2014 Caulfield Cup News
The 2014 Caulfield Cup results have been decided. Admire Rakti proved his pure dominance as one of the best stayers in the world with an absolutely stunning victory. Rising Romance came through for Donna Logan with a fantastic run into second. Favourite Lucia Valentina held on for third. Punters were…
- 2014 Caulfield Cup Betting: Lucia Valentina Still Clear Favourite
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- 2014 Caulfield Cup Final Field Confirmed
- Sertorius Ruled Out Of 2014 Caulfield Cup
- Read more news at horseracing.com.au
2014 Caulfield Cup
The 2014 Caulfield Cup is one of the most watched horse races in the world.
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One of the biggest events in the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival, the iconic handicap clash is traditionally held at Caulfield Racecourse in mid to late October.
The 2014 Caulfield Cup will take place on Saturday, October 18th, 2014 at 5:40PM AEDST.
The first of the three spring ‘majors’, the $3 million Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) is followed by the annual $3 million Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley and then the ‘race that stops a nation’, the $6.2 million Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m).
Each year a collection of the country’s best staying types face off in the Caulfield Cup field and the 2014 Caulfield Cup will be no different, likely even attracting a number of international raiders as well. The growing number of international horses making the journey to Australia for major Spring events such as the Caulfield Cup is testament to the enduring success of Australian horse racing and the growing prestige of Australian feature events. The Australian Racing Board and the individual state racing bodies have worked extensively to promote Australian racing events such as the Caulfield Cup to the thoroughbred industry throughout the entire world. This promotion has paid off, which is evidenced by the recent rapid growth in prize money (including in the Caulfield Cup itself) and the quality and number of nominations received for major events.
Caulfield Racing Carnival
The Caulfield Cup 2014 will also bring an end to the three-day Caulfield Racing Carnival which kicks off with Caulfield Guineas Day on a Saturday and then Wednesday’s Ladies Day Vase. The Caulfield Cup Carnival is one of the biggest racing carnivals in Australia via a lot of metrics. A high number of the world’s best horses attend the Caulfield Cup Carnival; there is an enormous amount of prize money on offer; punting volumes are excessive; and trackside attendance is phenomenal.
DAY 1 – Caulfield Guineas Day
Day 1 of the Caulfield Cup Carnival boasts an impressive four Group 1 races, of a total ten black-type races. With over $3.2 million prize money on offer, Day 1 of the Caulfield Cup Carnival is quite wealthy. In 2014, Caulfield Guineas Day will be held on October 11th.
The Group 1 $1 million Caulfield Guineas is the headline event. A three year old event run under set weights conditions, the Caulfield Guineas is an exciting mile-long race that pits some of the best rising thoroughbred stars against each other.
The Group 1 $400,000 Caulfield Stakes is a 2000m weight-for-age challenge for horses aged three years and older.
The Group 1 Toorak Handicap pays $400,000 total prize money. An open handicap event raced over a mile, the Toorak Handicap is one of the more entertaining races to watch during the Caulfield Cup carnival.
Prior to 2014, the Group 1 Thousand Guineas was held on the Wednesday in the middle of the Caulfield Cup carnival. With $500,000 up for grabs, it is the second richest race on the day and the third throughout the three days of racing. Raced over a mile, The Thousand Guineas is restricted to three year old fillies and run at set weights.
The Group 2 Schillaci Stakes is a weight for age event open to horses aged three years and older. It is raced over a brief sprinting distance of 1000m and pays $200,000 prize money.
Herbert Power Stakes
The Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes is a 2400m staying challenge run under open quality conditions. With $200,000 on offer, this race tends to be one of the last items on the campaign for a lot of top stayers.
Thoroughbred Club Stakes
The $150,000 Thoroughbred Club Stakes is a Group 3 sprint raced over 1200m. Run under set weights plus penalties conditions, this race attracts some of the best three year old fillies.
