2021 Caulfield Cup Details

Date: 17th October, 2021
Start time: TBA
Racecourse: Caulfield Racecourse, Melbourne, Austraila
Distance: 2400m
Grade: Group 1
Prizemoney: $5,000,000
Track Surface: Turf
Track Direction: Left-handed
Race Conditions: 3YO and Older, Set Weights – Handicap
Qualification: Three Year Olds and Over
Type: Thoroughbred
Operator: Melbourne Racing Club
Inaugural Race: 1879


The Caulfield Cup is a $5 million Group 1 Race, held at Caulfield Racecourse in Melbourne, Australia. The length of the course is 2400m, under handicap conditions. It’s the ideal lead up race to the Melbourne Cup, where you’ll likely see many of the same horses racing.

The Caulfield Cup, alongside the Melbourne Cup, makes up Australia’s most prestigious Cups Double.

In 2021, the Caulfield Cup will be held on 17th of October at Caulfield Racecourse, a day later than the 2020 edition.

2021 Caulfield Cup

Caulfield Cup Field 2021

Russian Camelot – $13
Verry Elleegant – $13
Tiger Moth – $15
Montefilia – $21
Prince of Arran – $21
Surprise Baby – $21
Van Gogh – $21
Addeyybb – $26

Caulfield Cup Tips

2021 Caulfield Cup Favourite

Russian Camelot – $13

Russian Camelot is a 3-year-olld stallion from Ireland trained by Danny O’Brien – who is based at Flemington. He’s won at Group One level and has amassed over $1,600,000 in career earnings, making him an elite breed.

Slated as one of the Melbourne Cup favourites this year, Russian Camelot disappointed fans by finishing 8th. He’ll be onwards and upwards in 2021, however, and is one to look out for in the 2021 Caulfield Cup.

Verry Elleegant – $13

Verry Elleegant took home this year’s Caulfield Cup and will come out firing in the 2021 race. Finishing 7th by 3.85L in the Melbourne Cup, Verry Elleegant will strip up fitter and come out stronger, particularly when looking at the Caulfied Cup.

Tiger Moth – $15

Tiger Moth came of nowhere in 2020, pipping top spot as the Melbourne Cup favourite. The stallion then came in just second, by 0.4L. Will do extremely well in the 2021 Caulfield Cup, especially racing at a shorter distance. Good value for a top 3 favourite.

Caulfield Cup Best Bets

Below are our Expert Caulfield Cup Tips and Predictions for the 2021 Caulfield Cup.

Prince of Arran – $21

Price of Arran has now taken out 2 third-place titles, and 1 second-place title in the last 3 Melbourne Cup events, and was coming in as one of the hot favourites to win this year. Some say Jamie Kah made the wrong decision in giving up a spot early on to Chosen One, as Prince of Arran was then boxed in.

However, Kah knows the horse well, having ridden it for a majority of her career. The duo almost managed to cross the line for the Melbourne Cup W, but fell 0.6L short. Should do well coming up against other riders in the 2021 Caulfield Cup, given the talent of the jockey and the elite level of the horse. Definitely one to watch.

Surprise Baby – $21

Surprise Baby was that outlier pick for the Melbourne Cup this year. Coming in at $9, everyone thought Surprise Baby was going to pip the favourite, Tiger Moth at the post. But, surprise, baby! It came nowhere close – finishing 13th by 8.8L.

This doesn’t mean all is lost, however, the shorter distance and prep coming up to the Melbourne Cup, e.g. the Caulfield Cup, will definitely see Surprise Baby come close. There’s so much more to come from this horse – and at $21, it’s looking like some serious value here.

2021 Caulfield Cup Odds

Long before the Caulfield Cup field is even announced – online bookies will open Early Markets, or All-in Markets, for Caulfield Cup punting. This is prime time to place a punt on your horse, as you’re able to bet on strong contenders for the 2021 Caulfield Cup at Double-Digit Odds.

The 2021 Caulfield Cup odds will obviously fluctuate frequently in the lead up to the race, but the early bird gets the worm. Punting early on these markets can find you a favourite at prices of $20 or more, which will retain you a much higher return on investment.

