Caulfield Cup 2021

Caulfield Cup 2021

The Caulfield Cup is one of the biggest races of the year in Australia. It is known as one of the best lead up races to the Melbourne Cup, and you will tend to see a lot of horses compete in both races each year. In 2021, the Caulfield Cup will be held on Saturday 16th of October, and will be run at Caulfield racecourse.

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DateSaturday, 16th October, 2021
Start Time5:15pm
RacecourseCaulfield Racecourse, Melbourne, Australia
Distance2,400 metres
GradeGroup 1

Quick 2021 Caulfield Cup Best Tip:

Long story short, we think Montefilia is well and truly over the odds at $17/$4.60 and think she has a genuine chance of winning the race. She drops down in weights from her last start, where she won the 2400m G1 Metropolitan and has good form on soft tracks. Given the fast pace up front, she will be in the perfect position to swoop late and claim the 2021 Caulfield Cup.

Caulfield Cup Introduction

The Caulfield Cup is an event hosted by the Melbourne Racing Club and is a Group One thoroughbred horse race, only for horses three years old and older. The Caulfield Cup is run over 2400m at Caulfield Racecourse, being Australia’s, and arguably the World’s, premier race over this distance. This year, the Caulfield Cup will be run on Saturday, October 16th.

The Caulfield Cup is held on the third-and-final day of the Melbourne Racing Club’s spring carnival, following the Caulfield Guineas, Caulfield Stakes and Thousand Guineas, with the total prize money pool for the Caulfield Cup is $5,000,000, tied with the Cox Plate for the third-richest race in Australia.

The winner is awarded $3,000,000 and also gets ballot-free exemption entry into the Melbourne Cup, creating the illustrious Spring Cups-Double. Many horses run in both races, which are 17 days apart, with the last horse to win the double being Ethereal in 2001.

The 2020 event was won by $5 favourite, Verry Elleegant, who finished just 0.2 lengths ahead of UK raider, Anthony Van Dyck. New Zealand stayer The Chosen One rounded out the minor placings.

Caulfield Cup Tips 2021

The Caulfield is one of Australia’s premier horse races and it happens to be a race most Aussies like to have a casual punt on. Our expert tipsters will put together a short list of Caulfield Cup tips to look out for in the leadup to the big race.

Given the quality of the horses in the race and the size of the field, Caulfield Cup tips are always hard to predict, but we endeavour to bring you the best! Looking at the futures markets for the 2021 Caulfield Cup, boom horse Incentivise is on the top line of betting, being priced as the $2.25 favourite. His rise up the charts is on the back of six straight victories in 2021, before coming down to Melbourne and winning back-to-back Group Ones, the Makybe Diva and Turnbull Stakes.

Young Werther is the next best chance, priced at $9. He opened at $41 but an eye-catching narrow second to Incentivise in the Turnbull Stakes has people throwing their money to him.

Floating Artist has won three straight races, most recently a visually impressive 1800m handicap race, while Montefilia is coming off an incredible win in the G1 2400m Metropolitan. Both horses are priced at $15 for the 2021 Caulfield Cup.

We will list The Sharks’ Caulfield Cup best tips for the race this year closer to the time of the race. Make sure you check back on this page for updates!

Caulfield Cup Tips From Experts

We have studied the 2021 Caulfield Cup field and done a runner-by-runner analysis for you! If you don’t have time to do the form, you have come to the right place!

Let’s take a look at each and every runner in the 2021 Caulfield Cup:

1. Homesman (13) – $46

Homesman gives himself every chance by settling on speed, the rise up in distance definitely helps and he has good form on soft tracks, 4:2-1-0, showing that he may be over the odds. However, he is on the quick backup and carries the top weight in this race and that may be his undoing. He may not win the race but is a good exotics play.

2. Incentivise (20) – $2.50

While he has drawn the carpark and is drifting in the market, he is clearly the best horse in the race and has the best form, winning the Makybe Diva and Turnbull Stakes. His best ratings performance was over 2400m when he won the G3 Tatt’s Cup in June by 12L, proving we may not have even seen the best of him yet. Brett Prebble is also the most in-form jockey in the state, potentially the country, and will give him a great steer.

