Held annually at the iconic Caulfield racecourse, the Caulfield Cup is one of the jewels in Melbourne’s Spring Racing Carnival crown.
The Caulfield Cup a Group 1 handicap event, and is for horses aged three years and over.The race is limited to 18 runners and is raced over 2,400 metres. The Caulfield Cup gained Group 1 status in 1979, and was first ran over the current distance in 1972.
For horses to qualify for the Caulfield Cup, they have to either enter the balloting system or win a lead up race that affords the winner direct entry into the race. The prize money, wins, and placing in lead up races are taken into consideration when determining the eligibility of a horse wanting to race at the Caulfield Cup.
Automatic entry into the race is awarded to winners of the Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes at Caulfield and the Mornington Cup.
The $3 million dollar purse and the allure of gaining an entry into the Melbourne Cup are two of the main contributing factors as to why the race is so popular year after year.
Caulfield Cup heroes – the trainer, the jockey & the horse
It’s the winners of our great race – whether it be the trainer, the jockey or the horse – that have created the stories over the years. Without these three identities the Caulfield Cup would be significantly different.
The trainer – Bart Cummings
It is no surprise to see King Bart on the Caulfield Cup honour roll as a previous winner, but the impact the late, great man has had on the Group 1 race is limitless. The ‘Cups King’ has the record for the most training victories in the the Caulfield Cup, guiding seven winners past the post.
Jockey – Scobie Breasley
There are many jockeys who have had success in the Caulfield Cup, but there is only one man who has saluted the judge five times in the race’s history – Wagga product Scobie Breasley. The champion jockey had a plethora of accolades by the end of his jockeying career, but few feats would rival the record four consecutive wins Breasley experienced from 1942-1945. It is hard to see any jockeys in the modern era emulating the feats of Beasley any time soon.
Horse – Rising Fast
Rising Fast might not be a name that modern day punters are familiar with, but true racing enthusiasts will recognise the name as one of the all-time great gallopers in Australian thoroughbred history. Not only is the New Zealand-bred gelding one of the only horses to register multiple Caulfield Cup wins (1944-45), but Rising Fast became the only horse in history to do the Spring Grand Slam – winning the Caulfield Cup, the Cox Plate and the Melbourne Cup in the same season. It is hard to see any horse ever coming close to replicating the feats of Rising Fast.
Recent winners of the Caulfield Cup
2017 – Boom Time
2016 – Jameka
2015 – Mongolian Khan
2014 – Admire Rakti
2013 – Fawkner
2012 – Dunaden
2011 – Southern Speed
2010 – Descarado
2009 – Viewed
2008 – All The Good
2007 – Master O’Reilly
2006 – Tawqeet
2005 – Railings
2004 – Elvstroem
2003 – Mummify
2002 – Northerly
2001 – Ethereal
2000 – Diatribe
Tips for betting on the Caulfield Cup
Be wary of the foreign imports: Every time the Melbourne spring racing carnival rolls around there is invariably a big name import that has a flood of money come in for it to make punters second guess their own selections. Aside from Admire Ratki who stormed home to win the 2014 race and Dunaden who won in 2012, Australian and New Zealand runners have dominated the Caulfield Cup. The European raiders like to think they have what it takes to knock off Australia’s best but more often than not, it is best to back an Aussie or Kiwi horse.
If you think you are on to a good thing – shop early: As you can see from the WilliamHill.com.au odds on the upcoming Caulfield Cup, the odds on identifying a running early in the Group 1 race are astronomically high. If you believe you saw something in last year’s cup, or think you have seen a runner show improvement in the build up it is best to get in early and take advantage of odds that will be slashed as the race approaches.
Best bookmakers to bet on the Caulfield Cup
The Caulfield Cup is arguably second only to the Melbourne Cup as the no.1 most prestigious horse race on our calendar. This means every bookie based in this country will have futures and plenty more markets as the race draws closer. We believe the following six are the best of the best.