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Caulfield Cup fact pack


Some facts about the Group One $2.5 million Caulfield Cup (2400m) to be run on Saturday:

* First run in 1879 when won by Newminster, the Caulfield Cup is a handicap and 18 years younger than the Melbourne Cup which was first held in 1861.
* From 1879 to 1881 run in the autumn. Two Cups were run in 1881 with Blue Ribbon winning in the autumn and Master Avenal in the spring.
* From 1879 to 1881 run over one mile, two furlongs (2000m) and a "distance".
caulfield cup * In the 1898 Cup won by Hymettus seven horses fell in the straight soon after the start.
* From 1940 to 1943 run at Flemington.
* Aborigine and Blue Book dead-heated for first in 1909.
* The first $1 million Cup was in 1996 when Arctic Scent was successful.
* Famous winners include: Oakleigh (1887), Poseidon (1906, 1907), Amounis (1930), Rogilla (1932), The Trump (1937), Skipton (1943), Rising Fast (1954, 1955), Redcraze (1956), Tulloch (1957), Even Stevens (1962), Galilee (1966), Tobin Bronze (1967), Big Philou (1969), Ming Dynasty (1977, 1980), Gurner’s Lane (1982), Let’s Elope (1991), Doriemus (1995), Might And Power (1997), Ethereal (2001), Northerly (2002), Mummify (2003) and Elvstroem (2004).
* Horses to complete the Caulfield-Melbourne Cups double in the same year: Poseidon (1906), The Trump (1937), Rivette (1939), Rising Fast (1954), Even Stevens (1962), Galilee (1966), Gurner’s Lane (1982), Let’s Elope (1991), Doriemus (1995), Might And Power (1997) and Ethereal (2001). Rising Fast would again win the Caulfield Cup in 1955 before running second to the Tommy Smith-trained Toparoa in the Melbourne Cup.
* Dual Caulfield Cup winners: Ming Dynasty (1977, 1980), Rising Fast (1954-55), Whittier (1922, 1925), Uncle Sam (1912, 1914,) Poseidon (1906-07), Hymettus (1898, 1901) and Paris (1892, 1894).
* Bart Cummings has won the Caulfield Cup a record six times with Galilee (1966), Big Philou (1969), Leilani (1974), Ming Dynasty (1977, 1980) and Let’s Elope (1991) and will start Viewed, Roman Emperor and Allez Wonder this year.
* John Hawkes trained Railings to win the Cup in 2005 and this year, in conjunction with sons Michael and Wayne Hawkes, will be represented by Fiumicino.
* Other trainers with a runner this year who have won the race in the past: Saeed Bin Suroor – Kirklees (All The Good 2008); Danny O’Brien – Master O’Reilly, Vigor (Master O’Reilly 2007).
* Damien Oliver won the Cup on Mannerism (1992), Paris Lane (1994), Doriemus (1995) and Sky Heights (1999) and is only one win behind the legendary Scobie Breasley’s record five wins. Oliver rides Cima De Triomphe on Saturday.
* Other jockeys who have won the race before and have a ride on Saturday: Kerrin McEvoy – Kirklees (All The Good 2008); Dwayne Dunn – Fiumicino (Tawqeet 2006); Vlad Duric – Master O’Reilly (Master O’Reilly 2007); Steven King – Predatory Pricer (Let’s Elope 1991); Danny Nikolic – Red Ruler (Mummify 2003).
* Shortest-priced winner: Tulloch (4-6 in 1957).
* Shortest-priced loser: Tobin Bronze (8-11 when sixth to Galilee in 1966).
* Longest-priced winner: Saint Warden (100-1 in 1943).