Caulfield Classic

Caulfield Classic

Group Three Betting Guide
Date: Saturday, October 19, 2024
Location: Caulfield Racecourse – Melbourne, Victoria
Prize Money: $200,000
Distance: 2000m

The Group 3 Caulfield Classic is a 2000m event held as a set weights contest for three-year-olds at Caulfield.

First run as a Listed race up until 1998, the Caulfield Classic was elevated to a Group 3 status until 2000, when it was made a Group 2 from 2000-2004, before resorting back to Group 3 status.

The Caulfield Classic is traditionally the final tune up for horses heading towards the Group 1 VRC Derby (2500m), held at Flemington a fortnight later.

Just five horses have completed the Caulfield Classic/VRC Double, with Polanski the most recent to achieve the feat in 2013.

As of 2024, the Caulfield Classic is run for $200,000.

The next running of the Group 3 Caulfield Classic is set to be hold on October 19, 2024.


2024 Caulfield Classic Betting Odds

Odds for the 2024 Caulfield Classic are currently unavailable.


Best Caulfield Classic bookmakers

The Caulfield Classic isn’t a race that’s on the tip of every punters’ tongue, but Australian betting sites do have markets out in the weeks leading up to the event.

Some of the top online bookmakers will open up Caulfield Classic all-in markets which don’t provide insurance if your selected runner doesn’t start in the race, but the odds are more appealing.

All of our horse betting sites offer betting on the Caulfield Classic and bookmaker offers will also be available in the days leading up to the race. These horse racing betting sites generally have apps available for iOS and Android smartphones.


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2024 Caulfield Classic Final Field

HorseBetting will update this page when the 2023 Caulfield Classic Final Field is released.


Previous Caulfield Classic Field

  • No. Silks Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
    1 Silks Sunsource Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Ben Melham 7 57kg
    2 Silks Riff Rocket Chris Waller James McDonald 1 57kg
    3 Silks Apulia Ben, Will & JD Hayes Michael Dee 6 57kg
    4 Silks Gold Bullion Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Blake Shinn 3 57kg
    5 Silks Sunsets Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young John Allen 8 57kg
    6 Silks Gates Peter Moody & Katherine Coleman Luke Nolen 5 57kg
    7 Silks To Be Frank Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Mark Zahra 2 57kg
    8 Silks Tokyo Run Dean Mirfin Opie Bosson 4 57kg
  • No. Silks Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
    1 Silks Mr Maestro Andrew Forsman Harry Coffey 9 57kg
    2 Silks Red Sun Sensation Peter Moody Luke Nolen 2 57kg
    3 Silks Fearless Knight Kacy Fogden Tommy Berry 7 57kg
    4 Silks Dream Hour Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock Damien Oliver 6 57kg
    5 Silks Muramasa Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Daniel Moor 8 57kg
    6 Silks Distrustful Award Paul Preusker Dean Yendall 4 57kg
    7 Silks Maxxi Bon Kevin Corstens Damien Thornton 5 57kg
    8 Silks Fierce Legend Richard & Will Freedman Jye McNeil 1 57kg
    9 Silks Hereditary Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Jamie Kah 3 57kg

2023 Caulfield Classic result


1stSunsets (+1500)
2ndRiff Rocket (-1000)
3rdGates (NTD)

