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The Caulfield Stakes is a Group 1 weight-for-age race that takes place at Caulfield racecourse during the Melbourne Spring racing carnival each October. The race is run over a distance of 2000 metres and worth $400,000 in prizemoney. The 2016 Caulfield Stakes was won by Winx from Black Heart Bart with He Or She third.
Recently run as the 'Yalumba Stakes', the Caulfield Stakes is held on Gr1 Caulfield Guineas Day on the first day of the three day Caulfield racing carnival, alongside the Gr1 Toorak Handicap, and is one of the bigger race days of the spring.
The second day of the Caulfield carnival is held midweek the following Wednesday where the Gr1 Thousand Guineas for fillies takes place, while the third and final day on the following Saturday sees the the running of Caulfield's biggest race, the Gr1 Caulfield Cup.
The Caulfield Stakes is a level weights race that generally attracts quality gallopers each year and has been taken out by some of Australia's best horses over the years. The race is held a week prior to the Caulfield Cup and two weeks before the WS Cox Plate and the Caulfield Stakes is a great lead up event for both of those races.
History shows the Caulfield Stakes always provides a great guide to big race winners. Some of the great horses to win this race include Winx (2016), Ocean Park (2012), So You Think (2010), Lonhro (2002-03), Northerly (2001), Might And Power (1998), Bonecrusher (1986) and champion galloper Kingston Town twice in 1981 & 1982.
In a rare occurrence the 2016 Caulfield Stakes was made up of only three runners, Winx, Black Heart Bart, and He Or She. Champion mare Winx always had the race in control and it was an exciting affair, despite the small field.
Winx (2016) took out the Gr1 George Main Stakes over 1600m at Randwick in Sydney before heading to Melbourne to win this event in classy fashion and recent Caulfield Stakes winners include Criterion (2015) and Fawkner (2014).
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Champion mare Winx (2016) went on to win her second Gr1 WS Cox Plate at Moonee Valley after winning the Caulfield Stakes.
New Zealander Mongolian Khan (3rd in 2015) took out the Caulfield Cup after finishing third in this race, while Ocean Park (2012) captured the WS Cox Plate.
Alcopop (2nd in 2012) finished third in the Caulfield Cup before winning the Gr1 Mackinnon Stakes at Flemington on Derby day.
So You Think (2010) went on to taste success later in the spring in the WS Cox Plate at Moonee Valley and the Mackinnon Stakes at Flemington, while Whobegotyou (3rd in 2010) ran third behind So You Think in the WS Cox Plate.
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