Caulfield Cup 2021

Saturday October 16, 2021

Ladbrokes Tip: Caulfield Cup winners often back-up in the Melbourne Cup over the two miles at Flemington

One of the two major Cups held in Melbourne each Spring Carnival, the Caulfield Cup takes place annually at Caulfield Racecourse in mid – late October and is Australia’s leading mile and a half handicap. Run over 2400m it attracts the season’s top stayers, many of which will progress onto a shot at the ‘race that stops a nation’ in the Melbourne Cup at Flemington on the first Tuesday of November.

The Caulfield Cup – Melbourne Cup double has been achieved by 11 horses in the same year, most recently the gun mare Ethereal (2001).

The Caulfield Cup is currently a handicap event, although there is discussions to turn the classic into a weight-for-age event. The current Caulfield Cup prize money is set at a lucrative $5 million making it one of the richest races on the Australian racing calendar.

Internationally-trained stayers (outside of Australia and New Zealand) have been competing in the Caulfield Cup race since 1998 with six successful to date: Taufan’s Melody (1998), All The Good (2008), Dunaden (2012), the ill-fated Japanese raider Admire Rakti (2014), Best Solution (2018) and most recently Mer De Glace (2019) who became the second for Japan.

The Caulfield Cup training record is held by the late, great Bart Cummings who prepared seven Caulfield Cup winners including the dual champion Ming Dynasty who won on non-successive years (1977 and 1980).

There are currently three races that offer the winner a Caulfield Cup ballot exemption: the Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m) and Herbert Power Stakes (2400m) both run at Caulfield the week prior, and the Listed Mornington Cup (2400m) held in March.

Caulfield Cup Day in Melbourne is now also challenged for the punters’ attention by Sydney’s richest race day – The Everest Day – held on the same date at Royal Randwick and featuring the world’s richest turf race – the $15 million The Everest – as well as the $1.3 million The Kosciuszko for NSW country-trained horses.

The latest edition of the Caulfield Cup ran on Saturday October 16, 2021 and saw the Peter Moody-trained favourite Incentivise ($2.30) salute for the punters by over three lengths. 

2021 Caulfield Cup Results

The official Caulfield Cup 2021 Results & Finishing Order will be available below once the race takes place on Saturday October 16, 2021 and the latest Caulfield Cup winner is revealed.

  • 1st: #2 Incentivise
  • 2nd: #16 Nonconformist
  • 3rd: #7 Persan

The next chapter in the fairy-tale rise through the ranks by Queensland expat Incentivise continued with the Peter Moody-trained super stayer saluting for the punters with a 3.5 length win from the outside barrier in the 2021 Caulfield Cup results

Caulfield Cup Race Info

  • Date: Saturday October 16, 2021
  • Track: Caulfield Racecourse
  • Distance: 2400m
  • Conditions: Open Handicap
  • Status: Group 1
  • Prize Money: $5 million
  • First Run: 1879

Caulfield Cup Betting

Futures Caulfield Cup betting is open nearly all year round with generous all-in prices on offer for a host of stayers that could possibly feature in the final Caulfield Cup field. The Caulfield Cup odds firm as race day approaches and often the best time to place a bet is on the day when it is confirmed who is in and who is out of the classic.

Double figure hopes in Caulfield Cup betting markets have a strong recent record in the race including the big $41 price for the 2008 winner All The Good, but in recent years Caulfield Cup favourites have saluted with Mongolian Khan ($5 in 2015), Jameka ($4.25 in 2016)Verry Elleegant ($5 in 2020) and Incentivise ($2.70 in 2021). 

Roughies were in favour in the shock 2017 Caulfield Cup results with the winner Boom Time winning at a blowout price of $51!

2021 Caulfield Cup Odds

The season’s Caulfield Cup betting odds will be available below right up till the event takes place in October so you can get behind your early Caulfield Cup betting selections at the best price.

Early market betting odds on the 2022 Caulfield Cup will be displayed below once available. Odds are subject to fluctuation. For current odds on all of our live markets, please visit

Caulfield Cup Field

The Caulfield Cup field is released on the Tuesday before the race runs on a Saturday in mid-October each year and has a capacity of 18 starters plus four emergencies. Aside from the Melbourne Cup and partially the Cox Plate, the Caulfield Cup Field earns some of the most attention during the whole calendar year of racing.

2021 Caulfield Cup Winner Incentivise (Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos) |

Incentivise ($2.30 in 2021) saluted for the punters in the 2021 Caulfield Cup results. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

Run under handicap conditions the Caulfield Cup race is open to horses aged three years and older and now attracts a truly international line-up with many imports and international raiders in the mix each season. The first hint of the final field happens when Caulfield Cup nominations are taken at the start of August, early entries often exceeding 200 horses.

