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Racingbase.com.au is your home of the 2017 Caulfield Cup. The world famous race will take place on Saturday, 14 October, 2017, in its traditional date during the Melbourne Spring Carnival.

The Caulfield Cup is one of the big three races of the entire Spring Carnival along with the Melbourne Cup and Cox Plate and millions of race fans across the world tune in to watch the race.

We provide you with Caulfield Cup tips as well as an in depth guide into the runners, horses, final field, barrier draw, news, betting odds and information, and how you can watch a live Caulfield Cup stream as the race unfolds.

CAULFIELD CUP TIPS

Finding the Caulfield Cup winner is no easy task with the 2017 set to be as competitive as ever. Our experts assess all the Caulfield Cup runners, form, barrier draws, speedmap and more to help come up with our betting pointers and 2017 Caulfield Cup tips to help you back the winner.

Will it be one of the home team winning the 2017 Caulfield Cup? Or will 2017 be the year of one of the international gallopers?

Some important pointers to consider are:

  • Favourites have a poor record in the race in recent years
  • Four-year-olds have the best record since 2000
  • The Turnbull Stakes has been the best guide to the race
  • Double figure barrier draws are not off putting

CAULFIELD CUP ODDS

Leading bookmakers Ladbrokes and UBET already have their 2017 Caulfield Cup betting odds available following the release of all in markets. There will be plenty of movements in the Caulfield Cup betting markets before the race as leading contenders build up to the big day. See the latest market below or click on the links to take you direct to the bookmakers.

CAULFIELD CUP NOMINATIONS

Third nominations for the 2016 Caulfield Cup were declared on Tuesday, October 4 with a total of 30 stayers remaining in contention to contest the Group 1 race. Hartnell and Sir John Hawkwood head 30 entries for the 2016 Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) following the third acceptances stage. 

The pair are among 30 horses still in the frame for the Caulfield Cup, for which a number of international gallopers also feature in the third acceptances. Scottish, Articus, Sir Isaac Newton and Exosphere are already in quarantine at the Werribee International Horse Centre and look set to feature in the Caulfield Cup. 

The home challenge, meanwhile, could include Jameka, Set Square, Pemberley, Real Love, Gallante and Antonio Giuseppe. But the absentees from the latest acceptances stage include Tom Melbourne, Sofia Rose and Tavago with all three ruled out of contention.

CAULFIELD CUP FINAL FIELD & BARRIER DRAW

The 2016 Caulfield Cup final field is released on Tuesday 11 October, four days before the big race takes place at Caulfield. 

The 2016 Caulfield Cup barrier draw takes place on the same day once the declaration of the final field has been completed. It is at this stage we discover which horses have drawn well in favourable gates and which have barriers to avoid. 

Our expert tipsters then crunch the numbers to come up with our 2016 Caulfield Cup betting tips.

CAULFIELD CUP HORSES

Which horses are running in the Caulfield Cup? And which of the runners will come out on top at Caulfield? 

We provide a handy guide to the leading contenders for the 2016 Caulfield Cup and give our verdict on those with the best chances of victory. Will it be an Australian galloper? Or will one of the international runners come out on top?

CAULFIELD CUP LIVE STREAM

Australia's leading bookmakers offer you the chance to watch the Caulfield Cup (and all other races from Victorian tracks) free of charge. You can watch all Caulfield races including the Caulfield Cup streamed live online at Ladbrokes, CrownBet, Sportsbet or bet365. To find out how to stream the 2016 Caulfield Cup live, see our guide to watch the race.

CAULFIELD CUP BET TYPES

Most punters like a flutter on the Caulfield Cup. But did you know there are many different ways to bet on the race than simply backing a horse to win?

Whether you're staking a couple bucks on the race because you like a name or the colour of the jockey silks, or you've got a tip for the horse that will win at Caulfield. Read our guide to the different betting options.

CAULFIELD CUP FREE BETS

The Caulfield Cup features a host of special offers from bookmakers and that includes the opportunity to claim bonus bets when becoming a new customer before the race. A range of Caulfield Cup free bets and special offers, deposit matches, first bet matches and no deposit free bets are regularly available from the bookmakers to take advantage of throughout the year.

CAULFIELD CUP TICKETS

The 2016 Caulfield Cup Day will take place at Caulfield Racecourse on Saturday, October 15. Caulfield Cup tickets are available via pre-purchase, a must for those keen to avoid missing out on attending one of the Melbourne Spring Carnival’s premier events. 

CAULFIELD CUP WINNERS & HISTORY

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. We take a look at five of the very best Caulfield Cup winners of one of Australia’s biggest contests.

