The Willie Mullins-trained Vauban is the first of two runners his stable has elected to bring to the 2023 Melbourne Cup and has been the long-standing bookmaker favourite for the race since dominating his European rivals.
He won by an astonishing seven lengths at Royal Ascot in the Class 2 Copper Horse Handicap (2816m) leading all the way and outstaying his opposition to the wire. He then took on the Group 3 Ballyroan Stakes (2414m) at the Curragh on August 7, securing his place in the race that stops the nation.
Vauban will gain the services of one of the world’s best jockeys Ryan Moore, and with barrier three only aiding his chance, Vauban is a justified favourite for the Melbourne Cup.
When will Vauban run in the Melbourne Cup?
The Melbourne Cup as a tradition will be run on the first Tuesday of November in front of a sold-out Flemington Racecourse.
It’s another terrific 24-horse field set to line up in the 2023 Melbourne Cup.
Once again producing nothing but class gallopers vying for their opportunity at racing history, to go along with the 8.41 million prize packet.
- Age: 5YO
- Color: Chestnut
- Sex: Gelding
- Sire: Gallway (GB)
- Dam: Waldfest (IRE)
Career stats for Vauban
- Career: 14: 7-3-1
- Flemington: 0: 0-0-0
- Distance: 5: 2-2-1
- Soft: 11: 6-2-1
- Good: 9: 2-1-0
- Heavy: 1: 0-1-0
- Group 1: 7: 3-2-1
- Win %: 50%
- Place %: 79%
Melbourne Cup results for Vauban
FIRST RUN IN THE MELBOURNE CUP FOR VAUBAN
Recent Form for Vauban
|Aug 7||Ballyroan Stakes||Naas||2414m||1/8||Colin Keane||6||61kg||$1.70||–|
|Jun 2-||Copper Horse Handicap||Ascot (UK)||2816m||1/16||Ryan Moore||7||61kg||$2||–|
Can Vauban win the 2023 Melbourne Cup?
Vauban is the first of Willie Mullins-trained gallopers engaged in this year’s Melbourne Cup and has been a long-standing favourite to win the race since claiming back-to-back victories in Europe. His first victory was a demolition of Class 2 rivals at Royal Ascot on June 20, as the son of Gallway made every post a winner to score by 7.5 lengths, giving his stable companion Absurde no chance of chasing him down. Vauban then made his way to Naas on August 7 to solidify his spot in the race that stops the nation, leading all the way in the Group 3 Ballyroan Stakes (2414m), striding away with the prize. The five-year-old gelding is well-weighted in this year’s Cup, with 55kgs unlikely to hinder his winning chances. Ryan Moore makes his way down under for the ride, with his last Melbourne Cup success coming in 2019 aboard Magic Wand. Vauban deserves favourtism on recent form and is a must include in every exotic bet.