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Caulfield Cup: Date, how to watch, past winners, latest odds and more

The Caulfield Cup is a Group 1 thoroughbred race for horses aged three-years-old and above and in 2024 Without A Fight will be looking to win it back-to-back.

Only two horses have achieved back-to-back wins in the history of the Caulfield Cup, Poseidon in 1906/07 and Rising Fast in 1954/55.

Without A Fight looks to have a great chance of joining them and can be backed at 15.00 to win the Caulfield Cup in 2024.  

The Caulfield Cup is part of the Caulfield Carnival and is now one of Australia’s richest thoroughbred races, with prize money totalling $5million. 

Along with the Melbourne Cup, the Caulfield Cup is one of the two major Cups held during the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival. The Caulfield Cup has been dominated by the late, great trainer Bart Cummings, who won the race on seven occasions. 

Here is our guide to the Caulfield Cup.

WhatCaulfield Cup
WhereCaulfield Racecourse, Melbourne
WhenSaturday 19th October, 2024
How to watchChannel 7
OddsWithout A Fight 15.00, West Wind Blows 15.00, Soulcombe 17.00 

What is the Caulfield Cup?

The Caulfield Cup is one of the two major Cups to be held during the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.

It is a Group 1 race for all thoroughbreds aged three-years-old and above, and is raced over a distance of 2400m.

The Caulfield Cup is seen as the ideal lead-up race for the Melbourne Cup which is raced in the first week of November.

Caulfield Cup date

The Caulfield Cup traditionally takes place in the third week of October and in 2024 the race will go ahead on Saturday 19th October.

In the past the Caulfield Cup has raced on the same day as the $20million The Everest in Sydney, but now it is a week later, avoiding a clash. 

The Caulfield Cup is usually race Race 9 on an exciting 10-Race card and runners and riders are due to go to post at 5:15 (AEST).

How to watch the Caulfield Cup

The Caulfield Cup will be free-to-air on Channel 7 and on the 7Plus app.

Caulfield Cup history

The Caulfield Cup was first raced in 1879 and was won by a horse name Newminster.

Initially the Caulfield Cup was a Principal Race but was handed Group 1 status in 1978 and has remained that way ever since.

The Caulfield Cup has always been raced over 2400m.

Caulfield Cup previous winners

Without A Fight took the honours in the 2023 edition of the Caulfield Cup for jockey Mark Zahra and trainers Anthony and Sam Freedman.

In 2022 the Caulfield Cup was won by Durston for trainer Chris Waller and jockey Michael Dee.

Waller also struck in 2020 as Very Elleegant took the top prize.

Eleven horses have won the Caulfield Cup/Melbourne Cup double and Ethereal was the last to do so in 2001.

Trainer Bart Cummings won the race seven times, including a double with Ming Dynasty in 1977 and 1980.

Caulfield Cup prize money

The total prize fund for the Caulfield Cup was $5milliom for the 2023 race.

The winner of the race received $3million. Second place picked up $700,000, while third scooped $350,000.

Each of the top 10 horses won prize money with sixth to 10th all picking up $120,000 for their efforts.

Caulfield Cup favourites

It is still very early days in the betting for the Caulfield Cup, however Without A Fight is again heavily fancied. The 2023 winner is currently available at 15.00 to go back-to-back and win it again. 

West Wind Blows, who came second behind Without A Fight in 2023, can also be backed at 15.00. Then there is small gap in the market to Militarize and Soulcombe, who are available at 17.00

Gold Trip came third in 2023 and can be backed at 21.00 to come out on top in 2024. Bois D’Argent came fourth in 2023 and is a big price at 101.00 to cause a boilover 12 months later.

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