Caulfield Cup Winners

2000Diatribe
2001Ethereal
2002Northerly
2003Mummify
2004Elvstroem
2005Railings
2006Tawqeet
2007Master O'Reilly
2008All The Good
2009Viewed
2010Descerado
2011Southern Speed
2012Dunaden
2013Fawkner
2014Admire Rakti
2015Mongolian Khan

2017 Caulfield Cup Tips

Find out who our tipsters are predicting will win the 2017 Caulfield Cup.

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CAULFIELD CUP HISTORY

Held during the three-day Caulfield racing carnival, the Caulfield Cup is one of the most prestigious Group 1 events on the calendar each year. It is held in mid-October each year and is a premier open handicap which uses a ballot system to determine the final field.

First run in 1879, the Caulfield Cup was won by Newminster and has since grown in stature to become one of the richest 2400m handicaps in the world.

With over $3 million in prizemoney, it attracts the country’s best middle distance/staying types and is a natural progression for horses looking to secure a berth in Australia’s most famous race, the Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) held 17 days later.

In recent times, the Caulfield Cup has had more of an international flair with some of the world’s best staying types using the Caulfield Cup as a lead-up race to the iconic Melbourne Cup.

In 2014, Japanese stayer Admire Rakti carried top weight of 58kg and came with a withering burst to claim the race from four-year-old mares Rising Romance and Lucia Valentina.

The following year, it was race favourite Mongolian Khan, a New Zealand-trained stayer, who defeated Trip To Paris by a half-length.

Eleven horses have gone on to win the Melbourne Cup after contesting the Caulfield Cup (known as the Cups Double) with Poseidon (1906), The Trump (1937), Rivette (1939), Rising Fast (1954), Even Stevens (1962), Galilee (1966), Gurner’s Lane (1982), Let’s Elope (1991), Doriemus (1995), Might And Power (1997) and Ethereal (2001) achieving the rare feat.

Other races on Caulfield Cup Day include the Group 2 Caulfield Sprint (1000m), Group 2 Tristarc Stakes (1400m), Group 3 Caulfield Classic (2000m), Group 3 David Jones Cup (2000m), Group 3 Ethereal Stakes (2000m) and the Group 3 Moonga Stakes (1400m). 

The most reliable lead up race to the Caulfield Cup is the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) held at Flemington Racecourse two weeks earlier with eight of the past 17 winners coming through the Turnbull.

Other successful lead-up races in recent times have been the Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m) at Royal Randwick two weeks prior and the Group 1 Caulfield Stakes (2000m) held one week earlier; this is the race that Mongolian Khan used in 2015.

The long and illustrious honour roll includes Paris (1892 & 1894), Poseidon (1906-07), Eurythmic (1920), Amounis (1930), Tranquil Star (1942), Rising Fast (1954-55), Tulloch (1957), Galilee (1966), Tobin Bronze (1967), Big Philou (1969), Leilani (1974), Ming Dynasty (1977 & 1980), Gurner’s Lane (1982), Let’s Elope (1991), Doriemus (1995), Might And Power (1997), Ethereal (2001), Northerly (2002), Mummify (2003), Elvstroem (2004), Viewed (2009), Dunaden (2012) and Fawkner (2013).

CAULFIELD RACECOURSE

Founded in 1859, Caulfield Racecourse hosts around 20 race days every year, headlined by the Caulfield Cup.

The track is commonly known at ‘The Heath’ following the early days in which jockeys would ride through rough bush, heath and sand hills during races. 

The name is now renowned across Australia and New Zealand for representing Caulfield’s superb racing and entertainment venue. 

The first Caulfield Cup was run in the autumn of 1879, and was transferred to the spring in 1881. 

The track was closed during the war and was used as an army camp, with the Caulfield Cup being run at Flemington.

Following the 1995 Caulfield Cup, the course underwent a significant reconstruction and reopened in 1996. The track’s circumference was widened to 30m and lengthened inside the home straight by around 43m. 

Caulfield Racecourse Track Description

Racing is contested in a left-handed direction at Caulfield and features long, sweeping turns. As a result, there can be a slight draw bias for those drawn low over distances further than seven-furlongs.

The course has a total circumference of 2080m including a home straight of just over 360m. 

In terms of the Caulfield Cup, records throughout the 21st century have showcased a slight advantage for single digit stalls due to the course’s swift anti-clockwise bends. 

Favourable positioning at Caulfield can be crucial to a contenders’ winning claims, as the setting has a short home straight of less than 400m. It means hold-up performers routinely encounter trouble in-running, resulting in many hard-luck stories. 

Over shorter distances, the emphasis is placed on speed as horses seek a prominent position before turning for home. A below-par start in Caulfield’s sprint races usually results in a poor finishing position for horses, showcasing the need for sharp early pace.
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