3. Explosive Jack (1) – $15

There are a couple of things working in Explosive Jack’s favour here. He is 3:2-0-1 at the distance, which he seems to be looking for after running the fastest last 200m in the Turnbull Stakes, while he is 6:3-1-0 on soft tracks and is 1/1 third up. The Maher/Eustace stable is flying with their runners in 2000m+ races and will have him primed for this race, but is this or the Melbourne Cup his grand final?

4. The Chosen One (9) – $13

The Chosen One finished third in this race last year, which was arguably a stronger edition of the Caulfield Cup. He also has been on fire this prep without winning, running third, fourth and second, with his last 200m last week being the fastest of the entire day, outside the sprints races. The quick back up is perfect for him and Damian Lane sticking on is also a big tick, considering he has the most winners of all Victorian jockeys this season and has finished in the top five in 65% of his rides.

5. Ocean Billy (7) – $91

The Auckland Cup winner has made his way across the ditch and under the care of Chris Waller, will be looking to make a splash here. He does have soft track form but there are a fair few better in this race.

6. Selino (17) – $101

Selino won the Sydney Cup at the end of last prep and has now run fourth in the Bart Cummings last start, proving he can run a big race. However, he seems to be looking for further and has dropped back in distance in this run and has no wet track form.

7. Persan (11) – $26

He is continuing to make his way up in distance, Linda Meech is a great booking and he is from the Maher/Eustace camp but Persan may still be asking for further and he hasn’t been running as well this prep compared to what we have seen of him in the past. Looks more of a Melbourne Cup play than a Caulfield Cup play here.

8. Quick Thinker (14) – $61

Quick Thinker is a good wet tracker and races on the speed, meaning he has every chance, but his form isn’t good enough in comparison to some of these.

9. Chapada (18) – $71

Chapada had an eye-catching run in the Turnbull, running past Verry Elleegant to finish third behind Incentivise and Young Werther, but that may have been his peak. The wide draw doesn’t help him here and his better form may actually be back at 2000m.

10. Delphi (19) – $7.50

On the quick back-up after an impressive 1L win in the Herbert Power Stakes last week, Delphi is the second favourite in the race and impressed Damien Oliver enough that Olly will cut down to 53kg to ride him half a kilo over his set 52.5kg. That is the lightest that Olly has ridden in over 10 years, highlighting how much he thinks of this horse and his chances in the race. He has good Europe staying form, has won on a soft track previously and will give himself every chance by racing up on speed, where he could just burst away going around the bend. Delphi is definitely a major player.

11. Master Of Wine (10) – $34

Master Of Wine looked to be in the bin through his first three runs this prep but had a very impressive third in the Bart Cummings over 2520m last start. However, he started third favourite in this race last year, where he had a better lead up and that race was much harder, and he still only finished 10th. If the rain genuinely comes and gets to a heavy range, it opens it up for him but that would be his only saviour.

12. Montefilia (12) – $17

This four-year-old mare has had an exceptional preparation, finishing no worse than third in all three of her runs, including a last-start win in the 2400m Metropolitan, which rated very well . She is the equal-third best rated horse in the race but drops 3.5kg from her last start to just 52kg and gets Jye McNeil on board, who won a Group One here last weekend in the Toorak Handicap. Montefilia is exceptional on wet tracks, has won fourth up and given how fast they will go up the front her, she may be in the perfect spot to swoop late and claim this.

13. Port Guillaume (6) – $91

His second up run in the Naturalism was impressive but he regressed last start in the Bart Cummings, finishing last of 16. Based on that inconsistency, he is hard to trust, but the soft track will play into his favour. He could have a big run but happy to look elsewhere.

14. She’s Ideel (5) – $35

She’s Ideel has had an interesting preparation so far but gets the blinkers on for this run, which may be her grand final. She was beaten comfortably last start in the Metropolitan but actually beat Montefilia over 2000m in the run prior. It was a soft track there, which she will get here, and that is clearly a big positive for her, but it seems to be for a lot of horses in the race so it comes down to whether she is good enough. She drops 3kg from her last start and could come from the back given the fast pace set, but is she good enough?

