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 $2,500,000 in prizemoney. The 2013 Caulfield Cup was won by Fawkner from Dandino with Dear Demi 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 for three-year-olds held on the preceding Saturday, while the Thousand Guineas for fillies takes place on the middle Wednesday prior to the Cup.
The Caulfield racing carnival in October, especially the Caulfield Cup, signals the beginning of big time racing in Melbourne, as spring carnival 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.
Fawkner (2013) ran third in the Gr1 Turnbull Stakes over 2000m at Flemington before winning this event and recent Caulfield Cup winners include Dunaden (2012) and Southern Speed (2011).
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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.
Alcopop (2nd in 2012) took out the Gr1 Mackinnon Stakes on Derby Day at his next start while Jakkalberry (13th in 2012) ran third in the Melbourne Cup at Flemington.
Descarado (2010) contested the 2010 Melbourne Cup and did not finish the race, while Viewed (2009) won this race after taking out the Melbourne Cup the previous spring.
2013 Caulfield Cup result
1. $10.00 Fawkner 55.0 Nicholas Hall
2. $10.00 Dandino 56.5 Craig Williams
3. $25.00 Dear Demi 53.0 James Mcdonald
4. $9.00 Jet Away 55.0 Damien Oliver
5. $6.00 Royal Descent 54.0 Nash Rawiller
6. $20.00 Mr Moet 55.5 Hugh Bowman
7. $3.30 Hawkspur 54.5 Jim Cassidy
8. $7.00 Silent Achiever 54.5 Glen Boss
9. $40.00 Kelinni 55.0 Steve Arnold
10. $25.00 Moriarty 55.0 Craig Newitt
11. $50.00 Mr O'ceirin 54.5 Dwayne Dunn
12. $66.00 Tuscan Fire 53.5 Michael Walker
13. $40.00 Ethiopia 56.5 Rhys Mcleod
14. $40.00 Glencadam Gold 55.5 Tommy Berry
15. $60.00 Manighar 58.0 Luke Nolen
16. $30.00 My Quest For Peace 55.0 Corey Brown
17. $40.00 Waldpark 56.0 Brenton Avdulla
18. $16.00 Julienas 54.5 Kerrin Mc Evoy
Margins: 1 1/4 len, nose Time: 2:29.10
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