Caulfield Cup 2020

Saturday October 17, 2020

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 next edition of the Caulfield Cup ran on Saturday October 17, 2020 and saw the Chris Waller-trained favourite Verry Elleegant salute for the punters. 

2020 Caulfield Cup Results

The official Caulfield Cup 2020 Results & Finishing Order will be available below once the race takes place on Saturday October 17, 2020 and the latest Caulfield Cup winner is revealed.

  • 1st: #7 Verry Elleegant
  • 2nd: #1 Anthony Van Dyck
  • 3rd: #12 The Chosen One

The Chris Waller-trained mare Verry Elleegant ($5F) became just the third favourite since 2007 to take out the Caulfield Cup 2020 results with her gutsy win over the Irish raider Anthony Van Dyck ($6). 

The winning 2020 Caulfield Cup trifecta was completed by the Kiwi-trained The Chosen One ($61) who ran a huge race for third at a blowout price. 

Colour Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 7 VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ) Chris Waller Mark Zahra   8 55kg   $5F
2 1 ANTHONY VAN DYCK (IRE) Aidan O’Brien Hugh Bowman 0.2L 17 58.5kg   $6
3 12 THE CHOSEN ONE (NZ) Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Daniel Stackhouse 0.95L 2 53.5kg   $61
4 10 PRINCE OF ARRAN (GB) Charlie Fellowes Jamie Kah 1.95L 15 54.5kg   $17
5 9 FINCHE (GB) Chris Waller Damian Lane 2.45L 9 54.5kg   $9
6 2 AVILIUS (GB) James Cummings John Allen 2.65L 13 57kg   $31
7 4 BUCKHURST (IRE) Joseph O’Brien Ben Melham 3.4L 7 55kg   $11
8 6 MUSTAJEER (GB) Kris Lees Billy Egan 3.9L 11 55kg   $101
9 18 CHAPADA Michael Moroney Jye McNeil 4.2L 12 50.5kg   $21
10 11 MASTER OF WINE (GER) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Craig Williams 4.6L 6 53.5kg   $7
11 14 DALASAN Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas William Pike 5L 10 52.5kg   $14
12 13 WARNING Anthony & Sam Freedman Luke Currie 5.2L 16 53kg   $21
13 15 TRUE SELF (IRE) Willie Mullins Declan Bates 5.95L 3 52kg   $31
14 17 TOFFEE TONGUE (NZ) Chris Waller Michael Dee 6.45L 4 51kg   $18
15 3 VOW AND DECLARE Danny O’Brien Damien Oliver 8.7L 14 57kg   $41
16 19e RAHEEN HOUSE (IRE) Kris Lees Daniel Moor 15.7L 18 53.5kg   $201
17 5 MIRAGE DANCER (GB) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Craig Newitt 17.2L 5 55kg   $31
18 8 DASHING WILLOUGHBY (GB) Andrew Balding Michael Walker 27.2L 1 54.5kg   $31
  21e OCEANEX (NZ) Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Zac Spain   0      
  22e LE DON DE VIE (GB) Anthony & Sam Freedman     0      
  16 AKTAU (GB) Michael Moroney Daniel Moor   0      
  20e SAN HUBERTO (IRE) Matt Cumani Fred W Kersley   0      

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

Caulfield Cup Race Info

  • Date: Saturday October 17, 2020
  • 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) and Verry Elleegant ($5 in 2020).

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

2020 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.

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.

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.

Caulfield Cup betting at Ladbrokes.com.au

Jameka (2016) was the second favourite in Caulfield Cup betting in as many years to salute for the punters in the 2400m Group 1. Photo Credit: Ultimate Racing Photos.

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 and the Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes (2400m).

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.

In 2020 Verry Elleegant became the latest galloper to complete the Turnbull Stakes – Caulfield Cup double. 

2020 Caulfield Cup Acceptance Dates

  • 2020 Caulfield Cup Nominations closed at 12pm (local time) on August 27, 2020 drawing 177 hopefuls 
  • 2020 Caulfield Cup Weights were released on Tuesday September 8, 2020 with the Aiden O’Brien-trained Irish raiders Anthony Van Dyck and Japan the co-topweights allocated 58.5kg
  • 2020 Caulfield Cup First Acceptances closed at 12pm (local time) on September 22, 2020 leaving 87 stayers
  • 2020 Caulfield Cup Second Acceptances closed at 12pm (local time) on October 6, 2020 with 42 stayers still in the mix 
  • 2020 Caulfield Cup Third (Final) Acceptances closed at 4:30pm (local time) on October 14, 2020 revealing the Caulfield Cup 2020 Final Field featuring 5 internationals 

2020 Caulfield Cup Field

The official Caulfield Cup 2020 Final Field and Barriers are announced on the Wednesday of race week with final acceptances open until 4:30pm (local time).

The 2020 Caulfield Cup field will be published in full below as soon as released by Racing Victoria.

The official Caulfield Cup 2020 field and barriers are now out with five internationals looking to become the third in as many years to salute led by the Aidan O’Brien-trained top-weight Anthony van Dyck (58.5kg) drawn out wide in gate 21 (into 17). 