Spring stayers may come into the Caulfield Cup field via a number of various lead-up races including the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) run a fortnight prior at Flemington, the Group 3 Coongy Cup (2000m) run the Wednesday prior and the Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes (2400m). Incentivise (2021) was the latest horse to complete the Turnbull Stakes – Caulfield Cup double following on from Verry Elleegant (2020) who also won both races the year before. 

The Herbert Power Stakes runs over the same track / distance as the Caulfield Cup the weekend before and Boom Time (4th in 2017) was the last Caulfield Cup winner to come out of that lead-up.

The Group 3 Naturalism Stakes (2000m) run at the track in late September is also a key lead-up into the Caulfield Cup field offering the winner a ballot exemption into the mile and a half classic, and Jameka (2016) was the last to do the double. More recently in 2021 the Naturalism Stakes winner Nonconformist went on to run a brave second in that year’s Caulfield Cup quinella. 

One of the very early lead-up races into the Caulfield Cup field is the Group 3 JRA Cup (2040m) run at Moonee Valley under the lights on Moir Stakes Night.

2021 Caulfield Cup Acceptance Dates

  • 2021 Caulfield Cup Nominations closed at 12pm (local time) on August 3, 2021
  • 2021 Caulfield Cup First Acceptances are released on Tuesday September 7, 2021
  • 2021 Caulfield Cup Second Acceptances closed at 12pm (local time) on September 21, 2021 – Attracted 109 Hopefuls
  • 2021 Caulfield Cup Third Acceptances close at 12pm (local time) on October 5, 2021 – 31 Stayers remaining 
  • 2021 Caulfield Cup Final Acceptances close at 4:30pm (local time) on October 13, 2021

2021 Caulfield Cup Field

The official Caulfield Cup 2021 Final Field and Barriers are announced on the Wednesday of race week with final acceptances open until 4:30pm (local time).

The 2021 Caulfield Cup field will be published in full below as soon as released by Racing Victoria.

The Caulfield Cup 2021 final field has been confirmed with Incentivise the hot favourite for Peter Moody. Brett Prebble will ride the Makybe Diva – Turnbull Stakes double winner carrying the equal 55.5kg top weight with Australian Cup winner Homesman

Duais secured her bid and will be on a three-day back-up after the Queensland Oaks winner took out Wednesday’s Group 3 Coongy Cup. 

The Freedman’s Herbert Power Stakes champ Delphi and the David Payne-trained Group 1 The Metropolitan winning mare in Sydney Montefilia are the other last-start winners in this year’s Caulfield Cup field. 

The 2021 Caulfield Cup barrier draw was conducted at 6:15pm (AEDT) on Wednesday and saw Incentivise draw the extreme outside barrier

The other best in betting, Delphi, incredibly drew the second widest Caulfield Cup barrier. 

  • Scratched: #8 Quick Thinker (14) has been scratched from the Caulfield Cup field due to a tendon injury. First emergency #19e Great House (2) gains a start on 50kg for the Waller stable. 

2021 Caulfield Cup Third Acceptances

The Caulfield Cup third acceptances take place on a Tuesday in early October and are the final round of declarations before the official field is announced the following week.

The 2021 Caulfield Cup third acceptances for the world’s richest 2400m handicap close on Tuesday October 5 and will be updated below.

The Caulfield Cup 2021 third acceptances have closed leaving 31 stayers dominated by the Peter Moody-trained Makybe Diva Stakes – Turnbull Stakes double winner this prep Incentivise.

2021 Caulfield Cup Weights

The Caulfield Cup 2021 Weights are announced on a Tuesday in early September and will be published in full below once released by Racing Victoria’s chief handicapper Greg Carpenter.

The 2021 Caulfield Cup weights are released on Tuesday September 7, 2021 and will be published below once confirmed. 

Incentivise (55.5kg in 2021) was the last Caulfield Cup top-weight to win. 

2021 Caulfield Cup Nominations

Early Caulfield Cup 2021 Nominations are first taken in late August, nearly two months before the $5 million feature. The Caulfield Cup nominations often attract in excess of 200 hopeful stayers and are slowly narrowed down by a number of acceptance stages before the final field is revealed.

The 2021 Caulfield Cup nominations are now out featuring 170 stayers including Chris Waller’s defending champion Verry Elleegant and Peter Moody’s 12-length Group 3 Tattersall’s Cup winner Incentivise.

Caulfield Cup Tips

Caulfield Cup tips can be found everywhere during the week leading up to the race but it is a notoriously tough event to pick the winner of as usually there’s a host of livewire chances competing for top spot in the markets and predictions.

The best Caulfield Cup tip historically is to look at horses coming out of the Turnbull Stakes as it produced seven Caulfield Cup winners from 2009 – 2021 including Jameka (2nd in 2016), fellow mare Verry Elleegant (1st in 2020) who did the double and Incentivise (1st of 2021) who also won both races. 

