How many Melbourne Cups has Mark Zahra won?

How many Melbourne Cups has Mark Zahra won?
Mark Zahra after winning the 2022 Melbourne Cup with Gold Trip. (Photo by Reg Ryan/Racing Photos)

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

Year Placing Horse Trainer Barrier Weight Odds Margin
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.

Gold Trip silks

Without A Fight

T: Anthony & Sam Freedman
J: Mark Zahra
  • Age: 7YO
  • Color: Brown
  • Sex: Gelding
  • Sire: Teofilo (IRE)
  • Dam: Khor Sheed (GB)

Without A Fight 2023 Melbourne Cup Odds

Win: +600

Place: +150

Best odds at Neds

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%


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