Group One Betting Guide
|Date:||Saturday, October 16, 2021|
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 the world has to offer.
The field is limited to 18 runners with four emergencies. 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.
2021 Caulfield Cup Odds
The Mornington Cup winner Mount Popa is an early all-in market favourite for the 2021 Caulfield Cup with online bookmakers having him as a $13 chance. The Hawkes-trained stayer is one of the best up-and-coming stayers, it remains to see whether he can handle the step up against some of the best stayers going around.
The 2020 Caulfield Cup winner Verry Elleegant shares the second line of betting with Tiger Moth and Al Aasy with $15 avaialble for the trio.
Australian Derby winner Explosive Jack is an $18 chance following an outstanding three-year-old season.
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.
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-four finish.
Caulfield Cup futures markets 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.
2020 Caulfield Cup final field
|1||ANTHONY VAN DYCK (IRL)||A O’Brien||21||H Bowman||58.5|
|2||AVILIUS (GB)||J Cummings||17||J Allen||57|
|3||VOW AND DECLARE||D O’Brien||18||D Oliver||57|
|4||BUCKHURST (GB)||J O’Brien||9||B Melham||55|
|5||MIRAGE DANCER (GB)||T Busuttin & N Young||6||C Newitt||55|
|6||MUSTAJEER(GB)||K Lees||15||B Egan||55|
|7||VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ)||C Waller||11||M Zahra||54.5|
|8||DASHING WILLOUGHBY (GB)||A Balding||2||M Walker||54.5|
|9||FINCHE (GB)||C WALLER||12||D Lane||54.5|
|10||PRINCE OF ARRAN (GB)||C Fellowes||1||J Kah||54.5|
|11||MASTER OF WINE (DEU)||M, W, J Hawkes||7||C Williams||53.5|
|12||THE CHOSEN ONE (NZ)||M Baker & A Forsman||3||D Stackhouse||53.5|
|13||WARNING (NZ)||A Freedman||20||L Currie||53|
|14||DALASAN||L Macdonald & A Gluyas||14||W Pike||52.5|
|15||TRUE SELF (IRL)||W Mullins||4||D Bates||52|
|17||TOFFEE TONGUE (NZ)||C WALLER||5||M Dee||51|
|18||CHAPADA||M Moroney||16||J McNeil||50.5|
|19||RAHEEN HOUSE||K LEES||22||D Moor||53.5|
2020 Caulfield Cup result
Recent Caulfield Cup winners
- 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|
|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||Oppie 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|
|1997||Might and Power|
|1943||Saint Warden / Skipton|
|1909||Blue Book / Aborigine|