Caulfield Cup Barrier Draw

The Caulfield Cup barrier draw is one of the biggest sideshow events in horse racing. The $3 million Caulfield Cup is the flagship event of Caulfield Racecourse and one of the biggest events hosted by the Melbourne Racing Club.

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.

2016 Caulfield Cup Barrier Draw

The 2016 Caulfield Cup Barrier Draw was conducted live on Tuesday October 11 with connections for all 20 acceptors present to draw gates ahead of the world’s richest mile and a half classic on Saturday.

The Caulfield Cup betting favourite at Jameka drew barrier 13, while the race’s most successful barrier in the past 30 years gate nine was drawn by Irish raider Sir Isaac Newton.

Read a more detailed 2016 Caulfield Cup Barrier Draw preview and check out the full Caulfield Cup field, barriers, weights and jockeys below.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight (Penalty) Hcp Rating
1 7x4110x454 PREFERMENT (NZ) Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 15 57kg 115
2 30x5501x58 OUR IVANHOWE (GER) Lee & Anthony Freedman Dwayne Dunn 6 56.5kg 111
3 11413×1835 EXOSPHERIC (GB) Lee & Anthony Freedman Damien Oliver 3 55.5kg 111
4 12251×3121 SCOTTISH (IRE) Charlie Appleby Kerrin McEvoy 7 55kg 110
5 x4x2311440 SIR ISAAC NEWTON (GB) Aidan O’Brien Colm O’Donoghue 9 55kg 110
6 x4214x8086 TARZINO (NZ) Mick Price Craig Newitt 4 54.5kg 109
7 1x9065x808 ALMOONQITH (USA) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Michael Walker 2 54kg 104
8 12x1322x21 SIR JOHN HAWKWOOD (IRE) John P Thompson Blake Spriggs 5 53.5kg (1.5kg) 108
9 114x31215x ARTICUS (FR) Andreas Wohler Zac Purton 11 53kg 105
10 x11113x023 TALLY John O’Shea Brenton Avdulla 19 53kg 105
11 45324×4712 JAMEKA Ciaron Maher Nicholas Hall 13 52.5kg (0.5kg) 108
12 132114×271 REAL LOVE Darren Weir Craig Williams 10 52.5kg (0.5kg) 109
13 25305×9340 SET SQUARE Ciaron Maher Michael Dee (a) 20 52kg 105
14 6x8222x302 BIG MEMORY (FR) Tony McEvoy Chris Parnham 12 51.5kg 98
15 6113×88214 SACRED MASTER (NZ) Chris Waller Tommy Berry 8 51.5kg (0.5kg) 103
16 3057741×69 FANATIC (NZ) Graeme Sanders Dean Yendall 16 50.5kg 98
17 31130×9113 PEMBERLEY (NZ) Ciaron Maher Ben Allen (a) 17 50.5kg 92
18 01893×4864 GO DREAMING Grant Kluske Ms Katelyn Mallyon 1 50.5kg 90
19e 6x7733x867 DE LITTLE ENGINE Danny O’Brien Ben E Thompson (a) 14 50.5kg 93
20e 2x1145x524 VENGEUR MASQUE (IRE) Michael Moroney Patrick Moloney 18 50.5kg 78