15. Young Werther (8) – $10

Young Werther had an eye-catching finish in the Turnbull Stakes, finishing half a length behind Incentivise. Given he has run fifth over 1700m and second over 2000m, despite running better over further, he seems primed to run well here in the Caulfield Cup. He drops 1.5kg for this race, is flying this prep and has drawn perfectly in barrier 8, meaning he will have plenty of protection throughout the race and could be primed to burst home late. If it gets to a genuinely soft track then that may not be his go, but he is an exotics chance at a minimum.

16. Nonconformist (16) – $12

Nonconformist is in career best form and that was shown in his second placing in last week’s Caulfield Stakes, beating home Zaaki and just missed Probabeel on the line. He now drops 8.5kg from that start last week to 51.5kg, and looks primed to explode for his grand final here ratings wise. He beat home Delphi and Grand Promenade two runs ago and is one of the best form horses in the race, especially at the weights.

17. Duais (3) – $17

Despite already being in the Caulfield Cup field before the run, Duais came out to win Wednesday’s Coongy Cup and is now primed on the quick back-up. She drops 6kg from that run, which was run slowly throughout the early stages, which is the perfect set up for the quick back-up here. She gets a good gate and has won the Queensland Oaks over 2200m as $2.80 favourite, meaning she knows how to win. This could be a peak run from her and she is a definite exotics play, if not more.

18. Charms Star (4) – $81

Finished seventh in the Metropolitan despite running at the limit weight of 50kg there, meaning there may be no improvement to come. Chris Waller knows a thing or two about grand finals but she was lucky to get in here and there are plenty better.

19e. Great House (2) – $91

Will need some luck to get in but may be too slow to compete even if he does. Was a good win in the Newcastle Cup then a vallant fifth in the Metropolitan, plus he likes a wet track, but unlikely.

20e. Constantinople (15) – $251

Has no form leading up to this and is likely to not even get a run.

Caulfield Cup Trifecta Tips

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 three 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, which paid a massive $1,881.10:

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.

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.

Caulfield Cup Trifecta 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.

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 Sportsbet and Neds have them available year-round.

Caulfield Cup Trifecta Tip 3

Consider placing a box trifecta as opposed to a straight trifecta. A box trifecta is great because it covers you in all combinations of finishing positions, once you’ve chosen three runners. It will cost a bit more money extra to place, but improves your chances of winning a Caulfield Cup trifecta by a great amount.

Where to Place a Caulfield Cup Trifecta?

You’re able to place 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.

Caulfield Cup Betting 2021

There are a lot of important factors to consider before betting on the Caulfield Cup. Make sure you have a read on below before you place your bets:

Should I Bet On The Favourite in the Caulfield Cup?

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 always better to look toward a higher paying horse with better value – since 2008, nine winners have won at double-figure odds.

However, Verry Elleegant shared favouritism with Anthony Van Dyck this year at $5.50, with the horses coming 1st and 2nd respectively.

Is Previous Caulfield Cup Form a Good Indicator of Future Caulfield Cup Success?

When looking at Caulfield Cup betting, it is actually better to stay away from previous winners. Since the race was first run in 1879, no horses have won more than twice and there have only been six horses to achieve that mark, with just two of those six winning in back-to-back years.

The most recent two-time winner was Ming Dynasty, who first won in 1977 and then won again in 1980. That is a massive 30 years since a horse that has won the race previously has won it again!

Local vs International Horses

While we like to think that our local horses have the edge, as was the case in 2020 with Verry Elleegant (yes we know she is originally a Kiwi, but we have claimed her), International raiders have won four of the last seven Caulfield Cups.

Anthony Van Dyck (IRE) was just 0.2 lengths away from winning last year and could have potentially won if he didn’t draw the carpark (barrier 21 – 17 after emergencies were cut). Mer De Glace (JPN) won in 2019 while Best Solution (IRE) took out the 2018 edition.

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. While some of the international stayers are of a better quality, their lead into the race is quite disjointed, having to travel and then usually going into the Caulfield Cup first up.

