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The $5 million 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.
2023 Caulfield Cup Results
- 1st: #2 Without A Fight
- 2nd: #6 West Wind Blows
- 3rd: #1 Gold Trip
- 4th: #16 Bois D'argent
Caulfield Cup News
- 2023 Caulfield Cup Results: Without A Fight Narrowly Holds Out West Wind Blows
- Race Day Caulfield Cup 2023 Betting: West Wind Blows New Favourite
- Nonconformist Scratched from 2023 Caulfield Cup Field: Odds Update
- Caulfield Cup 2023 Tips & Best Bets
- 2023 Caulfield Cup Form Guide: Two Words on Each Runner
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 has also been run on the same date as Sydney’s $20 million The Everest – the richest turf race in the world – held at Royal Randwick Racecourse in recent years.
In 2023 the Caulfield Cup runs a week later seven days after The Everest.
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.
In 2022 the Caulfield Cup form was franked with the runner-up Gold Trip going on to win that year’s Melbourne Cup for the Maher/Eustace stable.
Gold Trip returned carrying the 58.5kg top-weight in the 2023 Caulfield Cup and finished a brave third behind the Anthony & Sam Freedman-trained winner Without A Fight.
The latest edition of the Caulfield Cup 2023 ran on Saturday October 21, 2023 and was won in thrilling fashion by the Anthony & Sam Freedman-trained import Without A Fight ($8.50) who narrowly fought off his former stablemate, UK raider West Wind Blows, who finished a close second as the beaten $5.50 favourite.
|Date:||Saturday October 21, 2023|
|Prize Money:||$5 million|
|Maximum Starters:||18 + 4 emergencies|
|Age:||3 year olds and over|
2023 Caulfield Cup Results
The official Caulfield Cup 2023 Results & Finishing Order will be published below revealing the 2023 Caulfield Cup winner as soon as the now $5 million feature race is run and won on Saturday October 21, 2023.
- 1st: #2 Without A Fight ($8.50)
- 2nd: #6 West Wind Blows
- 3rd: #1 Gold Trip
- 4th: #16 Bois D’argent
It was a thrilling 2023 Caulfield Cup result and one that will go down in the history books as the Anthony & Sam Freedman-trained Without A Fight ($8.50), ridden by Mark Zahra, was given a perfectly-timed ride to hold out the beaten favourite crossing a long neck ahead of his former stablemate, UK raider West Wind Blows ($5.50F). Gold Trip ($6.50) was second last year and brave for third with the top-weight in 2023, while Bois D’argent ran out of his skin for fourth at 100/1.
2023 Caulfield Cup Results & Finishing Order
|1||2||WITHOUT A FIGHT (IRE)||Anthony & Sam Freedman||Mark Zahra||7||55.5kg||$8.50|
|2||6||WEST WIND BLOWS (IRE)||Simon & Ed Crisford||Jamie Spencer||0.2L||2||54kg||$5.50F|
|3||1||GOLD TRIP (FR)||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||Ben Melham||2.2L||11||58.5kg||$6.50|
|4||16||BOIS D’ARGENT (GB)||Annabel Neasham||Ms Winona Costin||3.95L||3||50.5kg||$101|
|5||11||RIGHT YOU ARE||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||Michael Dee||4.15L||13||53kg||$41|
|6||18||VALIANT KING (GB)||Joseph O’Brien||Ms Jamie Kah||5.4L||1||50kg||$10|
|7||8||SOULCOMBE (GB)||Chris Waller||Craig Williams||5.5L||6||53.5kg||$8|
|8||3||BREAKUP (JPN)||Tatsuya Yoshioka||Damian Lane||5.7L||5||55kg||$10|
|9||9||DUKE DE SESSA (IRE)||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||John Allen||7.7L||14||53kg||$41|
|10||19e||UNITED NATIONS (IRE)||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||Ms Carleen Hefel (a)||8.2L||17||50kg||$91|
|11||10||HOO YA MAL (GB)||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Tim Clark||9.7L||8||53kg||$10|
|12||14||OKITA SOUSHI (IRE)||Joseph O’Brien||Kerrin McEvoy||9.9L||12||51.5kg||$31|
|13||4||MONTEFILIA||Chris Waller||Blake Shinn||10.1L||9||54.5kg||$11|
|14||17||SPIRIT RIDGE (GB)||Annabel Neasham||Dean Yendall||12.35L||10||50.5kg||$21|
|15||15||FAME||Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman||Craig Newitt||13.1L||16||51kg||$201|
|16||13||GOLDMAN (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Ms Linda Meech||14.1L||18||52kg||$81|
|17||5||FRANCESCO GUARDI (IRE)||Chris Waller||James McDonald||14.3L||15||54kg||$26|
|18||12||EMISSARY (GB)||Michael Moroney||Jye McNeil||26.3L||4||52kg||$101|
|7||NONCONFORMIST||Grahame Begg||Harry Coffey||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.
2023 Caulfield Cup Betting Odds
The best 2023 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 2023 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 2023 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.
