ne of the premier races on the Australian horse-racing calendar, first run in 1879.
The race is run by the Victorian Amateur Turf Club (V.A.T.C.) at Caulfield racecourse in Melbourne, Victoria in mid October before the Cox Plate later in the month and the Melbourne Cup on the first Tuesday in November.
The race is over 2400 metres (formerly over 11/2 miles) and is always won by an outstanding horse. Champions such as Tulloch as a 4-6 favourite, Gay Icarus , Let's Elope and Might And Power have savoured victory in this Group 1 event.
|Might And Power|
Champion Phar Lap , the Red Terror , was scratched from the race in 1930, with victory going to Amounis . Phar Lap then came out and won the 1930 Melbourne Cup as an 11/8 on favourite.
In 1969 Big Philou won on protest over Nausori . Further sensation was to come when Big Philou was found doped just before the Melbourne Cup and had to be scratched.
In 1997 the race was won by Might And Power by a massive 7 lengths. No horse in the world could have beaten Might And Power that day. He went on to narrowly win the Melbourne Cup in the November. Subsequently he was rated the best horse in the world, such is the depth of quality found in Caulfield Cup runners each year.
In 1998 the race was won by the English horse Taufan's Melody , trained by Lady Herries. The horse survived a protest from the 6th placed horse Jezabeel .
Jezabeel went on to win the Melbourne Cup a few weeks later.
Most successful trainers of the winner of the Caulfield Cup are the legendary Bart Cummings with 6 wins and his late arch-rival T J Smith with 4 wins. Jockey Scobie Breasley won the race on 5 occasions despite spending most of his riding career overseas.
Caulfield is also home of the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes for two year olds and the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas for three year olds.
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