One of the premier spring races in Australia is the Caulfield Cup.
The race was first run in 1879 and unlike some races, the 2400 metre distance has never been altered, save for the minor adjustment when it went from being 1-1/2 miles to 2400 metres. The switch to the metric system in 1972 meant that every Caulfield Cup since then is 14.02 metres shorter than those before 1972.
The Melbourne Racing Club has designs on changing from open handicap to weight-for-age conditions, but since first floating the plan ahead of the race in 2017, the MRC has not yet made the switch as of the 2018 running.
Most opinion seems to run against the switch, even though the concept of a switch attracting better horses is sound. It worked for the Australian Cup, but overcoming tradition in Thoroughbred racing is a tall order.
Depending on whom you consult, the Caulfield Cup may attract more wagering than any other race save the Melbourne Cup.
Making the change would remove the strategy aspect of the connections trying to get in the Caulfield Cup with the lightest possible weight and every year, there is much said and written about such-and-such getting in with an unfair advantage, but that is part of the appeal of the game.
Horse Racing Tips
Here are some to the primary ways to bet on the Caulfield Cup, which we have nicknamed The Race that Slows a Nation Down a Bit.
As with most gallops, the majority of the punters will wager in the form of an All In Win bet. The 2400-metre distance of the race does place more importance on the assigned weights, but form is the far better indicator of how a horse will fare.
All In win betting, or even each way betting is harder with the Caulfield Cup than some other races because of the large, 18-horse field, but the flip side is that the Starting Prices are commensurately higher.
All In punters have the opportunity to lock in higher odds by betting early, at the risk of having their pick scratched.
Those who really study the form will often bet multiples, such as the exacta, trying to pick the winner and the second place runner, or the trifecta, trying to pick the winner and the next two finishers in the exact finishing order. Variations include the “boxed” exacta or trifecta, where it is only necessary to pick the first two finishers in either order, or the top three in any order for the trifecta.
Those with less interest in following the horses in lead-up races and over careers typically make bets with one of the online bookmakers that will offer Best Tote, Best Tote or Starting Price, and Best of the Best. These types of bets eliminate some of the necessity of price shopping for the casualCaulfield Cup punter.
Hard To Pick a Winner
As a handicap, at least for now, the Caulfield Cup is a difficult race to tip, as well as a difficult race to win.
Poseidon (1906, 1907) and Rising Fast (1954, 1955) are the only winners to win two consecutive Caufield Cups since 1879.
Regardless of interest or knowledge level, punters should look for the slew of promotions the bookmakers will offer for the Caulfield Cup, as anything that helps the cause is something worth a look.