Caulfield Cup Barrier Draw

2018 Caulfield Cup Results

  • 1st: TBD
  • 2nd: TBD
  • 3rd: TBD

The official 2018 Caulfield Cup Barrier Draw was conducted on Tuesday October 16, 2018 from 5pm (local Melbourne time) and is published in full below.

Read more on the key Caulfield Cup 2018 Barriers.

  • Race favourite Kings Will Dream draws barrier 6
  • Top weight Best Solution (57.5kg) draws an ugly wide draw (barrier 17)
  • Second-elect Youngstar draws out (barrier 10)
  • The outside Caulfield Cup barrier draw belongs to Sole Impact (21/21)
  • The inside Caulfield Cup barrier is drawn by British import Durretto
  • Last year’s winning Caulfield Cup barrier (13) belongs this year to Homesman 
No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 1x3195x111 BEST SOLUTION (IRE) Saeed Bin Suroor Pat Cosgrave 17 57.5kg 114
2 8x512433x4 THE CLIFFSOFMOHER (IRE) Aidan O’Brien Hugh Bowman 3 56.5kg 113
3 15x211250x CHESTNUT COAT (JPN) Yoshito Yahagi Yuga Kawada 13 55.5kg 110
4 x68139x437 JON SNOW (NZ) Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Damian Lane 15 55.5kg 110
5 2144x1132x SOUND CHECK (GER) Michael Moroney Jordan Childs 16 55.5kg 110
6 55462×0241 ACE HIGH David Payne Damien Oliver 8 55kg 110
7 5041x8x791 THE TAJ MAHAL (IRE) Liam Howley James McDonald 19 55kg 109
8 x3x15x5331 DURETTO (GB) Andrew Balding Dwayne Dunn 1 54.5kg 108
9 21×1422225 RED VERDON (USA) Ed Dunlop Zac Purton 9 54kg 107
10 121x05x405 VENGEUR MASQUE (IRE) Michael Moroney Patrick Moloney 7 54kg 104
11 437829×794 VENTURA STORM (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Regan Bayliss 11 54kg 105
12 1x780x0069 MIGHTY BOSS Mick Price Tim Clark 14 53.5kg 104
13 153x16x217 HOMESMAN (USA) Liam Howley Ben Melham 4 53kg 110
14 11111×4323 KINGS WILL DREAM (IRE) Darren Weir Craig Williams 6 53kg 105
15 732x03705x SOLE IMPACT (JPN) Hirofumi Toda Ryusei Sakai (a) 20 53kg 105
16 431105×024 GALLIC CHIEFTAIN (FR) Darren Weir Dean Yendall 2 52.5kg 104
17 2141×21316 NIGHT’S WATCH (NZ) Darren Weir Ben Allen (a) 18 52kg 1.0kg 105
18 311113×632 YOUNGSTAR Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 10 51.5kg 107
19e 114656×641 PATRICK ERIN (NZ) Chris Waller Corey Brown 12 52kg 2.0kg 104
20e 33x1x61812 JAAMEH (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Cory Parish 5 50kg 100

Caulfield Cup Barrier Draw Facts:

  • From 2009 – 2017 five of the nine Caulfield Cup winners jumped from a double-digit barrier draw
  • 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
  • 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 $3 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 Tuesday 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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