Horse Racing Australia
The Caulfield Cup is one of Australia’s richest races and the most valuable one and a half mile handicap anywhere in the world. It is traditionally held on the final day of the MRC Spring Carnival in October and is arguably the most significant trial for the Melbourne Cup. Two more races in the MRC Spring Carnival include the Caulfield Guineas Day and the Blue Sapphire Stakes Day.
The prize money is A$3 million with the winner receiving an open invitation for the Flemington race. In 2017, the Melbourne Racing Club announced plans to turn the Caulfield Cup into a weight-for-age race as opposed to a handicap. The proposal is to attract top class runners from around the world with no penalty for the winner going on to the Melbourne Cup.
The Caulfield Cup was first held at Caulfield Racecourse in 1879 on a track comprising rough bush, heath and sand hills. This earned Caulfield the nickname of “The Heath”, a nickname that is still linked with the course.
The Change to the Spring
In 1881, the Caulfield Guineas and the Toorak Handicap were introduced and the Cup switched to the spring. That linked the Caulfield Cup to the Melbourne’s Spring Racing Carnival culminating in the Melbourne Cup at Flemington in November.
On the eve of the 1922 Caulfield Cup, fire destroyed the Members’ Stand, Weighing Room, Committee Room and much of the racecourse’s infrastructure. Five years later, fire struck again on Oakleigh Plate Day, this time claiming the Guineas Stand.
The Caulfield Racecourse Reconstruction
In 1989, Caulfield underwent considerable modernisation with the development of the Rupert Clarke Grandstand. The three-level glass-fronted Grandstand was completed in 1992 and provides uninterrupted views of the paddock, home turn and winning post.
Caulfield Spring Carnival in 2001
In 2001, 125 years of racing at Caulfield were commemorated with two special themed days. Caulfield stages several other Group 1 races including the Caulfield Guineas, The Blue Sapphire Stakes, C F Orr Stakes, Oakleigh Plate, Underwood Stakes and Futurity Stakes. Caulfield is also home to several Victorian trainers with over 500 horses in training.
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Caulfield Cup Day 2018
The 2018 Caulfield Cup will be on Saturday 20st October. The race takes place on the third and final day of the Melbourne Racing Club’s three-day spring racing carnival.
The winner of the Caulfield Cup 2017 was Boom Time, while the trainer Aidan Obrien’s horse Johannes Vermeer finished only third. Single Gaze trained by Nick Olive finished in second place.
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