In 2022 Smokin’ Romans jumped the $3.70 Caulfield Cup favourite but never got into clear running an only managed to run 2.3 lengths back seventh behind the upset winner Durston ($18).
The 2023 Caulfield Cup favourite was UK raider West Wind Blows ($5.50) who finished a close second to Without A Fight ($8.50).
2023 Caulfield Cup Tips
To Win: #8 Soulcombe ($6 at time of publish) – BET NOW
Happy to stick with the one-time favourite Soulcombe who drew last year’s winning barrier (6) and is from last year’s winning stable (Chris Waller). Waller has prepared two of the past three Caulfield Cup champions and this import is building momentum at exactly the right time. He picked up a cheeky win fresh in a Black-Type here and has been trialling well for the Cups’ since with two solid efforts. He was fourth in the Underwood 1.4 lengths off Alligator Blood (form franked by the winner who took out the Might And Power) then third to Gold Trip in the Turnbull. Has winning form over 2700m so the 2400m now fourth-up and fit is ideal. Meets Gold Trip better again in the weights down to 53.5kg, one of the best with Craig Williams in the saddle. This looks his right distance, Waller has had him set for this so you know he’ll present perfectly. Big hope.
The Danger: #1 Gold Trip ($6 at time of publish) – BET NOW
You cannot bet on the Caulfield Cup this year and leave Gold Trip out, you just can’t. He won the Melbourne Cup for Maher & Eustace last spring after having run second in the Caulfield Cup and ninth in the Cox Plate. Has the 58.5kg topweight but deserves it. Already a champion, he can go a long way to securing super stardom over the coming weeks starting on Saturday. Returned to his best form last start with a demolition job in the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m). Improving each start this prep, the 2400m trip looks spot-on now and Ben Melham has plenty of big race experience. Watch him late, he’ll be flashing home in a high-pressure thriller. Confident he can be right in the finish again and handle the hefty kilos without a worry.
Each Way: #4 Montefilia ($10 at time of publish) – BET NOW
Some queries about the quality she beat home in the Group 2 $2 million Hill Stakes (2000m) last time out, but zero queries about this mare’s class. She is now with the Waller camp and is the only other proven Group 1 winner in the mix along with Gold Trip with four elite level wins on the record. She presents rock-hard fit here fifth-up and ready to fire again. She will eat-up the 2400m and her fourth in the race last year was excellent. Montefilia gets the run of the race from barrier nine and is well-weighted with 54.5kg. Blake Shinn in the saddle and he is going great guns. Needs to add her name to a pretty incredible list of female gallopers to win the Caulfield Cup, but she has beaten the boys before and can come close again.
The Roughie: #17 Spirit Ridge ($35 at time of publish) – BET NOW
The price on this Annabel Neasham-trained veteran is very attractive for a bit of a flutter. A 41-start gelding who at nine years old continues to show an incredible zest for racing. Coming out of the Sydney lead-ups with nice runs narrowly beaten in the Wyong Cup (34d), Newcastle Gold Cup (2nd) and the Group 1 The Metropolitan (2nd) at this distance a nostril flare off Just Fine on September 30. Kept fresh since, fourth-up now and fit as he’s ever been. Always overs in the markets and thereabouts. Will be airborne with only 50.5kg, on pace leading (or thereabouts) giving them something to run down. This is tougher, Just Fine didn’t frank the form with a dead last finish last week at Caulfield, but at the price happy to have something on him in for a top four run.
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.
2023 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.
2023 Caulfield Cup Field
Caulfield Cup 2023 Field
- 2023 Caulfield Cup Nominations: Closed on Tuesday the 8th of August, 2023 – 175 early nominations taken.
- 2023 Caulfield Cup First Acceptances: Closed on Tuesday the 12th of September, 2023 – 103 first acceptors.
- 2023 Caulfield Cup Second Acceptances: Closed on Tuesday the 26th of September, 2023 – 67 second acceptors.
- 2023 Caulfield Cup Third Acceptances: Closed on Tuesday the 10th of October, 2023 – 31 third acceptors.
- 2023 Caulfield Cup Final Field & Barriers: Released 3:30pm (local time) on Wednesday the 18th of October, 2023 – Gold Trip heads capacity field.
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.
In 2022 Durston improved on a lead-up sixth in The Metropolitan before his upset Caulfield Cup success for Team Waller.
In 2023 Without A Fight won the Caulfield Cup fresh off a first-up lead-up in the Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) at the track the month before.
The official 2023 Caulfield Cup Final Field & Barriers are set for release on the Wednesday of race week and will be published in full below.
The Caulfield Cup 2023 field is now out with last year’s runner-up Gold Trip drawn the same barrier (11) with the 58.5kg top-weight. Chris Waller chases a third win in four years saddling-up three runners led by Soulcombe (6) from last year’s winning gate, while five international raiders make a bid for the trophy led by the Simon & Ed Crisford-trained European West Wind Blows (2).
