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Caulfield Cup Tips - 3 Horses To Follow for the 2020 Caulfield Cup

  • Who will win the 2020 Caulfield Cup?
  • Brodie Nickson and Justin Darcy take a look at three contenders
  • The Caulfield Cup takes place on October 17
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Master Of Wine (Getty Images)

The Caulfield Cup is the final lead-up for the majority of runners heading towards the Melbourne Cup, with an exciting field of up-and-coming stayers set to battle it out with veteran stars on October 17.

Run over 2400m, Mer De Glace combined with Damien Lane to record a strong victory last year, beating home eventual Melbourne Cup winner Vow And Declare in second. Who are the early potential winners of this year's Caulfield Cup?

2020 Caulfield Cup Field & Barrier Draw

1 Anthony Van Dyck (IRE) Aiden O'Brien Hugh Bowman 58.5kg 21
2 Avilius (GB) James Cummings John Allen 57kg 17
3 Vow And Declare  Danny O'Brien Damien Oliver 57kg 18
4 Buckhurst (IRE) Joseph O'Brien Ben Melham 55kg 9
5 Mirage Dancer (GB) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Yuong Craig Newitt 55kg 6
6 Mustajeer (GB) Kris Lees Billy Egan 55kg 15
7 Verry Elleegant (NZ) Chris Waller Mark Zahra 55kg 11
8 Dashing Willoughby (GB) Andrew Balding Michael Walker 54.5kg 2
9 Finche (GB) Chris Waller Damian Lane 54.5kg 12
10 Prince Of Arran (GB) Charlie Fellows Jamie Kah 54.5kg 19
11 Master Of Wine (GER) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Craig Williams 53.5kg 7
12 The Chosen One (NZ) Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Daniel Stackhouse 53.5kg 3
13 Warning Anthony & Sam Freedman Luke Currie 53kg 20
14 Dalasan Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas William Pike 52.5kg 14
15 True Self (IRE) Willie Mullins Declan Bates 52kg 4
16 Aktau (GB) Michael Moroney Daniel Moor 51kg 1
17 Toffee Tongue (NZ) Chris Waller Michael Dee 51kg 5
18 Chapada Michael Moroney Jye McNeil 50.5kg 16
19e Raheen House (IRE) Kris Lees TBC 53.5kg 22
20e San Huberton (IRE) Matt Cumani Fred W Kersley 53.5kg 10
21e Oceanex (NZ) Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Zac Spain 51.5kg 8
22e Le Don De Vie (GB) Anthony & Sam Freedman TBC 52.5kg 13

2020 Caulfield Cup Tips

Master Of Wine 

The Hawkes trained six-year-old gelding looks to have the world at his feet leading into the spring, with a low handicap rating set to see the son of Maxios impose himself as one of the horses to beat in the Caulfield Cup.

The German-born star won four straight races since the blinkers were applied last year, culminating in thrashing his opposition in the Group 3 Sky High Stakes, including Mustajeer who finished sixth in last year's Caulfield Cup when beaten less than two-lengths.

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Master Of Wine (Getty Images)

Finally stepping out for his first Group One challenge during the autumn in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes, he more than held his own after being caught three wide the trip from barrier 12, producing a monster performance against some of Australia and New Zealand's best.

Unplaced in three starts this preparation, Master of Wine gets 53.5kg and the six-year-old could play a big part in the Caulfield Cup.


This 5YO international galloper from the Melbourne Cup winning Joseph O'Brien yard, draws favourably in gate nine and can assert his dominance early on in the race with a forward position.

His runs leading up look poor on paper, but were in strong races and arguably unsuitable conditions, including running behind Magical (some of the worlds best form) and carrying 63.5kg at his latest start.

Although he has won twice on soft ground, he is a much better horse with firmer footing, but soft five or six conditions would still be suitable in Australia.

If he can get a cosy run about four or five lengths off the speed, he is a horse that can show up over 2400m from a powerful stable and ownership.

Verry Elleegant

This mighty mare from the Chris Waller yard put all the good track doubters away last start when winning the Turnbull on firmer ground than what she has shown her best form on.

She is a powerhouse mare who will relish the rise to 2400m, and being a five time Group One winner with 55kg, she looks quite well weighted.

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Verry Elleegant has drawn barrier 11 for the 2020 Caulfield Cup. (Getty)

She will likely start favourite in the race if it rains on the day and the track can get into a sluggish range, but she is still a great chance based off her last win on top of the ground.

She will likely settle back in the second half of the field with cover from barrier 11, and look to make a simlar run to 2019 Caulfield Cup winner Mer De Glace.


Our three horses to follow who could land the 2020 Caulfield Cup.

Caulfield Cup: Master Of Wine Caulfield Cup @850 at PlayUP - 1 Unit
Caulfield Cup: Buckhurst Caulfield Cup @1300 at Sportsbet - 1 Unit
Caulfield Cup: Verry Elleegant Caulfield Cup @400 at Ladbrokes Australia - 1 Unit

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