23 Oct, 2020
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The Caulfield Stakes is a 2000m Group 1 weight-for-age race held at Caulfield Racecourse in Melbourne. It has a massive prize pool of $1 million and often includes horses who go on to race in the Caulfield Cup and Cox Plate. In 2020, the race will be run on Saturday, October 10, which is the same day as Caulfield Guineas, Thousand Guineas and Toorak Handicap.
Cape Of Good hope won the 2019 edition of the Caulfield Stakes, beating out a quality field that included Black Heart Bart, Harlem, Avilius, Humidor and Gailo Chop. After winning the Group 1, Cape Of Good Hope raced in both the Cox Plate and Mackinnon Stakes but finished toward the back of the field in both Group 1s.
Isonomy won the first edition of the Caulfield Stakes, which was way back in 1886. Since then, some great horses have won the race, they include Wakeful, Eurythmic, Rising Fast, Kingstown Town, Might And Power and Winx.
The Hayes, Hayes and Dabernig stable has had solid success in the race in recent times, winning the Caulfield Stakes twice in the last five years. They trained Cape Of Good Hope in 2019 and Criterion in 2015. Jockey Mark Zahra has also been successful, winning twice in the last three years.
In 2019, Cape Of Good Hope recorded a 2:02.51 to win the race but it wasn’t the fastest Caulfield Stakes that we’ve seen over the last 20 years. That came in 2002 when Lonhro won the first of his two Caulfield Stakes. He clocked 2:00.60 in an impressive win over Sunlight.
As a $1 million Group 1 race, the field in the Caulfield Stakes is often very strong. The fact that it is used as a launching pad to other major Group 1s also furthers this point. In 2020, nominations for the Caulfield Stakes close on October 5 and final acceptances are on October 7.
|1||Gailo Chop (3)J: Dean Yendall 59kg T: M J Williams||$26.00||$6.50||Bet Now|
|2||Humidor (1)J: Craig Williams 59kg T: C J Waller||$5.50||$2.00||Bet Now|
|3||Levendi (2)J: Jason Maskiell 59kg T: Peter Gelagotis||$61.00||$21.00||Bet Now|
|4||Harbour Views (6)J: John Allen 59kg T: M J Williams||$20.00||$5.50||Bet Now|
|5||Arcadia Queen (5)J: William Pike 57kg T: G & A Williams||$4.50||$1.60||Bet Now|
|6||Russian Camelot (4)J: Damien Oliver 56.5kg T: D T O’brien||$1.55||$1.12||Bet Now|
The Caulfield Stakes has been a decent race for punters, with four of the last five winners having a starting price inside $10. Obviously the betting history is somewhat skewed, as Winx won the 2016 edition of the race against only two other runners at a starting price of $1.24.
|1||Cape Of Good Hope||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Mark Zahra||$21|
|2||Black Heart Bart||Lindsey Smith||Brad Rawiller||$21|
|3||Harlem||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Dwayne Dunn||$26|
|4||Avilius||James Cummings||Kerrin McEvoy||$2.05|
|5||Humidor||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||John Allen||$19|
|6||Homesman||Liam Howley||Ben Melham||$4.40|
|7||Gailo Chop||Matthew Williams||Damien Oliver||$9|
|8||Suzuka Devious||Mitsuru Hashida||Michael Dee||$51|
|9||Dream Castle||Saeed Bin Suroor||Patrick Cosgrave||$16|
|10||Gatting||Darren McAuliffe||Jamie Kah||$20|
2019 – Cape Of Good Hope (2:02.51)
2018 – Benbatl (2:00.84)
2017 – Gailo Chop (2:02.17)
2016 – Winx (2:03.42)
2015 – Criterion (2:02.02)
2014 – Fawkner (2:01.68)
2013 – Atlantic Jewel (2:03.99)
2012 – Ocean Park (2:04.70)
2011 – Descarado (2:02.50)
2010 – So You Think (2:02.45)