Caulfield Cup

The Caulfield Cup is the world's richest 2400m handicap and runs on the third Saturday of October during the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival as the first of the 'Big 3' Spring Majors.

2021 Caulfield Cup Results

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



The Caulfield Cup is one of the world’s toughest handicap races and is run over 2400m at Caulfield Racecourse in Victoria during the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival. The highlight of the Caulfield Cup Carnival, the race offers $5 million in total prize money making it the world’s richest mile and a half handicap race.

Caulfield Cup Day traditionally runs on the third Saturday in October and is the first of the ‘Big 3’ Spring Majors followed by the Cox Plate and Melbourne Cup. Caulfield Cup Day in Melbourne also has the same date as Sydney’s $15 million The Everest – the richest turf race in the world – held at Royal Randwick Racecourse.

The Caulfield Cup is regarded as one of the key lead-up races to the iconic Melbourne Cup run over the two miles at Flemington on the first Tuesday of November. The major Spring Cup’s double has been achieved by twelve horses including Let’s Elope in 1991, Doriemus in 1995, Might and Power in 1997 and, most recently, Ethereal in 2001.

The next edition of the Caulfield Cup 2021 ran on Saturday October 16, 2021 and saw the favourite Incentivise salute by over three lengths. 

Caulfield Cup
Date: Saturday October 16, 2021
Racecourse: Caulfield Racecourse
Distance: 2400m
Race Type: Handicap
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $5 million
Maximum Starters: 18 + 4 emergencies
Age: 3 year olds and over

2021 Caulfield Cup Results

The official Caulfield Cup 2021 Results & Finishing Order will be published below revealing the 2021 Caulfield Cup winner as soon as the now $5 million feature race is run and won on Saturday October 16, 2021.

  • 1st: #2 Incentivise ($2.30F) 
  • 2nd: #16 Nonconformist
  • 3rd: #7 Persan

A new chapter has begun in what could be Australia’s next big racing story as the now Peter Moody-trained Incentivise ($2.30F) stole the show in the Caulfield Cup 2021 results with an iconic 3.5 length victory for the punters from the outside alley (18 of 18) thanks to a brilliant ride by Brett Prebble.

Click here to read more on the brilliant Caulfield Cup 2021 winner Incentivise.

2021 Caulfield Cup Results & Finishing Order

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 2 INCENTIVISE Peter G Moody Brett Prebble 18 55.5kg $2.30F
2 16 NONCONFORMIST Grahame Begg Craig Williams 3.5L 14 51.5kg $9
3 7 PERSAN Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ms Linda Meech 5.25L 11 53kg $31
4 12 MONTEFILIA David Payne Jye McNeil 5.35L 12 52kg 1.0kg $18
5 19e GREAT HOUSE (IRE) Chris Waller Teodore Nugent (a) 5.55L 2 50kg $61
6 9 CHAPADA Michael Moroney Daniel Stackhouse 5.75L 16 52.5kg $101
7 14 SHE’S IDEEL Bjorn Baker Craig Newitt 6.75L 5 52kg $31
8 15 YOUNG WERTHER (NZ) Danny O’Brien Daniel Moor 6.95L 8 52kg $16
9 5 OCEAN BILLY (NZ) Chris Waller Damien Thornton 8.95L 7 53.5kg $101
10 13 PORT GUILLAUME (FR) Ben & JD Hayes Harry Coffey 9.15L 6 52kg $41
11 1 HOMESMAN (USA) Anthony & Sam Freedman Jordan Childs 9.9L 13 55.5kg $51
12 11 MASTER OF WINE (GER) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Dean Holland 10.65L 10 52.5kg $26
13 10 DELPHI (IRE) Anthony & Sam Freedman Damien Oliver 11.05L 17 52.5kg (cd 53kg) $5.50
14 4 THE CHOSEN ONE (NZ) Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Damian Lane 11.35L 9 54kg $19
15 6 SELINO (GB) Chris Waller Fred Kersley 11.75L 15 53.5kg $201
16 17 DUAIS Edward Cummings Michael Dee 14.5L 3 51kg $21
17 3 EXPLOSIVE JACK (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace John Allen 14.6L 1 54kg $21
18 18 CHARMS STAR (NZ) Chris Waller Dean Yendall 17.85L 4 50kg $101
20e CONSTANTINOPLE (IRE) Aaron Purcell 0
8 QUICK THINKER Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Declan Bates 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia.
View past Caulfield Cup results and see what horses have won the Caulfield Cup throughout history by visiting our dedicated Caulfield Cup Results Page.

2021 Caulfield Cup Odds

The best 2021 Caulfield Cup odds are already open at bookmakers around the country like Ladbrokes.com.au with all-in prices on the possible Caulfield Cup horses on offer. Caulfield Cup betting odds firm as the official nominations and acceptance stages take place over the coming weeks.

Stayers that performed well over the past season dominate futures Caulfield Cup odds including runners that finished in the money in the previous year’s Caulfield Cup trifecta. Also high up the Caulfield Cup markets are dour stayers with winning form over the mile and a half or further as well as star international gallopers looking to make the trip to Melbourne for a shot at the Spring Cups.

