The Ciaron Maher & David Eustace-trained Gold Trip looks to do something that only four horses have ever done and that is to go back-to-back in the Melbourne Cup.
Gold trip looks to be making the same patterns as his winning year last year after having finished third in the Caulfield Cup two starts back, the seven-year-old simply had no luck in the Cox Plate last time out when finishing fifth of 12.
He needs to carry the topweight of 58.5kg in the Cup and despite having just three wins (2 x Group 1, 1 x Group 2) to his name so far in his career, Gold Trip is deemed to be a big chance heading into the race that stops the nation as one of the bookmaker favourties.
When will Gold Trip run in the Melbourne Cup?
The Melbourne Cup will be run on the first Tuesday in November at Flemington in front of a sold out crowd.
The one thing that hasn’t changed about the 2023 Melbourne Cup is the horses.
Once again The Cup has brought together an elite field of Melbourne Cup horses to contest the two mile race for $8.41 million.
Gold Trip (2)
- Age: 7YO
- Color: Bay
- Sex: Horse
- Sire: Outstrip (GB)
- Dam: Sarvana (USA)
Career stats for Gold Trip
- Career: 24: 3-5-5
- Flemington: 3: 2-0-0
- Distance: 2: 1-0-0
- Good: 9: 1-1-2
- Wet: 15: 2-4-3
- Group 1: 15: 2-2-3
- Win %: 13%
- Place %: 54%
Melbourne Cup results for Gold Trip
|2022||1/22||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||Mark Zahra||13||57.5kg||$21||–|
Recent Form for Gold Trip
|Oct 28||Cox Plate||Moonee Valley||2040m||5/12||Mark Zahra||8||59kg||$7.50||1.4L|
|Oct 21||Caulfield Cup||Caulfield||2400m||3/18||Ben Melham||11||58.5kg||$6.50||2.2L|
|Oct 7||Turnbull Stakes||Flemington||2000m||1/16||Mark Zahra||16||58kg||$19||–|
|Sep 9||BM100||Moonee Valley||2040m||4/14||Mark Zahra||12||62kg||$10||1.1L|
Can Gold Trip win the 2023 Melbourne Cup?
The reigning Melbourne Cup champion is deserving of being allotted the 57.5kg based on how easily he disposed of his rivals in last year’s race. This doesn’t look to be as difficult a race as last years, but he will not be getting the conditions that suited him perfectly 12 months ago. In nine starts on Good tracks, he has just one win and three minors to his to his name, but that sole victory did come three runs back when making a mess of his rivals in the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m). His run in the Cox Plate (2040m) was a perfect Melbourne Cup trial when finishing on the heels of the the first four, beaten 1.4 lengths. Gold Trip is obviously proven at the trip and with James McDonald on board, will be there or thereabouts when the whips are cracking. The 58.5kg shouldn’t be too much of an issue, but the firm deck has us worried about his winning chances. We’re leaving Gold Trip out of our top four, at our own peril.
Watch Gold Trip Finish 1st in the 2023 Turnbull Stakes