The 2021 Caulfield Cup Odds are already out, but make sure to compare these prices between different bookies. Although they usually agree on a horse’s price, you may stumble across much higher odds – with an obvious higher profit involved.

2021 Caulfield Cup Favourites

Russian Camelot$13
Verry Ellleegant$13
Tiger Moth$15
Prince of Arran$21
Surprise Baby$21
Van Gogh$21

Caulfield Cup Betting

Below is a list of Betting Types, to explain how to Bet on the Caulfield Cup:

Bet TypeHow to Place This Type of Bet
Win BetPlace a bet on the horse you think will be the outright winner (1st place) in the 2021 Caulfield Cup
Place BetPlace a bet on the horse you think will place in the top three in the 2021 Caulfield Cup. Pays less than a win bet, but the odds are safer
Each-Way BetPlace a bet on the horse you think will win the Caulfield Cup, with a safety net of a place bet. If your horse runs 1st, you will collect both the Win and the Place pay-out. If your horse finishes 2nd or 3rd, you will win only the Place pay-out
Quinella BetPlace a bet on the horses you think will  finish 1st and 2nd in the any order in the Caulfield Cup
Exacta BetPlace a bet on the horses you think will  finish 1st and 2nd in the correct order in the Caulfield Cup
Trifecta BetPlace a bet on the horses you think will  finish 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the correct order in the Caulfield Cup
First FourPlace a bet on the horses you think will  finish 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th in the correct order in the Caulfield Cup
Quadrella Bet (Quaddie)Place a bet on the winners of four nominated races to win a Quaddie. This means you have to select three other races apart from the Caulfield Cup to place a Quaddie


Caulfield Cup Trifecta

A winning Caulfield Cup Trifecta can end in a huge pay-out – especially considering the odds of some of the horses above in a win bet! Predicting the first here horses over the line, in exact finishing order, in the world’s richest mile and a half handicap is easier said than done. But this exotic bet, when completed successfully, results in massive dividends, especially if you place a high enough stake.

As an example, let’s look at 2020’s winning Caulfield Cup Trifecta:

1st – Verry Ellleegant
2nd – Anthony Van Dyck
3rd – The Chosen One

The Caulfield Cup finishing order is of utmost importance when punting on a winning trifecta. Even if you have selected the correct runner, you won’t receive a pay-out unless you have picked the horses in the correct order.

Punters who are selecting a winning Caulfield Cup trifecta are able to receive thousands of dollars profit for every dollar invested in their stake – meaning the Caulfield Cup trifecta is one of the most lucrative around.

Caulfield Cup Trifecta Tips

Winning a Caulfield Cup Trifecta is not simple, to say the least. But there are definitely tips and tricks that you can consider to make punting a little bit easier.

Tip 1: Don’t blindly trust other punters, always go with your gut when it comes to choosing your favourites. Do your own research and look at stats into runners you think may have a shot at the Caulfield Cup Trifecta

Tip 2: If you’re a bit unsure where to start with your research, consider checking out a Caulfield Cup Form Guide – bookies like Ladbrokes and Neds have them available year-round. Also check out racenet.com and racingaustralia.com, both of which have information on horses, from current form, to trainers, and prize money

Tip 3: Consider placing a Box Trifecta rather than a Straight Trifecta. A Box Trifecta covers you in all combinations of finishing positions, once you’ve chosen three runners. It will also cost a little extra to place, but improves your chances of winning a Caulfield Cup Trifecta by a massive amount

Where to Place a Caulfield Cup Trifecta

You’re able to pace a Caulfield Cup Trifecta through an online bookie – or in store at TAB. Online bookies often offer elite punting services – with plenty of fans placing a Box Trifecta with the 3 favourites in their bet.

Online bookies are also not subject to business hours or location – which means you’re able to place a Caulfield Cup Trifecta from your living room! Online Bookies also offer a step-by-step guide into placing a Caulfield Cup Trifecta.

Should I Bet On The Favourite in the Caulfield Cup?

Another thing to mention here is favourites – they either win, or they… don’t. In 2015 and 2016 back-to-back favourites won the Caulfield Cup, with Mongolian Khan at $5 and Jameka at $4.20. But, it’s almost better to look toward a higher paying horse with better value – since 2008, nine winners have won at double-figure odds.

