Macedon Ranges trained galloper Virtuous Circle will run as one of the real outsiders in the 2023 Melbourne Cup tomorrow.
The Liam Howley stable which prepares its team at Macedon Lodge and Kyneton, is hoping for a good showing from the New Zealand bred four-year-old in the ‘Race that stops a Nation’.
“Looking better than ever, Virtuous Circle is ready for the Melbourne Cup” was the word yesterday from the stable.
Virtuous Circle will be running over 3200m for the first time; he ran a close second in the Group 1 ATC Derby in Sydney earlier this year.
At his latest run, Virtuous Circle finished eighth, beaten 4.6 lengths in the Geelong Cup on October 25.
Today’s run will be his fifth in this preparation.
From 13 starts, Virtuous Circle has earned $687,700 in prize money.
Drawn in barrier 6, Virtuous Circle will carry 51kg and is being ridden by strong lightweight jockey Craig Newitt.