Can Breakup win the 2023 Melbourne Cup?

Can Breakup win the 2023 Melbourne Cup?

The Japanese have intentions of taking out Australia’s greatest race, as Breakup makes his way to the 2023 Melbourne Cup.

It’s the first time since 2019 the land of the rising sun has been represented in the race that stops the nation, with Mer De Glace managing a sixth-place finish after taking out the same year’s Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m).

Breakup profiles very, similarly, already running in the 2023 Caulfield Cup since arriving in Australia, finishing a luckless eighth of 18.

Prior to his arrival, his local Japanese form jumps off the page, with form behind the likes of the world’s highest-rated horse Equinox and a fourth-place finish behind Justin Palace in the Group 1 Tenno Sho (spring) (3200m).

There’s no doubting his staying credentials and can easily make an impact in this year’s Melbourne Cup.

When Will Breakup run in the Melbourne Cup?

The Melbourne Cup will be run on the first Tuesday of November in front of thousands of people in a jampacked Flemington Racecourse.

Breakup joins a quality 24-horse field contesting Australia’s greatest race over 3200m, all competing for their share in the $8.41 million prize.

Breakup Melbourne Cup 2023

Breakup (4)

T: Tatsuya Yoshioka
J: Kohei Matsuyama (55kg)
  • Age: 6YO
  • Color: Chestnut
  • Sex: Horse
  • Sire: Novelist (IRE)
  • Dam: Little Dun (USA)

Win: +1800

Place: +450

Best odds at Picklebet

Career stats for Breakup

  • Career: 22: 5-3-4
  • Flemington: 0: 0-0-0
  • Distance: 1: 0-0-0
  • Soft: 1: 1-0-0
  • Good: 21: 4-3-4
  • Heavy: 0: 0-0-0
  • Group 1: 4: 0-0-0
  • Win %: 23%
  • Place %: 55%

Melbourne Cup results for Breakup


Recent Form for Alenquer

Date Race Track Distance Placing Jockey Barrier Weight Odds Margin
Oct 21 Caulfield Cup Caulfield 2400m 8/18 Damien Lane 5 55kg $10 5.7L

Can Breakup win the 2023 Melbourne Cup?

The only Japanese runner in the 2023 Melbourne Cup comes in the form of Breakup. The Tatsuya Yoshioka-trained five-year-old has already made his presence felt in the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m), finishing a luckless eighth of the 18 runners. He was poleaxed between runners and lost all momentum under Damian Lane, spelling the end of his chances in that contest. He was clearly very forgivable on that effort, and you only need to peak at his local form to see how talented this son of Novelist can be. He was blown away by the world’s highest-rated horse, Equinox, in the Group 1 Takarazuka Kinen (2200m) at Hanshin, but prior to that was closing on the heals of Justin Palace in the Group 1 Tenno Sho (spring) (3200m) over the Melbourne Cup trip. Kohei Matsuyama makes the trip from Japan to steer home Breakup and will be seeking history, as the first winner from the land of the rising sun since Delta Blues in 2006. He is a first four hope.

Watch Breakup Finish 8th in the Caulfield Cup


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