Verry Elleegant shared favouritism with Anthony Van Dyck this year at $5.50, but fans and casual punters alike were also looking toward Finche at $11 and Master of Wine at $9.

Caulfield Cup Results

Below is a list of Caulfield Cup Winners and Place getters over the past 20 years:

2020 Caulfield CupWinner
Verry Elleegant
Anthony Van Dyck
The Chosen One
2 minutes 31.97 seconds
2019 Caulfield CupWinner
Mer De Glace
Vow and Declare
Mirage Dancer
2 minutes 30.16 seconds
2018 Caulfield CupWinner
Best Solution
The Cliffsofmoher
2 minutes 33.72 seconds
2017 Caulfield CupWinner
Boom Time
Single Gaze
Johannes Vermeer
2 minutes 27.66 seconds
2016 Caulfield CupWinner
2 minutes 28.88 seconds
2015 Caulfield CupWinner
Mongolian Khan
Trip To Paris
Our Ivanhowe
2 minutes 27.7 seconds
2014 Caulfield CupWinner
Admire Rakti
Rising Romance
Lucia Valentina
2 minutes 32.1 seconds
2013 Caulfield CupWinner
Dear Demi
2 minutes 29.1 seconds
2012 Caulfield CupWinner
Lights Of Heaven
2 minutes 28.82 seconds
2011 Caulfield CupWinner
Southern Speed
Green Moon
2 minutes 22.44 seconds
2010 Caulfield CupWinner
Harris Tweed
Monaco Consul
2 minutes 35.69 seconds
2009 Caulfield CupWinner
Roman Emperor
2 minutes 29.7 seconds
2008 Caulfield CupWinner
All The Good
Nom Du Jeu
2 minutes 27.4 seconds
2007 Caulfield CupWinner
Master O’Reilly
Douro Valley
Princess Coup
2 minutes 26.1 seconds
2006 Caulfield CupWinner
Aqua Damore
Delta Blues
2 minutes 27.6 seconds
2005 Caulfield CupWinner
Eye Popper
2 minutes 27.9 seconds
2004 Caulfield CupWinner
Makybe Diva
Grey Song
2 minutes 31.3 seconds
2003 Caulfield CupWinner
Grey Song
Distinctly Secret
2 minutes 25.9 seconds
2002 Caulfield CupWinner
Fields Of Omagh
Republic Lass
2 minutes 30.3 seconds
2001 Caulfield CupWinner
Sky Heights
Celestial Show
2 minutes 30.9 seconds
2000 Caulfield CupWinner
Kaapstad Way
2 minutes 25.3 seconds

Caulfield Cup Statistics & Race Information

Caulfield Cup Prize Money

Caulfield Cup Prize Money for Top 10 Placings

1st – $3,000,000
2nd – $700,000
3rd – $350,000
4th – $200,000
5th – $150,000
6th – $120,000
7th – $120,000
8th – $120,000
9th – $120,000
10th – $120,000

Caulfield Cup Distance

The Caulfield Cup is the World’s Richest Turf Handicap, over 2400 metres (1 ½ miles). Individual flat races are run over distances ranging from 440 yards (400 metres) up to two and a half miles (4km), with distances between five and twelve furlongs being most common (1000m – 2400m).

Caulfield Cup Start Time

The Caulfield Cup time is still being determined for the 17th of October 2021, but is usually contested in the late afternoon – between 4:30pm and 5:30pm. If you’re tuning in from a state other than Victoria, note the adjusted Caulfield Cup race time for your time zone.

Caulfield Cup Winners List

Horse Name/DateOdds
Verry Elleegant – 2020$5
Mer De Glace – 2019$8
Best Solution – 2018$13
Boom Time – 2017$50
Jameka – 2016$4
Mongolilan Khan – 2015$4.40
Admire Rakti – 2014$12
Fawkner – 2013$11
Dunaden – 2012$13
Southern Speed – 2011$10.60
Descarado – 2010$17

Focussed on the years past when it comes to Caulfield Cup Data – our statisticians have crunched the numbers, to determine anything and everything when it comes to the stats behind the Richest Turf Race in History.

