Kalapour was the final horse to qualify for the 2023 Melbourne Cup when the Kris Lees-trained runner claimed the Group 3 Archer Stakes (2500m) on November 4.
The Newcastle-based runner finished third in the Group 1 Metropolitan (2400m) three runs back and will be looking to become the first horse since Shocking in 2009 to complete the Archer Stakes/Melbourne Cup double.
The real question is, can Kalapour win the 2023 Melbourne Cup?
When will Kalapour 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.
- Age: 7YO
- Color: Bay
- Sex: Gelding
- Sire: War Command (IRE)
- Dam: Daldiyna (FR)
Career stats for Kalapour
- Career: 19: 5-3-4
- Flemington: 1: 1-0-0
- Distance: 0: 0-0-0
- Good: 14: 4-2-4
- Wet: 4: 1-1-0
- Group 1: 1: 0-0-1
- Win %: 26%
- Place %: 63%
Melbourne Cup results for Kalapour
Kalapour will make his Melbourne Cup debut in the 2023 edition on Tuesday, November 7.
Recent Form for Kalapour
|Nov 4||Archer Stakes||Flemington||2500m||1/7||Damien Oliver||1||56kg||$4.80||0.3L|
|Oct 14||ATC St Leger Stakes||Randwick||2600m||3/10||Kerrin McEvoy||5||57.5kg||$4.60||3.07L|
|Sep 30||The Metropolitan||Randwick||2400m||3/15||Kerrin McEvoy||3||52.5kg||$18||4.46L|
|Sep 15||Newcastle Cup||Newcastle||2300m||7/16||Damien Oliver||16||56kg||$4.40||3.46L|
Can Kalapour win the 2023 Melbourne Cup?
Kalapour booked his spot with a dominant win in the Group 3 Archer Stakes (2500m) on VRC Derby Day and is set to back up three days later into the Melbourne Cup. Damien Oliver was able to dictate terms perfectly throughout, but the map and difficulty in field is much more against him this time around. From barrier 14, he will be worst than midfield and despite young gun Zac Lloyd on board and just 50kg on his back, it is hard to see how Kalapour features in the finish of the Melbourne Cup.
Watch Kalapour Finish 1st in the 2023 Archer Stakes