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Caulfield Stakes

The Caulfield Stakes is being run at Caulfield on Caulfield Guineas day, which is Saturday October 8th. There is sometimes some confusion about the name, because, since its’ inception in 1886 – when it was won by Isonomy – it was always known as the Caulfield Stakes. The name was changed to the Yalumba Stakes in 1997.  Many people still refer to it by its original name. It has since dropped the Yalumba name and is now back to the Caulfield Stakes.

The Caulfield Stakes is a Group 1 weight for age race run over 2,000 metres with total prize money of $400,000. In all, there are three Group 1 races on Caulfield Guineas day, the third one being the Toorak Handicap. Originally a Principal Race run over nine furlongs, the race was changed to 10 furlongs in 1887 and 1888, then decreased to nine furlongs again in 1889. In 1968 it changed back to 10 furlongs and then converted to 2,000 metres in 1972. It was elevated to Group 1 status in 1979.

The Caulfield Stakes is often cited as a great lead up to the Caulfield Cup and the Cox Plate.

Past Winners

Eurythmic won the Caulfield Stakes three years running, in 1920/1921/1922, and the same feat was repeated by Winfreux in 1965/1966/1967. The only other horse to win three times was Lord.  He won it in 1958 and 1959, and again in 1961.

In the 1954 Spring Carnival, Rising Fast achieved the as yet unmatched feat of winning the Caulfield Stakes, the Melbourne Cup, the Turnbull Stakes, the Mackinnon Stakes, and the Queen Elizabeth Stakes. The fastest time ever recorded was by Shaftesbury Avenue in 1 minute 59.3 seconds in 1991.

Tranquil Star is the only mare that has ever won the Caulfield Stakes/Cox Plate double, which she achieved in 1942. The race has a long history of wins by older horses.  Only the three year old colt Mighty Kingdom winning it in 1979. This is the same year that it became a Group 1 event.

Lead up race

Many of the contenders for the Cox Plate go via the Caulfield Stakes because the distance and the conditions are very similar. Tranquil Star (1942), Rising Fast (1954), Kingston Town (1981 and 1982), Might And Power 1998, and Northerly in 2001 all took out the double.

Caulfield Racecourse is not simply a horse racing venue, but has over 8,000 square metres of indoor space for functions of all descriptions, together with outdoor exhibition space of over 15,000 square metres. The venue has a variety of lawns and gardens, together with parking for over 4,000 cars. It is only a short distance from the trams and trains and just 15 minutes from the CBD.

There is bound to be a whole range of betting opportunities on Caulfield Guineas day.  The online bookmakers will all be trying to outdo each other with offers that can only benefit the Australian punter. Not only do they have deals in order to get new business, but they also have ongoing deals in order to keep your custom once they have got it. It is worthwhile spending some time having a look around online for offers on the Caulfield Stakes.