Australian Thoroughbred

A-Z of Australian Horse Racing and Breeding.

Feature Australian Horse Races: Caulfield Cup

Caulfield Cup  
Caulfield Cup 
Race Details
Date:October 21, 
Time: 4:30 pm
Racecourse:Caulfield racecourse
Race Distance:2400m
Prize Money:$3,000,000

The race has become one of Australia's richest Thoroughbred horse races and the richest of its type in the world (2,400 metre or 1 1⁄2 miles). The race is held annually in October on the third day and final day of the MRC Spring Carnival. Performances in the Caulfield Cup are one of the possible qualification methods for a run in the Melbourne Cup which is held 16 days later.

Race qualification:
The field is limited 18 starters with 4 emergency entries which is decided by a ballot system. The prize money, wins, and placing in lead up races are among the major factors that determine the eligibility of a horse. Automatic entry are awarded to winners of the Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes and the Listed Mornington Cup.
Doubles wins:

The following thoroughbreds have won the Cups Double: Caulfield Cup – Melbourne Cup in the same year.

  • 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).