The Thousand Guineas is a Group 1 set weights race for three-year-old fillies that takes place annually at Caulfield racecourse during the Melbourne spring racing carnival in October. The race is run over a distance of 1600 metres and worth $500,000 in prizemoney. The 2013 Thousand Guineas was won by Guelph from May's Dream with Gregers third.
After being held on the middle day (Wednesday) of the three-day Caulfield spring racing carnival since 1988, the Thousand Guineas has been moved to the first day (Saturday) of the carnival for the 2013/2014 season to be held alongside the male equivalent of this race, the Gr1 Caulfield Guineas.
The winner of this race is eligible for a $250,000 bonus by winning the Caulfield Classic (formerly Norman Robinson Stakes) the following Saturday.
The Thousand Guineas is the Melbourne Racing Club's premier event of the spring for three-year-old fillies and winners and placegetters will generally continue on to the tried & tested route of the Gr2 Wakeful Stakes on Derby Day and then the Gr1 Crown Oaks on the third day of the four-day Melbourne Cup Carnival at Flemington in November.
With the advent of the $750,000 Caulfield Classic for 2014 at the same track one week later, the lure of good prizemoney may see many filles opting for the Classic, as it is held at the same track and is a natural increase in distance for staying types.
The Thousand Guineas, much like its male counterpart, the Caulfield Guineas, is run over the same distance of 1600 metres, and if a top quality filly stands out from the rest then, she will most likely dominate this race and also the Wakeful Stakes and Crown Oaks along the way.
Gallica (2008), Alinghi (2004) and Special Harmony (2003) all won the Edward Manifold & Thousand Guineas double, while Commanding Jewel (2012), Serious Speed (2007) and Miss Finland (2006) both placed in the Edward Manifold before winning this event. The set weight conditions of the race ensures the best filly will win more often than they lose.
Guelph (2013) won the Gr1 Flight Stakes over 1600m at Randwick in Sydney before heading to Melbourne to score the easiest of victories in this event and recent Thousand Guineas winners include Commanding Jewel (2012) and Atlantic Jewel (2011).
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A number of Thousand Guinea's winners have gone on to taste success in the Crown Oaks at Flemington in recent times with Miss Finland (2006), Special Harmony (2003), Magical Miss (2001), Northwood Plume (1994), Arborea (1993) and Richfield Lady (1991) all victorious.
Second placegetters Dear Demi (2nd in 2012) and Mosheen (2nd in 2011) went on to win the Crown Oaks later in the spring after finishing runner-up in this event. Zydeco (3rd in 2012) ran second in the Crown Oaks behind Dear Demi.
May's Dream (2nd in 2013) went on to finish runner up in the Wakeful Stakes after running second here, while the classy Atlantic Jewel (2011) took out the Thousand Guineas & Wakeful Stakes double. Brazilian Pulse (3rd in 2010) managed to win the Wakeful Stakes & Crown Oaks during during the Flemington carnival and Heartsareforlove (2nd in 2010) ran third in the Wakeful Stakes.
Faint Perfume (3rd in 2009) had a wonderful Flemington carnival in November winning the Wakeful Stakes on her way to success in the Crown Oaks, while Melito (2nd in 2009) finished runner-up to Faint Perfume in the Wakeful Stakes.
2013 Thousand Guineas result
1. $1.40 Guelph 55.5 Kerrin Mcevoy
2. $6.50 May's Dream 55.5 Nicholas Hall
3. $9.00 Gregers 55.5 Chad Schofield
4. $25.00 Wordplay 55.5 Damien Oliver
5. $25.00 Bound For Earth 55.5 James Mcdonald
6. $150.00 Gypsy Diamond 55.5 Brett Prebble
7. $20.00 Se Sauver 55.5 Damian Lane
8. $66.00 Godiva Rock 55.5 Dwayne Dunn
9. $80.00 Miracle To Me 55.5 Chris Symons
Margins: 1 3/4 len, 2 1/2 len Time: 1:37.78
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