Caulfield Cup

  • Type: Group 1 handicap race
  • Distance: 2400 metres
  • Age: 3 year old and over
  • Racecourse: Caulfield, Melbourne
  • 1st Place Prize Money: $1,500,000 plus trophies to owner, trainer, rider and strapper
  • Minimum handicap weight: 3yo 49 kg, 4yo+ 50.0 kg

One of the toughest races in the world, the Caulfield Cup is the premier mile and a half handicap in the Spring Racing Carnival. Also regarded as the key lead up race to the Melbourne Cup, twelve horses have been successful in winning the Caulfield and Melbourne Cup double. Ridden on the Caulfield Racetrack turf in Melbourne, a maximum of 18 starters are permitted to compete in what was once known as the greatest race in the Carnival, second only to the Melbourne Cup. However in the past few years, the Caulfield Cup is becoming a race where punters are only willing to back the favourite rather than taking a chance on the outsiders, jeopardising the race’s betting future.

The first Caulfield Cup was run in the autumn of 1879 and has since been home to some of racing’s defining moments in history. After Newminster won the first Cup, the race was moved to spring in 1881 and during the war years, the Caulfield Races was closed. In 1881 and 1943, two Caulfield Cups were required due to the large number of entrants, so the races were divided into two rankings, high and low. In the 1943 race, an outsider by the name of Saint Warden won the Caulfield Cup despite possessing the odds of 100-1. The worst race fall in Australian history occurred at the 1885 Caulfield Cup when 16 of the 44 horses competing fell as they turned onto the straight, resulting in the death of 24 year old jockey Donald Nicholson.

Rising Fast won the race twice in 1954 and 1955 and in 2000 the previous race record time was broken by Diatribe who managed to finish the race in 2 minutes 25.32 seconds. Scobie Breasley, the most successful Caulfield Cup jockey ended up with 5 wins under his belt and the notorious Bart Cummings has been able to add 6 Caulfield Cup winnings to his list of successes.

Caulfield Cup Winners

Year Horse
2015 TBD
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
1996 Arctic Scent
1995 Doriemus
1994 Paris Lane
1993 Fraar
1992 Mannerism
1991 Let’s Elope
1990 Sydeston
1989 Cole Diesel
1988 Imposera
1987 Lord Reims
1986 Mr. Lomondy
1985 Tristarc
1984 Affinity
1983 Hayai
1982 Gurner’s Lane
1981 Silver Bounty
1980 Ming Dynasty
1979 Mighty Kingdom
1978 Taksan
1977 Ming Dynasty
1976 How Now
1975 Analight
1974 Leilani
1973 Swell Time
1972 Sobar
1971 Gay Icarus
1970 Beer Street
1969 Big Philou
1968 Bunratty Castle
1967 Tobin Bronze
1966 Galilee
1965 Bore Head
1964 Yangtze
1963 Sometime
1962 Even Stevens
1961 Summer Fair
1960 Ilumquh
1959 Regal Wench
1958 Sir Blink
1957 Tulloch
1956 Redcraze
1955 Rising Fast
1954 Rising Fast
1953 My Hero
1952 Peshawar
1951 Basha Felika
1950 Grey Boots
1949 Lincoln
1948 Red Fury
1947 Columnist
1946 Royal Gem
1945 St. Fairy
1944 Counsel
1943 Saint Warden
1943 Skipton
1942 Tranquil Star
1941 Velocity
1940 Beaulivre
1939 Rivette
1938 Buzalong
1937 The Trump
1936 Northwind
1935 Palfresco
1934 Journal
1933 Gaine Carrington
1932 Rogilla
1931 Denis Boy
1930 Amounis
1929 High Syce
1928 Maple
1927 Textile
1926 Manfred
1925 Whittier
1924 Purser
1923 Wynette
1922 Whittier
1921 Violoncello
1920 Eurythmic
1919 Lucknow
1918 King Offa
1917 Bronzetti
1916 Shepherd King
1915 Lavendo
1914 Uncle Sam
1913 Aurifer
1912 Uncle Sam
1911 Lady Medallist
1910 Flavinius
1909 Blue Book / Aborigine (dead heat)
1908 Maranui
1907 Poseidon
1906 Poseidon
1905 Marvel Loch
1904 Murmur
1903 Sweet Nell
1902 Lieutenant Bill
1901 Hymettus
1900 Ingliston
1899 Dewey
1898 Hymettus
1897 Amberite
1896 Cremorne
1895 Waterfall
1894 Paris
1893 Sainfoin
1892 Paris
1891 G’naroo
1890 Vengeance
1889 Boz
1888 Chicago
1887 Oakleigh
1886 Ben Bolt
1885 Grace Darling
1884 Blink Bonny
1883 Calma
1882 Little Jack
1881 Master Avenel
1881 Blue Ribbon
1880 Tom Kirk
1879 Newminster