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The 144th Caulfield Cup Fact Sheet
The 144th Caulfield Cup
2400m / Group 1 / Handicap / First run: 1879
The Caulfield Cup was first conducted by the Victoria Amateur Turf Club on Saturday, April 5, 1879. Run at Caulfield over (about) 12 furlongs as a Handicap, the Club offered a stake of 200 sovereigns with a sweepstakes of 10 sovereigns per starter.
Andrew Chirnside’s 5yo stallion Newminster landed the prize for trainer Tommy (“Titch”) Wilson and his rider W. (Billy) Yeomans. An outstanding 2yo, Newminster had collected the Maribyrnong Plate, Ascot Vale Stks and VRC Sires Produce Stks in his juvenile year. Reigning favourite for the 1876 Victoria Derby, Newminster was the victim of an alleged nobbling in the lead-up to the blue riband. Recuperating in time to run in the Derby, Newminster suffered severe interference in the event, finishing out of the placings.
The Club elected to move the Cup from Autumn to Spring in 1881, thus two Caulfield Cups were run that year. From 1940 to 1943, the venue was Flemington due to the military occupying the Caulfield racecourse. The 1943 Cup was also run in two divisions.
Famous Cup winners include dual winners Rising Fast, Poseidon, Whittier & Ming Dynasty plus stars such as Tulloch, Tobin Bronze, Eurythmic, Redcraze, Amounis, Manfred, Royal Gem, Galilee, Might and Power, Northerly, Tranquil Star, Gay Icarus, Leilani & Rogilla.
Training honours belong to Bart Cummings with 7 winners ahead of Lee Freedman & Tommy Smith (4). Equal on 3 are Cecil Godby, David Hayes, Jack Holt, Harry McCalman & Tommy Wilson.
Scobie Breasley holds the jockeys record with 5 winners, ahead of Damien Oliver (4, Frank Dempsey, Mick Mallyon & Neville Sellwood (3).
|2019||G3-TRUE||MER DE GLACE||H SHIMIZU||D LANE||5H||109|
|2018||S6-6M||BEST SOLUTION||S BIN SUROOR||P COSGRAVE||5H||114|
|2017||G3-6M||BOOM TIME||TEAM HAYES||C PARISH||6H||102|
|2016||G3-6M||JAMEKA||C MAHER||N HALL||4M||110|
|2015||G3-6M||MONGOLIAN KHAN||M BAKER||O BOSSON||4H||112|
|2014||G3-6M||ADMIRE RAKTI||T UMEDA||Z PURTON||7H||113|
|2013||G3-6M||FAWKNER||R HICKMOTT||N HALL||6G||108|
|2012||G3-6M||DUNADEN||M DELZANGLES||C WILLIAMS||7H||118|
|2011||G3-6M||SOUTHERN SPEED||TEAM MACDONALD||C WILLIAMS||4M||105|
|2010||H9-6M||DESCARADO||MS G WATERHOUSE||C MUNCE||4G||111|
Club elected to go True last year after 9 consecutive years at 6m. True in 2020.
Danny O’Brien, Murray Baker, John Hawkes & Leon Macdonald/Andrew Gluyas are the 4 trainers to have runners in 2020 that have previously had a Caulfield Cup winner.
Oliver (4), Williams (2) & Lane (1) have all tasted prior Caulfield Cup success. Oliver, with 25 rides for 4 wins, 2 seconds, 2 thirds & 5 fourths, is the most experienced.
A/S (Age & Sex):
Overall, 21 mares have saluted, 11 of them aged 4. Mannerism (1992) is the only mare aged older than 4 to win since 1959. 4 winners aged 8 have won the Cup.
OR (Official Handicap Rating):
High ratings are required to win the Cup – just 2 rated below 108 over the past decade. No winner has carried more than 58kg in the metric era.
|2019||MER DE GLACE||17||18||$8||CONSTANTINOPLE||$6.50F||4TH|
|2018||BEST SOLUTION||15||18||$12||KINGS WILL DREAM||$5.50F||6TH|
|2017||BOOM TIME||3||17||$51||JOHANNES VERMEER||$5F||3RD|
|2015||MONGOLIAN KHAN||8||18||$5F||MONGOLIAN KHAN||$5F||1ST|
|2014||ADMIRE RAKTI||7||18||$11||LUCIA VALENTINA||$4F.||3RD|
|2011||SOUTHERN SPEED||3||18||$10||DECEMBER DRAW||$3.30F||18TH|
Quite a wide spread of winning gates over the past 10 years. Gate 1 has not won since 1941; gate 8 since 1972; gate 14 since 1978; gate 12 since 1979; gate 16 since 1985.
