CAULFIELD TIPS, BETTING ADVICE AND RACECOURSE GUIDE
Caulfield Racecourse, located in Melbourne, is one of Australia’s premier racecourses and boasts an abundance of history.
It is the setting to the world-famous Caulfield Cup which is held in October of each year, bringing together the globe’s very best thoroughbreds for the 2400m showpiece event.
Other feature races to be staged at Caulfield Racecourse include the Caulfield Guineas, Blue Diamond Stakes, CF Orr Stakes and Oakleigh Plate.
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CAULFIELD RACECOURSE HISTORY
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 GROUP 1 RACES
Caulfield Racecourse plays host to a total of 12 Group 1 contests every year, the feature of them in October when the Group 1 Caulfield Cup takes place – a race part of Australia’s historic Caulfield Cup, Cox Plate and Melbourne Cup triple crown.
The other Group 1s include the the Caulfield Guineas, Thousand Guineas, Blue Diamond Stakes, CF Orr Stakes and Oakleigh Plate as well as the Caulfield Stakes, Futurity Stakes and Underwood Stakes.
CAULFIELD RACECOURSE TRACK AND FACILITIES
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.
Aside from the horse racing, Caulfield Racecourse has been widely-recognised throughout its history for its unparalleled hospitality.
Caulfield now boasts a picturesque grandstand named the Rupert Clarke Grandstand which is entirely glass fronted, offering an uninterrupted viewing experience for racegoers. It is one of the most stylish racing environments in the world and routinely attracts a capacity crowd of over 46,000.
As a result, the town of Caulfield receives a significant boost in its economy and revenue thanks to the huge influx in outside tourism.
Enthusiastic sporting fans from across Australia and New Zealand consistently make the trip to Caulfield Racecourse each year to witness the settings unrivalled entertainment and social experience.
During the Caulfield Cup festival in October, many leading profiles from the worlds of sport, fashion and music are spotted at the racecourse where they showcase their finest style in front of millions watching from around the world.
Caulfield’s rich history of horse racing and nature ensures a fantastic spectacle for all attendees to Caulfield Racecourse and their fine showpiece event that is the Caulfield Cup.
This exciting mixture of horse racing, tourism and tradition ranks Caulfield highly amongst must-see yearly sporting events across Australia.
HOW TO GET TO CAULFIELD RACECOURSE
The Members’ Car Park Pass provides access to one of four designated parking areas:
Members’ Car Park 1 – via Bond Street or Members’ Drive on Kambrook Road
Members’ Car Park 2 – via Bond Street
Members’ Car Park 3 – via Station Street
Members’ Centre Car Park – via the vehicle tunnel at the roundabout at the intersection of Glen Eira Road and Kambrook Road
Free public parking is provided in the Centre Car Park on race days, with entry via the roundabout on the corner of Kambrook and Glen Eira Roads.
Frankston, Dandenong, Cranbourne and Pakenham lines depart regularly from Flinders Street to Caulfield Station, located directly opposite the course. The journey from the City takes approximately 15 minutes. Additional services are provided during peak times.
Racegoers can catch a Route 3 or 3a tram and alight at Stop 56. From the city, Route 3 travels along Swanston Street and St. Kilda Road and operates weekdays only. Route 3a travels along Swanston Street, St Kilda Road and St Kilda Beach and operates weekends only. The journey takes approximately 25 minutes. From East Malvern, Route 3/3a services travel along Waverley Road.
Access to Caulfield is available from Stud Park Shopping Shopping Centre, Wellington Road, Monash University (Clayton) and Chadstone Shopping Centre via SmartBus Route 900. Travel time from Stud Park is approximately 50 minutes. Route 624 buses from Kew, Auburn Station, Tooronga Station and Holmesglen Station also operate to Caulfield.