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The Caulfield Guineas is a classic Group 1 race for three-year-olds held annually at Caulfield racecourse during the Melbourne spring racing carnival in October. The race is run over a distance of 1600 metres under set weight conditions and worth $1,000,000 in prizemoney. The 2016 Caulfield Guineas was won by Divine Prophet from Seaburge with Hey Doc third.
Caulfield Guineas day kicks off the big three day Caulfield spring racing carnival in style with four group one races on the card, including the female equivalent of this race, the Thousand Guineas, along with quality feature races, the Caulfield Stakes and Toorak Handicap.
The Caulfield carnival runs over consecutive Saturdays, with the second day being held midweek on the Wednesday, and the following Saturday highlighted by the premier event of the Caulfield carnival, the time honoured Gr1 Caulfield Cup.
The Caulfield Guineas is the Melbourne Racing Club's premier event for three-year-olds and has earned a great reputation over the years as one of the classic races of the spring racing carnival for 3yo gallopers. The winner of this race is eligible for a $250,000 bonus by winning the Caulfield Classic (formerly Norman Robinson Stakes) the following Saturday.
First run in 1881, the Caulfield Guineas attracts the best colts & geldings available, along with and more than capable fillies, and is generally won by a top class three-year-old who often goes on to bigger and better things in seasons to come.
The race itself has proven a wonderful guide to stars of the future and quality gallopers such as All Too Hard (2012), Starspangledbanner (2009), Weekend Hussler (2007), Lonhro (2001), Redoute's Choice (1999) and Mahogany (1993) have all won this event. The last filly to win the Caulfield Guineas was the brilliant Surround in 1976.
It's not a race that leads to Caulfield Cup or Melbourne Cup winners very often. Caulfield Guineas winners seem to perform best in the WS Cox Plate where they receive a significant weight advantage over the older horses.
The Gr2 Stan Fox Stakes in Sydney in September has provided multiple Caulfield Guineas winners in recent times with both Press Statement (2015) and Shooting To Win (2014) claiming the Stan Fox Stakes & Caulfield Guineas double.
Divine Prophet (2016) finished runner-up in the Stan Fox Stakes over 1500m at Rosehill in Sydney before making the trek to Melbourne to win this event in quality fashion and recent Caulfield Guineas winners include Press Statement (2015) and Long John (2014).
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Sacred Elixir (8th in 2106) won the Gr2 AAMI Vase at Moonee Valley at his next start while Good Standing (7th in 2016) took out the Gr3 Caulfield Classic at Caulfield.
Top gallopers All Too Hard (2012) and Pierro (2nd in 2012) went on to run second and third respectively in the WS Cox Plate at Moonee Valley before retiring the following autumn.
Manawanui (2nd in 2011) took out the Gr2 AAMI Vase at Moonee Valley after finishing second in this event.
Starspangledbanner (2009) went on to win the Gr1 Oakleigh Plate and then ran third in the Gr1 Newmarket Handicap the following autumn before venturing overseas and enjoying Gr1 success on the world stage.
Manhattan Rain (3rd in 2009) was runner-up in the 2009 Cox Plate as a three-year-old after a third placing in this race, while So You Think (5th in 2009) went on to score a memorable win in the 2009 Cox Plate under the Bart Cumming's polish.
2016 Caulfield Guineas result
1. $7.00 Divine Prophet 56.5 Dwayne Dunn
2. $31.00 Seaburge 56.5 Mark Zahra
3. $11.00 Hey Doc 56.5 Luke Currie
4. $3.50 Impending 56.5 James McDonald
5. $71.00 So Si Bon 56.5 Michael Dee
6. $10.00 Saracino 56.5 Damien Oliver
7. $7.00 Good Standing 56.5 Hugh Bowman
8. $6.50 Sacred Elixir 56.5 Damian Lane
9. $71.00 Land Of Plenty 56.5 Craig Newitt
10. $151.00 Barbie's Boy 56.5 Daniel Stackhouse
11. $18.00 Wazzenme 56.5 Luke Nolen
12. $21.00 Kaching 56.5 Nicholas Hall
13. $15.00 Evacuation 56.5 Kerrin McEvoy
14. $51.00 Revolving Door 56.5 Corey Brown
Margins: 0.2 len, 0.5 len Time: 1:36.51
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