Caulfield Cup Barrier Draw

2023 Caulfield Cup Results

  • 1st: #2 Without A Fight
  • 2nd: #6 West Wind Blows
  • 3rd: #1 Gold Trip
  • 4th: #16 Bois D'argent



The official 2023 Caulfield Cup Barrier Draw took place on Wednesday October 18, 2023.

2023 Caulfield Cup Barrier Draw Highlights: 

  • Gold Trip carries 58.5kg top weight from barrier 11 that he ran second from last year.
  • Race favourite Soulcombe jumps from barrier six that produced last year’s Waller-trained winner Durston.
  • Barrier 1 was drawn by one of the five internationals with the Joseph O’Brien-trained Valliant King to jump from the inside alley. 
  • Nonconformist drew the outside alley (barrier 19 into 18). 
  • The only Caulfield Cup emergency, United Nations, drew barrier 17. 

Click here to read more on the key Caulfield Cup 2023 contenders and barriers.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 91x2570x41 GOLD TRIP (FR) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ben Melham 11 58.5kg 122
2 11x20x11x6 WITHOUT A FIGHT (IRE) Anthony & Sam Freedman Mark Zahra 7 55.5kg 115
3 2x110x340x BREAKUP (JPN) Tatsuya Yoshioka Damian Lane 5 55kg 114
4 x5229x8631 MONTEFILIA Chris Waller Blake Shinn (late alt) 9 54.5kg 112
5 232821×057 FRANCESCO GUARDI (IRE) Chris Waller James McDonald 15 54kg 112
6 613×312322 WEST WIND BLOWS (IRE) Simon & Ed Crisford Jamie Spencer 2 54kg 115
7 x18402x074 NONCONFORMIST Grahame Begg Harry Coffey 19 53.5kg 113
8 x1x682x143 SOULCOMBE (GB) Chris Waller Craig Williams 6 53.5kg 115
9 2x131x8x06 DUKE DE SESSA (IRE) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace John Allen 14 53kg 110
10 223180×572 HOO YA MAL (GB) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 8 53kg 111
11 111121×250 RIGHT YOU ARE Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Michael Dee 13 53kg 114
12 12x530x950 EMISSARY (GB) Michael Moroney Jye McNeil 4 52kg 108
13 31x111x960 GOLDMAN (NZ) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Ms Linda Meech 18 52kg 108
14 00x11x513x OKITA SOUSHI (IRE) Joseph O’Brien Kerrin McEvoy 12 51.5kg 109
15 x641127x89 FAME Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman Craig Newitt 16 51kg 111
16 x531523267 BOIS D’ARGENT (GB) Annabel Neasham Ms Winona Costin 3 50.5kg 107
17 33×6523322 SPIRIT RIDGE (GB) Annabel Neasham Dean Yendall 10 50.5kg 113
18 34×21225 VALIANT KING (GB) Joseph O’Brien Ms Jamie Kah 1 50kg 109
19e 7x41x95232 UNITED NATIONS (IRE) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ms Carleen Hefel (a) 17 50kg 97

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

The 2023 Caulfield Cup barrier draw will be conducted live on Racing.com from 6:05pm (AEDT) on the Wednesday night prior to Caulfield Cup Day.

Caulfield Cup Barrier Draw Facts:

  • The latest Caulfield Cup winning barriers are 8 (Verry Elleegant, 2020), 18 (Incentivise, 2021), 6 (Durston, 2022), and 7 (Without A Fight, 2023).
  • From 2009 – 2023 eight of the 15 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.
  • Barriers 7 and 9 have produced the most Caulfield Cup winners (since 1983) with five victories each.

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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