2018 Caulfield Cup Tips & Betting Predictions

DateSaturday October 20, 2018
ClassGroup 1
Race TypeHandicap
Prize money$5 million

The Caulfield Cup is the second richest race in Victoria and it's a key lead-up race to the Melbourne Cup a fortnight later. Held at Caulfield, the Caulfield Cup is one of the toughest and richest handicap races in the world.

With a history that includes many champion winners and a stack of international interest, the Caulfield Cup has become one of the most popular races around the world and some of the famous names to win include Might And Power, Rising Fast, Galilee and Admire Rakti.

Punters love the Caulfield for many reasons and not only is it a good form guide for the Melbourne Cup, but it's a great spectacle and always provides plenty of excitement during the Melbourne Spring Carnival.

Caulfield Cup betting card 2018

The Caulfield Cup is one of 10 quality betting races, which also includes the Caulfield Sprint and Ethereal Stakes.

The Cup is the only Group 1 on the feature card.

Race No.
Race Name
1Resimax Group Plate
2Gothic Stakes
3Ethereal Stakes
4Ladbrokes Classic
5Coongy Cup
6Moonga Stakes
7Caulfield Sprint
8Caulfield Cup
9Tristarc Stakes
10Alinghi Stakes

Caulfield Cup betting selections & tips

We will have expert tips for the Caulfield Cup available when the final-field markets are released by bookmakers.

Caulfield Cup history

The Caulfield Cup is one of the oldest Group 1 races on the Australian racing calendar. It was first run in 1879 when taken out by Newminster and it has since become one of the most popular races in Australia.

It became a Group 1 in 1979 when Mighty Kingdom was successful and the winners since have only elevated its status on the world stage. Names such as Ming Dynasty, Let's Elope and Northerly all grace the trophy.

Held at Caulfield, the Cup was run at Flemington during World War II and the 1943 race was run in divisions, but Caulfield has played host to the race in every other edition. The track has been tricky to navigate for some runners, due to its shape but there has been a long history of international winners.

After being opened for international competitors in 1998, there have been five international winners. Let's Elope and Mongolian Khan represented New Zealand and other offshore winners included All The Good for Godolphin, Dunaden and the ill-fated Japanese star Admire Rakti, which later died when running in the 2014 Melbourne Cup.

Australian great Scobie Breasley rode four consecutive Caulfield Cup winners, which included a win in both of the 1943 divisions. He rode a total of five Cup winners, which is the current record.

Legendary trainer Bart Cummings holds the record with seven winners, most notably Ming Dynasty, which scored two Caulfield Cup wins. 

It is typically a cleanly-run race but the 1885 Caulfield Cup resulted in 15 of the 44 horses falling. The incident resulted in the death of a jockey and the field is now limited to 18 horses plus emergencies.

There was also plenty of drama in 2007 when hot favourite Maldivian caused havoc in the stalls and was subsequently scratched, along with second favourite Eskimo Queen.

Caulfield Cup betting

Favourites have won nine of the last 35 Caulfield Cups, which isn't a great record and that's due to the open nature of the race. There's unlikely to be a short favourite in an open handicap over 2400m and punters usually get great odds for most runners.

A great example is when Master O'Reilly won as the favourite paying 7.00. Those are the prices punters can get for the favoured runners in the Caulfield Cup and it's only one of a handful of quality winners that paid a nice price.

Mummify and Northerly won paying 5.50 and Paris Lane paid a respectable 4.00. Of course, there have been many favourites get beaten, most notably Veandercross, Doriemus and December Draw, which finished 18th as the 2.70 favourite.

Punters should look past the mile to middle-distance runners and focus on the pure stayers. It can be tough for local punters to do so, as Australian racing is centered around sprint and middle-distance racing, but the best form guides are from the staying events.

The Caulfield Cup is such a great race because punters get value with most runners.

Caulfield Cup facts

  • Damien Oliver has ridden four Caulfield Cup winners, the most out of any modern-day jockey.
  • Barrier nine has resulted in five wins since 1983, followed by barrier seven with four wins.
  • Five of the last 10 winners have drawn double-figure barriers and all five runners were single-word names (Jameka, Fawkner, Dunaden, Descarado, Viewed).
  • Four-year-old runners have 18 wins from the last 34 Caulfield Cup editions. Seven of those were mares.

Caulfield Cup form guide

There are many Caulfield Cup lead-up races but punters should focus on the Makybe Diva Stakes, Dato Tan Chim Nam Stakes and the Herbert Power Stakes.

The staying events are a better guide, as opposed to the mile races and the Caulfield Cup winners typically have fitness under their belt. 

It also pays to look for the runners that are targeting the Caulfield Cup and not the Melbourne Cup. Trainers can use it as a warm-up run so identifying which runners are primed for the run is key.

Caulfield Cup winners

2017Boom Time
2015Mongolian Khan
2014Admire Rakti
2011Southern Speed
2008All The Good
2007Master O'Reilly
1999Sky Heights
1998Taufan's Melody
1997Might And Power
1996Arctic Scent
1994Paris Lane
1991Let's Elope
1989Cold Diesel