Caulfield Cup

Caulfield Cup

Group One Betting Guide
Date: Saturday, October 19, 2024
Location: Caulfield Racecourse – Melbourne, Victoria
Prize Money: $5,000,000
Distance: 2400m

THe Caulfield Cup kicks off the Melbourne Spring Carnival and one of the most popular betting races in Australia.

The 2400m race for stayers is popular with punters because it not only kicks off the carnival, but it is the first major race of the new season and it attracts international interest.

The race is held in mid-October and it is a qualifying race for the Melbourne Cup, which in turn draws in some of the best international stayers (best International Melbourne Cup horses) the world has to offer.

The field is limited to 18 runners with four emergencies with the race ran every year at Caulfield racecourse. The prize money, wins and placings of a horse are deciding factors as to whether it makes the field or not. This is decided by a balloting system used by Racing Victoria.

Automatic entry is gained by horses that win the Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes and the Listed Mornington Cup.


2024 Caulfield Cup Odds

Without A Fight ridden by Mark Zahra wins the 2023 Caulfield Cup. (Photo by George Sal/Racing Photos)

The 2024 Caulfield Cup odds as of October 24 look like this:

  • Militarize – +1400
  • West Wind Blows – +1400
  • Without A Fight – +1400
  • Gold Trip – +1700
  • Breakup – +2500
  • Duais – +2500

Complete Caulfield Cup odds available at Neds.


Best Caulfield Cup bookmakers

Being one of Australia’s primary betting races, any bookmaker that doesn’t offer the markets on the Caulfield Cup well in advance of the event is leaving money on the table.

The team at Horse Betting has compiled comprehensive reviews of our trusted online bookmakers which all offer odds on the Caulfield Cup.


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Caulfield Cup betting guide

Most of the top Caulfield Cup betting sites release odds for the race long before the nominations are out. This means you could potentially have a Caulfield Cup horse, that ultimately does not gain a start or is simply not considered for the race.

Caulfield Cup odds increase the closer we get to October, with bet types including whether a horse gains a start, outright winner or even a top-three finish.

Caulfield Cup futures markets at racing betting sites are a great way to gain a greater price on talented horses. The key to making it work when betting on the Caulfield Cup is to know your topic. If you are not an expert on staying horses, understand Australian racing to the letter or have been given the inside word, you are probably better off not betting on futures when it comes to the Caulfield Cup.

Plenty of value is to be found during the winter months, as the market tends to lean towards the stayers who are still in work, rather than the superstar stayers who are in the spelling paddock.


2024 Caulfield Cup final field

HorseBetting will update this page when the 2024 Caulfield Cup Final Field is released.


Previous Caulfield Cup fields

Just about every superstar stayer in Australia has competed in the Caulfield Cup, check out the recent fields in years gone by for the 2400m event.

