Caulfield Cup

  • Date: Saturday October 14, 2017
  • Racecourse: Caulfield
  • Race Distance: 2,400m
  • Conditions: 3YO&UP Handicap
  • Prize Money: $3 million

2016 Caulfield Cup News

Caulfield Cup Spring target for stablemates Bonneval and Jon Snow

Caulfield Cup Spring target for stablemates Bonneval and Jon Snow

Kiwi stablemates Bonneval and Jon Snow’s 2017 Melbourne Spring campaign will be aimed towards the Group 1 $3m BMW Caulfield Cup (2400m) at Caulfield on October 21.

Australian Oaks winner Bonneval. above, will be set for the 2017 Caulfield Cup at Caulfield. Photo by Steve Hart.

The two rising four year olds gave Cambridge co-trainers …

Caulfield Cup

The 2017 Caulfield Cup is one of Australia’s most prestigious horse races and is one of the world’s richest handicap races over the 2,400 metre distance. The Group 1 race is held at Caulfield Racecourse every year in October. The race is run over a distance of 2,400 metres and takes place on the final day of the Caulfield Cup Carnival.

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The 2017 Caulfield Cup will be held on October 15th.

2017 Caulfield Cup Results

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  • 2nd: TBD
  • 3rd: TBD

Follow the complete 2017 Caulfield Cup Day Results

The 2017 Caulfield Cup is one of the earlier races in the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival. The handicap race is open to horses three years old and above and is worth over $3 million in prize money. The Caulfield Cup is one of the races that grants a horse direct entry into the Melbourne Cup field if they win. The majority of horses nominated for the Melbourne Cup will also run in the Caulfield Cup. Therefore, due to the race’s high class field of runners and difficult conditions, the Caulfield Cup is often used as an indicator of each runner’s likely performance in the Cox Plate and the Melbourne Cup.

Horses that win both the Caulfield Cup and the Melbourne Cup in the same year are known as achieving the ‘cups double’. Eleven horses have achieved this fete including Poseidon (1906), Rising fast (1954), Galilee (1966) and Might and Power (1997). The trainer with the record for the most amount of winners in the Caulfield Cup is Bart Cummings with seven, including Leilana, Let’s Elope and Viewed. The first Caulfield Cup was run in 1879 with the first winner being a horse named Newminster. Other notable winners include Northerly in 2002 and Viewed in 2009.

Until 1998, only Australia and New Zealand horses were able to compete in the Caulfield Cup, however, the race is now open to international competition. Since being allowed to compete two British horses have won the event, including Taufan’s Melody (1998) and All the Good (2008).

2017 Caulfield Cup Field

Each year hundreds of horses vie for a place in the Caulfield Cup field. The race is restricted to a field of 18 runners plus a further four emergencies and is made up of both Australian and international runners. Many of the overseas horses that travel to Australian for the Caulfield Cup are also being aimed at a Melbourne Cup run on the first Tuesday of November. Horses from overseas nations have been competing in the Caulfield Cup since 1998.

The Caulfield Cup final field is decided by the use of a balloting system. Each horse that is nominated for the race is issued a number which dictates where they sit in the order of entry. The ballot number a horse is given is determined by a number of factors. This includes the amount of prize money a horse has earned in the two years prior, wins and placing in pre-determined eligible lead-up races and the weight they have been allocated to carry by the handicapper. Horses can gain automatic entry into the Caulfield Cup field by winning races such as the Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes and the Listed Mornington Cup. The winner of the Caulfield Cup each year is then exempt from the ballot for the $6 million Melbourne Cup held later in the carnival.

The Caulfield Cup is a handicap race like the Melbourne Cup, so all horses in the field must be allocated a weight to carry. This weight is also determined by factors such as recent wins and accrued prize money. This system is employed to try and provide a more level field and give some of the lesser performed horses the chance to win the race. The Caulfield Cup field is open to all horses aged three-years-old and over.