Just 2 favourites in the past decade, whereas 5 saluted in the previous decade. Overall, the favourite (or equal fav) has landed on 44 occasions (30.7%).
Saint Warden (100/1) is the Cup’s longest priced winner – the race being divided and at Flemington (1943). Taufan’s Melody (1998) & Northwind (1936) won at 66/1
Superstar 3yo Tulloch was odds-on at 4/6f when smashing his rivals in the 1957 Cup. Manfred (1926) was 5/4f and Eurythmic (1920) started 6/4f.
|YEAR||WINNER||A/S||OR||LAST START||L3||NEXT RACE|
|2019||MER DE GLACE||5H||109||1st Jpn 2000m Kokura G3 (76)||1-1-1.||6th Melb Cup|
|2018||BEST SOLUTION||5H||114||1st Germ 2400m Baden G1 (48)||1-1-1.||8th Melb Cup|
|2017||BOOM TIME||6H||102||4th 2400m Herb Power G2 (7)||9-3-4.||15th Melb Cup|
|2016||JAMEKA||4M||110||2nd 2000m Turnbull G1 (14)||7-1-2.||15th Melb Cup|
|2015||MONGOLIAN KHAN||4H||112||3rd 2000m Caul Stks G1 (7)||7-4-3.||SPELL|
|2014||ADMIRE RAKTI||7H||113||13th Jpn 3200m Tenno G1 (167)||11-2-13.||22nd Melb Cup|
|2013||FAWKNER||6G||108||3rd 2000m Turnbull G1 (14)||7-5-3.||6th Melb Cup|
|2012||DUNADEN||7H||118||6th GB 2400m K George G1 (91)||3-2-6.||14th Melb Cup|
|2011||SOUTHERN SPEED||4M||105||4th 2000m Turnbull G1 (13)||4-2-4.||4th Mackinnon|
|2010||DESCARADO||4G||111||14th 2000m Turnbull G1 (13)||6-1-14.||2nd Mackinnon|
(Days since latest start shown in brackets). Variable info in this data-panel, visitors providing a mix of last-start form. Locals delivering – interestingly, no last start wins.
L3 (Last 3 Starts):
The 4 overseas-based visitors all had a 1-2 finish within their last 3 starts. Local contenders all supplied a 1-2-3 finish within their past 2 outings.
The Cups double is an elusive beast, Ethereal (2001) the most recent to accomplish this. Overall, 100 Caulfield Cup winners have gone to the Melbourne Cup: 11 winners, 6 seconds and 5 thirds illustrate what a huge achievement the Cups double is.
Pros & Cons
With Aktau an early withdrawal, the dreaded gate 1 now belongs to the visitor Dashing Willoughby. Currently on a drought of 79 outs, gate 1 has never produced the Caulfield Cup winner since mechanised barrier stalls came into use at Caulfield (1954).
Recent Cup trends support improving recent form coming into the race (a first 5 finish in your last 3 starts is a good start), so Mustajeer would provide a major boilover if he wins.
The challenge confronting Warning is not confined to his wide barrier. As the 2019 Victoria Derby winner, he’s out to emulate Elvstroem (2004), Manfred (1926) & Poseidon (1907) as the only horses to win the Derby at 3 and progress to Caulfield Cup triumph at 4. A total of 34 other Victoria Derby winners have attempted this feat – only 5 were placed.
Comparing Anthony Van Dyck’s 10 Euro G1 starts (1-3-3) to 2018 Caulfield Cup third Cliffs of Moher’s 10 Euro G1 starts (0-2-1) indicates he’s quite a superior animal. Anthony landed the 2019 English Derby, while Cliffs of Moher managed the runner-up spot in 2017.
Buckhurst profiles closely to 2016 Cup runner-up Scottish and is open to improvement as the least experienced Cup runner in 2020. Melham has been placed in his last 4 Cup rides.
Toffee Tongue & Verry Elleegant represent the all-conquering Waller stable, this race proving a real nemesis for the yard with 18 starters returning zero wins and places. Toffee Tongue has had 4 starts at 2000m and beyond for a G1 win, 2 G1 seconds and 1 G3 second. She profiles very favourably against other recent 4yo mare Cup winners such as Southern Speed, Arctic Scent, Ethereal & Imposera.
Verry Elleegant won a competitive Turnbull, thus joining Sunline, Makybe Diva & Winx as the only mares older than 4 to win that race since it was adjusted to 2000m in 1971. Unbeaten in 2 starts at 2400m, she is lethal in soft going – 8 wins and 3 placings in 13 starts.
Prince of Arran & Finche are genuine performers, while if wet, respect Master of Wine.