Can Vow And Declare win the 2023 Melbourne Cup?

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The Danny O’Brien-trained Vow And Declare will be competing in his fourth Melbourne Cup in five years, proving that he is more than capable of winning the 2023 edition of the cup.

Vow And Declare has had a very good spring without recording a win, placing in both the Group 1 Might And Power Stakes (2000m) and Group 2 Moonee Valley Gold Cup (2500m).

He may be an eight-year-old gelding and perhaps past his very best, but can Vow And Declare cause another upset in the Melbourne Cup?

When will Vow And Declare 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 Million.

Vow And Declare Melbourne Cup 2023

Vow And Declare (19)

T: Danny O’Brien
J: Billy Egan (53kg)
  • Age: 8YO
  • Color: Chestnut
  • Sex: Gelding
  • Sire: Declaration Of War (USA)
  • Dam: Geblitzt (NZ)

Win: +3300

Place: +750

Best odds at PendleburyBet

Career stats for Vow And Declare

  • Career: 37: 5-7-4
  • Flemington: 14: 2-1-3
  • Distance: 3: 1-0-0
  • Wet: 11: 2-0-2
  • Good: 26: 3-7-2
  • Group 1: 15: 1-3-1
  • Win %: 14%
  • Place %: 43%

Melbourne Cup results for Vow And Declare

Year Placing Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Odds Margin
2019 1/24 Danny O’Brien Craig Williams 21 52kg $11
2020 18/23 Danny O’Brien Jamie Mott 4 57kg $61 13.95L
2022 10/22 Danny O’Brien Blake Shinn 4 54kg $21 8.7L

Recent Form for Vow And Declare

Date Race Track Distance Placing Jockey Barrier Weight Odds Margin
Oct 27 Moonee Valley Gold Cup Moonee Valley 2500m 2/14 Billy Egan 11 57kg $6.50 0.75L
Oct 14 Might And Power Stakes Caulfield 2000m 2/10 Billy Egan 8 59kg $71 2L
Sep 23 Underwood Stakes Caulfield 1800m 10/15 Billy Egan 4 59kg $201 4.55L
May 13 Andrew Ramsden Flemington 2800m 10/18 Jamie Mott 12 58.5kg $8 13.4L

Can Vow And Declare win the 2023 Melbourne Cup?

Can Vow And Declare repeat his heroics from 2019? We are giving the now eight-year-old gelding a massive push in his bid to claim a second Melbourne Cup. He put in a terrific Melbourne Cup trial when finishing second in the Moonee Valley Gold Cup on October 27. The run was massive, he was forced to travel three wide with no cover throughout, yet still had the audacity to loom up and hit the lead with 100m to go. He ran into one better on the night, with Cleveland pouncing on his vulnerability late. Barrier 19 on Tuesday is a bit of a blow, but the in-form Billy Egan will look to find cover in the three-wide moving line if possible. He is obviously proven at the 3200m, unlike a few of his rivals and he is sure to appreciate the firmer deck. A similar effort to what eh put forward in the Moonee Valley Gold Cup, will have Vow And Declare there when the whips are cracking. In our eyes, he is the best each-way play in the Melbourne Cup.

Watch Vow And Declare Finish 2nd in the Moonee Valley Gold Cup


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