The 2017 Caulfield Cup field will be released on Tuesday, October 11th. The long history of prestige and classy racing becomes apparent looking at the 2017 Caulfield Cup field. The 2017 Caulfield Cup field promises one of the best races of the year, and will no doubt be one of the most intense competitions one can see at the tracks. There is plenty of punting value included in the 2017 Caulfield Cup field, particularly considering the vast majority of runners are in with a serious chance.

The 2017 Caulfield Cup field is now provided below.

2017 Caulfield Cup Barrier Draw

One of the most highly awaited events in horse racing, the Caulfield Cup barrier draw can make or break racing and punting careers. It is a massive moment for connections of the competing horses, who await with bated breath their fate from the officials conducting the draw.

The Caulfield Cup barrier draw is important for a variety of reasons. There is no particular “golden barrier”, with the spread of success fairly even across most barriers throughout the history of the race. Barrier 1 has not produced a winner in 30 years, a clear sign that it’s not always beneficial to draw the rails.

The 2400m race distance at Caulfield Racecourse begins right at the top of the home straight. As a result, the field has some opportunity to settle before hitting the first turn. Even so, the Caulfield Cup barrier draw is still very relevant.

Horses that draw particularly wide run the risk of struggling to make ground around Caulfield’s tight turns. Inside barriers can also be dastardly, as the highly competitive nature of the Caulfield Cup can see some runners outpaced early and forced into very difficult positions. Once jammed against the rails it can be very difficult to make a successful run.

The Caulfield Cup barrier draw will be conducted at 4:45PM AEST at Crown Casino, Melbourne. As soon as the complete Caulfield Cup barrier draw is available, it will be published here.

2017 Caulfield Cup Barrier Draw Time: 5:30PM AEDST.
2017 Caulfield Cup Barrier Draw Location: Caulfield.

2017 Caulfield Cup Third Acceptances

Competition is heating up for the Caulfield Cup, with the third round of acceptances due to be released on Tuesday, October 4th.

2017 Caulfield Cup Second Acceptances

The 2017 Caulfield Cup second acceptances were released to the public on Tuesday, September 20nd. The 2017 Caulfield Cup second acceptances show us which trainers still believe their horses are on track to greatness this Spring Carnival.

The 2017 Caulfield Cup second acceptances will be published here.

2017 Caulfield Cup First Acceptances

Bound to be released to great anticipation on Tuesday, September 6th, the 2017 Caulfield Cup first acceptances will greatly reduce the number of potential contenders. The 2017 Caulfield Cup first declarations greatly reflect the esteemed reputation of the race, with a massive number of the runners already renowned in the horse racing industry.

The 2017 Caulfield Cup first acceptances will be published below.

2017 Caulfield Cup Nominations

The 2017 Caulfield Cup nominations will be released on Tuesday, August 2nd. Following the 2017 Caulfield Cup nominations are the 2017 Caulfield Cup first declarations, which will take place on Tuesday, September 6th.

Notable 2017 Caulfield Cup nominations will be listed below.

2017 Caulfield Cup Form Guide

The Caulfield Cup is often a perfect form guide for the upcoming major spring race, the Melbourne Cup. Due to the fat that the handicapping conditions are similar and the races are both long distance staying races, horses that perform in the Caulfield Cup are likely to also perform well in the Melbourne Cup. The Caulfield Cup is also a good form guide for races such as the Cox Plate, Moonee Valley Cup, Wakeful Stakes, The Lexus Stakes, Queen Elizabeth Stakes and the Sandown Classic. Three-year-old fillies that have performed well in the Caulfield Cup may also choose to tackle the Group 1 Crown Oaks during the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

Read the full 2017 Caulfield Cup Form Guide.

When attempting to choose a winner in the Caulfield Cup, people often look to a number of early spring races in both Sydney and Melbourne to determine the likely form. Races such as the Herbert Power Stakes, Yalumba Stakes and Listed Cranbourne Cup in Melbourne and The Metropolitan, Turnbull Stakes, Spring Champion Stakes and the Craven Plate in Sydney usually provide a good guide to how a horse will perform in the Caulfield Cup.

