Renowned as one of the most prestigious races held in Australia, the Group 1 Thoroughbred race takes place at Caulfield Racecourse annually on the last day of the Caulfield Cup Carnival. The Caulfield Cup is also one of the richest Thoroughbred handicap races held worldwide over a distance of 2,400 metres.
Held in Mid October, the Caulfield Cup is an earlier race event in the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival. The Melbourne Racing Club is looking at changing the current handicap on this nationally celebrated race into weight for age (WFA) conditions, for horses that are aged 3 years old and older. It’s often the performances of the Caulfield Cup that allow horses to qualify to run in the race that stops a nation, the Melbourne Cup, which is held 16 days later. The Caulfield Cup is also a handicap race, like the Melbourne Cup, which means that each horse must be allocated a weight to carry. How heavy the allocated weight will be is dependent on factors such as recent wins and the prize money that’s been accrued. By basing weight on these factors, it provides a more level playing field for the lesser performed horses, giving them an equal opportunity to win.
Prize money for this famous event sits at A$3,000,000 which is why it’s such a high-stakes race that receives so much attention by punters, the media and betting agencies. The Caulfield Cup odds are generous and give punters the opportunity to take home a windfall.
To determine what the Caulfield Cup field will be, a balloting system is used. How this works is each horse that’s been nominated to run in the race receives a number which determines where they will sit in the entry order. To analyse the field and individual horses in more detail, the Caulfield Cup form guide has an in-depth factual breakdown on all the horses’ statistics, preferred track conditions and odds. It’s vital to read the form guide before placing your bet, for a higher chance to win.
Caulfield Cup tips are generally formed based on a horse’s performance in the lead-up races to this event.
Along with the horses’ performance being a crucial factor when tipping, the state of the track is also an elemental factor in this decision. As horses perform better in different conditions, this often impacts how the race is run. For example, if a track has been rated as a Good 3 and there’s a horse in the field that has never won on a dry track before, then it is unusual for this specific horse to be featured in the race tips.
In conjunction with the horses’ performance in previous races and the state of the track, another deciding factor in the Caulfield Cup tips is the barrier draw. Which barrier a horse is allocated often has a major influence on the way the horse performs in the race. This directly relates to the running style employed by both the horse and jockey.
Caulfield Cup Field and Odds
When betting on the Caulfield Cup it’s important to understand how the ballot system works. The field is always limited to the same number of horses, which is 18 starters along with 4 emergency entries. The influential factors that will determine the eligibility of a horse are the prize money, placing and wins in the races that lead up to this distinguished racing event. Prize money can be anything earned 2 years prior to the race. There is an automatic entry awarded to the winners of the Listed Mornington Cup as well as the Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes. By having a ballot system, it enables lesser performed horses an opportunity to win the race, which would not have previously been available if this type of system wasn’t employed.
The Caulfield Cup field is comprised of both national and international horses. Many of the international horses that are brought over to race in the Caulfield Cup are also being aimed to run in the Melbourne Cup. Horses that run in this event can be aged 3 years and above.
Because it’s one of the most prestigious horse racing events, the Caulfield Cup barrier draw has been known to either make or break both racing or punting careers, based on a poor performance.
There are numerous reasons why the barrier draw is important, although there is really no particular “golden barrier” as the opportunity for success is spread fairly evenly across most of the barriers in Caulfield Cup race history. As Barrier one hasn’t had a winner in over 30 years, being on the rail is not necessarily conducive to a winning formula in the Caulfield Cup. Because of the massive prize pool and national and international recognition, it’s an integral moment in connections for the competing horses in the lead up to their fate from the officials who are conducting the draw.
Although the final Caulfield Cup odds aren’t released until the final days leading up to the race, there are lucrative features odds offered on the cup months in advance. As there are several rounds of nominations and acceptances, this results in the Caulfield Cup odds being updated every time a new round is released. These odds are decided by how the horse is likely to perform within the race, in conjunction with what the chance will be of the horse making it into the final field. Other factors that will impact on the Caulfield Cup Odds are how each of the horses has run in the lead-up races including The Metropolitan, Spring Champion Stakes, Yalumba Stakes and the Cranbourne Cup.
The Caulfield Cup is always one of the most intense competitions, which is why it’s one of the best races of the year on a national and international scale. With exciting odds and a field packed with some of the greatest thoroughbred racers the industry has produced, the Caulfield Cup is a punter’s dream and a race that will have you on the edge of your seat!