The latest Caulfield Cup 2021 betting markets looking to line-up in the world’s richest mile and a half handicap on will be detailed below along with links to the best 2021 Caulfield Cup odds at Ladbrokes.com.au as soon as betting on the race is open.

Incentivise ($2.30 in 2021) was the last favourite in Caulfield Cup betting to win.

[ cf “year”] Caulfield Cup Tips

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

How do you tip against the Peter Moody-trained Queensland expat? Twelve length Group 3 Tatt’s Cup win in the winter in Brisbane put him at the top of all-in betting and he has only firmed since winning the Group 1 Makybe Diva – Turnbull Stakes double in Melbourne this time in. Wide gate is the only concern jumping from the outside, but he’ll be working to settle inside the first four or five and the wet track suggests you don’t want to be near the inside! Wins by how many lengths?

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

Super-consistent Kiwi galloper has his third shot at the Caulfield Cup trophy and looks his best chance yet (Incentivise aside). Third last year under a length beaten gets a better run here from a very good barrier (9 into 8 without emergencies). In great form as always with a Herbert Power second last time out doing his best work late. Eye-catching run there, wouldn’t surprise to see him finish in the same position.

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

Multiple Group 1 winning mare ticked the mile and a half box in the Group 1 The Metropolitan in Sydney last time out. She can frank that form here on a wet track (that she’s proven on) with less weight from a good barrier. Hard to knock!

The best Caulfield Cup betting tips each year use the Caulfield Cup form guide as the reference point and consider things like the lead-up runs, distance record, jockey, trainer and barrier of the contender.

The best Caulfield Cup tips can be found right here at Races.com.au in the week leading up to the $5 million classic. Early Caulfield Cup betting tips to consider for your futures bet on the race include looking at the horses with proven form over 2400m, Group 1 winners with the class to hold off their rivals in the Caulfield Cup field and the best performers out of last season’s carnivals.

Get our full Caulfield Cup tips and read a detailed Caulfield Cup betting preview complete with exotic Caulfield Cup betting selections on our dedicated Caulfield Cup Tips Page.

2021 Caulfield Cup Field

Caulfield Cup 2021 Field

  • 2021 Caulfield Cup Nominations: Closed on Thursday August 3, 2021 – Drew 170 Stayers
  • 2021 Caulfield Cup First Acceptances: Close on Tuesday September 7, 2021
  • 2021 Caulfield Cup Second Acceptances: Closed midday Tuesday September 21, 2021 – Feature 109 Hopefuls
  • 2021 Caulfield Cup Third Acceptances: Closed midday Tuesday October 5, 2021 – 31 Stayers Remain
  • 2021 Caulfield Cup Final Field & Barriers: Released 4:30pm (local time) on Wednesday October 13, 2021

The Caulfield Cup field attracts the season’s best stayers from both Australian and international racing stables. Many of the horses in the Caulfield Cup field are looking to stretch out to the two miles of the iconic Melbourne Cup (3200m) on the first Tuesday of November at Flemington.

Good lead-up races into the Caulfield Cup each spring including the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) at Flemington that produced the 2016 winner Jameka (2nd) and Verry Elleegant (2020) who did the double, and the Group 1 Caulfield Stakes. Incentivise (2021) was the last stayer to complete the Turnbull Stakes – Caulfield Cup double.

Horses coming into the Caulfield Cup field via a Sydney Spring Racing Carnival run traditionally have contested the Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m) at Royal Randwick three weeks earlier. Both Railings (2005) and Tawqeet (2006) came off a The Metropolitan win before their respective victories in the Caulfield Cup. More recently the 2021 The Metropolitan winning mare Montefilia ran a brave fourth in that year’s Caulfield Cup results.

The official 2021 Caulfield Cup Final Field & Barriers are set for release on the Wednesday of race week and will be published in full below.

Incentivise remains the clear-cut favourite in a capacity Caulfield Cup 2021 field that has now been confirmed for Saturday’s $5 million feature.

Peter Moody’s star stayer will carry the equal 55.5kg top weight with Homesman, while Edward Cummings’ mare Duais will take her spot in the Caulfield Cup final field after winning an eleventh-hour bid via Wednesday’s Group 3 Coongy Cup.

The 2021 Caulfield Cup barrier draw saw the two favourites Incentivise and Delphi draw the two outside alleys

