The 2021 Caulfield Cup

The Caulfield Cup is one of Australia’s premier handicap horse racing events. Run over 2400m at the Caulfield racecourse, the Caulfield Cup is a staying race that is the traditional lead up event for the longer distance of the Melbourne Cup.

Verry Elleegant strides to the post to win the 2020 Caulfield Cup.

Verry Elleegant strides to the post to win the 2020 Caulfield Cup.

Caulfield Cup history

The Caulfield Cup was first run way back in 1879 with Newminster becoming the first horse to win the race. The first Caulfield Cup came 18 years after the first running of the Melbourne Cup.

The 2021 Caulfield Cup will be the 142nd running of the race, the event has been run every year including during the war years. The race has always been run of the 2400m distance, though until 1972 the metric system was used and the race was 1.5 miles, or 2414m.

Race for the greats

Many of Australia’s best racehorses have won the Caulfield Cup. Being a handicap, it is harder to win multiple editions of the race, but notably Rising Fast achieved the feat in 1954 – 55. Several horses have also won the race before going on to win the Melbourne Cup. View the full list of Caulfield cup winners.

2020 Race results

The 2020 Caulfield Cup was won by Verry Elleegant who was ridden by Mark Zahra and trained by Chris Waller. Sir Dragonet won by 0.20 of a length from Anthony Van Dyck while The Chosen One ran third:

  • 1st: Sir Dragonet
  • 2nd: Anthony Van Dyck
  • 3rd: The Chosen One

2021 Caulfield Cup

Date: Saturday 16th October 2021
Time: TBA
Where: Caulfield Racecourse
Distance: 2400m
Conditions Handicap
Class: Group 1
Prizemoney 5150000
2020 Winner Verry Elleegant

Caulfield Cup prize money 2021

The total prize money on offer for the 2021 Caulfield Cup is $5,150,000. Of this, the winner collects $3,000,000, 2nd place $700,000, and third $350,000. Horses that finish 6th through to 10th place all receive $120,000. In addition to the money distribution, trophies worth some $150,000 will be award to winning connections.

The Caulfield Cup prize money on offer is on a par with that offered for the 2021 Cox Plate.

Breakdown of prize money for the 2021 Caulfield Cup

Finish place Prize money
1st $3,000,000
2nd $700,000
3rd $350,000
4th $200,000
5th $150,000
6th $120,000
7th $120,000
8th $120,000
9th $120,000
10th $120,000
Source: Racing Victoria