Caulfield Races

Caulfield Races


Caulfield Racecourse is highly regarded as one of the most prestigious thoroughbred racing and events venues in Australia.

Racing was first hosted at Caulfield Racecourse almost two Centuries ago, in 1859, and has continued to make history with numerous events throughout the year.

In Caulfield’s earliest days, jockeys would ride through bush, sand hills, and heath, which is where Caulfield Racecourse received it’s nickname, ‘The Heath.’

The Melbourne Racing Club races 60 times per year and Caulfield is its premier racetrack.

The pinnacle of Racing at Caulfield Racecourse is the Stella Artois Caulfield Cup Carnival in Spring. This comprises a three day carnival of racing, including Neds Caulfield Guineas Day, Sapphire Stakes Day, and Caulfield Cup Day – one of the World’s Greatest 2400m handicap races.

In addition to the Racing at Caufield, over 500 horses, and many well known Victorian Trainers call Caulfield Home.

Caulfield Racecourse Details:

Address: Caulfield Racecourse, Station Street
Suburb: Caulfield East, Victoria, 3145
Phone Number: 1300 GO RACE (46 7223)  or 03 9257 7100
Circumference: Triangular Shaped Layout, with Three Straits and a 2.08 Circumference
Direction: Anti-Clockwise
Track Type: Turf

Caulfield race tips

Key Caulfield Racecourse Races

The Caulfield Cup ranks highly amongst the top five races in the Country and is run in mid-October each Spring.

Check out other Key Caulfield Racecourse Details Below:

Race NameDistanceGroup LevelPrize Money
Caulfield Guineas1600mGroup 1$2,000,000
Caulfield Stakes2000mGroup 1$1,000,000
Caulfield Cup Day2400mGroup 1$5,000,000
All Star Mile1600m$5,000,000
Caulfield Classic2000mGroup 3$250,000

Caulfield Racing Tips     

Caulfield Racecourse Barrier and Starting Positions

1000m, 1100m and 1200m Barrier Stalls are located at the very top of the long straight gate on the left hand side of the course. Receiving a lower Barrier Draw in these races is more important than races which give more leeway in terms of distance. There’s only one turn to gain advantage and less time, so if placing a punt, try to do so on one of the lower barrier numbers.

1400m Barrier Stalls begin in a short chute at the back of the course, with a turn coming shortly afterward. Runners who gain a lower barrier number before the 1200m have an advantage in gaining a forward position before the 1200m, which will give them a better shot at the turn. There’s definitely a possibility to make ground before reaching the home turn when the rail is True. You must be positioned out 5 metres or more to those racing too far back, then enter the home straight.

1600m Barriers have a straight run of 400m before the turn, where advantage in the outer barriers is able to be gained. This is generally quite fair, but racing on the pace is a definite advantage when the rail is out. Racers in the Caulfield Guineas and All Star Mile will use this tactic.

1700m and 1800m Barriers are quite similar to a 1600m jump, with most runners having the same chance at the turn.

2000m Barriers are located just after the winning post on the far right hand side of the course. Starting is usually fair, but inside barriers are once again an advantage, as those drawn wide must push hard to gain a position at front of field. This is usually done at the final turn and straight, rather than the beginning of the race; but is entirely dependent on the jockey’s preference.

2400m is the Caulfield Cup Start, with ideal barriers drawn from 1-10. If you’re looking for the start of the race – it’s toward the top of the home straight, with a run of approximately 300m before the beginning turn. Anyone after gate 10 must push forward early in order to gain a good position in the front of the field. This can often make it more difficult for horses which carry heavier weights, as it’s much more difficult to gain ground from too far back – in particular when the rail is out 6 metres or more, which it often is for the Caulfield Cup.


Caulfield Races Results

Race NameWinning HorsePrize MoneyOdds
Caulfield SprintGraff$300,000$9.00
Caulfield CupVerry Elleegant$5,000,000$5.00
Caulfield ClassicAlbarado$250,000$4.80
Gothic StakesEndanger$175,000$3.90
Ladies Day VaseSovereign Award$200,000$3.10
Blue Sapphire StakesRanting$400,000$11.00
Northwood Plume StakesFiesta$200,000$10.00
Schillaci StakesDirty Work$300,000$4.20
Caulfield StakesArcadia Queen$1,000,000$5.50
Thousand GuineasOdeum$1,000,000$9.00
Caulfield GuineasOle Kirk$2,000,000$4.20
Toorak HandicapMr Quickie$300,000$21.00
Herbert Power StakesChapada$300,000$4.60
Caulfield Guineas PreludeCrosshaven$250,000$5.50
Thousand Guineas PreludeInstant Celebrity$250,00$2.80
Underwood StakesRussian Camelot$750,000$1.55
Sir Rupert Clarke StakesBehemoth$500,000$3.80
Memsie StakesBehemoth$750,000$3.30
Easter CupInverloch$128,000$4.00

Getting to the Track

Getting to Caulfield Racecourse is pretty easy if you live in the Melbourne CBD… located just 8km away in the southern-eastern suburbs, this Home of the Melbourne Racing Club has been in action since 1876. If you want to travel to the track, here’s how to do it.


The nearest Train Station to Caulfield Racecourse is, obviously, Caulfield Station. This is on the Cranbourne Line. If you visit the Metlink website, you’ll be able to easily plan your journey from there. You’ll have a 400m walk from the Station to the Racecourse.


The nearest Tram Station is also called Caulfield Station. Visit Metlink to plan your journey to Caulfield Racecourse from the tram.


Caulfield Racecourse is located on Station Street, Caulfield, around 10km from the South East of the Melbourne CBD. It usually takes around 20 minutes to drive there.

Getting to Caulfield Racecourse is pretty easy if you live in the Melbourne CBD… located just 8km away in the southern-eastern suburbs, this Home of the Melbourne Racing Club has been in action since 1876. If you want to travel to the track, here’s how to do it.


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