Since internationals began kicking down the door for the Caulfield Cup – there have been 21 races, producing 15 Australian or Kiwi winners. In 2020, only eight of the 18 runners originated in either Australia and New Zealand, highlighting how much of an internationally sought after race the Caulfield Cup is.


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 was a close second in the 2020 Caulfield Cup, was carrying the top weight at 58.5kg – 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.

Between the years of 1984 and 2001, only two of the 18 winners were carrying 55kg or more. However, since then nine of the 19 winners of the Caulfield Cup have carried at least 55kg, including seven of the past nine. The below table shows the amount of wins by each weight for the last 11 Caulfield Cups, since 2010:

Weight# of Wins


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 period. Both Mer De Glace (2019) and Best Solution (2018) were 4.yo at the time of winning.

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, with Verry Elleegant being the most recent 5y.o to win.

Since 2010, over the last 11 Caulfield Cups, the statistics by age are:

Age# of Wins

Caulfield Cup Best Bets

While our Caulfield Cup best bets for 2021 are not out just yet, take a look at our best bets for last year, to see how we went:

Caulfield Cup Best Bet #1: Montefilia – $17/$4.60

History shows that four-year-olds and those carrying 52.5kg or less have good success in this race, with both of those applying to Montefilia in the 2021 Caulfield Cup.

This four-year-old mare has had an exceptional preparation, finishing no worse than third in all three of her runs, including a last-start win in the 2400m Metropolitan, which rated very well . She is the equal-third best rated horse in the race but drops 3.5kg from her last start to just 52kg and gets Jye McNeil on board, who won a Group One here last weekend in the Toorak Handicap. Montefilia is exceptional on wet tracks, has won fourth up and given how fast they will go up the front her, she may be in the perfect spot to swoop late and claim this.

Caulfield Cup Best Bet #2: Young Werther

Young Werther had an eye-catching finish in the Turnbull Stakes, finishing half a length behind Incentivise. Given he has run fifth over 1700m and second over 2000m, despite running better over further, he seems primed to run well here in the Caulfield Cup. He drops 1.5kg for this race, is flying this prep and has drawn perfectly in barrier 8, meaning he will have plenty of protection throughout the race and could be primed to burst home late. If it gets to a genuinely soft track then that may not be his go, but he is an exotics chance at a minimum.

Caulfield Cup Bet Types

Below is a table that outlines the basics on 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 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.
QuaddiePlace 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 Odds 2021

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, especially when horses come back to begin Spring and we can get a better idea of how they will be going this preparation. 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. However, there is increased risk with doing this and you should be well aware.

Depending on when you place a futures bet on the 2021 Caulfield Cup, your horse may not even run but you won’t get your money back, occurring when the market is ‘All-In’ or closer to the starting date.

If you are betting when it says ‘Before Noms’, you have the security of receiving your money back if your horse doesn’t run, but they could return from a spell in terrible form or with an underlying issue, seeing your bet potentially wasted and their odds balloon out even more.

The Caulfield Cup odds for this year’s race 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.

The below table shows the current 2021 Caulfield Cup odds as of Monday, October 11th – the start of race week, courtesy of Sportsbet:

Young Werther$8.50
Floating Artist$13
The Chosen One$17
Explosive Jack$21

Caulfield Cup Field 2021

The Caulfield Cup field consists of 18 horses and four emergencies, selected based on ratings and form, with there being up to 10 races throughout the year that earn horses battle-free entry exemptions for the race.

When trying to predict who will enter the race, unlike the Cox Plate, it is hard to get a proper grasp on who will enter the Caulfield Cup field in 2021. Given the changes made to rules for international horses entering the Melbourne Cup, we are likely to see less international raiders than in previous years.

The final Caulfield Cup field will be announced on Tuesday, October 12th, with the barrier draw to be held one day later. Until then we have no confirmation of exactly which horses will take part in the race.