Caulfield Cup Barrier Statistics

Between 1984 and 2008, only eight winners of 25 have won from double-digit barriers. Looking at more recent times, however, those numbers have come into fruition with seven of the past 11 winners jumping from barrier 10 or wider.

This in particular favours Mer De Glace from 2019, barrier 18, and this year’s winner, Verry Elleegant, was right toward those double digits in barrier 8. In year’s prior, read, 2018, Best Solution also took home the win from barrier 15.

Punters often look to the inside gates, but history states this race wasn’t exactly made for the inside position – with barrier one not producing a Caulfield Cup winner since 1941.

The most successful barriers, as seen above are barriers seven and nine, with eight wins apiece.

Australian and Kiwi Horses

Australian and Kiwi Horses do very well on their home turf in Melbourne. However, that also seems to be slowly altering. Although Verry Elleegant comes from New Zealand – the two winners prior were Best Solution from Ireland and Mer De Glace from Japan; making for back-to-back winners for internationals.

This is particularly interesting as internationally-trained horses have begun targeting this race only quite recently. This occurred around 1998, and since then the international imports have generated six winners. However, they’re still strongly represented, but just don’t have Australian lead-in form.

Since internationals begun kicking down the door for the Caulfield Cup – there have been 21 races, producing 15 Australian or Kiwi winners. This year there were only a startling eight Aussie and New Zealand runners, which saw a winner in Verry Elleegant.

There were also eight rides from Great Britain – who we saw again on Melbourne Cup Day. Other internationals included five from the Emerald Isle and one from Germany.

Weight of winning Caulfield Cup horse

Weight is something to strongly consider when it comes to horse racing. And surprisingly, the ‘toppie’ has done fairly well in this race since 1999, commanding a very distinct respect.

Best Solution won under 57.7kg in 2018, joining other hall of famers in Admire Rakti (58kg), Viewed (57kg), Northerly (58kg) and Sky Heights (56.5) as horses who have saluted as top-weight fancies in their respective years – quite the opposite to the Melbourne Cup.

Anthony Van Dyck, who took out a close second in the Caulfield Cup, was carrying the top weight at 588.5kgs – a joint $5.50 favourite with 55kg winner, Verry Elleegant. If Anthony Van Dyck took home the title in 2020, he would have made history as the heaviest ever to claim the Caulfield Cup.


Historical Data is another key indicator in horse racing – it’s vital to check on past statistics to determine future winners. Between the years of 1984 and 2001, only two of the 18 winners from the era were carrying 55kg or more.

Since this double-decade, nine of the 19 editions of the Caulfield Cup have gone on to be saluted by horses carrying a minimum of 55kg, including eight of the past nine winners.

Verry Elleegant took home the trophy this year carrying 55kg, Japanese Product Mer De Glace also snagged a victory in 2019, carrying 55.5kgs – beating out the favourite Vow and Declare, carrying 52.5kgs.

Age of winning Caulfield Cup horses

Age is also another distinctive factor in determining a Caulfield Cup winner, with the four-year-olds actually taking out a resounding amount of wins in comparison to other ages.

The Caulfield Cup has been run 143 times, and out of this, a whopping 50 of those winners have been four-year-olds, which accounts for over a third of all winners during this entire period.
Five-year-olds come in a close second, with 44 winners over the Caulfield Cup era, but only eight of these have happened in the past 35 years.

Verry Elleegant was one to make history – reigning in at five-years-old. VE beat out four-year-olds in Warning, Dalasan, and Toffee Tongue.

Who won the 2020 Caulfield Cup?

In 2020, the esteemed race was won by Verry Elleegant. Most Caulfield Cup tips had the highly rated horse as a strong chance to win and it was sitting at 3rd favourite before the race begun.

Anthony Van Dyck was a close second, followed up by The Chosen One. Melbourne Cup favourite, Prince of Arran rounded in at a close 4th, then Finche came in 5th.

Many of those who ran in the Caulfield Cup went on to race in the Melbourne Cup, with Prince of Arran taking out one better at 3rd in the 3200m race. Verry Elleegant finished mid-field.

Other Races

Check out other races on the day if you’re keen for a bet. It will be a massive day of racing every year, with the prestigious Caulfield Cup as the headliner.