Other Caulfield Cup betting tips include looking for in-form four-year-old horses as this age group saluted four times from 2010 – 2021, while Caulfield Cup barriers seven and nine have produced the most winners since 1983.

2021 Caulfield Cup Tips

Our Ladbrokes exclusive Caulfield Cup 2021 betting tips will be detailed below the week of the race with the spring stayers to back and sack in the mile and a half classic so stay tuned.

  • The Favourite: #2 Incentivise ($2.60 at time of publish) 

Incentivise is deserving favourite for the Caulfield Cup. He put the writing on the wall with a 12-length win in Brisbane’s Group 3 Tatt’s Cup in the winter before heading to the Moody stables. Two-from-two in Group 1 company in Melbourne since with ease. Still okay in the weights with 55.5kg and he will absolutely relish the 2400m third-up and fit. Brett Prebble is riding as good as this horse is racing. Wide alley is a bit of a blow, will need to work to stay in touch, but maps to settle in the first four or five and has a sensational turn of foot for a stayer. Conditions suit, he is four-from-four on the Soft going. Could come out and win by another big margin with the right run. 

  • The Danger: #4 The Chosen One ($13 at time of publish) 

Third in this race last year and fourth in the Melbourne Cup. Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman’s Kiwi galloper is a genuine stayer and is just so consistent. Was brave under a length beaten 12 month’s ago and gets a good draw this weekend (9, possibly into 8 that produced last year’s champ Verry Elleegant). The wet track? That could be a problem as most of his form is on Good going. But he’s a New Zealander so don’t stress too much! Strong form again this prep, was so good late last start when runner-up to Delphi in the Herbert Power. Back to 54kg and he’s a danger at double-figures. 

  • The Value: #12 Montefilia ($16 at time of publish) 

Very classy mare from the David Payne stables. There was a question mark not over her ability but over her staying potential, but she answered the critics winning Sydney’s Group 1 The Metropolitan over the mile and a half last time out. She came through that run well and now heads south looking to frank the form. Carries 52kg (down from 55.5kg) and the barrier 12 draw gives Jye McNeil options in the run. Proven on Heavy going. Hard to knock an in-form mare like this. 

Caulfield Cup Form Guide

The Caulfield Cup form guide features all the information you need to place a winning wager on the handicap showdown including the basics such as the saddlecloth and barrier numbers of the horses in the field. You can also find information like the lead-up starts of the hopefuls and their allocated weights.

Heavily weighted horses aren’t statistically at any disadvantage either with Admire Rakti (2014) and Dunaden (2012) both carrying 58kg to victory in recent years.

Caulfield Cup Form Facts

  • The Turnbull Stakes has produced the most Caulfield Cup winners over the past 30 years
  • Favourites in Caulfield Cup betting saluted five times from 2007 – 2021
  • Just two three have won the Caulfield Cup since 2001 most recently Verry Elleegant (2020)

2021 Caulfield Cup Form Guide

A link to our detailed Caulfield Cup 2021 Form Guide and betting preview will be provided for punters below the week of the race.

Caulfield Cup Results

The Caulfield Cup results and finishing order are known as soon as the race runs late on the Caulfield card at the October spring meeting and most punters are looking for which three horses ran the trifecta. The results also show the starting price, weight carried and margin between each of the runners as well as any scratched horses from the field.

Caulfield Cup Winners

Year First Second Third Time
2021 Incentivise Nonconformist Persan 2:30.8
2020 Verry Elleegant Anthony Van Dyck The Chosen One 2:31.9
2019 Mer De Glace Vow And Declare Mirage Dancer 2:30.1
2018 Best Solution Homesman The Cliffsofmoher 2:33.7
2017 Boom Time Single Gaze Johannes Vermeer 2:27.6
2016 Jameka Scottish Exospheric 2:28.8
2015 Mongolian Khan Trip To Paris Our Ivanhowe 2:27.7
2014 Admire Rakti Rising Romance Lucia Valentina 2:32.1
2013 Fawkner Dandino Dear Demi 2:29.1
2012 Dunaden Alcopop Lights Of Heaven 2:28.8
2011 Southern Speed Green Moon Tullamore 2:28.4
2010 Descarado Harris Tweed Monaco Consul 2:35.6
2009 Viewed Roman Emperor Vigor 2:29.7
2008 All The Good Nom Du Jeu Barbaricus 2:27.4
2007 Master O’Reilly Douro Valley Princess Coup 2.26.1
2006 Tawqeet Aqua Damore Delta Blues 2.27.6
2005 Railings Eye Popper Mummify 2.27.9
2004 Elvstroem Makybe Diva Grey Song 2.31.3
2003 Mummify Grey Song Distinctly Secret 2.25.9
2002 Northerly Fields Of Omagh Republic Lass 2.30.3
2001 Ethereal Sky Heights Celestial Show 2.30.9
2000 Diatribe Kaapstad Way Fairway 2.25.3