Lexus Melbourne Cup
Group 1 Handicap,
Flemington 04:00 (UK time)
A$ 8,000,000
3yo plus, 2m    
Tuesday 5th November 2024


Vauban, owned by Rich and Susannah Ricci, has had his sights set on a triumphant return to Australia for the prestigious Melbourne Cup. However, trainer Willie Mullins has not definitively ruled out the possibility of an appearance at the Punchestown Festival.

The six-year-old gelding hasn’t been seen in action since finishing a disappointing 14th out of 23 in last year’s Melbourne Cup, where he was sent off as the favorite. Following that race, Vauban shifted his focus away from hurdles after a commendable performance at the Punchestown Festival, where he chased home stable companion and current champion hurdler State Man.

Transitioning to the Flat, Vauban secured a notable victory in the Copper Horse Handicap at Royal Ascot, defeating another stablemate, Absurde, who had recently won the County Hurdle. Subsequently, he comfortably clinched the Group Three Ballyroan Stakes before embarking on his journey to Australia.

While a Flat campaign seems likely for Vauban, Mullins remains open to the possibility of giving him a run at Punchestown if he’s ready. However, the primary focus is on preparing Vauban for a second attempt at the Melbourne Cup in November. The anticipation builds as racing enthusiasts eagerly await Vauban’s return to the international stage!


Lexus Melbourne Cup (Group 1 Handicap)
A$ 8,000,000
3yo plus, 2m (3200 Metres)



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1981 Just A Dash El Laurena Flashing Light 3:21.20
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