Caulfield Stakes

Caulfield Stakes

Group One Betting Guide
Date: Saturday, October 9, 2021
Location: Caulfield Racecourse
Prize Money: $1,000,000
Distance: 2000m

THE Caulfield Stakes is a time-honoured group one weight-for-age race which has been won by some of Australia’s most iconic thoroughbreds.

Held over 2000m at Caulfield during the Melbourne spring carnival (on the same day as the Caulfield Guineas), the Caulfield Stakes was famously won by the likes of Kingston Town (1981 & 1982), Bonecrusher (1986) Lonhro (2002 & 2003), whilst more recently the champion mare Winx added her name to the honours board in 2016.

It has long been known as a “good horses” race which couldn’t be more true and punters typically have a field day when backing the well-favoured runners.

The $1,000,000 Group 1 Caulfield Stakes is an important race on the calendar, but usually attracts only a small number of entrants. The small field size gives punters a better chance to identify the best value in the race which has been a recipe for success.

As of 2021, the Caulfield Stakes has been renamed to the Might and Power-Caulfield Stakes.

2021 Caulfield Stakes betting odds

Zaaki is set to go around as one of the shortest-priced favourites in the 2021 Caulfield Stakes.

The result looks to be a formality in the 2021 Caulfield Stakes, with Underwood Stakes winner Zaaki a dominant $1.40 favourite in all-in markets.

He is likely to come up against Probabeel once again who is a $9 chance in the market, whilst Superstorm ($15) and The Chosen One ($17) are expected to compete against Zaaki once again and will need a remarkable form reversal to turn the tables on him from the Underwood.

Colette fronts the remainder of the market following her scratching in the Turnbull Stakes, with odds of $13 available for the Godolphin runner.

Best Caulfield Stakes bookmakers

Due to the weight-for-age conditions and the timing of the race, bookmakers don’t open early all-in markets.

The betting for the Caulfield Stakes typically opens two weeks prior to the running which leaves punters plenty of time to sort out their investments.

The following bookmakers will all offer betting on the Caulfield Stakes and bonus offers will be available in the week of the big race.

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Caulfield Stakes betting guide

Winx has saluted in the Caulfield Stakes en route to the Cox Plate.

The Caulfield Stakes is a major lead-up race towards the Cox Plate, so punters looking to bet in the early Cox Plate markets should take a close look at this race.

It’s also key to identify the potential champion runners in the field. There has been plenty of upset winners in the race, but the good horses have an excellent winning record and the past winners list is a Hall of Fame honour roll.

Horses such as Bonecrusher, Kingston Town, Gunsynd, Lord, Rough Habit, Lonhro and Winx are past winners of the Caulfield Stakes and the list of champions continues to grow.

Since 1983, there has been only six double-figure odds winners with an average price of $20. Douro Valley won in 2008 at odds of $40.

The shortest winning price was Winx in 2016. The champion mare paid $1.20 to win in the three horse field, which was considered a generous price at the time.

The Underwood Stakes is a key guide to betting the Caulfield Stakes. Ocean Park, So You Think and Northerly all entered the Caulfield Stakes as last start winners of the Underwood Stakes. Champion runner Lonhro also entered as a last start winner having won the George Main Stakes.

Since 2000, nine winners have emerged from the Underwood Stakes and the Makybe Diva Stakes at Flemington is also a solid form guide.

Jockey Damien Oliver has the best statistics of any jockey having won on four occasions from 18 attempts.