Caulfield Cup Betting

The Caulfield Cup is always a great race for betting, with large odds on offer for many of the horses in the race. One of the most popular bets at this time of year would be the Caulfield Cup/Melbourne Cup betting double. Seen by many as the biggest two races of the year for stayers, this betting double is widely popular. Betting doubles such as the Caulfield Cup/Cox Plate double, Caulfield Cup/Victoria Derby double, Caulfield Cup/Crown Oaks double and Caulfield Cup/Emirates Stakes double are also common.

People can also place a straightforward win or place bet on the Caulfield Cup. This is often a favourite of many punters because most of the runners pay big odds to win the race. This is because there are so many quality horses in the one race that it is incredibly hard to know which one will win on the day. However, those that get it right reap the rewards of big dividends.

Bets such as quinellas, exactas, trifectas and quadrellas can also be placed on the Caulfield Cup each year.

Caulfield Cup Odds

While the final odds for the Caulfield Cup are not released until the final few days before the race, lucrative futures odds are offered many months in advance. Punters are given the option of betting on their favourite horse, usually while receiving very large odds, before the final fields or even nominations are released. While a win could result in a very large payday, punters take the risk of having their horses scratched from the race or not even entered, resulting in a loss of all wagers laid.

Caulfield Cup odds are updated each time a new round of nominations or acceptances are released. The odds will be based on how a horse is likely to fare in the race, as well as taking into account how much of a chance the horse has of making it into the final field. Therefore, a horse that is expected to win but does not have a very high order of entry in the ballot may not feature high in the Caulfield Cup betting order. This would be the same for a horse who is guaranteed a start in the race but is not expected to perform well.

Caulfield Cup odds will also be affected by how each horse ran in lead-up races such as the The Metropolitan, Spring Champion Stakes, Craven Plate, Yalumba Stakes and Cranbourne Cup.

Caulfield Cup Tips

Caulfield Cup tips are often formed on the basis of a horse’s performance in any one of the lead-up races. Furthermore, the state of the track is often one of the main factors when constructing Caulfield Cup tips. Certain horses are more suited to certain types of tracks than others. So, for example, if the track was rated a Good 3 and one horse in the field had never won on a dry track, then it would be unusual for him to feature in the tips for the race. On the other hand, if the track were rated as Heavy, that same horse would feature heavily in the Caulfield Cup tips, because he is proven over wet ground.

Another major factor in determining Caulfield Cup tips is the barrier draw. The barrier a horse has can have a large influence on how that horse performs, depending on what type of running style they employ. Horses that like to lead will have a great advantage if they draw an inside barrier, as they are unlikely to have to exert much energy to get to the front of the field. However, on rainy days, an inside gate can be to a horses detriment, as this is the part of the track that is notorious for deteriorating when wet.

Caulfield Cup Day

The Caulfield Cup is held on what is known as Caulfield Cup Day. While the Caulfield Cup is the only Group 1 race at the meet, Caulfield Cup Day features a total of six Group races. These include the Group 2 Caulfield Cup Sprint, the Group 2 Tristarc Stakes for four-year-old mares, the Group 3 Norman Robinson Stakes for three-year-olds, the Group 3 David Jones Cup and the Group 3 Moonga Stakes for horses aged four-years-old and upwards.
Here is the race schedule for Caulfield Cup Day 2016.

  • Race 1 – 12:15PM Plate (1400m)
  • Race 2 – 12:50PM Listed Polytrack Gothic Stakes (1400m)
  • Race 3 – 1:25PM Crown Lager Alinghi Stakes (1100m)
  • Race 4 – 2:00PM Listed New Zealand Bloodstock Ethereal Stakes (2000m)
  • Race 5 – 2:35PM Group 3 Ladbrokes Caulfield Classic (2000m)
  • Race 6 – 3:10PM Group 3 Priceline Pharmacy Coongy Cup (2000m)
  • Race 7 – 3:45PM Group 3 Schweppes Tristarc Stakes (1400m)
  • Race 8 – 4:30PM Group 1 BMW Caulfield Cup (2400m)
  • Race 9 – 5:10PM Group 2 Dilmah Caulfield Sprint (1000m)
  • Race 10 – 5:45PM Group 3 Ladbrokes Moonga Stakes (1400m)

