The World’s richest mile and a half handicap, The Caulfield Cup, will be run this weekend – to celebrate we’re giving our top 5 modern day Caulfield Cup winners as judged by their performance on the day – sit back and enjoy the memories….
5. 2004 Caulfield Cup – 1st Elvstroem
In the Spring of 2004 Elvstroem was in career best form. He went into the Caulfield Cup after dominant wins in both the Underwood and Turnbull Stakes, asserting himself as a weight for age star, and punters could see that under the handicap conditions of the Cup he would be dropping plenty in weight and they subsequently backed him into a $4 favourite. Regular jockey Nash Rawiller was positive early – and it wasn’t until the home straight that Elvstroem had a serious challenger and which culminated in a memorable duel…..
4. 2014 Caulfield Cup – 1st Admire Rakti
For the first time in 4 years the Japanese were back for a Melbourne Spring Carnival assault. Bande, the more fancied of the pair that were brought out, was unfortunately scratched in the lead up to the race when pre-post favourite, but they did have a very capable back up in Admire Rakti who had actually beaten Bande home in a Japanese group race earlier in the year. Hong Kong based jockey Zac Purton had scouted the 7 year old entire during a visit to Japan and was confident heading into the race – but it wasn’t going to be an easy task as Admire Rakti was asked to carry top weight of 58kgs against a field full of group one winners, something he had yet to achieve.
To see Admire Rakti’s Caulfield Cup win click here
3. 2012 Caulfield Cup – 1st Dunaden
Dunaden returned to Australia in 2012 as the reigning Melbourne Cup champion and one of the world’s highest rated stayers, but he was down to carry equal top weight and drew horribly in barrier 18 for the Caulfield Cup – it led to most punters attempting to look elsewhere as it just seemed to be a monumental task. Craig Williams always had faith in the French superstar, evidenced by the fact that he was prepared to ride him twice overseas during the past 12 months – his belief would soon pay off….
To see Dunaden’s Caulfield Cup win click here
2. 2002 Caulfield Cup – 1st Northerly
Northerly was an established giant of the Australian turf entering the Spring of 2002, he’d already won 6 group ones including a Cox Plate and Australian Cup and was fast on his way to hall of fame status. Leading into the Caulfield Cup there was some debate about whether or not he would run given his allocated weight (58kgs) and the fact that he’d never previously started, let alone won, a race over a mile and a half. It didn’t deter punters who backed him into outright favouritism in what was a quality field – the finish didn’t disappoint.
To see Northerly’s Caulfield Cup win click here
1. 1997 Caulfield Cup – 1st Might and Power
Might and Power was probably best described as enigmatic heading into the 1997 Caulfield Cup – he’d displayed big ability the previous Autumn as a three year old running an unlucky 4th in the Australian Derby which he followed up with a 6 length win in the Frank Packer Plate. His Cup lead up form included a slashing first up win in the Show County, placings in the Tramway and Shannon, before failing in the Epsom Handicap as a well backed favourite. But punters were well aware of his staying potential and although he’d had what was considered an unusual prep, he was kept very safe in the market – what followed blew everyone away.
To see Might and Power’s Caulfield Cup win click here