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 2017 Caulfield Guineas was won by Mighty Boss from Kementari with Catchy 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.
|Date:||Saturday 14th October 2017|
|Track:||Caulfield racecourse, Melbourne|
|Race Type:||3yo Open - Set Weights + Penalty|
|2017 Winner:||Mighty Boss|
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.
Mighty Boss (2017) ran fourth in the Gr2 Stutt Stakes over 1600m at Moonee Valley before scoring a major upset in this event and recent Caulfield Guineas winners include Divine Prophet (2016) and Press Statement (2015).
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. $101.00 Mighty Boss 56.5 Michael Walker
2. $5.50 Kementari 56.5 Damian Lane
3. $4.40 Catchy 54.5 Mark Zahra
4. $4.80 Royal Symphony 56.5 Dwayne Dunn
5. $11.00 Perast 56.5 Ben Melham
6. $21.00 Levendi 56.5 Anthony Darmanin
7. $26.00 Salsamor 56.5 Brad Rawiller
8. $21.00 Sanctioned 56.5 Glyn Schofield
9. $61.00 Holy Snow 56.5 Michael Dee
10. $71.00 Sircconi 56.5 Ms Linda Meech
11. $12.00 Showtime 56.5 Damien Oliver
12. $51.00 The Mission 56.5 Beau Mertens
13. $8.00 Gold Standard 56.5 Stephen Baster
14. $151.00 Al Passem 56.5 Ben Thompson
15. $51.00 Azazel 56.5 Luke Currie
Margins: 0.3 len, 1 len
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|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|