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 $2,000,000 in prizemoney. The 2018 Caulfield Guineas was won by The Autumn Sun from Vassilator with Oohood 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. Supporting feature races include the Caulfield Stakes and Toorak Handicap.
The Caulfield carnival runs over consecutive Saturdays, with the second day being held midweek on the Wednesday. The final Saturday is highlighted by Caulfield's premier race, the time honoured Group 1 Caulfield Cup.
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|Date:||Saturday 13th October 2018|
|Track:||Caulfield racecourse, Melbourne|
|Race Type:||3yo Open - Set Weights + Penalty|
|2018 Winner:||The Autumn Sun|
|Caulfield Guineas odds|
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.
The Autumn Sun (2018) won the Gr1 Golden Rose over 1400m at Rosehill in Sydney before heading down to Melbourne to score an outstanding victory in this event for trainer Chris Waller.
Recent Caulfield Guineas winners include Mighty Boss (2017) and Divine Prophet (2016).
Levendi (6th in 2017) headed to Flemington to capture the Gr3 Carbine Club Stakes at Flemington following his unlucky run in the Guineas.
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) also snared Moonee Valley Vase 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.
Whobegotyou (2008) won the AAMI Vase at Moonee Valley later in the spring before finishing runner-up in the Gr1 Victoria Derby at Flemington. Whobegotyou also went on to win the Gr2 Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes (2009-10) and Gr1 Caulfield Stakes (2009)
1. $1.70 The Autumn Sun 56.5 James McDonald
2. $101.00 Vassilator 56.5 Beau Mertens
3. $9.50 Oohood 54.5 Luke Currie
4. $31.00 Good 'n' Fast 56.5 Luke Nolen
5. $51.00 Saccharo 56.5 Jordan Childs
6. $11.00 Leonardo Da Hinchi 56.5 Brad Rawiller
7. $101.00 Mr Exclusive 56.5 Brian Higgins
8. $51.00 Muswellbrook 56.5 Regan Bayliss
9. $71.00 The August 56.5 Noel Callow
10. $51.00 Outrageous 56.5 Dwayne Dunn
11. $71.00 Ragged Rascal 56.5 Dean Yendall
12. $5.50 Native Soldier 56.5 Ben Allen
13. $26.00 Tavisan 56.5 Michael Walker
Margins: 4.5 len, 0.2 len
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|2018||The Autumn Sun||Vassilator||Oohood||1:35.5|
|2016||Divine Prophet||Seaburge||Hey Doc||1:36.5|
|2015||Press Statement||Lizard Island||Ready For Victory||1:36.4|
|2014||Shooting To Win||Rich Enuff||Wandjina||1:35.5|
|2013||Long John||Divine Calling||Shamus Award||1:36.7|
|2012||All Too Hard||Pierro||Epaulette||1:36.0|
|2010||Anacheeva||Run For Levi||Masquerader||1:37.0|
|2008||Whobegotyou||Time Thief||Von Costa De Hero||1:36.4|
|2007||Weekend Hussler||Scenic Blast||Marching||1.36.4|
|2006||Wonderful World||Excites||Court Command||1.35.9|
|2004||Econsul||Barely A Moment||Under Command||1.38.0|
|2003||In Top Swing||Face Value||Kempinsky||1.36.0|
|2000||Show A Heart||Fubu||Sale Of Century||1.35.8|
|1999||Redoutes Choice||Testa Rossa||Commands||1.35.8|
|1998||Kenwood Melody||Lauries Lottery||Spectacular Gold||1.38.0|
|1996||Alfa||Intergaze||Encosta De Lago||1.35.9|
|1993||Mahogany||Port Watch||Lets Cut Loose||1.36.3|
|1992||Palace Reign||Palace Symphony||Shoeshine Henry||1.45.4|
|1991||Chortle||Naturalism||Ready To Explode||1.36.7|
|1989||Procol Harum||Zamoff||Prince Salieri||1.37.8|
|1987||Marwong||Our Poetic Prince||Kaapstad||1.36.1|
|1984||Red Anchor||Lord Of Camelot||Spirit Of Kingston||1.37.0|
|1983||Beechcraft||Sir Dapper||Handsome Seattle||1.36.5|
|1981||Binbinga||Lead Role||Rose Of Kingston||1.36.5|
|1980||Sovereign Red||Joy||Summer Devant||1.38.2|
|1979||Runaway Kid||Bold Diplomat||Kingston Town||1.40.8|
|1977||Luskin Star||Princess Talaria||Guns Away||1.37.8|
|1976||Surround||Family Of Man||Great Lover||1.41.1|