Caulfield Cup Winning Numbers

Caulfield Cup Records and Notable Runnings

Which Jockey Has The Most Caulfield Cup Wins?

Jockey Scobie Breasley currently holds the record for the most jockey wins in the Caullfield Cup, at 5. What’s even more amazing about this statistic is the fact that 4 of these wins occurred in consecutive years between 1942 and 1945.

Which Trainer Has The Most Caulfield Cup Wins?

Bart Cummings currently holds the record for the most training Caulfield Cup winners, at seven.

Unluckiest Trainer

George Hanlon trained, whose runners came second 3 times, always by narrow margins

What Is The Longest Priced Winner of the Caulfield Cup?

This honour goes to Blink Bonny, who won at 50/1!

Caulfield Cup Falls

In 1885 17 of the 44 horses fell at the turn into the straight, resulting in the death of Jockey Donald Nicholson, considered Australia’s Worst Race Fall.

Caulfield Cup – Melbourne Cup Double

There have been eight last-start winners of the Caulfield Cup who have gone on to win the Melbourne Cup.

Geldings and horses:

The males dominate the Caulfield Cup, with geldings and horses winning 18 of the last 21 races


Mares have won only three of the last 21 Cups ran.

Caulfield Cup, Melbourne Cup, Cox Plate Trifecta

The last horse to win the Caulfield Cup, Melbourne Cup and Cox Plate in their career was Might and Power.

Other Races on Caulfield Cup Day

Ethereal Stakes (2000m)
Moonga Stakes (1400m)
Caulfield Classic (2000m)
Tristarc Stakes (1400m)
Caulfield Sprint

Caulfield Cup Field 2020

2020 Caulfield Cup Tips

Some punters have knocked the field for the 2020 Caulfield Cup (2400m), but it was an intriguing battle between the international raiders, headed by Anthony Van Dyck, and the local hopes led by Verry Elleegant.

The track was rated a Good 4, but a lot depended on the weather on 5.15pm Saturday. When the rain came, Verry Elleegant and Master Of Wine were the tip Caulfield cup tips and crunched in price, and others like Anthony Van Dyck to eased in Caulfield Cup betting.

Let’s take a look at each and every runner lining up in the $5 million contest.

1 – Anthony Van Dyck – $6.50

One of the best internationals we’ve seen come out in recent years, with an excellent form line coming from Europe, including a last start win over champion Stradivarius.

The only knock is that he’s drawn the carpark out in 21, and will have to do a stack of work in the run. Regardless, he’s probably good enough to overcome the draw and the weight, and is right in this, and has to be on your side on race day.

2 – Avilius – $34

This old boy is a polarising figure, but I think that he’s been travelling well this prep, hitting the line well first up in the Chelmsford Stakes, and putting in a monster effort in the Hill Stakes. Hits this fourth up with a good platform, and certainly won’t mind the rain coming. Goes in all exotics, think he is overs at the current price.

3 – Vow And Declare – $41

It’s hard to get enthused about the reigning Melbourne Cup winner here, carrying the big weight in what isn’t the grand final for this horse. Has done just enough in his two starts this prep in the Makybe

Diva Stakes and the Turnbull Stakes and is only just getting into his preferred staying distances now.

4 – Buckhurst – $12

Joseph O’Brien certainly knows the sorts of horses to bring out here, and Buckhurst looks to fit the profile. Lightly raced with some big scalps in Europe, including a win over Cox Plate fancy Sir Dragonet. Has the tactical speed to sit up on the pace and may roll forward from the gate. Looks a big danger if things fall his way.

5 – Mirage Dancer – $18

Opened at $26 so there’s already been some early support for The Metropolitan winner, who is 1kg lighter than last year where he ran third in this race. Has been in good form and I think he can be in the finish for your exotics.

6 – Mustajeer – $101

The price says it all, has no chance.

7 – Verry Elleegant – $5.50

Super impressive first up when circling the field in the Winx Stakes, and did it again in the Turnbull when looking very strong through the line, and answering queries about her ability on firmer tracks.

Has drawn a great gate, steps up in distance, and will love if the rain comes. Is very hard to knock, and is a massive chance here, must go in everything.