However, the race always attracts the best, mostly on their path to the Melbourne Cup, meaning plenty of Group One winners take part. So while we wait for this year’s field to be announce, check out the Caulfield Cup field from last year, in 2020:

1. Anthony Van Dyck (IRE)58.5kg17Hugh BowmanAidan O’Brien
2. Avilius (GB)57kg13John AllenJames Cummings
3. Vow And Declare57kg14Damien OliverDanny O’Brien
4. Buckhurst (IRE)55kg7Ben MelhamJoseph O’Brien
5. Mirage Dancer (IRE)55kg5Craig NewittT Busuttin & N Young
6. Mustajeer (GB)55kg11Billy EganKris Lees
7. Verry Elleegant55kg8Mark ZahraChris Waller
8. Dashing Willoughby (GB)54.5kg1Michael WalkerAndrew Walding
9. Finch (GB)54.5kg9Damien LaneChris Waller
10. Prince Of Arran (IRE)54.5kg15Jamie KahCharlie Fellowes
11. Master Of Wine (GER)53.5kg6Craig WilliamsM, W & J Hawkes
12. The Chosen One (NZ)53.5kg2Daniel StackhouseM Baker & A Forsman
13. Warning53kg16Luke CurrieA & S Freedman
14. Dalasan52.5kg10William PikeL McDonald & A Gluyas
15. True Self (IRE)52kg3Declan BatesWilliam Mullins
16. AktauDaniel MoorMichael Moroney
17. Toffee Tongue (NZ)51kg4Michael DeeChris Waller
18. Chapada50.5kg12Jye McNeilMichael Moroney
19e. Raheen House 53.5kg18Daniel MoorKris Lees

Caulfield Cup Barrier Draw

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.

Looking at more recent history, over the last three years the winners have come from barriers 8, 18 and 15 respectively. While Verry Elleegant is in single figures, it shows that it isn’t beneficial to have a low draw and get boxed in for the run.

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 are seven and nine, with eight wins apiece.

Caulfield Cup Results 2021

With the race yet to be run, we still don’t know what the Caulfield Cup results for 2021 will be! However, check back in after the race and we will have all of the information on how the big race went and what the results are.

Looking back at last year, Verry Elleegant took out the crown, narrowly in front of Anthony Van Dyck and The Chosen One. The winner came from 11th at the 800m and 7th at the 400m, just before the straight, to storm down the outside and win. Anthony Van Dyck, who jumped from the second widest gate, was 15th at the 800m and 11th at the 400m, before storming passed nearly all of them.

Master Of Wine was leading the charge at the 800m, coming 2nd at the 400m before finishing in 10th. Another one in the front couple of pairings for the race was True Self, who was 3rd at the 800m before improving to 1st at the 400m before being swallowed by the pack to finish 13th.

You’ve read the words, now watch the video! Have a squiz below at the 2020 Caulfield Cup race:

Have a read below at the full results of the Caulfield Cup in 2020:

1st7. Verry Elleegant (55kg)Mark Zahra
2nd1. Anthony Van Dyck (58.5kg)Hugh Bowman0.2L
3rd12. The Chosen One (53.5kg)Daniel Stackhouse1L
4th10. Prince Of Arran (54.5kg)Jamie Kah1.9L
5th9. Finch (54.5kg)Damien Lane2.4L
6th2. Avilius (57kg)John Allen2.6L
7th4. Buckhurst (55kg)Ben Melham3.4L
8th6. Mustajeer (55kg)Billy Egan3.9L
9th18. Chapada (50.5kg)Jye McNeil4.2L
10th11. Master Of Wine (53.5kg)Craig Williams4.6L
11th14. Dalasan (52.5kg)William Pike5L
12th13. Warning (53kg)Luke Currie5.2L
13th15. True Self (52kg)Declan Bates5.9L
14th17. Toffee Tongue (51kg)Michael Dee6.4L
15th3. Vow And Declare (57kg)Damien Oliver8.7L
16th19e. Raheen House (53.5kg)Daniel Moor15.7L
17th5. Mirage Dancer (55kg)Craig Newitt17.2L
18th8. Dashing Willoughby (54.5kg)Michael Walker27.2L

Caulfield Cup Winners

The results for the upcoming Caulfield Cup are not yet available, but in the meantime, you can have a look below at all the recent past winners:

