Can Absurde win the 2023 Melbourne Cup?

The second of two Willie Mullins-trained horses in this year’s Melbourne Cup comes in the form of Absurde.

The lightly raced six-year-old was able to secure entry into the race that stops the nation after winning the Class Ebor Handicap (2816m) at York on August 26. It was a tough effort by the son of Fastnet Rock, showing plenty of toughness to get the upper hand of his rivals.

You can easily tie his form through the stablemate and Melbourne Cup bookmaker favourite, Vauban, and although he was well-beaten at Royal Ascot, you’re getting a cracking price to find out if he can somehow turn the tables.

When will Absurde run in the Melbourne Cup

The Melbourne Cup will be run on the first Tuesday of November at Flemington in front of a solid out crowd.

It’s a stacked field of 24 taking on Australia’s greatest race, all vying for their chance to secure the $8.41 million prize.


Absurde (8)

T: Willie Mullins
J: Zac Purton (53kg)
  • Age: 5YO
  • Color: Bay
  • Sex: Gelding
  • Sire: Fastnet Rock (AUS)
  • Dam: Incroyable (IRE)

Win: +2500

Place: +550

Best odds at Bet365

Career stats for Absurde

  • Career: 15: 4-6-2
  • Flemington: 0: 0-0-0
  • Distance: 0: 0-0-0
  • Good: 7: 3-4-0
  • Wet: 4: 1-0-0
  • Group 1: 0: 0-0-1
  • Win %: 27%
  • Place %: 80%

Melbourne Cup results for Absurde

Absurde will make his Melbourne Cup debut in the 2023 edition on Tuesday, November 7.

Recent Form for Kalapour

Date Race Track Distance Placing Jockey Barrier Weight Odds Margin
Aug 26 Ebor Hanidcap York 2816m 1/22 Frankie Dettori 22 60.5kg $9.5
Aug 1 Listed Novice (Hurdle) Galway 33190m 6/9 Paul Townend/td> ? 72.5kg $1.67 9.3L

Can Absurde win the 2023 Melbourne Cup?

Absurde is the second of two Willie Mullins-trained gallopers heading to Australia for the 2023 Melbourne Cup. The son of Fastnet Rock warrants plenty of respect after gaining entry to this event after drawing away convincingly in the Class 2 Ebor Handicap at York on August 26. He was able to hold off all challengers under Frankie Dettori, despite lugging 60.5kg throughout the 2816m journey, and should have no issues staying the Melbourne Cup journey over 3200m. The five-year-old gelding boasts a second-place finish behind the current Melbourne Cup favourite and stablemate, Vauban, holding him in good stead for the first Tuesday of November. Hong Kong’s leading hoop Zac Purton makes his way back to Australia to take the mount, and with only 53kgs on his back, Absurde isn’t going to know himself. Consider him a genuine winning chance, despite the price.


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