Melbourne Cup triumph for son of Teofilo

Irish-bred stayer Without A Fight seals feature G1 double with emphatic victory at Flemington

Without A Fight became only the 12th horse to complete the G1 Caulfield Cup/ G1 Melbourne Cup double and the first since Ethereal in 2001 when he raced away to easily win the 3,200m 'race that stops a nation' at Flemington on Tuesday, 7 November.

A brilliant winner of the Caulfield Cup on Saturday, 21 October, the Irish-bred son of Teofilo confirmed his status as the premier stayer in Australia when beating Soulcombe by two and quarter lengths with Sheraz finishing well for third a half-length away.

Jockey Mark Zahra, who won the Melbourne Cup last year on Gold Trip, rode a copybook race, hugging the fence until the 800m point before angling Without A Fight into the clear.

Victory lifted the former Simon and Ed Crisford-trained gelding’s record to 11 wins and seven placings from 23 starts for a prize money haul of a staggering A$9.47 million.

Out of the Dubawi mare Khor Sheed, Without A Fight has flourished in Australia since transferring to Anthony and Sam Freedman at Mornington.

Also sire of Godolphin's 2018 Melbourne Cup victor, Cross Counter and 2020 winner Twilight Payment, Teofilo is enjoying another superb year. He is also sire of 2023 G1 winner Nations Pride, plus multiple Graded Stakes winner Eternal Hope.

Sire of 24 individual G1 winners and 112 Stakes winners, Teofilo stands at Darley’s Kildangan Stud in County Kildare, Ireland at a fee of €30,000, Oct 1 SLF.