A Guide To The $5 Million Caulfield Cup

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THE CAULFIELD CUP

Group One, $5 million, 2400m, handicap race for three-years and older, run at , Melbourne, on October 19, 2019

HISTORY

  • First run in 1879 when won by Newminster
  • Switched from autumn to spring in 1881 when two cups were held, one for each season, while the race was again run twice in 1943 due to a large number of entries
  • 11 horses have completed the Caulfield Cup- double in the same year, the most recent being Ethereal (2001)
  • Five is the most number of wins by a jockey, Scobie Breasley, who won four cups in a row from 1942 to 1945.
  • Seven is the most number of wins by a trainer, Bart Cummings.
  • Only two horses have won the race back to back, Poseidon (1906-07) and Rising Fast (1954-55)
  • Other dual winners of the Caulfield Cup have been Ming Dynasty (1977, 1980), Whittier (1922, 1925), Uncle Sam (1912, 1914), Hymettus (1898, 1901) and Paris (1892, 1894)
  • International winners include Taufan's Melody (1998), All The Good (2008), Dunaden (2012), Admire Rakti (2014) and Best Solution (2018)
  • Three female trainers have had winners – Lady Herries with Taufan's Melody (1998), with Ethereal (2001) and Gai Waterhouse with Descarado (2010)
  • The shortest placed winner was Tulloch (1957) at $1.67

TALKING POINTS

  • Imported stayer is favourite to give champion trainer Chris Waller his first Caulfield Cup
  • Mustajeer's jockey Damien Oliver could equal the riding record of five wins. Oliver's most recent of his four victories was 20 years ago on Sky Heights
  • Constantinople will be the first northern hemisphere-bred three-year-old to contest the race
  • Jockey is striving for his first Caulfield Cup on Mirage Dancer having finished third on Johannes Vermeer in 2017 and a close second on last year
  • Hartnell has top weight of 58kg. Admire Rakti (2014), Dunaden (2012) and Northerly (2002) have won with that weight in the past 20 years
  • Damian Lane rides , a horse he won two races on in Japan this year
  • Light weight contender Wolfe is on a quick back-up after clinching his spot in the race with victory in Wednesday's Coongy Cup

WHAT THE CONNECTIONS ARE SAYING

  • “Chris (Waller) and the team have got him spot-on. And I'm just really thankful for the opportunity that they've given me this Saturday to hopefully win my first Caulfield Cup” – Finche's jockey Michael Walker
  • “We've always sought to tailor his preparation to what he's looking for and after a really good Caulfield Cup trial in the Turnbull Stakes we were enthused to bring him back to Caulfield at a track where he's raced so beautifully in the past” – Hartnell's trainer
  • “If he runs to his work he will be hard to beat” – Mirage Dancer's jockey Ben Melham
  • “He cleaned up nicely from having his trip to the races in the Turnbull Stakes and 2400 metres suits him a lot better. He's spot on” – Vow And Declare's trainer Danny O'Brien
  • “It's good to have him out here. He obviously profiles really well … I'd say if he brings his best he's going to be really competitive” – jockey Damian Lane on Japanese horse Mer De Glace
  • “I think he's certainly up to this grade, no doubt. And it's just a matter of how he handles Caulfield” – Mustajeer's rainer
  • “She's another horse who is going to be around 50/1 but I showed that I could do it on (2017 winner) Boom Time. So if I can just go in with that same approach, hopefully I can do it again” – 's jockey Cory Parish.

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