Caulfield Cup Barrier Draw

2021 Caulfield Cup Results

  • 1st: #2 Incentivise
  • 2nd: #16 Nonconformist
  • 3rd: #7 Persan

The official 2021 Caulfield Cup Barrier Draw took place Wednesday October 13, 2021.

The Caulfield Cup 2021 barrier draw saw the favourites Incentivise and Delphi draw the two widest gates ahead of Saturday’s $5 million feature.

Click here to read more on the 2021 Caulfield Cup barriers.

Update: #8 Quick Thinker drawn barrier 14 has come out of the Caulfield Cup field. The first emergency Great House now gains a start from barrier two.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 x31x932x24 HOMESMAN (USA) Anthony & Sam Freedman Jordan Childs 13 55.5kg 115
2 8111111×11 INCENTIVISE Peter G Moody Brett Prebble 20 55.5kg 118
3 1132113×95 EXPLOSIVE JACK (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace John Allen 1 54kg 115
4 4x2606x342 THE CHOSEN ONE (NZ) Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Damian Lane 9 54kg 114
5 71x610x505 OCEAN BILLY (NZ) Chris Waller Damien Thornton 7 53.5kg 112
6 x86541x084 SELINO (GB) Chris Waller Fred Kersley 17 53.5kg 110
7 15x1244x37 PERSAN Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ms Linda Meech 11 53kg 109
8 75810×0520 QUICK THINKER Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Declan Bates 14 53kg 114
9 x73590x003 CHAPADA Michael Moroney Daniel Stackhouse 18 52.5kg 114
10 1111x6x421 DELPHI (IRE) Anthony & Sam Freedman Damien Oliver 19 52.5kg 112
11 8x663x0003 MASTER OF WINE (GER) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Dean Holland 10 52.5kg 113
12 3x6345x321 MONTEFILIA David Payne Jye McNeil 12 52kg 1.0kg 115
13 1x1510x060 PORT GUILLAUME (FR) Ben & JD Hayes Harry Coffey 6 52kg 105
14 32324×3719 SHE’S IDEEL Bjorn Baker Craig Newitt 5 52kg 111
15 3x75232x52 YOUNG WERTHER (NZ) Danny O’Brien Daniel Moor 8 52kg 114
16 x3502x6412 NONCONFORMIST Grahame Begg Craig Williams 16 51.5kg 118
17 821121×361 DUAIS Edward Cummings Michael Dee 3 51kg 112
18 622x32x057 CHARMS STAR (NZ) Chris Waller Dean Yendall 4 50kg 110
19e 34×1327515 GREAT HOUSE (IRE) Chris Waller 2 50kg 102
20e 0x0558x968 CONSTANTINOPLE (IRE) Aaron Purcell 15 50kg

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

Caulfield Cup Barrier Draw Facts:

  • The latest Caulfield Cup winning barriers are 8 (Verry Elleegant, 2020) and 18 (Incentivise, 2021)
  • From 2009 – 2021 eight of the 13 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) and Incentivise (18 of 18 in 2021)
  • 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 winners to jump from the outside Caulfield Cup barrier were Dunaden (18 of 18) in 2012 and Incentivise (18 of 18 in 2021)
  • 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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