2020 Caulfield Stakes result

1stArcadia Queen ($5.50)
2ndRussian Camelot ($1.04)
3rdHumidor (NTD)

Recent Caulfield Stakes runnings

  • With Russian Camelot starting a $1.30 favourite, the race was seemingly a formality, however Arcadia Queen and William Pike had another idea. Despite giving the favourite a three-length head start with 500m to go, the Grant and Alana Williams-trained Arcadia Queen managed to claim the Caulfield Stakes at her first go at 2000m. The win handed Pike his first Group 1 win of the day, before he went on to partner Ole Kirk when taking out the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas.
    • A slowly run 2019 Caulfield Stakes suited the Hayes & Dabernig trained stallion to a tee when he was able to nose out the Underwood Stakes winner Black Heart Bart in a driving finish to get up in the final stride. Black Heart Bart looked to be the winner with 50 metres to go, but couldn’t hold out as Cape Of Good Hope claims Caulfield Stakes in a result that was sure to tear up plenty of quaddie tickets around the nation.
      • Godolphin star Benbatl came to Australia looking to tune up ahead of a tilt at the Cox Plate but backers got more than their money’s worth in its Australian debut. Benbatl jumped sharply from the gates and got an easy lead before Homesman took the lead and gave the British import the perfect tail into the race. Benbatl eventually broke away with Godolphin stablemate Blair House, with the Dubai Turf winner getting up right at the post.
      • Gailo Chop showed its true credentials when winning the 2017 Caulfield Stakes against a hot field. The imported son of Deportivo sat close to the pace throughout, as many did that day, before kicking strongly in the straight. The Darren Weir runner had to fight off international runner Johannes Vermeer which made impressive ground late and Jon Snow battled away well after setting a hot tempo. Race-favourite Bonneval was a touch disappointing, but not many were making ground from the back. Hartnell was again disappointing in 10th. Read race report.
      • Only three horses contested the 2016 running of the Caulfield Stakes, but racing fans weren’t left disappointed. Champion mare Winx proved too good for champion Victorian Black Heart Bart in what evolved into a two-horse affair. Winx strode up to it in the straight and cruised to the line, winning by 1.5 lengths. It was the final run before Winx’s 2016 Cox Plate defense. Read the race report here.
      • Criterion added another big win to his resume with a strong performance in 2015. The Hayes/Dabernig-trained horse didn’t have the best of runs in transit, but dug deep with jockey Michael Walker in the saddle to score by a half-length over Happy Trails. Criterion ran at well over the odds at $7.50, with most of the money coming for Kermadec, but many punters were on Criterion at the each way price. Mongolian Khan finished third before subsequently winning the Caulfield Cup.
      • Fawkner was a strong middle-distance gelding which excelled during the Melbourne spring carnival. The Robert Hickmott-trained seven-year-old finished strongly after getting a good run in behind the leaders throughout. It got up on the line over Criterion, who won the following year, and paid $5.50 for the win. The quality field included the likes of two-time Doncaster Handicap winner Sacred Falls (4th) and former Australian Horse of the Year Dissident which finished sixth.
      • Atlantic Jewel was already a superstar heading into the Caulfield Stakes and it showed its very best come race day. The Mark Kavanagh-trained mare was one of the shortest-priced favourites in the race’s history when it ran as a $1.31 chance. The daughter of Fastnet Rock won by four lengths in a demolition over the likes of Foreteller and Super Cool, but the field consisted of only five runners as many were put off by Atlantic Jewel.
      • Punters scored another big win in 2012 when Ocean Park won paying $1.50. The well-supported Kiwi runner took advantage of another small field of only six runners and they were mostly stayers looking for more ground. The four-year-old sat in a nice position during the run and was ridden out strongly by three-time Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Glen Boss.