2023 Caulfield Cup Field Update: No. 7 Nonconformist (19) has been scratched after failing his final vet check. First emergency No. 19 United Nations gets a start from out wide in barrier 17. Click here for the full story.
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Probable Weight||Penalty||Hcp Rating|
|1||91x2570x41||GOLD TRIP (FR)||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||Ben Melham||11||58.5kg||122|
|2||11x20x11x6||WITHOUT A FIGHT (IRE)||Anthony & Sam Freedman||Mark Zahra||7||55.5kg||115|
|3||2x110x340x||BREAKUP (JPN)||Tatsuya Yoshioka||Damian Lane||5||55kg||114|
|4||x5229x8631||MONTEFILIA||Chris Waller||Blake Shinn (late alt)||9||54.5kg||112|
|5||232821×057||FRANCESCO GUARDI (IRE)||Chris Waller||James McDonald||15||54kg||112|
|6||613×312322||WEST WIND BLOWS (IRE)||Simon & Ed Crisford||Jamie Spencer||2||54kg||115|
|7||x18402x074||NONCONFORMIST||Grahame Begg||Harry Coffey||19||53.5kg||113|
|8||x1x682x143||SOULCOMBE (GB)||Chris Waller||Craig Williams||6||53.5kg||115|
|9||2x131x8x06||DUKE DE SESSA (IRE)||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||John Allen||14||53kg||110|
|10||223180×572||HOO YA MAL (GB)||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Tim Clark||8||53kg||111|
|11||111121×250||RIGHT YOU ARE||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||Michael Dee||13||53kg||114|
|12||12x530x950||EMISSARY (GB)||Michael Moroney||Jye McNeil||4||52kg||108|
|13||31x111x960||GOLDMAN (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Ms Linda Meech||18||52kg||108|
|14||00x11x513x||OKITA SOUSHI (IRE)||Joseph O’Brien||Kerrin McEvoy||12||51.5kg||109|
|15||x641127x89||FAME||Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman||Craig Newitt||16||51kg||111|
|16||x531523267||BOIS D’ARGENT (GB)||Annabel Neasham||Ms Winona Costin||3||50.5kg||107|
|17||33×6523322||SPIRIT RIDGE (GB)||Annabel Neasham||Dean Yendall||10||50.5kg||113|
|18||34×21225||VALIANT KING (GB)||Joseph O’Brien||Ms Jamie Kah||1||50kg||109|
|19e||7x41x95232||UNITED NATIONS (IRE)||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||Ms Carleen Hefel (a)||17||50kg||97|
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.
2023 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 2023 Caulfield Cup third acceptances close on Tuesday October 10, 2023.
The Caulfield Cup 2023 third acceptances drew 31 stayers including last year’s Melbourne Cup hero Gold Trip who won the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes in an impressive upset last start over fellow Caulfield Cup third acceptors – UK raider West Wind Blows and the Chris Waller-trained all-in Caulfield Cup favourite Soulcombe.
2023 Caulfield Cup Second Acceptances
The 2023 Caulfield Cup second acceptances were taken on Tuesday September 26, 2023 with 67 stayers left in the mix including the now outright favourite Francesco Guardi from the Waller stable with recent form around spring star Mr Brightside.
2023 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 2023 Caulfield Cup first acceptances closed on Tuesday September 12, 2023.
The Caulfield Cup 2023 first acceptances drew 103 entries with updated all-in betting led by the Chris Waller-trained duo of Soulcombe and Francesco Guardi.
2023 Caulfield Cup Weights
The Caulfield Cup 2023 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.
Gold Trip was the 2022 Caulfield Cup top-weight carrying 57.5kg and was brave running second behind Durston who carried just 51.5kg to victory.
The 2023 Caulfield Cup weights were declared on Tuesday the 19th of September with last year’s Melbourne Cup champion Gold Trip allocated the 58.5kg top-weight.
Gold Trip (58.5kg) carried the 2023 Caulfield Cup top-weight to finish a brave third.
2023 Caulfield Cup Nominations
The Caulfield Cup 2023 Nominations close in early August and are taken by Racing Victoria on the same day as those for the iconic Melbourne Cup race.
The 2023 Caulfield Cup nominations closed on Tuesday August 8, 2023 and drew 175 early entries led in all-in betting by the Simon & Ed Crisford-trained British raider West Wind Blows, Anthony & Sam Freedman’s The Q22 winning import Without A Fight, Japanese galloper Breakup, and last year’s Melbourne Cup fourth place-getter Deauville Legend from the UK stables of trainer James Ferguson.
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
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.
Past Caulfield Cup Winners
Recent Caulfield Cup winners and place-getters dating back to the year 2000 are detailed in the below table.
|2023||Without A Fight||West Wind Blows||Gold Trip||2:26.45|
|2022||Durston||Gold Trip||Knights Order||2:33.6|
|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|
|2015||Mongolian Khan||Trip To Paris||Our Ivanhowe||2:27.7|
|2014||Admire Rakti||Rising Romance||Lucia Valentina||2:32.1|
|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|
|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|
|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|