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Caulfield Cup 2020: Everything you need to know

The Caulfield Cup is the second richest staying race in Australia, along with the Cox Plate.First run in 1879, the Caulfield Cup is a 2400m handicap and is considered a gruelling staying test because of the conditions of the race and the layout of the Caulfield trackThe race was initially run in the autumn before…

The Caulfield Cup is the second richest staying race in Australia, along with the Cox Plate.

First run in 1879, the Caulfield Cup is a 2400m handicap and is considered a gruelling staying test because of the conditions of the race and the layout of the Caulfield track

The race was initially run in the autumn before it was moved to the spring in 1881.

Bart Cummings is the most successful trainer with seven Caulfield Cups followed by Tommy Smith and Lee Freedman with four each.

Damien Oliver is aiming to equal Scobie Breasley’s record of five cups as a jockey.

The first international to win the Caulfield Cup was Taufan’s Melody in 1998. There have been five internationals to win since – All The Good (2008), Dunaden (2012), Admire Ratki (2014), Best Solution (2018) and Mer De Glace (2019).

There are only seven dual Caulfield Cup winners, the last was Ming Dynasty in 1980.

The Caulfield Cup is usually the main lead-up race for the Melbourne Cup, and 11 horses have completed the cups double.

Ten on the past 35 winners have jumped from outside barrier 10, including last year’s winner Mer De Glace. The most successful barrier in nine with five winners but the most recent was in 2005.

The final 18-horse field, which will include four emergencies, is yet to be announced.

Irish raider Anthony Van Dyck is the early $4.50 favourite while Verry Elleegant is rated the best local hope at $5.

CAULFIELD CUP 2020

Date: Saturday October 17

Time: TBC

Track: Caulfield

Distance: 2400m

Conditions: Group 1 handicap, 3YOs and upwards

Prizemoney: $5 million

THE FACTORS

Track: Currently a Good 4

Rail: TBC

Forecast: 21C, showers

HOW TO FOLLOW

TV: Channel 7, racing.com, Sky Racing 1 (Foxtel channel 526)

Radio: RSN

Online: heraldsun.com.au

POTENTIAL FIELD

VERRY ELLEEGANT C Waller 55kg

AKTAU M Moroney 51kg

CHAPADA M Moroney 50.5kg

ANTHONY VAN DYCK A O’Brien 58.5kg

VOW AND DECLARE D O’Brien 57kg

AVILIUS J Cummings 57kg

MASTER OF REALITY J O’Brien 56kg

TWILIGHT PAYMENT J O’Brien 55.5kg

MIRAGE DANCER T Busuttin & N Young 55kg

MUSTAJEER K Lees 55kg

BUCKHURST J O’Brien 55kg

WARNING A & S Freedman 53kg

PRINCE OF ARRAN C Fellowes 54.5kg

FINCHE C Waller 54.5kg

DASHING WILLOUGHBY A Balding 54.5kg

DALASAN L Macdonald & A Gluyas 52.5kg

MIAMI BOUND D O’Brien 51kg

TOFFEE TONGUE C Waller 51kg

MUGATOO K Lees 53.5kg

MASTER OF WINE M, W & J Hawkes 53.5kg

ZEBROWSKI M, W & J Hawkes 52kg

TRUE SELF W Mullins 52kg

THE CHOSEN ONE M Baker & A Forsman 53.5kg

RAHEEN HOUSE K Lees 53.5kg

SAN HUBERTO M Cumani 53.5kg

LEVENDI P Gelagotis 53.5kg

OCEANEX M Price & M Kent (Jnr) 51.5kg

ASHRUN A Wohler 53kg

PAST 10 WINNERS

2019: Mer De Glace $7.90

2018: Best Solution $12

2017: Boom Time $51

2016: Jameka $4.2

2015: Mongolian Khan $5

2014: Admire Rakti $11

2013: Fawkner $11

2012: Dunaden $14

2011: Southern Speed $10

2010: Descarado $17

CUP FACTS

First winner: Newminster, in 1879

Famous winners: Poseidon (1906, 1907), Amounis (1930), Rogilla (1932), The Trump (1937), Skipton (1943), Rising Fast (1954, 1955), Redcraze (1956), Tulloch (1957), Even Stevens (1962), Galilee (1966), Tobin Bronze (1967), Ming Dynasty (1977, 1980), Gurner’s Lane (1982), Let’s Elope (1991), Doriemus (1995), Might And Power (1997), Ethereal (2001), Northerly (2002), Elvstroem (2004), Viewed (2009) and Dunaden (2012).

Dual winners: Ming Dynasty (1977, 1980), Rising Fast (1954-55), Whittier (1922, 1925), Uncle Sam (1912, 1914,) Poseidon (1906-07), Hymettus (1898, 1901) and Paris (1892, 1894).

Foreign winners: Taufan’s Melody (1998), All The Good (2008), Dunaden (2012), Admire Ratki (2014), Best Solution (2018) and Mer De Glace (2019).

Cups double winners: Poseidon (1906), The Trump (1937), Rivette (1939), Rising Fast (1954), Even Stevens (1962), Galilee (1966), Gurner’s Lane (1982), Let’s Elope (1991), Doriemus (1995), Might And Power (1997), Ethereal (2001).

Most wins as a trainer: Bart Cumming (seven) – Galilee (1966), Big Philou (1969), Leilani (1974), Ming Dynasty (1977, 1980), Let’s Elope (1991) and Viewed (2009).

Shortest-priced winner: Tulloch (4-6 in 1957).

Shortest-priced loser: Tobin Bronze (8-11, when sixth to Galilee in 1966)

Longest-priced winner: Saint Warden (100-1 in 1943).

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