Caulfield Cup Field News

Zac Purton has picked up the gun ride on Fame Game in Saturday’s 2015 Caulfield Cup (2400m) and is understandably confident of his chances, but has revealed he is yet to settle on a plan as to how to ride the talented Japanese stayer from the rails draw. Fame Game…


Caulfield Cup Field

The 2015 Caulfield Cup field is limited to 18 runners plus four emergencies, less than the Melbourne Cup which has a capacity 24 starters. Run under handicap conditions, the Caulfield Cup is run over a distance of 2,400 metres. The race is worth $3 million in prize money, making the Caulfield Cup the richest 2,400 metre handicap race in the world. Winning the Caulfield Cup is one of the ways a horse is able to gain automatic entry into the $6 million Melbourne Cup 2015 field on the first Tuesday of November.

The 2015 Caulfield Cup will be held at 5:40PM AEDST on Saturday October 17 at Caulfield Racecourse in Melbourne.

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2015 Caulfield Cup Results

  • 1st: Mongolian Khan
  • 2nd: Trip To Paris
  • 3rd: Our Ivanhowe

Learn more about this year’s edition of the prestigious race at 2015CaulfieldCup.com.au.

The Caulfield Cup field usually attracts a large number of international stayers that have travelled to Australia to compete in this race and the Melbourne Cup. Horses that win both these races are said to have won the ‘cups double’. Caulfield Cup betting is very popular and often quite lucrative. Overall, Caulfield Cup Day is easily one of the biggest and most important days in Australian racing.

Upcoming Group 1 Races

Group 1

Manikato Stakes

(1200m)

Moonee Valley

$1,000,000

WFA

Group 1

Cox Plate

(2040m)

Moonee Valley

$3,000,000

3YO & Up WFA

Group 1

Victoria Derby

(2500m)

Flemington

$1,500,000

3YO SW

Group 1

Mackinnon Stakes

(2000m)

Flemington

$1,000,000

3YO & Up WFA

Group 1

Coolmore Stud Stakes

(1200m)

Flemington

$500,000

3YO SW

Group 1

Myer Classic

(1600m)

Flemington

$500,000

3YO & up F&M WFA

The Caulfield Cup field is determined by a balloting system. The balloting system takes into account considerations such as how much money a horse has won in the past two years and their allocated weights. Horses can also attempt to beat the ballot by winning one of the races that grant them automatic entry into the Caulfield Cup. Races such as the Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes and the Listed Mornington Cup allow the winner to be guaranteed a Caulfield Cup start.

Horses that perform well in the Caulfield Cup often go on to compete in races such as the Cox Plate and Melbourne Cup later in the spring carnival.

Historically, the Caulfield Cup field has featured some of the greatest horses in the world. Entry into the Caulfield Cup field is a closely guarded prize, and only the best horses make it. For example, over 220 nominations were received for the 2014 Caulfield Cup field. However, the final Caulfield Cup field only takes 18 horses. Plainly, not every horse that wants a start in the Caulfield Cup field gets one.

Due to the extremely prestigious nature of the race, punters begin observing the Caulfield Cup field long before it’s announced. Ante-post betting markets are released months before the final Caulfield Cup field is announced. This allows people to bet on the nominations that they believe will continue to have successful spring campaigns and make it into the final Caulfield Cup field. Of course, there is a great risk that some horses won’t win the ballot exemption race they were targeting or simply won’t be up to the premium standard of the Caulfield Cup field.