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Caulfield Cup Winners: Famous moments in Caulfield Cup history

  • Significant moments in Caulfield Cup history
  • Five of the best winners to have won the race

The Caulfield Cup is one of Australia’s richest horse races held at Caulfield Racecourse each October over a distance of 2400m and has been won by some stars of the turf.

First run in 1879, the Caulfield Cup has produced numerous moments that have shaped the course of Australian racing history. 

From dominant performances to thrilling blanket finishes, the Caulfield Cup is renowned for showcasing immense sporting action. 

Here we take a look at five of the very best winners of one of Australia’s biggest contests.

Might And Power (1997)

The mind-blowing success of Might And Power in the 1997 running of the Caulfield Cup will live long in the memory of world racing. Ridden by jockey Jim Cassidy, the four-year-old was sent to the front of the Caulfield Cup field following a good start, before travelling beautifully into the first bend. He continued to set a fair pace throughout the mid-section of the contest until bursting clear around the final turn. The son of Zabeel quickly put four-lengths between him and the remainder of the field, and continued to extend that distance inside the final 400m to win by an official seven-and-a-half lengths. It was the Caulfield Cup’s record winning distance and saw a new record time recorded for good measure too. Following the race, many within the racing community labelled Might And Power as Australia’s greatest ever racehorse before he later went on to capture the Melbourne Cup.

Dunaden (2012) 

After winning the 2011 Melbourne Cup by the narrowest of margins from Red Cadeaux, Dunaden returned to Australia for the 2012 Caulfield Cup. However, the betting suggested the French thoroughbred boasted little chance from an outside barrier draw. Settled in the rear of the field from a wide gate by jockey Craig Williams, Dunaden produced a tremendous effort down the outside to get up to win in the closing stages. It was a victory that added the French stayer’s name to elite list of greats to have won both the Melbourne Cup and Caulfield Cup. 

Rising Fast (1954 and 1955)

The year of 1954 saw horse racing history made in Australia after Rising Fast become the very first thoroughbred to win the Caulfield Cup, Melbourne Cup and Cox Plate in one year. It was a magnificent achievement that saw the horse switch from sprint to staying distances, resulting in a sequence of seven consecutive victories including the Australian Grand Slam. The next year, Rising Fast returned to the track to win the 1955 Caulfield Cup for a second straight year. It was a momentous performance Rising Fast later finished second in the Melbourne Cup with a eyebrow-raising weight, proving him to be one of Australia’s most courageous and admired racehorses.

Viewed (2009)

Trainer Bart Cummings is widely-regarded as amongst Australia’s greatest ever horse racing trainers and the victory of Viewed in 2009 cemented his position atop of the sport's ranks. The son of Scenic won the 148th Melbourne Cup in 2008, giving Cummings his 12th victory in Australia’s greatest horse race, and arrived at the 2009 Caulfield Cup following four below-par showings. However, the tough stayer produced a tremendous performance to win Caulfield’s premier contest and become the first horse since Rising Fast in 1955 to win both the Melbourne Cup and Caulfield Cup. It was also the first original top-weight winning victory, showcasing the immense training abilities of handler Bart Cummings.

Tulloch (1957)

Tulloch became the shortest-priced winner in the history of the Caulfield Cup when winning the race as a three-year-old in 1957. Widely-regarded as the greatest Australian thoroughbred racehorse, Tulloch produced a dominant four-length victory in a course record time as well as breaking Australia’s 12-furlong racing record. The 1957 Caulfield Cup victory of Tulloch was the fastest time ever recorded in the world over 2400m on grass as the three-year-old colt became one of the best winners of the Group 1 race.

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Caulfield Cup Winners: Famous moments in Caulfield Cup history

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