Zahra is one of the most in-demand jockeys in the country having won 27 Group 1 races, but how many times has he actually won the Melbourne Cup?
Mark Zahra has ridden in six Melbourne Cup’s, and got his crowning moment in 2022 when partnering the Ciaron Maher & David Eustace-trained Gold Trip to victory.
Mark Zahra made the bold decision not too ride Gold Trip but to jump on Without A Fight for 2023, and the risk paid off. Not only did he manage to win his second Melbourne Cup in a row, but he also achieved the Caulfield Cup/Melbourne Cup double, which has not been done since 2001 when Ethereal secured the double.
Mark Zahra Recent Melbourne Cup Rides
|2023||1/22||Without A Fight||Anthony & Sam Freedman||16||56.5kg||$8.50||–|
|2022||1/22||Gold Trip||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||13||57.5kg||$21||–|
|2020||7/23||Verry Elleegant||Chris Waller||15||55.5kg||$10||3.85L|
|2019||19/24||Southern France||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||14||55.5kg||$26||6.55L|
|2018||10/24||Ventura Storm||David Hayes||7||54kg||$31||11L|
Who Did Mark Zahra ride in the 2023 Melbourne Cup?
Mark Zahra will reunite with Caulfield Cup (2400m) winner Without A Fight. Zahra was expected to partner with Gold Trip once again in the Caulfield Cup, but Zahra opted to stick with the Anthony & Sam Freedman-trained Without A Fight.
Without A Fight finished 13th in the 2022 Melbourne Cup when partnered by William Buick and trained by Simon & Ed Crisford.
Without A Fight
- Age: 7YO
- Color: Brown
- Sex: Gelding
- Sire: Teofilo (IRE)
- Dam: Khor Sheed (GB)
Without A Fight 2023 Melbourne Cup Odds
Career stats for Without A Fight (After Melbourne Cup Win)
- Career: 23: 11-3-4
- Flemington: 2: 1-0-0
- Distance: 2: 1-0-0
- Wet: 6: 2-0-2
- Good: 17: 9-3-2
- Group 1: 5: 2-0-0
- Win %: 47.83%
- Place %: 77%