Caulfield Cup

The Caulfield Cup is a $5 million Group 1 race for stayers conducted over 2,400m each October as part of the famous Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.

Currently run under handicap conditions, the Melbourne Racing Club (MRC) are in the process of changing the Caulfield Cup conditions to weight-for-age.

A key lead up to the Melbourne Cup, the Caulfield Cup is essential viewing for anyone planning to bet on “the race that stops a nation.”

Eleven champion horses have completed the coveted “Spring Cups” double winning both the Caulfield and Melbourne Cup races in the same year, the latest being star New Zealand mare Ethereal in 2001.

Horses can automatically qualify for a spot in the Caulfield Cup field via a win in three earlier events: the Toorak HandicapHerbert Power Stakes and the Mornington Cup.

Five horses throughout history have completed the Toorak Handicap – Caulfield Cup double in a single season, but not since Leilani (1974).

There have been seven dual Caulfield Cup winners with the last being Ming Dynasty (1977, 1980).

In 2020 the Chris Waller-trained Verry Elleegant became the 22nd mare to win the Caulfield Cup.

Caulfield Cup 2021 – Fast Facts

  • Race Day: Saturday, October 16th, 2020
  • Track Location: Caulfield Racecourse
  • Track Surface: Turf
  • Track Direction: Left-handed
  • Race Distance: 2,400 metres
  • Weight Conditions: Handicap 
  • Qualification: Three year olds and over
  • Type: Thoroughbred
  • Grade: Group 1
  • Operator: Melbourne Racing Club
  • Prize Purse: $5,000,000
  • Inaugural Race: 1879
  • 2021 Caulfield Cup Winner: Incentivise

caulfield Cup 2021 RESULTS

The official 2021 Caulfield Cup results will be available below once the race takes place on Saturday October 16, 2021.

  1. #2 Incentivise
  2. #16 Nonconformist
  3. #7 Persan

The Peter Moody-trained Incentivise ($2.30F) became the latest favourite to salute with a bullish performance by the Queensland expat in the 2021 Caulfield Cup results posting a 3.5 length win from the outside alley off a brilliant ride by Brett Prebble on way to the $8 million Melbourne Cup.

Caulfield Cup 2021 Betting

New Ways to Bet at neds

Bet Type How To Place This Type Of Bet In This Year’s Caulfield Cup
Win Bet Place your bet on the horse you think will take first place in this year’s The Caulfield Cup.
Place Bet Place your bet on the horse you think will place in the top three finishers at this year’s The Caulfield Cup. Pays less than a win bet, but offers safer odds.
Each-Way Bet If your runner finishes 1st in The Caulfield Cup, you will collect both the Win and the Place dividend. If your horse finishes 2nd or 3rd you will collect the Place dividend.
Quinella Bet You must select the runners that finish 1st and 2nd in any order, within The Caulfield Cup, in order to win the Quinella.
Exacta Bet You must select the runners that finish 1st and 2nd in the correct order, within The Caulfield Cup to win the Exacta.
Trifecta Bet You must select runners to finish 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the correct order, within The Caulfield Cup to win the Trifecta.
First Four You must select runners that finish 1st, 2nd ,3rd and 4th in the correct order, within The Caulfield Cup to win the First 4.
Quadrella Bet (Quaddie) You must select the winners of four nominated races to win the Quaddie. This means you would have to select three other races apart from The Caulfield Cup, in order to be eligible to place a Quaddie.

How To Bet On The Caulfield Cup In 2021

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  2. Make a deposit, using your credit card, PayPal or other safe electronic method
  3. Make sure to check out form guide, once it’s released
  4. Decide what kind of bet you’re going to place (Win, Place, Each-Way, Trifecta + more betting options, please read our section on Ramornie Handicap Betting above).
  5. Select the horse(s) for the race.

Caulfield Cup 2022 Odds

Early market betting odds on the 2022 Caulfield Cup will be displayed below once available. Odds are subject to fluctuation. For current odds on all of our live markets, please visit

which horse will win the 2021 CAULFIELD CUP

When looking at which horse will win the Caulfield Cup in 2021 it is crucial to consider form indicators like the lead-up runs of the contenders, their experience over the mile and a half distance and the weight each runner is allocated.

Other important factors to determine the Caulfield Cup winner include:

  • Skip The Mares – Just three mares have won the Caulfield Cup since 2001 most recently Verry Elleegant (2020).
  • Turnbull Lead-Up – The Turnbull Stakes held over 2000m earlier in the spring has produced plenty of recent Caulfield Cup winners including Verry Elleegant (2020) and Incentivise (2021) who are the latest to do the double.
  • Four-Years-Old Factor – Four-year-old horses have an excellent record in the Caulfield Cup.

Caulfield Cup FAVourites 2021

The early 2021 Caulfield Cup favourites include the Peter Moody-trained Incentivise who won the Group 3 Tatt’s Cup by 12-lengths at the end of a six-straight winning streak in the winter before returning in the spring to do the Makybe Diva – Turnbull Stakes double, and eye-catching Turnbull Stakes runner-up Young Werther.

Favourites in Caulfield Cup betting saluted five times from 2007 – 2021 most recently Jameka ($4.25 in 2016) followed by fellow mare Verry Elleegant ($5 in 2020) and Incentivise ($2.30 in 2021). 

Caulfield Cup field 2021

The official Caulfield Cup 2021 field of final acceptances is released by the Melbourne Racing Club the week of the race following a number of acceptance stages and will be published in full below on Wednesday October 13, 2021.

A capacity 2021 Caulfield Cup final field has been confirmed with the hot Peter Moody-trained favourite Incentivise to carry the equal 55.5kg top weight with the autumn’s Australian Cup champ Homesman.