  • No. Silks Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
    1 Silks
    Gold Trip
    Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
    Ben Melham
    11
    58.5kg
    2 Silks
    Without A Fight
    Anthony & Sam Freedman
    Mark Zahra
    7
    55.5kg
    3 Silks
    Breakup
    Tatsuya Yoshioka
    Damian Lane
    5
    55kg
    4 Silks
    Montefilia
    Chris Waller
    Blake Shinn
    9
    54.5kg
    5 Silks
    Francesco Guardi
    Chris Waller
    James McDonald
    15
    54kg
    6 Silks
    West Wind Blows
    Simon & Ed Crisford
    Jamie Spencer
    2
    54kg
    7 Silks
    Nonconformist
    Grahame Begg
    Harry Coffey
    19
    53.5kg
    8 Silks
    Soulcombe
    Chris Waller
    Craig Williams
    6
    53.5kg
    9 Silks
    Duke De Sessa
    Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
    John Allen
    14
    53kg
    10 Silks
    Hoo Ya Mal
    Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
    Tim Clark
    8
    53kg
    11 Silks
    Right You Are
    Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
    Michael Dee
    13
    53kg
    12 Silks
    Emissary
    Mike Moroney
    Jye McNeil
    4
    52kg
    13 Silks
    Goldman
    Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
    Linda Meech
    18
    52kg
    14 Silks
    Okita Soushi
    Joseph O’Brien
    Kerrin McEvoy
    14
    51.5kg
    15 Silks
    Fame
    Peter Moody & Katherine Coleman
    Craig Newitt
    16
    51kg
    16 Silks
    Bois D’argent
    Annabel Neasham
    Winona Costin
    3
    50.5kg
    17 Silks
    Spirit Ridge
    Annabel Neasham
    Dean Yendall
    10
    50.5kg
    18 Silks
    Valiant King
    Joseph O’Brien
    Jamie Kah
    1
    50kg
    19 Silks
    United Nations (1E)
    Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
    Carleen Hefel
    17
    50kg
  • No. Silks Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
    1 Gold Trip Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Mark Zahra 12 57.5kg
    2 Duais Edward Cummings Joshua Parr 9 55.5kg
    3 Knights Order Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 18 55.5kg
    4 Montefilia David Payne Jason Collett 16 55.5kg
    5 Numerian Annabel Neasham Tommy Berry 10 55.5kg
    6 Nonconformist Grahame Begg Jordan Childs 15 54.5kg
    7 Vow And Declare Danny O’Brien Blake Shinn 17 54kg
    8 No Compromise Chris Waller Craig Newitt 13 53.5kg
    9 Alegron James Cummings Ethan Brown 14 53kg
    10 Benaud John O’Shea Regan Bayliss 20 53kg
    11 Great House Chris Waller Brett Prebble 3 53kg
    12 Inspirational Girl Danny O’Brien Jye McNeil 1 53kg
    13 Maximal John O’Shea Ben Melham 19 53kg
    14 Sound Mike Moroney Blaike McDougall 4 53kg
    15 Chapada Mike Moroney Daniel Stackhouse 11 52.5kg
    16 Crystal Pegasus Chris Waller Damien Thornton 2 52kg
    17 Smokin’ Romans Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Jamie Kah 5 51.5kg
