Caulfield Cup Barrier Draw

2020 Caulfield Cup Results

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

 

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. 
The official 2020 Caulfield Cup Barrier Draw was conducted on  Wednesday October 14, 2020 and saw the top-weight Anthony Van Dyck draw out in barrier 21 (of 22). One of five internationals in the mix looking to make it a three-peat for the raiders, the Aidan O’Brien-trained Irish visitor will come into 17 that produced last year’s winner Mer De Glace.

The other favourite in updated Caulfield Cup odds – available here courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au – is the Chris Waller-trained Turnbull Stakes winning mare Verry Elleegant in barrier 11.

Click here to read more on how the top fancies fared in the 2020 Caulfield Cup barriers.

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.

Caulfield Cup Barrier Draw Facts:

  • The latest Caulfield Cup winning barrier was 8 (Verry Elleegant, 2020)
  • From 2009 – 2020 seven of the 12 Caulfield Cup winners jumped from a double-digit barrier draw – most recently Best Solution (15 of 18 in 2018) followed by Mer De Glace (17 of 18 in 2019)
  • The last back-to-back champions from the same Caulfield Cup barrier draw were Taufan’s Melody (2998) and Sky Heights (1999) from barrier 9
  • The last Caulfield Cup winner to jump from the outside Caulfield Cup barrier was Dunaden (18 of 18) in 2012

    Best Solution. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

    2018 Caulfield Cup winner Best Solution jumped from a wide Caulfield Cup barrier (15 of 18). Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

  • No Caulfield Cup winner has jumped from barrier one since 1941
  • Other Caulfield Cup barriers (since 1983) that have not produced a winner are 8, 12 and 14
  • Barrier 9 has produced the most Caulfield Cup winners (since 1983) with five victories
  • The other most successful Caulfield Cup barrier in that time is 7 with 4 winners

The Caulfield Cup barrier draw is one of the biggest sideshow events in horse racing. The $5 million Caulfield Cup is the flagship event of Caulfield Racecourse and one of the biggest events hosted by the Melbourne Racing Club on a Saturday in late October.

The Caulfield Cup Barrier Draw, announced on the Wednesday before Caulfield Cup Day, has a notable impact on the Caulfield Cup betting markets and punters eagerly await to see where the favourites draw.

The Caulfield Cup barrier draw is an intensely exciting event. Dreams are made and hopes are slashed with each number called out. Thousands of people, including each horse’s extended connections, race fans and punters around the globe will be glued to the Caulfield Cup barrier draw in high anticipation.

Naturally, each trainer and owner want the best gate for their horse. Each horse has a different running style, but generally the lower half of barriers are preferred.

Because the Caulfield Cup is 2400m long,  Caulfield Racecourse gives the field a generous stretch of 400m worth of home straight before the first turn. This means that a poor barrier draw is not critical to a horse’s chances, but for those not suited to the track, it can be a disadvantage.

Caulfield Racecourse is well known for its relatively sharp turns, so a wide barrier draw can cause a horse to struggle to maintain pace around the bends. An inside barrier draw, on the other hand, can have the effect of trapping a horse on the rails and preventing them from running as freely as they like or getting up and going when it matters.

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