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 Ladbrokes.com.au 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|