The Caulfield Guineas Prelude is a Group 3 race for three-year-old colts and geldings that takes place at Caulfield racecourse during the Melbourne spring racing carnival each year in September. The race is run over a distance of 1400 metres and worth $175,000 in prizemoney. The 2018 Caulfield Guineas Prelude was won by Native Soldier from Tavisan with Long Leaf third.
|Date:||Sunday 30th September 2018|
|Track:||Caulfield racecourse, Melbourne|
|Race Type:||3yo C&G - Set Weights + Penalty|
|2018 Winner:||Native Soldier|
The Caulfield Guineas Prelude is run over 1400 metres and for colts & geldings only and is generally used as a lead up race to the Gr1 Caulfield Guineas over 1600 metres in early October at the same track. In recent times both Helmet (2011) and Anacheeva (2010) have taken out the Caulfield Guineas after winning this race.
Some quality gallopers have won the Caulfield Guineas Prelude over the years including Wonderful World (2006), Apache Cat (2005), Elvstroem (2003) and Strategic (1995), and a number of three-year-olds who have contested this race have gone on to perform exceptionally well in many of our biggest races during their career.
Native Soldier (2018) ran fifth in the Gr2 Danehill Stakes over 1200m at Flemington before scoring a comfortable victory in this event for leading trainer Darren Weir.
Recent Caulfield Guineas Prelude winners include Perast (2017) and Sacred Elixir (2016).
Epaulette (2012) finished third in the Caulfield Guineas after winning this event and Shamexpress (5th in 2012) ran third in the Gr1 Coolmore Classic on Derby Day at Flemington later in the spring, before returning in the autumn to win the Gr1 Newmarlet Handicap at the same track.
Anacheeva (2010) won the Caulfield Guineas after taking out this race. Rekindled Interest (5th in 2010) managed to win the Gr2 AAMI Vase at Moonee Valley on Cox Plate day and Hollowlea (6th in 2010) ran third in the same race.
Manhattan Rain (3rd in 2009) went on to run third in the Caulfield Guineas before running a top second place in the Gr1 WS Cox Plate at Moonee Valley, while Starspangledbanner (4th in 2009) led all the way to win the Caulfield Guineas before heading overseas for a very successful International career.
Whobegotyou (7th 2008) went on to win the Stutt Stakes, Caulfield Guineas and finished runner-up in the AAMI Victoria Derby, while Time Thief (2nd 2008) went on to finish runner-up in the Caulfield Guineas and then returned in the autumn to run third in the Gr1 William Reid Stakes.
The Caulfield Guineas Prelude can often be a good pointer to the big spring races ahead.
1. $9.00 Native Soldier 57.0 Ben Allen
2. $8.50 Tavisan 55.0 Michael Walker
3. $5.00 Long Leaf 57.0 James McDonald
4. $81.00 Mr Exclusive 55.0 Jamie Kah
5. $18.00 The August 55.0 Noel Callow
6. $13.00 Thorondor 55.0 Ben Thompson
7. $9.00 Wagner 55.0 Craig Williams
8. $6.50 Good 'n' Fast 56.5 Luke Nolen
9. $19.00 Ragged Rascal 56.0 Jay Ford
10. $6.00 Declarationofheart 55.0 Mark Zahra
11. $18.00 Marcel From Madrid 57.5 Damian Lane
12. $31.00 Fighting Harada 55.0 Michael Dee
13. $101.00 Predecessor 55.0 Dwayne Dunn
14. $81.00 Akkadian 55.0 Kerrin McEvoy
15. $31.00 Vassilator 56.5 Beau Mertens
Margins: 2 len, 1 len
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|2018||Native Soldier||Tavisan||Long Leaf||1:23.3|
|2016||Sacred Elixir||Revolving Door||Wazzenme||1:24.7|
|2015||Bon Aurum||Tulsa||Dal Cielo||1:22.6|
|2014||Rich Enuff||Looks Like The Cat||Awesome Rock||1:23.4|
|2013||Eclair Big Bang||El Roca||Long John||1:23.3|
|2012||Epaulette||Let Go Lenni||Awesome Bro||1:24.2|
|2008||Fernandina||Time Thief||Von Costa De Hero||1:25.4|
|2006||Wonderful World||Blue Lago||Sharkbite||1:24.6|
|2005||Apache Cat||Gods Own||Danerich||1:27.0|
|2003||Elvstroem||In Top Swing||Dance Up||1:22.3|
|2002||Great Glen||Titanic Jack||Helenus||1:23.2|
|2001||Pure Theatre||King Of Prussia||North Boy||1:24.2|
|2000||Fubu||Show A Heart||Debrief||1:22.4|
|1998||Bet On A Rode||Sedation||Spectacular Gold||1:24.0|
|1996||Alfa||Tarnpir Lane||Sober Affair||1:24.2|
|1995||Strategic||Gold Ace||El Qahiras Son||1:22.9|
|1994||Racers Edge||Punctual||Skipper Regent||1:23.4|
|1993||Port Watch||Tolo Harbour||Kendel Star||1:23.4|
|1992||Just Juan||Let Him Ride||Dr Oats||1:27.3|
|1991||Laranto||Quo Ego||Prince Acumen||1:28.4|
|1990||Unspoken Word||Weasel Clause||Shah Pak||1:11.9|