The Group 1 Caulfield Cup is among the great races of Australia, probably only second in importance to the Melbourne Cup.
An open handicap run over 2400 metres, the Caulfield Cup is a good indicator race for the Melbourne Cup, with many horses having won the Cups Double – a victory in both the Melbourne and Caulfield Cups.
The Caulfield Cup is held on the last day of the Caulfield Cup Carnival as the feature race on a card with a total of 6 Group level races. It offers millions of dollars in prize money, climbing every few years, with a current purse of $3 million.
The first running of the Caulfield Cup was in 1879, won by a horse called Newminster. The first time a horse won the Cups Double was in 1906, when the legendary Poseidon took both races, and 10 more quality thoroughbreds have achieved it since then.
An interesting bit of trivia about the Caulfield Cup is that Bart Cummings is its most successful trainer. While his unofficial moniker of the “Cups King” could be given to him on his Melbourne Cup successes alone, he is also responsible for seven Caulfield Cup wins all at the Caulfield Races including Viewed in 2009.
Caulfield Cup Fast Facts
Location: Caulfield Racecourse
Date: Mid October
Status: Group 1
Prizemoney: $2.5 million
Conditions: Open Handicap