    18 Tralee Rose Symon Wilde Dean Yendall 8 51.5kg
    19 Durston (1E) Chris Waller Michael Dee 6 51.5kg
    17 Makram (2E) Ben & JD Hayes TBC 7 50kg
  • No. Silks Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
    1 Homesman Anthony & Sam Freedman Jordan Childs 13 55.5kg
    2 Incentivise Peter Moody Brett Prebble 20 55.5kg
    3 Explosive Jack Ciaron Maher & David Eustace John Allen 1 54kg
    4 The Chosen One Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Damian Lane 9 54kg
    5 Ocean Billy Chris Waller Damien Thornton 7 53.5kg
    6 Selino Chris Waller Fred Kersley 17 53.5kg
    7 Persan Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Linda Meech 11 53kg
    8 Quick Thinker Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Declan Bates 14 53kg
    9 Chapada Michael Moroney Daniel Stackhouse 18 52.5kg
    10 Delphi Anthony & Sam Freedman Damien Oliver 19 52.5kg
    11 Master Of Wine Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Dean Holland 10 52.5kg
    12 Montefilia David Payne Jye McNeil 12 52kg
    13 Port Guillaume Ben & JD Hayes Harry Coffey 6 52kg
    14 She’s Ideel Bjorn Baker Craig Newitt 5 52kg
    15 Young Werther Danny O’Brien Daniel Moor 8 52kg
    16 Nonconformist Grahame Begg Craig Williams 16 51.5kg
    17 Duais Edward Cummings Michael Dee 3 51kg
    18 Charm’s Star Chris Waller Dean Yendall 4 50kg
    19 Great House (1E) Chris Waller Teo Nugent 2 50kg
    20 Constantinople (2E) Aaron Purcell N/A 15 50kg
  • No. Silks Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
    1 Anthony Van Dyck Aidan O’Brien Hugh Bowman 21 58.5kg
    2 Avilius James Cummings John Allen 17 57kg
    3 Vow And Declare Danny O’Brien Damien Oliver 18 57kg
    4 Buckhurst Joseph O’Brien Ben Melham 9 55kg
    5 Mirage Dancer Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Craig Newitt 6 55
    6 Mustajeer Kris Less Billy Egan 15 55kg
    7 Verry Elleegant Chris Waller Mark Zahra 11 55kg
    8 Dashing Willoughby Andrew Balding Michael Walker 2 54.5kg
    9 Finche Chris Waller Damian Lane 12 54.5kg
    10 Prince Of Arran Charlie Fellowes Jamie Kah 19 54.5kg
    11 Master Of Wine Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Craig Williams 7 53.5kg
    12 The Chosen One Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Daniel Stackhouse 3 53.5kg
    13 Warning Anthony & Sam Freedman Luke Currie 20 53kg
    14 Dalasan Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas William Pike 14 52.5kg
    15 True Self Willie Mullins Declan Bates 4 52kg
    16 Aktau Mike Moroney N/A 1 51kg
    17 Toffee Tongue Chris Waller Michael Dee 5 51kg
    18 Chapada Mike Moroney Jye McNeil 16 50.5kg
    19 Raheen House (1E) Kris Lees Daniel Moor 22 53.5kg
    20 San Huberto (2E) Matt Cumani Fred Kersley 10 53.5kg
    21 Oceanex (3E) Mick Price & Michael Kent Jr Zac Spain 8 51.5kg
    22 Le Don De Vie (4E) Anthony & Sam Freedman N/A 13 52.5kg

