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Caulfield Cup

The Caulfield Cup is held this year on Saturday October 15th at the Caulfield Racecourse in Melbourne. One of the richest events in the Australian racing year, it carries prize money of $3,000,000. As such, it attracts some of the top horses in the country, and from abroad.

Indeed, it is one of the richest handicaps in the world. The Caulfield Cup is run over 2,400 metres and is open to all horses of three years old and up. The winner of the race gets automatic entry into the Melbourne Cup. Because of the extremely high quality of the field, the Caulfield Cup is often regarded as an indication of a runner’s likely performance in both the Cox Plate and the Melbourne Cup later in the Carnival.

Until 1998, the Caulfield Cup was open only to horses from Australia and New Zealand. Since being opened to horses from the rest of the world two British horses have won the event, Taufan’s Melody in 1998 and All The Good in 2008.

If a horse should win both this race and the Melbourne Cup, it is known as achieving the “Cups Double”.  Only eleven horses have ever managed the feat, including Poseidon (1906), Rising Fast (1954), and more recently Might and Power in 1997.

Race Details

Hundreds of horses are nominated every year for the Caulfield Cup and the final 18 runners (and four emergencies) are decided by ballot. Each horse nominated is allocated a number which determines where it sits in the list. Deciding factors include total prize money won in the two previous years, the number of wins and places in certain eligible lead up races, together with the weight allocated by the handicapper. One way to gain automatic entry to the Caulfield cup is by winning the Listed Mornington Cup or the Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes.

The Caulfield Cup is extremely useful as a form guide for several other races, including the Moonee Valley Cup, the Sandown Classic, the Queen Elizabeth Stakes, and the Wakeful Stakes, in addition to the Cox Plate and the Melbourne Cup.

Caulfield Cup Betting

As regards the betting, there are usually big odds on offer for many of the horses, and a favourite bet is the Caulfield Cup/Melbourne Cup double. A number of other doubles with the Caulfield Cup are also popular including the Cox Plate, the Emirates Stakes, the Crown Oaks, and the Victoria Derby.

There is always the chance of a very large pay day for punters willing to put down a few dollars early in the proceedings. The risk, of course, is that the horse may never make it into the final 18.

The barrier draw also affects the chances of a horse. An inside draw is favoured for horses that like to lead, as they will not have to make much of an effort to get to the front. However, if the going is heavy this is the part of the track that is noted for becoming very wet, and could lead to problems.

Whether you are a seasoned gambler, or just a punter who likes an occasional bet for a bit of fun, the Caulfield Cup is one that you won’t want to miss out on.