Caulfield Cup

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Caulfield Cup
Group 1 race
Rising Fast (NZ).jpg
1954 & 1955 winner Rising Fast
Location Caulfield Racecourse, Melbourne, Australia
Race type ThoroughbredFlat racing
Sponsor Carlton Draught (2022)
Race information
Distance2,400 metres (1.5 miles)
QualificationHorses three years old and older
Purse $5,000,000 (2022)
BonusesWinner ballot exemption from the Melbourne Cup

The Caulfield Cup is a Melbourne Racing Club Group 1 Thoroughbred horse race held under handicap conditions, although the Melbourne Racing Club is in the process of turning the race into weight for age (WFA) conditions. [1] This is for all horses aged three years old and older. It takes place over a distance of 2400 metres at the Caulfield Racecourse, Melbourne, Australia in mid October. The prize money is A$5,000,000. [2]



The race has become one of Australia's richest Thoroughbred horse races. The race is held annually on the third Saturday in October, the third day and final day of the Caulfield Carnival. Performances in the Caulfield Cup are one of the possible qualification methods for a run in the Melbourne Cup which is held 17 days later.

1932 winner - Rogilla George Robinson ROGILLA 1932 VATC CAULFIELD CUP GEORGE ROBINSON.jpg
1932 winner Rogilla George Robinson
1906 & 1907 winner - Poseidon Poseidon 1906 VRC Melbourne Cup Owner Sir Hugh Denison Randwick Trainer Isaac Earnshaw.jpg
1906 & 1907 winner Poseidon
1930 winner - Amounis Harold Jones Amounis 1930 VATC Futurity Stakes Jockey Harold Jones Trainer Frank McGrath.jpg
1930 winner Amounis Harold Jones
1931 winner - Denis Boy Andy Knox Denis Boy 1931 VATC Caulfield Cup Jockey Andy Knox Trainer Frank McGrath.jpg
1931 winner Denis Boy Andy Knox
1912 & 1914 winner - Uncle Sam Uncle Sam 1914 VATC Caulfield Cup Jockey J E Ettershank Trainer M P Whitty.jpg
1912 & 1914 winner Uncle Sam
1920 winner - Eurythmic Eurythmic racehorse with jockey ca. 1920..jpg
1920 winner Eurythmic
1915 winner - Lavendo Lavendo 1915 VATC Caulfield Cup Jockey Frank Dempsey Trainer Lou Robertson.jpg
1915 winner Lavendo

During World War II the race was run at Flemington Racecourse and in 1943 the race was run in divisions. [3]

Race qualification

The field is limited to 18 starters with four emergency entries which is decided by a ballot system. The prize money, wins and placings in lead up races are among the major factors that determine the eligibility of a horse. Automatic entry is awarded to winners of the Toorak Handicap, Herbert Power Stakes and the Mornington Cup. [4]




Dual winners

The following thoroughbreds have won two Caulfield Cups.

Caulfield-Melbourne Cup double wins

The following thoroughbreds have won the Caulfield-Melbourne Cup double in the same year.

Caulfield Cup-Cox Plate double wins

The following thoroughbreds have won the Caulfield Cup-Cox Plate double in the same year.

Caulfield Cup-Cox Plate-Melbourne Cup triple wins

The following thoroughbreds have won the Caulfield Cup-Cox Plate-Melbourne Cup triple in the same year.

Notable runnings

1924 and 1934 racebooks

1950 racebook

Tranquil Star, 1942 winner Tranquil Star 1946 Olympic Park Melbourne Farewell Jockey Scobie Breasley Trainer Ron Cameron.jpg
Tranquil Star, 1942 winner

Winners since 1988

2023 Without A Fight [11] Mark Zahra Anthony & Sam Freedman2:26.45
2022Durston [12] Michael Dee Chris Waller 2:33.68
2021 Incentivise [13] Brett Prebble Peter Moody2:30.88
2020 Verry Elleegant [14] Mark Zahra Chris Waller 2:31.97
2019Mer De Glace [15] Damian Lane Hisashi Shimizu2:30.16
2018Best Solution [16] Pat Cosgrave Saeed bin Suroor 2.33.72
2017Boom Time [17] Cory Parish David and Ben Hayes & Tom Dabernig 2:27.66
2016Jameka [18] Nicholas Hall Ciaron Maher 2:28.88
2015 Mongolian Khan [19] Opie Bosson Murray Baker 2:27.76
2014 Admire Rakti [20] Zac Purton Tomoyuki Yumeda2:32.12
2013Fawkner [21] Nicholas Hall Robert Hickmott 2:29.10
2012 Dunaden [22] Craig Williams Mikel Delzangles2:28.82
2011Southern Speed [23] Craig Williams Leon MacDonald & Andrew Gluyas2:28.44
2010Descarado [24] Chris Munce Gai Waterhouse 2:35.69
2009 Viewed [25] Brad Rawiller Bart Cummings 2:29.70
2008All The Good [26] Kerrin McEvoy Saeed bin Suroor 2:27.45
2007 Master O'Reilly [27] Vlad DuricDanny O'Brien2:26.15
2006Tawqeet [28] Dwayne Dunn David Hayes 2:27.69
2005 Railings [29] Greg Childs John Hawkes 2:27.96
2004 Elvstroem [30] Nash Rawiller Tony Vasil2:31.37
2003 Mummify [31] Danny Nikolic Lee Freedman 2:25.98
2002 Northerly [32] Greg ChildsFred R. Kersley2:30.38
2001 Ethereal [33] Scott Seamer Sheila Laxon 2:30.93
2000Diatribe [34] Jim Cassidy George Hanlon 2:25.32
1999Sky Heights [35] Damien Oliver Colin Alderson2:30.10
1998Taufan's Melody [36] Ray Cochrane Lady Herries 2:30.16
1997 Might And Power [37] Jim Cassidy Jack Denham 2:26.20
1996Arctic Scent [38] Brent StanleyJim Mason2:30.27
1995 Doriemus [39] Damien Oliver Lee Freedman 2:28.10
1994Paris Lane [40] Damien Oliver Lee Freedman 2:26.50
1993Fraar [41] Peter Hutchinson David Hayes 2:28.00
1992Mannerism [42] Damien Oliver Lee Freedman 2:34.90
1991 Let's Elope [43] Steven King Bart Cummings 2:30.30
1990 Sydeston [44] Mick Dittman Bob Hoysted 2:31.60
1989Cole Diesel [45] Michael KerrGreg Mance2:27.20
1988Imposera [46] Brian YorkRoss McDonald2:29.40

Earlier winners

† Run in divisions [3]
¶ Won by Protest [4]
‡ Dead heat




In March 2015, BMW Australia and the Melbourne Racing Club announced a reunion in partnership, effective as of August 1, 2015 [52] after the eight-year partnership ended in 2014.

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