8 – Dashing Willoughby – $31

Another European invader. Not sure he’s got the turn of foot of some of the others here, and his grand final looks to be the Melbourne Cup. Happy to be against him.

9 – Finche – $13

It’s hard not to like the big giraffe, a very honest runner who will be in this for a long way. Has been tracking well this preparation and should definitely be in the finish here, worth including in exotics.

10 – Prince Of Arran – $21

By all reports has been looking in very good condition, but has drawn a shocker of a gate out in 19. I doubt they’ll roll forward and risk busting him up for the Melbourne Cup in a few weeks, I think they’ll just be happy for him to hit the line strongly here.

11 – Master Of Wine – $8

Has been backed in from $10 and will only keep firming if the rain comes. Has long been targeting this race and the Hawkes team are flying, especially in grand finals. Has done just enough this preparation without being spectacular, and must go in everything. Looks the one to upset the two market leaders.

12 – The Chosen One – $91

Not travelling well enough, the price tells the story.

13 – Warning – $26

A tough one, he hit the line really well in the Turnbull and will eat up the 2400m. He’s drawn a shocker of a gate and will probably be giving them too much of a head start to win because of the draw. He’s in good form and I’ll certainly be following in the Melbourne Cup.

14 – Dalasan – $16

Has been given a good platform by the Macdonald & Gluyas team, but I’m not sure he’s got the x factor to win a Caulfield Cup. Looks unders in the market.

15 – True Self – $34

Had a shocker of a run in the Ebor 8 weeks ago, and has had a very mediocre preparation as a whole. Doesn’t look in good enough form to challenge.

16 – Aktau – Scratched

17 – Toffee Tongue – $16

Bit of a surprise packet here, a Waller mare well down in the weights and in-form, finishing second in the Turnbull behind Verry Elleegant. She ran a personal best there and would need to lift again, but I think she’s got a sneaky chance and is worth including in exotics.

18 – Chapada – $26

Hit the line strongly behind Orderofthegarter two starts ago then won a last minute entry by turning him over in the Herbert Power Stakes. Rock bottom in the weights off the quick back up, can probably run in the top half of the field.

19 – Raheen House – $251

Has gained a run thanks to the scratching of Aktau, but has no real hope of winning.

20 – San Huberto – $101

Looks to be targeting the Melbourne Cup.

21 – Oceanex – $151

Probably won’t get a run and isn’t good enough if she does.

22 – Le Don De Vie – $71

Slim hope of starting.

Caulfield Cup Tips (2020)

Caulfield Cup Trifecta & Pick 4 (2020)

7-11-1-2 – but think Buckhurst (4) and Toffee Tongue (17) are right in it as well.

Refer: https://theracingsharks.com.au/racingtips/2020-caulfield-cup-preview-odds-tips/

Caulfield Cup Barrier Draw

Since 1983, only 11 Caulfield Cup winners have jumped from outside barrier 10. In these statistics, the most successful Caulfield Cup gate in this period is gate 9, with five winners. The last champion to have secured a win from that barrier was Railings in 2005.

The most damning data of all, is the face that no horse has won from the inside barrier since 1941. The 2400m start at Caulfield situated at the top of the home straight makes it much more difficult for the outside of the field, forced to cover extra ground due to the sharpness of the 400m first turn.

Wins 3 4 1 3 2 4 1 5 3 2 3 2 1 2 2
Barrier 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 13 15 16 17 18

Key 2020 Caulfield Cup Dates

2020 Caulfield Cup Nominations: Closed on Thursday August 27, 2020 attracting 177 entries

2020 Caulfield Cup Weights: Closed on Tuesday September 8, 2020 and are headed by the Aidan O’Brien-trained Irish raiders Anthony Van Dyck (58.5kg) and Japan (58.5kg)

2020 Caulfield Cup First Acceptances: Closed midday Tuesday September 22, 2020 leaving 87 hopefuls

2020 Caulfield Cup Second Acceptances: Closed midday Tuesday October 6, 2020 with 42 chances still in contention

2020 Caulfield Cup Final Field & Barriers: Released 4:30pm (local time) on Wednesday October 14, 2020 featuring 5 internationals

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