2020Verry ElleegantAnthony Van DyckThe Chosen One
2019Mer De GlaceVow and DeclareMirage Dancer
2018Best SolutionHomesmanThe Cliffsofmoher
2017Boom TimeSingle GazeJohannes Vermeer
2015Mongolian KhanTrip To ParisOur Ivanhowe
2014Admire RaktiRising RomanceLucia Valentina
2013FawknerDandinoDear Demi
2012DunadenAlcopopLights Of Heaven
2011Southern SpeedGreen MoonTullamore
2010DescaradoHarris TweedMonaco Consul

Caulfield Cup Jockeys 2021

With the Caulfield Cup being the main lead-up race to the Melbourne Cup, it attracts the best jockeys from both Australia and the World. COVID-19 obviously impacted international hoops from joining the 2020 event but it still had the best Australian jockeys, including from Melbourne, Sydney and Perth.

The 2020 Caulfield Cup saw Melbourne-based Mark Zahra win aboard Verry Elleegant, just in front of Sydney-based jockey Hugh Bowman, who was the hoop for Anthony Van Dyck. This was Zahra’s first win as a Caulfield Cup jockey, while Bowman is still yet to win one.

When looking historically at Caulfield Cup jockeys to win the event, Scobie Breasley stands alone on top of them all with five wins to his name, winning in four consecutive years from 1942-45 and then again in 1952. Current hoop Damien Oliver is next best with four wins in the Caulfield Cup, but hasn’t won since 1999 when aboard Sky Heights.

Here is a look at the winning horses, and jockeys, since 2000:

2020Verry ElleegantMark Zahra
2019Mer De GlaceDamian Lane
2018Best SolutionPat Cosgrave
2017Boom TimeCory Parish
2016JamekaNicholas Hall
2015Mongolian KhanOpie Bosson
2014Admire RaktiZac Purton
2013FawknerNicholas Hall
2012DunadenCraig Williams
2011Southern SpeedCraig Williams
2010DescaradoChris Munce
2009ViewedBrad Rawiller
2008All The GoodKerrin McEvoy
2007Master O’ReillyVlad Duric
2006TawqeetDwayne Dunn
2005RailingsGreg Childs
2004ElvstroemNash Rawiller
2003MummifyDenny Nikolic
2002NortherlyGreg Childs
2001EtherealScott Seamer
2000DiatribeJim Cassidy

Caulfield Cup Trainers 2021

Given the vast international representation in the race, Caulfield Cup trainers find it hard to win multiple events. Chris Waller, one of the best trainers of the modern era, only won his first Cup in 2020 with Verry Elleegant.

Trainers play such an important role in the performance of each horse, especially with the Caulfield Cup being the main lead-up race for the Melbourne Cup. There is so much that goes on behind the scenes that doesn’t get seen, but is vital to success on race day.

The late, great, Bart Cummings has won the most out of all Caulfield Cup trainers, with seven. Saeed bin Suroor, the leader of the Godolphin training group, is the most recent trainer to win two Caulfield Cups, winning in 2008 before winning again in 2018.

David Hayes also won the Caulfield Cup as a single trainer in 2006 before teaming up to train horses with son Ben Hayes and nephew Tom Dabernig, with the trio winning in 2017. He is a look at the winning horses, and trainers, since 2000:

2020Verry ElleegantChris Waller
2019Mer De GlaceHisashi Shimizu
2018Best SolutionSaeed bin Suroor
2017Boom TimeD and B Hayes & T Dabernig
2016JamekaCiaron Maher
2015Mongolian KhanMurray Baker
2014Admire RaktiTomoyuki Yumeda
2013FawknerRob Hickmott
2012DunadenMikel Delzangles
2011Southern SpeedL MacDonald & A Gluyas
2010DescaradoGai Waterhouse
2009ViewedBart Cummings
2008All The GoodSaeed bin Suroor
2007Master O’ReillyDanny O’Brien
2006TawqeetDavid Hayes
2005RailingsJohn Hawkes
2004ElvstroemTony Vasil
2003MummifyLee Freedman
2002NortherlyFred Kersley
2001EtherealSheila Laxon
2000DiatribeGeorge Hanlon

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