Recent Caulfield Classic winners

  • John Allen along with the Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young combined for success in the Group 3 Caulfield Classic (2000m), as Sunsets ($15.00) clung on to victory, holding off the short-priced favourite, Riff Rocket ($1.28). It comes as a shock to most punters, as Sunsets was well beaten by Riff Rocket last start in the Listed Super Impose Stakes on October 7; however, the son of Dundeel was able to turn the tables courtesy of a timely steer from senior jockey John Allen. They went at a muddling tempo on speed as Tokyo Run ($61.00) elected to lead under Opie Bosson, allowing Sunsets to drift across and sit outside the leader under his own steam. He was there to be beaten though, as Riff Rocket loomed the victor as they turned for home under James McDonald, the odds-on favourite was simply unable to head Sunsets in the shadows of the post. It’s left the Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m) a wide-open edition, with Riff Rockets defeat likely to shuffle the market significantly heading into the feature on November 4.
  • Mr Maestro won the 2022 Caulfield Classic over the very game Muramasa and Distrustful Award. The $1.60 favourite with online bookmakers didn’t get things his own way like he had in previous starts. Harry Coffey had to take his medicine from the widest barrier and was positioned towards the rear for most of the race. Coffey made his move at the 800m mark and despite being three and four wide on the home turn, Mr Maestro never looked in trouble and managed to reel in the leaders in time to secure a smart victory in the Caulfield Classic.
  • Having been sent out a $3.80 favourite, the Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)-trained Gunstock rewarded punters in fine fashion in the Caulfield Classic. In the much-anticipated rematch, El Patroness, the Super Impose winner, emerged as a formidable contender yet again. Under Brett Prebble, the daughter of Shamus Award, trained by Danny O’Brien, made an assertive move early on, positioning herself on the outside of leader Sharper. As they reached the halfway mark, Prebble seized control, launching a challenge for the lead. The real showdown unfolded 400m from the finish. Gunstock, tactfully ridden by Jye McNeil, patiently bided his time and made a decisive move on the home straight. Surging ahead at the 100m mark, Gunstock took the lead, asserting his dominance over his previous conqueror.
  • In the 2020 Caulfield Classic, Kiwi-bred Savabeel colt, Albarado, showcased remarkable resilience in a race that unfolded messily. Under the guidance of Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young, the colt, ridden by Mark Zahra, demonstrated tenacity to secure victory. Zahra strategically positioned Albarado towards the rear of the field, finding himself four deep early on and dealing with some over-racing tendencies before settling into a rhythm. The early leader, roughie Mr Roger set the pace ahead of the heavily backed favourite, Let’s Karaka Deel, who manoeuvred forward from a wide starting position to settle near the front. Amidst the muddling pace, Zahra navigated Albarado through the field, improving from a second-last position to midfield as the pace slowed with 800m left to travel. In a finish that showcased the colt’s toughness, Albarado, priced at $4.80, emerged victorious in a fiercely competitive contest. This edition of the Caulfield Classic concluded with a thrilling, diving finish, with Albarado crossing the line just ahead of the favoured Let’s Karaka Deel, who had to settle for second place.
  • Initially considered a $101 longshot when Derby nominations opened, Thought Of That’s fortunes dramatically shifted, and he became the $3 second favourite after a spectacular performance in the Caulfield Classic. The Ciaron Maher and Dave Eustace-trained colt, starting at $4.20, delivered an extraordinary three-and-three-quarter-length victory from the front. Jockey Linda Meech executed the race strategy flawlessly, pushing Thought Of That early for the lead and then masterfully controlling the pace. As they approached the home turn, Meech had the race well in hand, with Thought Of That putting four lengths on the competition, effectively securing the win before the majority of the field had even turned for home.

Caulfield Classic past winners list

Caulfield Classic Past Winners
Year Horse Jockey Trainer
2023 Sunsets John Allen Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
2022 Mr Maestro Harry Coffey Andrew Forsman
2021 Gunstock Jye McNeil Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)
2020 Albarado Mark Zahra Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
2019 Thought Of That Linda Meech Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
2018 Thinkin’ Big Tim Clark Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
2017 Cliff’s Edge John Allen Darren Weir
2016 Good Standing Blake Shinn James Cummings
2015 Sacred Eye Damian Lane David Hayes & Tom Dabernig
2014 Fontein Ruby Mark Zahra Robert Smerdon
2013 Polanski Hugh Bowman Robbie Laing
2012 Hvasstan Glen Boss Peter Gelagotis
2011 Sabrage Damien Oliver Mike Moroney
2010 Retrieve Mark Zahra Peter Snowden
2009 Shamoline Warrior Michael Rodd Mark Kavanagh
2008 Pre Eminence Craig Newitt Mick Price
2007 Pillar Of Hercules Luke Nolen Peter Moody
2006 Get Square Darren Beadman John O’Shea
2005 Pendragon Greg Childs Bart Cummings
2004 Cedar Manor Damien Oliver Graeme Rogerson
2003 Casual Pass Noel Callow Mathew Ellerton
2002 Platinum Scissors Jim Cassidy Gai Waterhouse
2001 Amalfi Damien Oliver Peter Moody
2000 Royale Exit Peter Mertens Leon Corstens

Caulfield Classic Past Winners Pre 2000

Caulfield Classic Past Winners Pre 2000
Year Horse
1999 Blackfriars
1998 Lawyer
1997 Brave Prince
1996 Mustang Ranch
1995 Nothin’ Leica Dane
1994 Punctual
1993 Battle Hawk
1992 River Hero
1991 Lady Purpose
1990 Big Dermott
1989 Counterfeit
1988 Panneria
1987 Omnicorp
1986 Dundas Lane
1985 Born To Be Queen
1984 Gold Deck
1983 King Delamere
1982 Brightman
1981 Lordship
1980 Bright Halo
1979 Attack
1978 Society Beau
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