The Group One $3 million Caulfield Cup (2400m) to be run on Saturday::-
* First run in 1879 when won by Newminster, the Caulfield Cup is a handicap and 18 years younger than the Melbourne Cup.
* From 1879 to 1881 run in the autumn. Two Cups were run in 1881 with Blue Ribbon winning in the autumn and Master Avenal in the spring.
* In the 1898 Cup won by Hymettus seven horses fell in the straight soon after the start.
* Aborigine and Blue Book dead-heated for first in 1909.
* The first $1 million Cup in 1996 was won by Arctic Scent.
SOME OF THE BIG NAMES TO WIN IT
* Oakleigh (1887), Poseidon (1906, 1907), Amounis (1930), Rogilla (1932), The Trump (1937), Skipton (1943), Rising Fast (1954, 1955), Redcraze (1956), Tulloch (1957), Even Stevens (1962), Galilee (1966), Tobin Bronze (1967), Ming Dynasty (1977, 1980), Gurner’s Lane (1982), Let’s Elope (1991), Doriemus (1995), Might And Power (1997), Ethereal (2001), Northerly (2002), Elvstroem (2004), Viewed (2009), Dunaden (2012) and Mongolian Khan last year.
* Horses to complete the Caulfield-Melbourne Cups double in the same year: Poseidon (1906), The Trump (1937), Rivette (1939), Rising Fast (1954), Even Stevens (1962), Galilee (1966), Gurner’s Lane (1982), Let’s Elope (1991), Doriemus (1995), Might And Power (1997) and Ethereal (2001).
* Rising Fast would again win the Caulfield Cup in 1955 before running second to the Tommy Smith-trained Toparoa in the Melbourne Cup.
* Dual Caulfield Cup winners: Ming Dynasty (1977, 1980), Rising Fast (1954-55), Whittier (1922, 1925), Uncle Sam (1912, 1914,) Poseidon (1906-07), Hymettus (1898, 1901) and Paris (1892, 1894).
* The late Bart Cummings won the Caulfield Cup a record seven times with Galilee (1966), Big Philou (1969), Leilani (1974), Ming Dynasty (1977, 1980), Let’s Elope (1991) and Viewed (2009).
* Shortest-priced winner: Tulloch (4-6 in 1957)
* Longest-priced winner: Saint Warden (100-1 in 1943).
WHAT SOME OF THE CONNECTIONS ARE SAYING
“She’s had two runs at 2000 metres and now she goes out to a mile and a half on her home track, dropping to handicap conditions. There’s a bit to like about it” – Jameka’s trainer Ciaron Maher.
“(Jockey) Blake Spriggs knows him very well and he said he’s in the zone” – Sir John Hawkwood’s trainer John Thompson.
“It’s my first Caulfield Cup ride. The race means so much to my family with my Pop winning three Caulfield Cups. The whole family will be there and hopefully we can get Pop off the couch to be there as well” – Go Dreaming’s rider Katelyn Mallyon, granddaughter of three-time winning jockey Mick Mallyon.
“The mile and a half is good. Barrier four is good. And if the track has just got some give in it, I think he’ll run a really good race” – Tarzino’s trainer Mick Price.