2023 Caulfield Cup result


1stWithout A Fight (+750)
2ndWest Wind Blows (-285.71)
3rdGold Trip (+170)

Recent Caulfield Cup winners

  • Without A Fight ($9.00) has stormed over the top to win the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m), taking home the major portion of the $5 million prize packet. It comes after some drama in the lead-up, as the Anthony & Sam Freedman-trained gelding was re-inspected pre-race due to some lameness detected by VRC stewards on Thursday. He was passed fit to run in the end and thankfully produced his electrifying best under Mark Zahra, securing Group 1 glory for the first time, and his first since arriving in Australia. The son of Teofilo put the writing on the wall first-up in the Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m), powering through the line as a flashing light chasing gamely behind Alligator Blood. It was an elite steer by Zahra, jagging back to find cover throughout the journey, which was necessary given the hectic tempo the leaders injected into the race. Goldman ($81.00), Spirit Ridge ($23.00) and Hoo Ya Mal ($10.00) all looked to kick up and find the front, giving many of those drawn wide a chance to slot in for cover. This included last year’s runner-up Gold Trip ($6.00), who was navigating a passage under Ben Melham, and West Wind Blows ($5.50), left the stalls a shade slower than Jamie Spencer would’ve liked. West Wind Blows made the first move turning for home, and at one stage hit the front, leaving him and Without A Fight to knuckle down to task. The latter pulled clear, while Gold Trip was crowded for room at a crucial stage, however, showed his class to find third spot with the massive weight.
  • The Chris Waller-trained Durston became the first ever Caulfield Cup emergency to claim victory in the time-honoured event. Aided by an inch-perfect steer from Michael Dee, the in-form stayer managed to outstay his rivals and managed to pip Gold Trip on the line in the 2022 Caulfield Cup. Durston won the feature Group 1 of the day at a massive $19 with online bookmakers, after getting into the final field after Maximal was scratched earlier in the day due to the state of the track. Chris Waller has now won two Caulfield Cups after winning his first with Verry Elleegant in 2020.
  • Incentivise managed to overcome the wide barrier to show he is a serious contender and putting him as a heavy favourite leading into the 2021 Melbourne Cup. After settling three-wide early, Prebble allowed the favourite to slide up and apply pressure to the leaders before racing away at the top of the straight to take out the $5 million feature by 3.5 lengths.
  • The Chris Waller-trained Verry Elleegant stamped her claim as Australia’s premium stayer when taking out the 2020 Caulfield Cup. She became the first mare to take out the Caulfield Cup since Jameka did so some four years earlier. Jockey Mark Zahra made it three wins from three rides aboard the mare, when she held off the fast finishing Anthony Van Dyck and fellow kiwi The Chosen One. The win was her second consecutive Group 1 success, following her win in the Turnbull Stakes at her previous start.
  • All the pre-race hype was around British star Finche, but the Caulfield Cup went to Japan for the second time as Damien Lane steered Mer De Glace to a classy victory over some very capable runners.
  • Searching for their first Caulfield Cup victory since All The Good won in 2008, team Godolphin unleashed quality stayer Best Solution in Australia. Overcoming a tardy start, Best Solution was aided by a move by the Taj Mahal to inject some pace into the race. Best Solution took the front just after the 600m and withstood a powerful drive from Lloyd Williams-owned Homesman to hold on in a photo finish.
  • Boom Time created a large boom when winning at big odds in 2017. The Lindsay Park-trained stayer held off all the challengers to win the $3 million event. Single Gaze battled on resolutely to finish second in the front of the fast-finishing European Johannes Vermeer. The disappointments in the race were the Kiwi pairing of Jon Snow and Bonneval which finished well down the track.
  • The Ciaron Maher-trained Jameka proved much too good for its opposition in 2016 when winning by three lengths. The four-year-old mare was well-favoured in the betting at $4.30 and after getting a good ride from Nick Hall, the daughter of Myboycharlie burst away to record its biggest career win. It defeated the likes of imported runners Scottish and Exospheric, which filled the placings. Read full report.
  • Mongolian Khan took out the 2015 Caulfield Cup for New Zealand in 2015. The Murray Baker-trained horse was heavily supported into $4.70 after showing plenty throughout its three-year-old campaign and punters were rewarded with a half-length victory. The son of Holy Roman Emperor defeated the likes of Trip To Paris and Fame Game, which were solid in the Melbourne Cup, but unfortunately for connections of Mongolian Khan, the four-year-old suffered a bout of colic and subsequently withdraw from the 2015 Melbourne Cup.
  • Admire Rakti scored another big win for Japan in the 2014 Caulfield Cup. The Tomoyuki Umeda-trained runner showed the typical toughness from the Japanese runners and it signaled the arrival of the international runners of the 2014 Melbourne spring carnival. It scored by a half-length over former New Zealand runners Rising Romance and Lucia Valentina, making the trifecta a truly international result. It paid $12.80 to win which set up a big $7040 first four with outsider Brambles running fourth.
  • Fawkner was also a popular elect with punters, who got a great price of $9.90 when it won in 2013. The Robert Hickmott-trained stayer was running for Team Williams and it gave Nick Hall the first of two wins in the last four years. It received a good trip in transit before pulling away for a 1.25-length win over European raider Dandino with Dear Demi in third.
  • The 2012 Caulfield Cup went offshore when Dunaden scored a famous win for Mikel Delzangles. The seven-year-old wasn’t overly respected in the betting at $12.50, but it showed its true international class by beating the likes of Alcopop and Light Of Heaven by a half-length. It wasn’t the strongest local Caulfield Cup in history, but the overseas runners, which included Americain and Jakkalberry, made it an international staying affair. Craig Williams scored the win the saddle and would continue his association with the son of Nicobar following the race.

