Caulfield Cup Betting Odds

Worth a total purse of $2.5 million, with $1.5m to the winner, the Caulfield Cup is one of Australia's richest thoroughbred races and the 2013 Caulfield Cup run over 2400m looks set to be a nail-biting affair.

Home to the Melbourne Racing Club, Caulfield Racecourse hosts (you guessed it) the Caulfield Cup, among other famous Australian horse races including the Caulfield Guineas, Blue Diamond Stakes, C F Orr Stakes, Oakleigh Plate, Underwood Stakes and Futurity Stakes.

The Caulfield Cup first appeared on the racing calender in 1879 and was taken out by Newminster over the mile and a half - in metric terms that's 2400m, and this Group 1 handicap event has since become the world's richest of its type over this distance.

Being a handicap, horses that compete in the Caulfield Cup remain eligible for its big sister race just a couple of weeks later, with performances in the Caulfield Cup listed as one of the possible qualifiers for a run over at Flemington on that first Tuesday in November.

(ed's note - Horses that take out both Caulfield and Melbourne Cups in the same year are said to have won the 'Cups Double', with eleven horses proudly wearing this title - 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).)

This all adds up to the Caulfield Cup being the most eagerly followed Spring Carnival racing event outside of Flemington.

Open to three-year-olds and over, the Caulfield Cup has seen its fair share of glory and controversy.

On the downside, the worst race fall in Australian history occurred during the 1885 Caulfield Cup when 16 of the 44 horses competing fell as they turned onto the straight, resulting in the death of 25-year-old jockey Donald Nicolson.

Another tragedy occurred in 1930 - at least for doubles bookmakers - who lost a fortune when Phar Lap was nominated for the Caulfield Cup but was a non-starter. This saw a drop off in the field, with only thirteen horses running and an eight-year-old, Animous, winning. The big-hearted Phar Lap went on to win both the Cox Plate a week later and the Melbourne Cup ten days after that.

But there are many great stories to have come out of the Caulfield Cup also.

Jockie Scobie Breasley took out a record four consecutive cups from 1942 to 1945 (and five all-up), and in the modern era, the great Damien Oliver came close to this, winning four Caulfield Cups in 1992 (Mannerism), 1994 (Paris Lane), 1995 (Doriemus) and 1999 (Sky Heights).

And who could forget two of the greats to have taken out the Caulfield Cup - Tulloch and Might and Power. Both horses won their Cups by such large margins (Might and Power in 1997 by 7 ½ lengths) and in such quick times (Tulloch's time was 2.26.9 over the 12 furlongs) that they leave all others Caulfield Cup winners far behind in their wake.

Similar to his legendary status as far as the Melbourne Cup goes, trainer Bart Cummings has his imprint (or should that be hoofprint...?) all over the Caulfield Cup. Not only has he produced a quinella in training a winner and runner-up (Viewed and Roman Emperor) in the same Cup (2009), he is also the most successful trainer since WWII, having won won seven Caulfield Cups via Galilee (1966), Big Philou (1969), Leilani (1974), Ming Dynasty (1977 and 1980), Let's Elope (1991) and Viewed (2009).

Internationals were only allowed on track from 1998, with some success since then via Taufan's Melody in (1998) for British trainer Lady Herries (the first female trainer to win the Caulfield Cup), All the Good (2008) for Saeed bin Suroor and Dunaden (2012) for French trainer Mikel Delzangles.

Important lead-up races to the Caulfield Cup include the Autumn Classic, Herbert Power Stakes, Listed Cranbourne Cup, Spring Champion Stakes and the Craven Plate.

But it's the day on 'the Heath' that counts most of all, especially for the lucky winner, which gets automatic selection for the Melbourne Cup.

The Caulfield Cup has grown so much in stature, that it is now part of a three-day Carnival, filled with heart-stopping racing, entertainment and Spring frivolity for race-goers and the people of Melbourne.

It's another one of those events on the Spring Racing Calender not to be missed.

Betfair will have, as always, great Caulfield Cup odds and great Horse Racing odds throughout the entire Spring Racing Carnival on both the Betfair Exchange and using our Tote products, including Best of 5, available at all the major meets including the Caulfield Cup this Spring.

And don't forget to get in early with your Melbourne Cup Betting, with Betfair offering brilliant Melbourne Cup odds now!

Weird and Wonderful facts about the Caulfield Cup.

1. Dead Heats: Aborigine (33-1) and Blue Book (20-1) dead-heated for first in the 1909 Caulfield Cup.
2. The top-five heaviest weights were: Redcraze 9.13 (63kg), Rising Fast 9.10 (61.5kg), Tobin Bronze 9.10 (61.5kg), Amounis 9.8 (61kg) and Manfred 9.6 (60kg).
3. The last protest in a Caulfield Cup was in 1998 when English visitor Taufan's Melody caused considerable interference in the straight, with English jockey Ray Cochrane aboard. All protests were dismissed.
4. The top-five hottest favourites were: Tulloch, 6-4 on (won in 1957); Tobin Bronze, 11-8 on (sixth in 1966); Manfred, 5-4 (won in 1926); Eurythmic, 6-4 (won in 1920); Suleiman, 6-4 (3rd in 1975); Bernborough, 7-4 (5th in 1946).
5. Number of wins by age: 3yo, 15 times; 4yo, 45 times; 5yo, 43 times; 6yo, 22 times; 7yo, 6 times.
6. The last horse to win the Caulfield Cup and Melbourne Cup in the same year was Ethereal in 2001 8yo, 5 times.

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