  • Scratched: #8 Quick Thinker (14) is out of the Caulfield Cup field with a tendon injury. First emergency #19e Great House (2) gains a start on 50kg for the Chris tipsWaller stable. 
No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 x31x932x24 HOMESMAN (USA) Anthony & Sam Freedman Jordan Childs 13 55.5kg 115
2 8111111×11 INCENTIVISE Peter G Moody Brett Prebble 20 55.5kg 118
3 1132113×95 EXPLOSIVE JACK (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace John Allen 1 54kg 115
4 4x2606x342 THE CHOSEN ONE (NZ) Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Damian Lane 9 54kg 114
5 71x610x505 OCEAN BILLY (NZ) Chris Waller Damien Thornton 7 53.5kg 112
6 x86541x084 SELINO (GB) Chris Waller Fred Kersley 17 53.5kg 110
7 15x1244x37 PERSAN Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ms Linda Meech 11 53kg 109
8 75810×0520 QUICK THINKER Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Declan Bates 14 53kg 114
9 x73590x003 CHAPADA Michael Moroney Daniel Stackhouse 18 52.5kg 114
10 1111x6x421 DELPHI (IRE) Anthony & Sam Freedman Damien Oliver 19 52.5kg 112
11 8x663x0003 MASTER OF WINE (GER) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Dean Holland 10 52.5kg 113
12 3x6345x321 MONTEFILIA David Payne Jye McNeil 12 52kg 1.0kg 115
13 1x1510x060 PORT GUILLAUME (FR) Ben & JD Hayes Harry Coffey 6 52kg 105
14 32324×3719 SHE’S IDEEL Bjorn Baker Craig Newitt 5 52kg 111
15 3x75232x52 YOUNG WERTHER (NZ) Danny O’Brien Daniel Moor 8 52kg 114
16 x3502x6412 NONCONFORMIST Grahame Begg Craig Williams 16 51.5kg 118
17 821121×361 DUAIS Edward Cummings Michael Dee 3 51kg 112
18 622x32x057 CHARMS STAR (NZ) Chris Waller Dean Yendall 4 50kg 110
19e 34×1327515 GREAT HOUSE (IRE) Chris Waller 2 50kg 102
20e 0x0558x968 CONSTANTINOPLE (IRE) Aaron Purcell 15 50kg

Table Credit: Racing Australia.
Visit our Caulfield Cup Field page to stay up-to-date with all the latest on the possible Caulfield Cup horses this spring.

2021 Caulfield Cup Third Acceptances

In early October Racing Victoria close the Caulfield Cup Third Acceptances leaving less than half the original nominees before the official Caulfield Cup Final Field is announced a week later.

The 2021 Caulfield Cup third acceptances closed on Tuesday October 5, 2021 leaving 31 stayers including the $2 favourite Incentivise for Peter Moody.

2021 Caulfield Cup First Acceptances

The first round of Caulfield Cup acceptances close in late September about a month after the nominations are taken and begins to narrow down the list of potential stayers running in the $5 million spring classic.

The 2021 Caulfield Cup first acceptances close on Tuesday September 21, 2021. 

The Caulfield Cup 2021 first acceptances are now out featuring 109 stayers including last year’s champion mare Verry Elleegant, Mornington Cup winner Mount Popa who holds the ballot exemption and triple Derby winner Explosive Jack.

2021 Caulfield Cup Weights

The Caulfield Cup 2021 Weights close in early September and are announced by Racing Victoria’s chief handicapper Greg Carpenter along with those for the Melbourne Cup.

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

2021 Caulfield Cup Nominations

The Caulfield Cup 2021 Nominations close in early August and are taken by Racing Victoria on the same day as those for the iconic Melbourne Cup race.

The 2021 Caulfield Cup nominations closed on Tuesday August 3, 2021 attracting 170 stayers including Chris Waller’s reigning champion Verry Elleegant and last year’s Melbourne Cup winning international raider Twilight Payment.

Click here to read more about the key Caulfield Cup 2021 nominations this spring.

Caulfield Cup Prize Money

Below is a list of prize money and trophies for the Caulfield Cup. Total stakes: $5,000,000.

  • 1st – $3,000,000
  • 2nd – $700,000
  • 3rd – $350,000
  • 4th – $200,000
  • 5th – $150,000
  • 6th – $120,000
  • 7th – $120,000
  • 8th – $120,000
  • 9th – $120,000
  • 10th – $120,000

2021 Caulfield Cup Form Guide

The Caulfield Cup form guide details every fact and statistic on the horses in the field you need to know to place a successful bet on the Group 1 spring staying classic.

Details like the Caulfield Cup jockeys, trainers, barriers, weights and lead-up form of the horses are found on the form guide. For more information on how to read and use the Caulfield Cup Form Guide follow the link to our dedicated page. Remember, the Caulfield Cup form guide doesn’t come out until the official field of final acceptances is released the week leading up to Caulfield Cup Day.

Previous Caulfield Cup Results

The open nature of the Caulfield Cup means that many horses have run in the race multiple times and performed well. We offer both a Caulfield Cup results page and a Caulfield Cup winners page, which are designed to help you use those previous Caulfield Cup results to inform your bets on this year’s race.

Caulfield Cup Betting

Caulfield Cup betting is big business and a lot of fun for punters, as it is the first of the major Melbourne Spring Carnival races. Many punters place a Caulfield Cup-Melbourne Cup double on the event, but plenty of action is still seen on exotic bets, with many a punter placing a Caulfield Cup trifecta, Caulfield Cup exacta, Caulfield Cup quinella, or Caulfield Cup First Four bet. If you want to improve your chances, be sure to check out our Caulfield Cup betting section.

Free Bets on Caulfield Cup

One thing overlooked by punters who bet at the TAB is that there are plenty of free bets on the Caulfield Cup that you can pick up from online betting sites! Be sure to check out the bookies we feature on our site, like Ladbrokes.com.au, as they all offer massive free bets to new players.

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