Situated 8 KMs from Melbournes Central Business District. Caulfield racecourse is one of Australia's premier racecourses, and is of course home to the Caulfield Cup. It has been around since 1859 and is steeped in tradition. I would definitely suggest a visit.
Caulfield is quite a tight left handed racecourse with a circumference of only 2080 Metres. The corners are quite tight and all have a 4-6% banking and with a short run-in of only 360 metres this is a track that favours front runners, with horses held up often having hard luck stories of not being able to get a run. Caulfield also tends to favour the smaller nippier horse rather than the large galloping types which can take a while to get into full speed.
The horses run round one bend over 1000 metres, but with a long run to that bend, early speed is more important than barrier position, with a low barrier position only slightly favoured.
As per 1000 metres early speed rather than barrier position is key.
As per 1000 & 1100 metres early speed rather than barrier position is key.
In terms of barrier position this distance is the one where it is most important. This is run round two bends, with only 190 metres to the first bend. So those drawn wide have to cover a lot of extra ground. It is a significant advantage to have a low barrier position.
A low barrier position is seen as quite advantageous.