Caulfield Stakes

Caulfield Stakes
Date: Saturday, October 13
Location: Caulfield Racecourse
Prize Money: $1 Million
Distance: 2,000m

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, 82), Bonecrusher (1986) and more recently Lonhro in both 2002 and 2003.

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 $500,000 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.

2018 Caulfield Stakes result


1stBenbatl ($9)
2ndBlair House ($3.70)
3rdHumidor ($2.10)

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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2018 Caulfield Stakes betting odds

Unforgotten is the Caulfield Stakes favourite.

Chris Waller-trained Unforgotten leads a tight Caulfield Stakes market at the $4.40 quote.

Humidor is on the next line of betting at the $5.50, while Blair House ($6), Underwood Stakes winner Homesman ($7) and D’Argento ($8) are right in the frame.

Kings Will Dream ($8) and Godolphin import Benbatl ($9 at Neds) are the two remaining horses in single figures.

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 and Lonhro are past winners of the Caulfield Stakes and the list of champions continues to grow.

Since 1983, there has been only five 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, eight 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 16 attempts.

Recent Caulfield Stakes runnings

  • 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

Caulfield Stakes
Year Caulfield Stakes Past Winner
2018 Benbatl
2017 Gailo Chop
2016 Winx
2015 Criterion
2014 Fawkner
2013 Atlantic Jewel
2012 Ocean Park
2011 Descarado
2010 So You Think
2009 Whobegotyou
2008 Douro Valley
2007 Maldivian
2006 Casual Pass
2005 El Segundo
2004 Mummify
2003 Lonhro
2002 Lonhro
2001 Northerly
2000 Sky Heights
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