The Herbert Power Stakes winner Delphi also represents Anthony & Sam Freedman, while the Edward Cummings-trained mare Duais secured an eleventh hour bid via a win in Wednesday’s Group 3 Coongy Cup.

The 2021 Caulfield Cup Barrier Draw saw the two favourites in betting – Incentivise and Delphi – draw the two outside barriers.

Gate 8 produced last year’s Caulfield Cup winner Verry Elleegant and was drawn by the Danny O’Brien-trained  Turnbull Stakes runner-up Young Werther with last year’s third placegetter The Chosen One in gate 9.

  • Scratched: #8 Quick Thinker (14) is out of the Caulfield Cup due to a tendon issue and Great House (2) for Chris Waller gains a run in the field as the first emergency.

Caulfield Cup Tips 2021

Favourite: #2 Incentivise ($2.40 at time of publish)

Best Bet: #4 The Chosen One ($12 at time of publish)

Roughie: #12 Montefilia ($17 at time of publish)

Check back here the week of the race for our exclusive 2021 Caulfield Cup tips and betting selections.

The Neds Blog also provides the best Caulfield Cup betting tips closer to the race.


Caulfield Cup Carnival 2021

The Caulfield Cup Carnival incorporates three separate race days: Caulfield Guineas Day, Blue Sapphire Stakes Day  and Caulfield Cup Day.

Caulfield Cup Race Day 2021

Race day takes place on Saturday, the 16th of October, 2021. Six Group status races take place on 2021 Caulfield Cup Day with the feature event accompanied on the card by the: 

Caulfield Cup Race Time 2021

The Caulfield Cup 2021 race time is confirmed as 5:15pm (AEDT). 

Click here for the official 2021 Caulfield Cup start time for all time zones in Australia.

Caulfield Cup Nominations 2021

Early nominations for the Caulfield Cup close in late August and traditionally attract over 150 stayers.

View our official Caulfield Cup nominations page for more on the early entries for this year’s event.

The official Caulfield Cup 2021 nominations closed on Tuesday August 3, 2021 and featured 170 early entries including 12-length Group 3 Tatt’s Cup champ Incentivise who is the boom stayer ahead of the spring along with Chris Aller’s reigning champion, eight-time Group 1 winning mare Verry Elleegant.

Caulfield Cup third acceptances 2021

Third acceptances for the $5 million Caulfield Cup in 2021 closed on Tuesday October 5, 2021 leaving 31 stayers.

Caulfield Cup final acceptances 2021

The 2021 Caulfield Cup final acceptances are out at 9:30am (AEDT) on Wednesday October 13, 2021 and will be published in our above Caulfield Cup Field section.

Caulfield Cup Weights 2021

The Caulfield Cup is currently a handicap race and the final weight declarations are at 4:00PM Monday, the 11th of October, 2021. Weights on the final acceptors will be published in our above published in our above Caulfield Cup Field section.

Early Caulfield Cup 2021 weights on the nominations are announced on Tuesday September 7, 2021.

Incentivise (55.5kg in 2021) was the last Caulfield Cup top-weight to win.

Caulfield Cup Riders 2021

The final chance for riders announcements is at 1 PM Wednesday, the 13th of October, 2021. The official 2021 Caulfield Cup jockeys will be published in our above Caulfield Cup Field section. 

Caulfield Cup Barrier Draw 2021

The barrier draw announcement will come in the afternoon on Wednesday, the 13th of October, 2021. The official 2021 Caulfield Cup barriers will be published in our above Caulfield Cup Field section. 

Caulfield Cup Scratchings 2021

Scratchings close at 7:30 AM on Saturday, the 16th of October, 2021.

2021 Caulfield Cup Scratchings: 

  • #8 Quick Thinker (14)

Caulfield Cup Race Number 2021

The 2021 Caulfield Cup is set to run as Caulfield Race 9 at 5:15pm (AEDT) on Saturday the 16th of October, 2021 on the final day of the Caulfield Cup Carnival. There are ten races in total that day at Caulfield Racecourse.

Caulfield Cup Live 2021

You can watch or listen to the 2021 Caulfield Cup live, across the following mediums.

Free-to-air television: Seven Network

Pay television: Sky Racing 1 (channel 526 on Foxtel)

Radio: Radio Sport National

Stream Online: 7Live

Caulfield Cup Form Guide 2021

The final form guide will be available the week of the race. You can check below for a link to our full 2021 Caulfield Cup Form Guide following final acceptances. 


Caulfield Cup Winners (Past Results)

These results show the winners going back to 2010. If you would like to know the details of every Caulfield Cup ever raced, please visit our Caulfield Cup Winners page.

Year Winner Jockey Trainer Time
2021 Incentivise Brett Prebble Peter Moody 2:30.88
2020 Verry Elleegant Mark Zahra Chris Waller 2:31.97
2019 Mer De Glace Damian Lane Hisashi Shimizu 2:30.16
2018 Best Solution Patrick Cosgrave Saeed Bin Suroor 2:33.72
2017 Boom Time Cory Parish David and B Hayes and T Dabernig 2:27.6
2016 Jameka Nicholas Hall Ciaron Maher 2:28.8
2015 Mongolian Khan Opie Bosson M P Baker 2:27.7
2014 Admire Rakti Zac Purton Tomoyuki Umeda 2:32.1
2013 Fawkner Nicholas Hall Robert Hickmott 2:29.1
2012 Dunaden Craig Williams Mikel Delzangles 2:28.8
2011 Southern Speed Craig Williams Leon Macdonald and Andrew Gluyas 2:28.4
2010 Descarado C Munce Gai Waterhouse 2:35.6