      Past Caulfield Stakes winners list

      Turnbull Stakes Past Winners
      Year Horse Jockey Trainer
      2020 Arcadia Queen William Pike Grant & Alana Williams
      2019 Cape Of Good Hope Mark Zahra David & Ben Hayes & Tom Dabernig
      2018 Benbatl Pat Cosgrave Saeed Bun Suroor
      2017 Galio Chop Mark Zahra Darren Weir
      2016 Winx Hugh Bowman Chris Waller
      2015 Criterion Michael Walker David Hayes & Tom Dabernig
      2014 Fawkner Nicholas Hall Robert Hickmott
      2013 Atlantic Jewel Michael Rodd Mark Kavanagh
      2012 Ocean Park Glen Boss Garry Hennessy
      2011 Descarado Nash Rawiller Gai Waterhouse
      2010 So You Think Steven Arnold Bart Cummings
      2009 Whobegotyou Damien Oliver Mark Kavanagh
      2008 Douro Valley James Winks Danny O’Brien
      2007 Maldivian Michael Rodd Mark Kavanagh
      2006 Casual Pass Nash Rawiller Mathew Ellerton
      2005 El Segundo Darren Gauci Colin Little
      2004 Mummify Danny Nikolic Lee Freedman
      2003 Lonhro Darren Beadman John Hawkes
      2002 Lonhro Darren Beadman John Hawkes
      2001 Northerly Damien Oliver Fred Kersley
      2000 Sky Heights Glen Boss Colin Alderson

      Caulfield Stakes Past Winners Pre 2000

      Caulfield Stakes Past Winners Pre 2000
      Year Horse
      1999 Northern Drake
      1998 Might And Power
      1997 Filante
      1996 Juggler
      1995 Danewin
      1994 Rough Habit
      1993 Naturalism
      1992 Castletown
      1991 Shaftesbury Avenue
      1990 Sydeston
      1989 Almaarad
      1988 Sky Chase
      1987 Drought
      1986 Bonecrusher
      1985 Tristarc
      1984 Alibhai
      1983 Mr. Mcginty
      1982 Kingston Town
      1981 Kingston Town
      1980 Hyperno
      1979 Mighty Kingdom
      1978 Lloyd Boy
      1977 Family Of Man
      1976 How Now
      1975 Guest Star / Zambari
      1974 Igloo
      1973 Glengowan
      1972 Gunsynd
      1971 Gay Icarus
      1970 Gay Poss / Arctic Symbol
      1969 Hamua
      1968 Future
      1967 Winfreux
      1966 Winfreux
      1965 Winfreux
      1964 Contempler
      1963 Sometime
      1962 Sky High
      1961 Sky High
      1960 Lord / Dhaulagiri
      1959 Lord
      1958 Lord
      1957 Ray Ribbon
      1956 Redcraze
      1955 Prince Cortauld
      1954 Rising Fast
      1953 Flying Halo
      1952 Peshawar
      1951 Grey Boots
      1950 Comic Court
      1949 Iron Duke
      1948 De La Salle
      1947 Columnist
      1946 Bernborough
      1945 Lawrence
      1944 Lawrence
      1943 Amana
      1942 Tranquil Star
      1941 Lucrative
      1940 High Caste
      1939 High Caste
      1938 Ajax
      1937 Charles Fox
      1936 Young Idea
      1935 Feldspar
      1934 Hall Mark
      1933 Chatham
      1932 Middle Watch
      1931 Cimbrian
      1930 Amounis
      1929 High Syce
      1928 Gothic
      1927 Royal Charter
      1926 Manfred
      1925 Heroic
      1924 The Hawk
      1923 Maid Of The Mist
      1922 Eurythmic
      1921 Eurythmic
      1920 Eurythmic
      1919 Night Watch
      1918 Magpie
      1917 Lanius
      1916 Lavendo
      1915 Traquette
      1914 Anna Carlovna
      1913 Mountain Princess
      1912 Royal Scotch
      1911 Malt King
      1910 Artillerie
      1909 Artillerie
      1908 Pink ‘Un
      1907 Ebullition
      1906 Solution
      1905 Torah
      1904 Gladsome
      1903 Abundance
      1902 Wakeful
      1901 Wakeful
      1900 Severity
      1899 Australian Star
      1898 The Chief
      1897 Coil
      1896 Hopscotch
      1895 Atlas
      1894 The Harvester
      1893 Brockleigh
      1892 Camoola
      1891 Marvel
      1890 The Admiral
      1889 Dreadnought
      1888 Mentor
      1887 Cranbrook
      1886 Isonomy
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