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 2013 Caulfield Cup News
Eden after big win with Apollo's Choice:  A fast-finishing last-start fourth in Listed company from Apollo's Choice has trainer Shea Eden optimistic heading into the Group Two Sandown Guineas. (11 November 2013)

Gerald Ryan looking for two-state double:  Trainer Gerald Ryan is looking for a two-state double with Hot Snitzel to run at Caulfield and Koroibete leading the charge at Rosehill. (11 November 2013)

Caviar family member entered for Caulfield:  A colt with a family connection to Black Caviar is nominated to start his racing career in the Merson Cooper Stakes at Caulfield. (11 November 2013)

Audio  James Cummings Audio:  Shane Anderson caught up with trainer James Cummings following Precedence's narrow victory in Saturdays Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Flemington. (11 November 2013)

Linton entered for Heffernan Stakes:  Linton has recovered from an elevated temperature which kept him out of the Emirates Stakes and is due to race at Caulfield ahead of a Hong Kong trip. (11 November 2013)

Audio  Audio Interviews After Buffering Victory:  Winning trainer Robert Heathcote and rider Damian Browne talk to Bruce Clark after Buffering's first group one win in the Manikato Stakes at Moonee Valley (25 October 2013)

Nothing foreign about Fawkner Cup victory:  Owner Lloyd Williams has imported hundreds of European horses but he has won his first Caulfield Cup with one born and bred in Australia. (19 October 2013)

Fawkner Wins Caulfield Cup:  A perfect ride from jockey Nick Hall aboard Fawkner has given prominent owner Lloyd Williams his first Caulfield Cup success on Saturday. (19 October 2013)

Red Tracer Dominant In Tristarc:  The Chris Waller-trained Red Tracer is on target for the Group 1 Myer Classic on Derby Day after a dominant win in the Group 2 Yellowglen Tristarc Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on Saturday. (19 October 2013)

Spurtonic scores all-the-way Caulfield win:  Talented four-year-old Spurtonic could head to the Group One Emirates Stakes after an all-the-way win in Group Three company at Caulfield. (19 October 2013)

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 Caulfield Cup – the History

Formerly under the guise of the Victoria Amateur Turf Club, the Melbourne Racing Club conducts the first of the two big handicap Cups, the Caulfield Cup, run over 2400m on 19 October 2013.

First run and won in 1879 by Newminster, this mile and a half battle is a test of nerve for horse, jockey and trainer. So often it is a late swooper that nets the ultimate prize, now at $2.65million.

Strangely in recent years a few horses have managed to lead most, if not all of the way but in general those finishing off take the glory. From 1997 onwards it was developing into almost a Quality Handicap with several WFA stars winning the race but the last five years have seen genuine handicappers saluting.

Bart Cummings holds the record with seven trophies followed by Lee Freedman and Tommy Smith on four while the recently inducted Australian Racing Hall of Fame Legend Scobie Breasley won it on five occasions. However he is being challenged by Damien Oliver’s four wins, all in the 1990s.

The race itself has had some momentous moments such as the controversial Big Philou protest decision, the drama of the Maldivian/Eskimo Queen scratchings in the 2007 Equine Influenza affected carnival and of course the much discussed Shane Dye ride on Veandercross when he went very wide and early and only got run down in the last stride by Mannerism in 1992.

There was also Taufan's Melody in 1998 knocking over two kiwi mares but keeping the race, only for those two very gals - Jezabeel and Champagne to quinella the Melbourne Cup 17 days later. Speaking of imports, 2008 will be remembered as the first major success of Godolphin in Australia when Kerrin McEvoy piloted All The Good on a wide but successful traverse.

Bart did it again in 2009 with Viewed coming back from the Melbourne Cup like Rising Fast did to win via a great Brad Rawiller ride. Last year Craig Williams did a similar job as he rode Dunaden again after it had won the Melbourne Cup the previous year.

Who will etch their name in this year's Honour Roll?

 Caulfield Cup – the Champions

There are probably two horses you think of when considering the Caulfield Cup and its history - Tulloch and Might and Power. While the Zabeel champ went onto Flemington, Tulloch famously did not.

Both won their Cups by such big margins and in such quick time that other great winners are mere specks by comparison. Others have and will run quicker but it's doubtful any will be as impressive.

Six horses have won the race twice, eleven have done the Cups double while only four have done the Cup and Cox Plate quinella. Rising Fast in 1954 the only one to ever win the big treble.

Some of the other all time greats to be amongst the list of Caulfield Cup winners include the likes of Galilee, Leilani and Northerly carrying 58kg in 2002.

Who takes the win and the penalty toward the Melbourne Cup?


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