Caulfield Cup Day is worth a total of almost $4.7 million in prize money, with the Caulfield Cup being worth $3 million on its own. It is held on the final day of the three-day Caulfield Cup Carnival, which also includes the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas, Ladbrokes Caulfield Stakes, Toorak Handicap and Thousand Guineas. Each year around 50,000 people flock to Caulfield Racecourse to be part of Caulfield Cup Day alone.

Caulfield Cup History

Since the first Caulfield Cup was run in 1879 many of the country’s best racehorses have run in the prestigious race. Famous winners include Poseidon (1906-07), Amounis (1930), Rising Fast (1954-55), Tulloch (1957), Galilee (1966), Might And Power (1997), Northerly (2002) and Elvstroem (2004).

Eleven horses have achieved what is known as the ‘cups double’ by winning both the Caulfield Cup and the Melbourne Cup in the same year. This includes 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).

Victorian trainer Bart Cummings holds the record for the most Caulfield Cup wins; training a total of seven winners, while jockey Scobie Breasley is the only jockey to have ridden four consecutive Caulfield Cup winners from 1942-1945.

The Caulfield Cup experienced a dead heat in 1909, when it was won by both Blue Book and Aborigine and the  race was split into two different divisions in 1943, with Skipton and Saint Warden winning one each.

Throughout the Caulfield Cup’s running just two international horses have won the race. They were the British horses Taufan’s Melody (1998) and All The Good (2008).

Caulfield Cup Day Entertainment

Caulfield Cup Day entertainment is famous across the racing community. It rivals the racing, with some big names in music and some excellent food always on offer.

If you get hungry on the day, then Caulfield’s Eat Street is the place to be. Featuring the Rosemount Garden Bar and Dos Diablos, you won’t need to go hungry.

The new Caulfield Fashion and Entertainment Precinct is sure to be a hit all day long. Head over and check it out.

If you’re a fan of racing wear, then be sure to get involved in the finals of the illustrious Chadstone Fashion Stakes.

Keen on a big day at the races? You can purchase Caulfield Cup tickets online or at Caulfield racecourse itself.

Caulfield Cup Winners & Placings

2017 Caulfield Cup Full Results

Showing the Caulfield Cup winners and top 3 results since the year 2000.

Year Results Winning Time
2016 1 Jameka 2 Scottish 3 Exospheric 2:28.88
2015 1 Mongolian Khan 2 Trip To Paris 3 Our Ivanhowe 2:27.76
2014 1 Admire Rakti 2 Rising Romance 3 Lucia Valentina 2:32.1
2013 1 Fawkner 2 Dandino 3 Dear Demi 2.29.1
2012 1 Dunaden 2 Alcopop 3 Lights Of Heaven 2:28.82
2011 1 Southern Speed 2 Green Moon 3 Tullamore 2.28.44
2010 1 Descarado 2 Harris Tweed 3 Monaco Consul 2.35.69
2009 1 Viewed 2 Roman Emperor 3 Vigor 2.29.70
2008 1 All The Good 2 Nom Du Jeu 3 Barbaricus 2.27.45
2007 1 Master O’Reilly 2 Douro Valley 3 Princess Coup 2.26.15
2006 1 Tawqeet 2 Aqua Damore 3 Delta Blues 2.27.69
2005 1 Railings 2 Eye Popper 3 Mummify 2.27.96
2004 1 Elvstroem 2 Makybe Diva 3 Grey Song 2.31.37
2003 1 Mummify 2 Grey Song 3 Distinctly Secret 2.25.98
2002 1 Northerly 2 Fields Of Omagh 3 Republic Lass 2.30.38
2001 1 Ethereal 2 Sky Heights 3 Celestial Show 2.30.93
2000 1 Diatribe 2 Kaapstad Way 3 Fairway 2.25.32