  • Scratched: #16 Aktau (1) has been scratched due to an off fore tendon injury paving the way for the first emergency –  #19 Raheen House – to gain a start from the outside alley. The remainder of the emergencies as follows have also been scratched: #20e San Huberto (10); #21e Oceanex (8); #22e Le Don De Vie (13)
No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 20330x25x1 ANTHONY VAN DYCK (IRE) Aidan O’Brien Hugh Bowman 21 58.5kg   121
2 x54533x462 AVILIUS (GB) James Cummings John Allen 17 57kg   114
3 421x395x90 VOW AND DECLARE Danny O’Brien Damien Oliver 18 57kg   115
4 52112×2165 BUCKHURST (IRE) Joseph O’Brien Ben Melham 9 55kg   114
5 x03643x741 MIRAGE DANCER (GB) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Craig Newitt 6 55kg   116
6 0x1225x009 MUSTAJEER (GB) Kris Lees Billy Egan 15 55kg   114
7 x42212x141 VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ) Chris Waller Mark Zahra 11 55kg   116
8 314579×114 DASHING WILLOUGHBY (GB) Andrew Balding Michael Walker 2 54.5kg   112
9 4x51257x33 FINCHE (GB) Chris Waller Damian Lane 12 54.5kg   112
10 120x3x36x3 PRINCE OF ARRAN (GB) Charlie Fellowes Jamie Kah 19 54.5kg   113
11 11x114x045 MASTER OF WINE (GER) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Craig Williams 7 53.5kg   114
12 x38572x187 THE CHOSEN ONE (NZ) Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Daniel Stackhouse 3 53.5kg   111
13 x755633x76 WARNING Anthony & Sam Freedman Luke Currie 20 53kg   115
14 55112×2354 DALASAN Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas William Pike 14 52.5kg   115
15 x217x6x460 TRUE SELF (IRE) Willie Mullins Declan Bates 4 52kg   110
16 x1x1311x90 AKTAU (GB) Michael Moroney Daniel Moor 1 51kg   102
17 622221×582 TOFFEE TONGUE (NZ) Chris Waller Michael Dee 5 51kg   110
18 x953125x21 CHAPADA Michael Moroney Jye McNeil 16 50.5kg   108
19e 60x6613x50 RAHEEN HOUSE (IRE) Kris Lees   22 53.5kg   110
20e 15138×5138 SAN HUBERTO (IRE) Matt Cumani Fred W Kersley 10 53.5kg   110
21e x07511x000 OCEANEX (NZ) Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Zac Spain 8 51.5kg   108
22e 1x410x4431 LE DON DE VIE (GB) Anthony & Sam Freedman   13 52.5kg   112

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2020 Caulfield Cup Second Acceptances

The Caulfield Cup second 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 2020 Caulfield Cup second acceptances for the world’s richest 2400m handicap closed on Tuesday October 6 leaving 42 potential runners in the $5 million classic. 

The updated Caulfield Cup markets are led by Chris Waller’s last start Turnbull Stakes winning mare Verry Elleegant and the Irish raider Anthony Van Dyck, one of nine internationals still in the mix. 

2020 Caulfield Cup First Acceptances

Following the early nominations the list of potential Caulfield Cup horses is narrowed down in late September with the first round of acceptances for the mile and a half classic.

There are 87 hopefuls left in contention following the official 2020 Caulfield Cup first acceptances, which closed on Tuesday September 22.

Danny O’Brien’s Naturalism Stakes winner Orderofthegarter is exempt from ballot and leading all-in betting on the Caulfield Cup, while there are still 12 international raiders in the mix. 

2020 Caulfield Cup Weights

The Caulfield Cup 2020 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 2020 Caulfield Cup weights were released on Tuesday September 8 with a trio of Aidan O’Brien-trained Irish raiders the heaviest weighted: Anthony Van Dyck (58.5kg), Japan (58.5kg) and Magical (58kg).

All-in favourite, Russian Camelot for Danny O’Brien is alloted 53.5kg.   

 
2020 Caulfield Cup Nominations 

Early Caulfield Cup 2020 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 2020 Caulfield Cup nominations are now out with 177 early entries led by the Danny O’Brien-trained SA Derby winner Russian Camelot.

O’Brien has also nominated for last year’s runner-up Vow And Declare who went on to win the 2019 Melbourne Cup, VRC Oaks winner Miami Bound and Adelaide Cup champ King Of Leogrance.

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 six Caulfield Cup winners from 2009 – 2020 including Jameka (2nd in 2016) and fellow mare Verry Elleegant (1st in 2020) who did the double. 

Other Caulfield Cup betting tips include looking for in-form four-year-old horses as this age group saluted four times from 2010 – 2020, while Caulfield Cup barriers seven and nine have produced the most winners since 1983.

2020 Caulfield Cup Tips

Our Ladbrokes exclusive Caulfield Cup 2020 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.

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 four times from 2007 – 2020
  • Just two three have won the Caulfield Cup since 2001 most recently Verry Elleegant (2020)

2020 Caulfield Cup Form Guide

A link to our detailed Caulfield Cup 2020 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
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