Soulcombe is the first of four Chris Waller-trained runners to gain entry into the 2023 Melbourne Cup and may be his best chance to win the race since Verry Elleegant in 2021.
The gelding by Frankel has been progressing nicely throughout the campaign, despite having a clear inability to jump from the stalls. He bombed the start completely in the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) behind Without A Fight, before chasing home gamely to be defeated 5.5 lengths.
Chris Waller has called the ‘Magic Man’ Joao Moreira to take the reins in this year’s Cup, hopefully getting the five-year-old to at least jump evenly.
Soulcombe would be a genuine chance in this race, but can you trust his barrier manners? That’s the real question.
When will Soulcombe run in the Melbourne Cup
The Melbourne Cup will be run and won on the first Tuesday of November, which has been a tradition since its inception.
It’s sure to be raced in front of a sold-out Flemington crowd as the capacity field of 24 brings together the world’s elite staying gallopers.
The winner will etch their name in racing history and take home the major prize of $8.41 million.
- Age: 5YO
- Color: Bay
- Sex: Gelding
- Sire: Frankel (GB)
- Dam: Ribbons (GER)
Career stats for Soulcombe
- Career: 15: 5-1-1
- Flemington: 3: 1-1-1
- Distance: 0: 0-0-0
- Good: 13: 4-1-1
- Wet: 2: 1-0-0
- Group 1: 3: 0-0-1
- Win %: 33%
- Place %: 47%
Melbourne Cup results for Soulcombe
Soulcombe will make his Melbourne Cup debut in the 2023 edition on Tuesday, November 7.
Recent Form for Soulcombe
|Oct 21||Caulfield Cup||Caulfield||2400m||7/18||Craig Williams||6||53.5kg||$8||5.5L|
|Oct 7||Turnbull Stakes||Flemington||2000m||3/16||Craig Williams/td>||2||56kg||$7||2.1L|
|Sep 23||Underwood Stakes||Caulfield||1800m||4/15||Blake Shinn||5||59kg||$7||1.4L|
|Sep 2||Heatherlie Handicap||Caulfield||1700m||1/14||Blake Shinn||4||58.5kg||$19||–|
Can Soulcombe win the 2023 Melbourne Cup?
There is no doubt that Soulcombe is a genuine winning chance on Tuesday. However, his barrier manners in recent times have been disgusting, continually missing the start by a margin. He missed the kick by six-lengths in the Caulfield Cup and was forced to do much work after giving up such a start. Joao Moreira has taken the reigns in an attempt to get Soulcombe out of the gates in a more efficient manner. If Soulcombe can jump with them, he will be making his run and potentially appearing the winner at one point or another. However, with too many doubts about his starts, he is another we are happy to take on in the 2023 Melbourne Cup.
Watch Soulcombe Finish 7th in the 2023 Caulfield Cup