THE Caulfield Cup is a $3 million Group 1 race that kicks off the Melbourne Spring Carnival and one of the most popular betting races in Australia.
The 2400-metre 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.
Caulfield Cup betting is available 365 days a year with most of our recommended bookmakers and the market is being constantly updated each week.
Caulfield Cup race details
Distance: 2400 metres
Track: Caulfield. Left-handed track.
Purse: AUD $3 million
The Caulfield Cup is one of the richest races in Australia and the richest 2400-metre (12 furlong) race in the world.
The race is held in mid-October and it is a qualifying race for the Melbourne Cup, which is why it attracts international horses and punters.
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. There was controversy when the decision to include the Mornington Cup winner was announced as many thought a listed winner doesn’t deserve to take the place of a potential balloted out horse.
The Mornington Cup is raced in March and that factor caused plenty of uproar among those wanting to see the very best and in-form horses in Australia and from around the world.
No Mornington Cup winner has won the Caulfield Cup since Silver Bounty in 1981.
The first Caulfield Cup was run in 1879 where Newminster took out the top prize. The most unique editions of the Caulfield Cup was when Blue Book and Aborigine dead-heated in 1909 with Saint Warden and Skipton repeating history in 1943.
2017 Caulfield Cup result
1st – Boom Time
2nd – Single Gaze
3rd – Johannes Vermeer
2016 Caulfield Cup result
1. Jameka – $4
2. Scottish – $2.60
3. Exopsheric – $4.40
Quinella – $15.20
Trifecta – $260.20
First Four – $7258.50
Recent Caulfield Cup winners
2017: 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.
2016: 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.
2015: 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.
2014: 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.
2013: 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.
2012: 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.
Caulfield Cup past winners list
There have been plenty of champion winners of the Caulfield Cup, going all the way back to dual-Caulfield Cup winner Rising Fast in 1954-1955.
The likes of Fawkner, Melbourne Cup-winner Viewed and international runners Admire Rakti, Mongolian Khan and Dunaden also feature in the winners list.
Recent winners include:
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
1999 – Sky Heights
1998 – Taufan’s Melody
1997 – Might And Power
Other popular winners have included Doriemus in 1995, Let’s Elope (1991) and Gurner’s Lane in 1982.
International winners of the Caulfield Cup
The Caulfield Cup is popular among bettors because of the international interest, which always attracts the big punters and the betting pools increase significantly.
There have been multiple international winners of the Caulfield Cup which include 2014 winner Admire Rakti. The Japanese star won by half-a-length with Zac Purton in the saddle and showed just how tough the Japanese are to beat in staying races. It paid an even $6 with bookmakers.
Two years earlier, the French-trained Dunaden retained its unbeaten record in Australia after winning the Geelong Cup and Melbourne Cup, by winning the 2012 Caulfield Cup. It became the first horse to win the race from a barrier outside of 15 (started in barrier 18).
It also became the first horse to win after being allotted the top weight at acceptances (58kg).
In 2008, All The Good caused a big upset when winning at odds of $48.
The Saeed Bin Suroor six-year-old had no friends in the market, but was too strong over the concluding stages, holding off challenges from New Zealand’s Nom du Jeu and Barbaricus.
The trifecta payout was one of the biggest in Caulfield Cup history, paying $30,202,60.
In 2015 New Zealand runner Mongolian Khan scored the victory for the Kiwis. The Murray Baker-trained four-year-old was a popular choice for punters and it scored an impressive victory with jockey Opie Bosson in the saddle.