Can Kalapour win the 2023 Melbourne Cup?

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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.

Interpretation silks

Kalapour (14)

T: Kris Lees
J: Zac Lloyd (50kg)
  • Age: 7YO
  • Color: Bay
  • Sex: Gelding
  • Sire: War Command (IRE)
  • Dam: Daldiyna (FR)

Win: +4500

Place: +1000

Best odds at Bet365

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

Date Race Track Distance Placing Jockey Barrier Weight Odds Margin
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


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