Caulfield Cup

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Caulfield Cup
Group 1 race
Location Caulfield Racecourse
Caulfield, Victoria, Australia
Inaugurated 1879
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Race information
Distance 2,400 M (12 furlongs)
Surface Turf
Track Left-handed
Qualification Three-year-olds & up
Weight Handicap
Purse $2.5 million

The Caulfield Cup, one of Australia's richest Thoroughbred horse races and the richest of its type in the world (2,400 metre or metric mile-and-a-half handicap) is held annually by the Melbourne Racing Club. The race is a handicap like the Melbourne Cup, which means that horses that compete in the Caulfield Cup are capable of running on the first Tuesday of November as well. Performances in the Caulfield Cup are one of the possible qualification methods for a run in the Melbourne Cup. The race is open to horses three-years-old and over.

Race history[edit]

Rogilla,1932 winner G.Robinson up
Poseidon, 1906, 1907 winner
Amounis,1930 winner Harold Jones up
Denis Boy,1931 winner Andy Knox up
Uncle Sam,1912,1914 VATC Caulfield Cup winner

A horse that has won both Caulfield and Melbourne Cups in the same year has been said to have won the 'cups double'.

Eleven horses have achieved this - Poseidon (1906), The Trump (1937), Rivette (1939), Rising Fast (1954), Even Stevens (1962), Galilee (1966), Gurner's Lane (1982), Let’s Elope (1991), Doriemus (1995), Might and Power (1997) and Ethereal (2001).[1]

  • The Australian Test cricketer Clem Hill was the handicapper for the Victoria Amateur Turf Club (VATC) and responsible for setting the weights for the Caulfield Cup from 1937 to 1943.
  • Jockey Scobie Breasley rode the winner of four consecutive Caulfield Cups from 1942 to 1945. This included a division of the 1943 race, which was run in two divisions.
  • Trainer Bart Cummings holds the record for training Caulfield Cup winners with seven - Galilee, Big Philou, Leilani, Ming Dynasty (twice), Let's Elope and Viewed.
  • Horses trained outside Australia and New Zealand have been participating in the race since 1998. Three have won the race. They are Taufan's Melody (1998) for British trainer Lady Herries, All the Good (2008) for Saeed bin Suroor of the Godolphin stables and Dunaden (2012) for French trainer Mikel Delzangles.
  • 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 25 year old jockey Donald Nicolson.[2]


In 2007, Maldivian and Eskimo Queen were late scratchings. Maldivian, shortest price favourite for 41 years, misbehaved and injured himself in the starting stalls, frightening second priced favourite Eskimo Queen who for a time was trapped beneath the stalls.[3][4] The race started almost nine minutes late.

1934 Racebook[edit]

Winners since 1999[edit]

2013 Fawkner[5] 6 Nicholas Hall Robert Hickmott N C Williams, Mr & Mrs L J Williams 2:29.10
2012 Dunaden[6] 6 Craig Williams Mikel Delzangles Pearl Bloodstock Ltd 2:28.82
2011 Southern Speed[7] 4 Craig Williams Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas RB Fairclough & BD Fairclough 2:28.44
2010 Descarado[8] 4 Chris Munce Gai Waterhouse DA & RJ Henderson et al. 2:35.69
2009 Viewed[9] 6 Brad Rawiller Bart Cummings Dato Tan Chin Nam 2:29.70
2008 All The Good[10] 5 Kerrin McEvoy Saeed Bin Suroor Godolphin Stables 2:27.45
2007 Master O'Reilly[11] 5 Vlad Duric Danny O'Brien F. Sutcliffe/D. Sutcliffe/J. F. Mawer 2:26.15
2006 Tawqeet[12] 4 Dwayne Dunn David A. Hayes Shadwell Racing Syndicate 2:27.69
2005 Railings 4 Greg Childs John Hawkes T. Pistikakis, G. Peterson et al. 2:27.96
2004 Elvstroem 4 Nash Rawiller Tony Vasil Mr. F.B.J. Tagg et al. 2:31.37
2003 Mummify 4 Danny Nickolic Lee Freedman M. Pejic, T. J. & A. Torcasio et al. 2:25.98
2002 Northerly 6 Greg Childs Fred R. Kersley Mrs J. A. Kersley et al. 2:30.38
2001 Ethereal 4 Scott Seamer Sheila Laxon Peter J. & Phillip M. Vela 2:30.93
2000 Diatribe 4 Jim Cassidy George Hanlon John Thompson 2:25.32
1999 Sky Heights 4 Damien Oliver Colin Alderson R. Legh, A. Calabro et al. 2:30.10

Earlier winners[edit]

Winners Gallery[edit]


  1. ^ "Article Dashboard". Article Dashboard. Retrieved 2012-07-11. 
  2. ^
  3. ^ "Blood, tears as trainer's luck ends". 2007-10-20. Retrieved 2012-07-11. 
  4. ^ "Injuries mar race". 2007-10-20. Retrieved 2012-07-11. 
  5. ^ 2013 result
  6. ^ 2012 result
  7. ^ 2011 result
  8. ^ 2010 result
  9. ^ "About Horse Racing Australia | Horse Racing AAP Racing Australia". Retrieved 2012-07-14. 
  10. ^ "About Horse Racing Australia | Horse Racing AAP Racing Australia". Retrieved 2012-07-14. 
  11. ^ 2007 result
  12. ^ 2006 result

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