Can True Marvel win the 2023 Melbourne Cup?

Can True Marvel win the 2023 Melbourne Cup?
Photo: Alice Miles/Racing Photos

True Marvel from the Matthew Smith yard is set have his first start in the 2023 Melbourne Cup.

Set to be partnered by Queensland jockey Ben Thompson, True Marvel will go around as the rank outsider in the Melbourne Cup field.

True Marvel finished second in the Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200m), but can he go one better in the Group 1 Melbourne Cup?

When will True Marvel 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

True Marvel (14)

T: Matthew Smith
J: Ben Thompson (50kg)
  • Age: 8YO
  • Color: Brown
  • Sex: Gelding
  • Sire: Masked Marvel (GB)
  • Dam: Anecdotique (GB)

Win: +15000

Place: +2500

Best odds at Unibet

Career stats for True Marvel

  • Career: 53: 8-7-5
  • Flemington: 3: 0-0-0
  • Distance: 6: 1-2-1
  • Good: 28: 2-3-4
  • Wet: 25: 6-4-1
  • Group 1: 1: 0-1-0
  • Win %: 15%
  • Place %: 38%

Melbourne Cup results for True Marvel

The 2023 Melbourne Cup will be the first time True Marvel competes in the race that stops a nation.

Recent Form for True Marvel

Date Race Track Distance Placing Jockey Barrier Weight Odds Margin
Oct 27 Moonee Valley Gold Cup Moonee Valley 2500m 10/14 Carleen Hefel 10 55kg $101 3.55L
Oct 14 ATC St Leger Stakes Randwick 2600m 8/10 Kathy O’Hara 9 55.5kg $61 14.75L
Sep 23 Colin Stephen Quality Rosehill 2400m 10/12 Kathy O’Hara 2 56kg $101 6.52L
Sep 1 Wyong Cup Wyong 2100m 8/14 Kathy O’Hara 11 54.5kg $101 10.74L

Can True Marvel win the 2023 Melbourne Cup?

Arguably the rank outsider of the field is True Marvel. The Matthew Smith-trained runner shocked the world when finishing second in the Sydney Cup earlier in the year, but that is seemingly a blip on the radar. He has been beaten a combined 35 lengths in four starts this campaign and has hardly shown much to suggest he is a contender on the first Tuesday in November.

Watch True Marvel Finish 2nd in the 2023 Sydney Cup


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