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A look behind the Group 1 Caulfield Stakes

A look at the history behind the Group One weight-for-age Caulfield Stakes.

A look behind the Group 1 Caulfield Stakes

A look at the history behind the Group One weight-for-age Caulfield Stakes.

Winx winning the Turnbull Stakes
Winx winning the Turnbull Stakes Picture:Racing and Sports

CAULFIELD STAKES

2000m, $1 million, weight-for-age


HISTORY

* First run in 1886 when won by Isonomy

* Group One since 1979

Run over 1800m 1886-1967 except for 2000m in 1887 & 1888, returned to 2000m in 1968

NOTABLE WINNERS

* Wakeful (1901, 02), Amounis (1930), Tranquil Star (1942), Bernborough (1946), Comic Court (1950), Rising Fast (1954), Lord (1958, 59, 60), Sky High (1961, 62), Winfreux (1965, 66, 67), Gunsynd (1972), Kingston Town (1981, 82), Rough Habit (1994), Might And Power (1998), Northerly (2001), Lonhro (2002, 03), So You Think (2010), Atlantic Jewel (2013), Winx Horseform  (2016).

TALKING POINTS

* Winx scared away her opposition in 2016 where she had only two opponents. This year's field has attracted 12 runners including three European-trained horses

* Gailo Chop defeated European Johannes Vermeer, part-owned by Lloyd and Nick Williams last year. They part-own another European, The Cliffsofmoher this year, trained by Aidan O'Brien

* Godolphin has two European runners, Benbatl for Saeed bin Suroor and Blair House Horseform  for Charlie Appleby

* Homesman will be attempting to become the 13th horse to claim the Underwood/Caulfield Stakes double, the latest being Ocean Park in 2012

WHAT THE KEY PLAYERS ARE SAYING:

"Everyone's saying his manners are better this time and I'd have to say they are, but I think the barriers have had a lot to do with that" - Humidor Horseform 's trainer Darren Weir Horseform 

"She is a very good horse but she is obviously racing against some seasoned weight for age campaigners here. However I believe she will certainly be in the finish" - Unforgotten's trainer Chris Waller

"It's a very competitive race and we just want him to run well and that will top him off for the Caulfield Cup" - Homesan's co-owner Nick Williams Horseform 

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