Winning the Melbourne Cup is perhaps the most coveted prize in Australian thoroughbred racing, with only a few events that enjoy similar status. Along with the Melbourne Cup, the Cox Plate and Caulfield Cup make up the big three events of Australian racing.
A few outstanding horses have managed to win both the Melbourne Cup and Caulfield Cup throughout the years, with 11 champions having achieved this milestone since Rivette in 1939.
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In general, the Caulfield Cup can provide some great clues for people wanting to bet on the Melbourne Cup, with both events managing to attract the very best Australian and international horses.
Time between Caulfield Cup and Melbourne Cup
The Caulfield Cup is raced in mid October, just a few short weeks before the Melbourne Cup Carnival.
This is an ideal time frame for some horses, who use the Caulfield Cup as a way to fine tune themselves prior to the “race that stops a nation”.
While winning the Caulfield Cup and Melbourne Cup double is quite a feat, clever punters may also look for those horses who placed or simply performed well in the Caulfield Cup.
Who was the last horse to win the Caulfield Cup and Melbourne Cup?
The last horse to win the double was the mighty Ethereal in 2001, with roughly one horse managing the double every decade since 1939.
While it is surely one of the hardest achievements in thoroughbred racing, we are overdue for a new champion to to write their name in the record books by taking out the double.