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Caulfield Guineas

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.

2017 Caulfield Guineas info

Date: Saturday 14th October 2017
Track: Caulfield racecourse, Melbourne
Distance: 1600 metres
Race Type: 3yo Open - Set Weights + Penalty
Status: Group 1
Prizemoney: $2,000,000
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).

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Sacred Elixir (8th in 2106) won the Gr2 AAMI Vase at Moonee Valley at his next start while Good Standing (7th in 2016) took out the Gr3 Caulfield Classic at Caulfield.

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) took out the Gr2 AAMI Vase at Moonee Valley 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)

2017 Caulfield Guineas result

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

then followed
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
Time: 1:36.04

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Caulfield Guineas recent winners & placegetters

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2017 Mighty Boss Kementari Catchy 1:36.0
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
2011 Helmet Manawanui Huegill 1:35.3
2010 Anacheeva Run For Levi Masquerader 1:37.0
2009 Starspangledbanner Carrara Manhattan Rain 1:35.6
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
2005 Gods Own Paratroopers Primus 1.37.6
2004 Econsul Barely A Moment Under Command 1.38.0
2003 In Top Swing Face Value Kempinsky 1.36.0
2002 Helenus Bel Esprit Choisir 1.35.4
2001 Lonhro Ustinov Pure Theatre 1.36.7
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
1997 Encounter Schubert General Nediym 1.36.2
1996 Alfa Intergaze Encosta De Lago 1.35.9
1995 Our Maizcay Ravarda Octagonal 1.36.7
1994 St Covet Marwina Blevic 1.35.6
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
1990 Centro Integra Chime Zam 1.38.3
1989 Procol Harum Zamoff Prince Salieri 1.37.8
1988 Vitalic Almurtajaz Kings High 1.36.8
1987 Marwong Our Poetic Prince Kaapstad 1.36.1
1986 Abaridy Tristram Broad Reach 1.36.4
1985 Drawn Shankhill Lass Acumen 1.36.5
1984 Red Anchor Lord Of Camelot Spirit Of Kingston 1.37.0
1983 Beechcraft Sir Dapper Handsome Seattle 1.36.5
1982 Grosvenor Veloso Cossack Prince 1.37.9
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
1978 Manikato Karaman Hauberk 1.36.6
1977 Luskin Star Princess Talaria Guns Away 1.37.8
1976 Surround Family Of Man Great Lover 1.41.1