List of Caulfield Cup winners

Caulfield Cup Past Winners
Year Horse Jockey Trainer
2023 Without A Fight Mark Zahra Anthony & Sam Freedman
2022 Durston Michael Dee Chris Waller
2021 Incentivise Brett Prebble Peter G Moody
2020 Verry Elleegant Mark Zahra Chris Waller
2019 Mer De Glace Damian Lane Hisashi Shimizu
2018 Best Solution Pat Cosgrave Saeed Bin Suroor
2017 Boom Time Cory Parish David & Ben Hayes & Tom Dabernig
2016 Jameka Nicholas Hall Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
2015 Mongolian Khan Opie Bosson Murray Baker
2014 Admire Rakti Zac Purton Tomoyuki Umeda
2013 Fawkner Nicholas Hall Robert Hickmott
2012 Dunaden Craig Williams Mikel Delzangles
2011 Southern Speed Craig Williams Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas
2010 Descarado Chris Munce Gai Waterhouse
2009 Viewed Brad Rawiller Bart Cummings
2008 All The Good Kerrin McEvoy Saeed Bin Suroor
2007 Master O’Reilly Vlad Duric Danny O’Brien
2006 Tawqeet Dwayne Dunn David Hayes
2005 Railings Greg Childs John Hawkes
2004 Elvstroem Nash Rawiller Tony Vasil
2003 Mummify Danny Nikolic Lee Freedman
2002 Northerly Greg Childs Fred Kersley
2001 Ethereal Scott Seamer Sheila Laxon
2000 Diatirbe Jim Cassidy Goerge Hanlon

Caulfield Cup Past Winners Pre 2000

Caulfield Cup Past Winners Pre 2000
Year Horse
1999 Sky Heights
1998 Taufan’s Melody
1997 Might and Power
1996 Arctic Scent
1995 Doriemus
1994 Paris Lane
1993 Fraar
1992 Mannerism
1991 Let’s Elope
1990 Sydeston
1989 Cole Diesel
1988 Imposera
1987 Lord Reims
1986 Mr. Lomondy
1985 Tristarc
1984 Affinity
1983 Hayai
1982 Gurner’s Lane
1981 Silver Bounty
1980 Ming Dynasty
1979 Mighty Kingdom
1978 Taksan
1977 Ming Dynasty
1976 How Now
1975 Analight
1974 Leilani
1973 Swell Time
1972 Sobar
1971 Gay Icarus
1970 Beer Street
1969 Big Philou
1968 Bunratty Castle
1967 Tobin Bronze
1966 Galilee
1965 Bore Head
1964 Yangtze
1963 Sometime
1962 Even Stevens
1961 Summer Fair
1960 Ilumquh
1959 Regal Wench
1958 Sir Blink
1957 Tulloch
1956 Redcraze
1955 Rising Fast
1954 Rising Fast
1953 My Hero
1952 Peshawar
1951 Basha Felika
1950 Grey Boots
1949 Lincoln
1948 Red Fury
1947 Columnist
1946 Royal Gem
1945 St. Fairy
1944 Counsel
1943 Saint Warden / Skipton
1942 Tranquil Star
1941 Velocity
1940 Beaulivre
1939 Rivette
1938 Buzalong
1937 The Trump
1936 Northwind
1935 Palfresco
1934 Journal
1933 Gaine Carrington
1932 Rogilla
1931 Denis Boy
1930 Amounis
1929 High Syce
1928 Maple
1927 Textile
1926 Manfred
1925 Whittier
1924 Purser
1923 Wynette
1922 Whittier
1921 Violoncello
1920 Eurythmic
1919 Lucknow
1918 King Offa
1917 Bronzetti
1916 Shepherd King
1915 Lavendo
1914 Uncle Sam
1913 Aurifer
1912 Uncle Sam
1911 Lady Medallist
1910 Flavinius
1909 Blue Book / Aborigine
1908 Maranui
1907 Poseidon
1906 Poseidon
1905 Marvel Loch
1904 Murmur
1903 Sweet Nell
1902 Lieutenant Bill
1901 Hymettus
1900 Ingliston
1899 Dewey
1898 Hymettus
1897 Amberite
1896 Cremorne
1895 Waterfall
1894 Paris
1893 Sainfoin
1892 Paris
1891 G’naroo
1890 Vengeance
1889 Boz
1888 Chicago
1887 Oakleigh
1886 Ben Bolt
1885 Grace Darling
1884 Blink Bonny
1883 Calma
1882 Little Jack
1881 Master Avenel
1880 Tom Kirk
1879 Newminster
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Benoh Kieng
Benoh Kieng
6 months ago

Keeping an eye on Caulfield cup horses for to make a tips on the next following Caulfield week. Hope the horses with small markets are the winning horse.