The Caulfield Cup is a Group 1 open handicap race that takes place each year at Caulfield racecourse during the Melbourne spring racing carnival in October. The race is run over a distance of 2400 metres and worth $3,000,000 in prizemoney. The 2014 Caulfield Cup was won by Admire Rakti from Rising Romance with Lucia Valentina third.
The Caulfield Cup is become one of the world's richest handicap races over a distance of 2400 metres and is Australia's second biggest Cup race after the Melbourne Cup. The race itself is the premier race of the three day Caulfield racing carnival, with the Gr1 Caulfield Guineas and Gr1 Thousand Guineas taking place on the preceding Saturday.
The Caulfield racing carnival in October, especially the Caulfield Cup, signals the beginning of big time racing in Melbourne, as spring racing only gets bigger and better with the running of the Gr1 WS Cox Plate one week later and the AAMI Victoria Derby the following week.
The Caulfield Cup also combines with the Melbourne Cup to form the major Cup's double of the Spring carnival. Bookmakers provide doubles betting markets well in advance of the Caulfield Cup and punters outlay huge amounts of money trying to find the winner of both races to score a big multiple double result.
The Caulfield Cup has been won by some of our very best thoroughbreds including the brilliant Might and Power who streeted the field to win as he liked in 1997, and the great Western Australian galloper Northerly who carried 58 kilograms to win in 2002.
Admire Rakti (2014) resumed from a spell to win this event and recent Caulfield Cup winners include Fawkner (2013) and Dunaden (2012).
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The Caulfield Cup is an important lead up race to the Melbourne Cup and often those horses who win or run well over the 2400 metres of the Caulfield race will feature prominently when they contest the great race on the first Tuesday in November.
In recent times four horses who have won the big Cup's double, including Let's Elope (1991), Doriemus (1995), Might and Power (1997) and Ethereal (2001), and it will pay to keep a keen eye on those horses contesting the Caulfield Cup as there may be a potential Melbourne Cup winner running around.
Chris Waller mare Dear Demi (3rd in 2013) and ran third in the Gr1 Mackinnon Stakes at Flemington on Derby Day following her third placing in the Caulfield Cup.
Alcopop (2nd in 2012) managed to win the Mackinnon Stakes at his next start and Jakkalberry (13th in 2012) flashed home to run third in the Melbourne Cup at Flemington.
Caulfield Cup runner-up Green Moon (2nd in 2011) won the Melbourne Cup the following year, while while Viewed (2009) won this race after taking out the Melbourne Cup the previous spring.
2014 Caulfield Cup result
1. $11.00 Admire Rakti 58.0 Zac Purton
2. $12.00 Rising Romance 53.0 James McDonald
3. $4.00 Lucia Valentina 53.0 Kerrin McEvoy
4. $10.00 Brambles 53.5 Luke Nolen
5. $31.00 Araldo 53.0 Craig Williams
6. $8.50 Lidari 53.5 Ben Melham
7. $8.00 Junoob 55.5 Douglas Whyte
8. $19.00 Hawkspur 55.5 Damien Oliver
9. $41.00 Green Moon 57.0 Chad Schofield
10. $26.00 Big Memory 52.0 Corey Brown
11. $26.00 The Offer 56.5 Tommy Berry
12. $21.00 Stipulate 54.0 Dwayne Dunn
13. $11.00 Who Shot Thebarman 55.0 Glen Boss
14. $26.00 Moriarty 55.0 Michael Rodd
15. $26.00 Seismos 56.0 Craig Newitt
16. $201.00 Renew 52.0 Regan Bayliss
17. $151.00 Unchain My Heart 52.0 Stephen Baster
18. $41.00 Sea Moon 57.0 Steven Arnold
Margins: 0.4L, 0.5L Time: 2:32.12
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