Caulfield Cup Tips & Betting Advice

Caulfield Cup 2019

Date Saturday, October 19, 2019
Track Caulfield Racecourse
Distance 2400m
Class Group 1
Race Type Handicap
Prize Money $5 million
Age 3YO and Upwards


Our experts will have their pre-race predictions and Caulfield Cup betting selections available for the Group 1 race.

Some key Caulfield Cup pointers are:

  • Favourites have a poor record in the race in recent years
  • Four-year-olds have the best record since 2000
  • The Turnbull Stakes has been the best guide to the race
  • Double figure barrier draws are not off putting


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The Group 1 Caulfield Cup is one of the biggest and best races of the entire year in Australia and certainly one of the star attractions of the Melbourne Spring Carnival.

Staged at Caulfield Racecourse on a Saturday in mid-October each year on the final day of the three-day Caulfield Carnival – which also features the Caulfield Guineas and Thousand Guineas – during the early weeks of the Spring Carnival, the race is a key lead up for the Melbourne Cup with the two races forming a major betting double. Form pointers for the Flemington showpiece will be gleaned when many of the likely contenders clash at Caulfield in a rehearsal of the race the stops a nation.

The Caulfield Cup, like the Melbourne Cup, is a handicap for the very best middle-distance performers. First held in 1879 when won by Newminster, it is run over 2400m, is open to horses aged three and upwards and worth $3 million in prize money, making it the second biggest Cup race behind the Melbourne Cup.

From hundreds of nominations, only 18 horses (plus four emergencies) will make the final cut for the race. The winners of the Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes and the Listed Mornington Cup are exempt from the balloting system and are guaranteed a place in the field, but the remainder of the nominations and given a ranking based on prize money earned during the last two years, numbers of wins and placings in eligible lead-up races and, of course, the weight assigned by the handicapper. The balloting process can severely affect the betting and odds should a leading fancy not make the cut.

The key form pointers for the Caulfield Cup usually comes from the Herbert Power Stakes, Yalumba Stakes and Listed Cranbourne Cup as well as The Metropolitan, Turnbull Stakes, Spring Champion Stakes and the Craven Plate.

The winner of the Caulfield Cup is automatically guaranteed a berth in the starting line-up of the Melbourne Cup as the result of victory. It is one of the big incentives for connections to run their challenger at Caulfield.

Before tackling the Melbourne Cup, many of the Caulfield Cup runners usually head onto the Cox Plate at Moonee Valley. Only one horse in history has achieved the holy grail during the Spring Carnival and won all three races in the same season, that being Rising Fast who achieved the feat in 1954.

The Group 1 Emirates Stakes, formerly part of the Victoria Derby Day schedule at Flemington but now on the final day, is an alternative route after the Caulfield Cup. The 2012 Caulfield runner-up Alcopop took out the then Mackinnon Stakes on his next start. The Moonee Valley Cup, Wakeful Stakes, Lexus Stakes, Queen Elizabeth Stakes or Sandown Classic are other targets and any three-year-old fillies may have the VRC Oaks on their agenda.

Caulfield Cup Winners (Since 2000)

2000 Diatribe
2001 Ethereal
2002 Northerly
2003 Mummify
2004 Elvstroem
2005 Railings
2006 Tawqeet
2007 Master O’Reilly
2008 All The Good
2009 Viewed
2010 Descerado
2011 Southern Speed
2012 Dunaden
2013 Fawkner
2014 Admire Rakti
2015 Mongolian Khan
2016 Jameka
2017 Boom Time
2018 Best Solution
2019 Mer De Glace


A fair course that provides most runners an even chance when the rail is True position. When the rail is out shifted our 6 metres or more it favours on pace runners and leaders.

The track’s unique triangular shaped layout comprises of three straights and all turns have a 4% to 6% banking which places less strain on horse’s joints.


The first Caulfield Cup was run in the autumn of 1879, and was transferred to the spring in 1881. The track was closed during the war and was used as an army camp, with the Caulfield Cup being run at Flemington.

Renovations to the track and grandstand have made it one of the premier racecourses in Australia with top class facilities for the horses, club members and the public.

The racecourse is located approximately eight kilometres from the Melbourne CBD, on the boundary of Caulfield and Caulfield East in Melbourne’s south eastern suburbs.