Caulfield Cup Barrier Draw

2017 Caulfield Cup Results

  • 1st: #13 Boom Time
  • 2nd: #10 Single Gaze
  • 3rd: #3 Johannes Vermeer

The official 2017 Caulfield Cup Barrier Draw was conducted on Tuesday October 17, 2017 from 5pm (local Melbourne time) and is published in full below.

Read more on the key Caulfield Cup 2017 Barriers.

  • Race favourite Johannes Vermeer draws barrier two and is set to firm in Caulfield Cup betting
  • Top weight Humidor (56kg) gets a better than midfield Caulfield Cup barrier (7)
  • One time favourite Bonneval draws out in barrier 13
  • The outside Caulfield Cup barrier draw belongs to Sir Isaac Newton (17 of 17)
  • The inside Caulfield Cup barrier is drawn by the Lindsay Park-trained Harlem in gate one
  • Last year’s winning Caulfield Cup barrier (11) belongs this year to Inference for Team Hawkes
  • The Herbert Power Stakes winner Lord Fandango is out to be the sixth Caulfield Cup winner from barrier 9 since 1983
# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 42212×6813 HUMIDOR (NZ) Darren Weir Damian Lane 7 56kg 112
2 1232x1521x MARMELO (GB) Hughie Morrison Hugh Bowman 10 55kg 109
3 x3x45712x2 JOHANNES VERMEER (IRE) Aidan O’Brien Ben Melham 2 54.5kg 110
4 37311×6813 JON SNOW (NZ) Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Stephen Baster 6 54.5kg 110
5 x8747x4688 HE’S OUR ROKKII (NZ) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Luke Nolen 15 54kg 106
6 4407x5x865 SIR ISAAC NEWTON (GB) Robert Hickmott Ms Katelyn Mallyon 17 54kg 105
7 1121x5x762 VENTURA STORM (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Damien Oliver 4 54kg 107
8 10×8142444 WICKLOW BRAVE (GB) William Mullins Joao Moreira 16 54kg 107
9 x5126x6965 INFERENCE Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Dwayne Dunn 11 53.5kg 105
10 12612×0544 SINGLE GAZE Nick Olive Ms Kathy O’Hara 12 53kg 108
11 P31111x116 BONNEVAL (NZ) Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Kerrin McEvoy 14 52.5kg 112
12 0x6713x712 HARDHAM David Brideoake Craig Newitt 8 52.5kg 101
13 16510×3934 BOOM TIME David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Cory Parish 3 52kg 102
14 x8400x7258 ABBEY MARIE Michael Kent Beau Mertens (a) 5 51.5kg 102
15 84x386x515 HARLEM (GB) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Chad Schofield 1 51.5kg (includes 0.5kg penalty) 103
16 4214×83941 AMELIE’S STAR Darren Weir Craig Williams 13 51kg 106
17 55x515x211 LORD FANDANGO (GER) Archie Alexander Ben Allen (a) 9 50kg 99

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.