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Caulfield Cup

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History

MER DE GLACE winning the Caulfield Cup.
MER DE GLACE winning the Caulfield Cup. Picture: Racing and Sports

The Caulfield Cup is a Group 1 race run under Handicap conditions for open age stayers at Caulfield conducted by the Melbourne Racing Club.
The Caulfield Cup is run over 2400m. It was first run in 1879 and was won by Newminster.
It has been at the mile and a half for all runnings.
The Caulfield Cup was a Principal Race until graded at Group 1 in 1979.
It is the richest 2400m handicap in the world. The Caulfield Cup was worth $5 million in 2019.
There are 18 runners plus emergencies with several races around the world which are exempt from ballot.
Highest recent weights to win are Admire Rakti, Dunaden and Northerly's 58kg (Best Solution 57.5kg) while lightest was Arctic Scent with 49kg in last 22 years.
Only four mares have won in the last 27 years (Jameka, Southern Speed, Ethereal & Arctic Scent).
14 of the last 26 winners have been 4yos (including Best Solution).
Since 2008, five internationals have won - All The Good, Dunaden, Admire Rakti, Best Solution and Mer De Glace.
Tulloch bolted away as a 3yo in 1957. He ran the race and track record. The owner did not want to press on to the Melbourne Cup with the young horse.
Those to do the Caulfield Cup/Melbourne Cup double include Poseidon, The Trump, Rivette, Rising Fast, Even Stevens, Galilee, Gurner's Lane, Let's Elope, Doriemus, Might And Power and Ethereal.
Big Philou won the Caulfield Cup in 1969 and was warm favourite for the Melbourne Cup when withdrawn close to the race.
Sobar won as a 3yo in 1972 beating the likes of Gunsynd (who was carrying 62kg).
In 1992, Mannerism won courtesy of a great Damien Oliver ride but most remember it more for the ride of Shane Dye on Veandercross. Dye took the kiwi very wide down the side about 800m out and into the straight. He was there to win but weakened the last furlong and missed by a nose.
As part of Godolphin's foray down under, Best Solution gave Saeed bin Suroor his second Caulfield Cup a decade apart following All The Good's victory. Best Solution was a well performed horse around the world winning G1s in Germany before holding on at Caulfield by a nose in 2018.
Notable winners of the Caulfield Cup include Mer De Glace (2019), Best Solution (2018), Jameka (2016), Admire Rakti (2014), Dunaden (2012), All The Good (2008), Elvstroem (2004), Mummify (2003), Northerly (2002), Ethereal (2001), Might And Power (1997), Doriemus (1995), Let's Elope (1991), Gurner's Lane (1982), Ming Dynasty (1977/1980), Leilani (1974), Sobar (1972), Big Philou (1969), Tobin Bronze (1967), Galilee (1966), Tulloch (1957), Redcraze (1956), Rising Fast (1954/1955), Tranquil Star (1942), Amounis (1930), Manfred (1926) and Poseidon (1906/1907).
The 2019 Caulfield Cup was won by Mer De Glace from Vow And Declare and Mirage Dancer.
Racing and Sports

Previous Caulfield Cup Winners

DateHorseJockeyWTTrainerBP
MER DE GLACE (JPN) 4H
RULERSHIP (JPN) - GLACIER BLUE (JPN) SUNDAY SILENCE (USA)
DAMIAN LANE55.5H SHIMIZU17
BEST SOLUTION (IRE) 4H
KODIAC (GB) - AL ANDALYYA (USA) KINGMAMBO (USA)
PAT COSGRAVE57.5SAEED BIN SUROOR15
BOOM TIME (AUS) 6H
FLYING SPUR (AUS) - BIT OF A RIDE (AUS) SNIPPETS (AUS)
C J PARISH52.0D & B HAYES & T DABERNIG3
JAMEKA (AUS) 4M
MYBOYCHARLIE (IRE) - MINE GAME (AUS) GENERAL NEDIYM (AUS)
NICHOLAS HALL52.5CIARON MAHER11
MONGOLIAN KHAN (AUS) 4H
HOLY ROMAN EMPEROR (IRE) - CENTAFIT (NZ) CENTAINE (AUS)
O P BOSSON55.0MURRAY BAKER & ANDREW FORSMAN6
ADMIRE RAKTI (JPN) 6H
HEART'S CRY (JPN) - ADMIRE TERESA (JPN) HELISSIO (FR)
Z PURTON58.0T UMEDA7
FAWKNER (AUS) 6G
RESET (AUS) - DANE BELLTAR (AUS) DANEWIN (AUS)
NICHOLAS HALL55.0ROBERT HICKMOTT10
DUNADEN (FR) 6H
NICOBAR (GB) - LA MARLIA (FR) KALDOUNEVEES (FR)
C WILLIAMS58.0M DELZANGLES18
SOUTHERN SPEED (AUS) 4M
SOUTHERN IMAGE (USA) - GOLDEN EAGLE (NZ) ZABEEL (NZ)
C WILLIAMS52.5LEON MACDONALD & ANDREW GLUYAS3
DESCARADO (NZ) 4G
HIGH CHAPARRAL (IRE) - KARAMEA LADY (NZ) LORD BALLINA (AUS)
C MUNCE52.5MS G WATERHOUSE15
VIEWED (AUS) 6H
SCENIC (IRE) - LOVERS KNOT (NZ) KHOZAAM (USA)
B RAWILLER57.0BART CUMMINGS13
ALL THE GOOD (IRE) 5H
DIESIS (GB) - ZARARA (USA) MANILA (USA)
K MCEVOY54.5SAEED BIN SUROOR6
MASTER O'REILLY (NZ) 5G
O'REILLY (NZ) - WITHOUT REMORSE (NZ) BAKHAROFF (USA)
V DURIC50.5DANNY O'BRIEN4
TAWQEET (USA) 4H
KINGMAMBO (USA) - CAERLESS (IRE) CAERLEON (USA)
D DUNN53.5D A HAYES2
RAILINGS (AUS) 4G
ZABEEL (NZ) - LA SUFFRAGETTE (NZ) PALACE MUSIC (USA)
G CHILDS52.0JOHN HAWKES9
ELVSTROEM (AUS) 4H
DANEHILL (USA) - CIRCLES OF GOLD (AUS) MARSCAY (AUS)
N RAWILLER54.0TONY VASIL3
MUMMIFY (AUS) 4G
JEUNE (GB) - CLEOPATRA'S GIRL (AUS) AT TALAQ (USA)
D NIKOLIC53.0D L FREEDMAN13
NORTHERLY (AUS) 6G
SERHEED (USA) - NORTH BELL (AUS) BELLWATER (FR)
G CHILDS58.0FRED KERSLEY9
ETHEREAL (NZ) 4M
RHYTHM (USA) - ROMANEE CONTI (NZ) SIR TRISTRAM (IRE)
S SEAMER50.0SHEILA LAXON10
DIATRIBE (AUS) 4H
BRIEF TRUCE (USA) - GABBING GLORIA (USA) DESERT WINE (USA)
J CASSIDY52.5GEORGE HANLON11

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