Sportingbet Sprint Series Final
Previously known as the Northwood Plume Stakes, the Group 3 Sportingbet Sprint Series Final is an exciting 1200m event with $150,000 prize money on offer. If the winner of this race has previously won one of the two heats, they will receive a $50,000 bonus from Sportingbet. Open to mares aged four years and older and run under set weights with penalties, the final is worth watching.
The Listed Debutant Stakes is a $120,000 sprint for two year olds held at set weights. Run over 1000m, this is a good race for gauging the skills of the next crop of winners.
Weekend Hussler Stakes
The $120,000 Weekend Hussler Stakes (1400m) is a Listed open handicap event.
DAY 2 – Blue Sapphire Stakes Day
The second day of the Caulfield Cup carnival is the smallest in terms of prize money on offer and the number and prestige of the black-type events it hosts. There are three black-type events held on Blue Sapphire Stakes Day. In 2014, Blue Sapphire Stakes Day will take place on October 15th.
Ladies Day Vase
The Group 3 Ladies Day Vase is an exciting mile event worth $150,000. Open only to mares four years and older and run under set weights plus penalties, the Ladies Day Vase is a major event of the Caulfield Cup Carnival.
Caulfield Village Stakes
The Listed Caulfield Village Stakes is raced over 1200m and pays a total of $120,000 prize money. An open handicap, the Caulfield Village Stakes is a great race to be trackside for.
Blue Sapphire Stakes
The Listed Blue Sapphire Stakes is the feature event of the day. It pays prize money of $250,000, well in excess of its class. Run over 1200m, the Blue Sapphire Stakes is contested by three year olds under set weight conditions.
DAY 3 – Caulfield Cup Day
Taking place on Saturday, October 18 2014, Caulfield Cup Day is one of the biggest race days in Australia.
The Group 1 Caulfield Cup is the headline of both this day and the entire Caulfield Racing Carnival. With an impressive $3 million prize money on offer, this open handicap presents racegoers with 2400m of unadulterated excitement.
The Group 2 Caulfield Sprint, also an open handicap, pays $200,000 prize money. Raced over 1100m, only the best sprinters see their names on this trophy.
The $200,000 Tristarc Stakes is a Group 2 1400m sprint. Open only to mares aged four years and older, the Tristarc Stakes provides an entertaining test and is run under set weights with penalties conditions.
David Jones Cup
Previously known as the Coongy Handicap, the David Jones Cup is a 2000m test for open handicappers. With $150,000 on offer, this certainly is a wealthy race.
The Group 3 Caulfield Classic is a 2000m event for three year olds at set weights. Very likely to be upgraded in the near future, the Caulfield Classic is worth $750,000.
The Group 3 Moonga Stakes is a set weights plus penalties event for horses aged four years and older. Run over 1400m and with $150,000 on offer, the Moonga Stakes is a great event.
The Listed Gothic Stakes provides three year old colts and geldings with an opportunity to showcase their skills under set weights plus penalties conditions. The Gothic Stakes is worth $120,000 and is run over 1400m.
The Listed Ethereal Stakes essentially complements the Gothic Stakes. open only to three year old fillies, this handicap event pays $120,000 and is raced over 2000m.
The $120,000 Alinghi Stakes is a Listed 1100m handicap. Open to fillies and mares aged three years and older, the Alinghi Stakes rounds off the black-type racing of the Caulfield Cup Carnival.
One of biggest drawcards for horses looking to run in the Caulfield Cup 2014 is the fact the Caulfield Cup winner gains an automatic entry into the 2014 Melbourne Cup run on November 4, 2014.
The 2014 Caulfield Cup field will feature a capacity 18 horses and pays prize money down to tenth place, the winner taking away a juicy $1.75 million.
Betting on the 2014 Caulfield Cup will open at bookmakers around the country months in advance, and the futures Caulfield Cup betting markets also offer juicy prices for punters willing to take a risk in the nomination markets.
The Caulfield Cup contenders often are again contenders in the Melbourne Cup.