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.
Thousand Guineas day is a midweek meeting held on a Wednesday after the Caulfield Guineas on the previous Saturday and before the Caulfield Cup which takes place the following Saturday. The Thousand Guineas used to be held on Caulfield Cup Day but was moved to the middle day of the Caulfield Cup Carnival in 1988.
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 Gr2 Wakeful Stakes on Derby Day and then the Gr1 Crown Oaks on the third day of the Flemington carnival in November.
The Thousand Guineas is the female equivalent of the Caulfield Guineas for colts and geldings and is run over the same distance of 1600 metres. 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.
Commanding Jewel (2012) ran third in the Edward Manifold Stakes over 1600m at Flemington prior to winning this event and recent Thousand Guineas winners include Atlantic Jewel (2011) and Yosei (2010).
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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.
Atlantic Jewel (2011) went on to win the Wakeful Stakes after taking out this event, while Brazilian Pulse (3rd in 2010) managed to win the Wakeful Stakes & Crown Oaks 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 winning the Crown Oaks while Melito (2nd in 2009) finished runner-up to Faint Perfume in the Wakeful Stakes.
2012 Thousand Guineas result
1. $10.00 Commanding Jewel 55.5 Damien Oliver
2. $11.00 Dear Demi 55.5 Jim Cassidy
3. $12.00 Zydeco 55.5 Michael Rodd
4. $10.00 Longport 55.5 Craig Newitt
5. $21.00 Stella Lante 55.5 Vlad Duric
6. $26.00 Big Chill 55.5 Hugh Bowman
7. $11.00 Love For Ransom 55.5 Glen Boss
8. $10.00 Lady Of Harrods 55.5 Jamie Mott
9. $31.00 Balaclava Lady 55.5 Michael Walker
10. $5.00 Molto Bene 55.5 Craig Williams
11. $7.00 Maybe Discreet 55.5 Luke Nolen
12. $31.00 Mama’s Choice 55.5 Dwayne Dunn
13. $81.00 La Zuma 55.5 Luke Currie
14. $201.00 Excitus 55.5 Darren Gauci
15. $201.00 Meditrina 55.5 Steven King
16. $7.50 Members Joy 55.5 Nicholas Hall
Margins: 2-3/4 len, Nose Time: 1:37.17
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