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2023 Caulfield Cup Results
- 1st: #2 Without A Fight
- 2nd: #6 West Wind Blows
- 3rd: #1 Gold Trip
- 4th: #16 Bois D'argent
Caulfield Cup Barrier Draw News
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.
|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.
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.