Run in October on the final day of the Caulfield Spring Racing Carnival; the Group 1 Caulfield Cup is a 2400 metres handicap race for horses aged three years and older at Melbourne’s Caulfield Racecourse. Check out Caulfield Cup tips to get the early advantage in your decisions while wagering on Caulfield Cup.
The 2022 Caulfield Cup will be run on Saturday, 15th of October, with total prize money of $5,000,000.
Historical Significance Of The Caulfield Cup
First, run in 1879, the Caulfield Cup is one of Australia’s most prestigious horse races. While the Caulfield Cup has traditionally been viewed as a lead-up race for the Melbourne Cup, it has become a target race for many horses in recent years. Its prestige and high prize money make it appealing for owners and trainers, with horses from Europe and Japan enjoying recent success.
Famous Winners Of The Caulfield Cup
The roll call of Caulfield Cup winners is a “who’s who” of Australian and International horse racing. Caulfield Cup 2021 winner INCENTIVISE ran 2nd to the champion mare, VERRY ELLEEGANT, in the Melbourne Cup. Verry Elleegant took out the Caulfield Cup 2020, highlighting the strong connection between the two races as form references.
Several notable international horses have also won the Caulfield Cup, including MER DE GLACE (2019), BEST SOLUTION (2018), ADMIRE RAKTI (2014) and DUNADEN (2012).
There have been seven winners of the Caulfield Cup, the most recent being MING DYNASTY (1977, 1980).
Best Form Indicators For The Caulfield Cup
There is a well-worn path for runners heading to the Caulfield Cup, with many lead-up races at both handicap and Weight for Age and at varying distances. For horses trained in Sydney, the Group 1 Metropolitan Handicap held on Epsom Day over 2,400m at Randwick is the most apparent lead-up race and has a strong history of producing Caulfield Cup winners.
In Melbourne, the Caulfield Stakes and Turnbull Stakes are held one and two weeks before the Cup, respectively, over 2000m at Weight for Age conditions and are the perfect final run before the Cup.
Finding the 2022 Caulfield Cup Winners
When INCENTIVISE ($2.30) won the Caulfield Cup in 2021, he became only the 5th horse in 13 years to win at odds of less than $10, illustrating the difficulties in finding a winner in the race. Half of the winners in the last decade have been trained outside of Australia, with three of those winners having their first Australian start. Four and Five-year-old horses have dominated the race, and only two mares have saluted in the last year.
Astute bettors will do the form and eliminate horses who do not fit that profile. Look for a 4yo or 5yo with a good staying record who is on an upward-form trend. Pay particular notice to lightly raced northern hemisphere prepared horses. They have come a long way for the race and will be primed!
2022 Caulfield Cup Predictions & Odds
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