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Caulfield Stakes

The Caulfield Stakes is a Group 1 weight-for-age race that takes place at Caulfield racecourse during the Melbourne Spring racing carnival each October. The race is run over a distance of 2000 metres and worth $1,000,000 in prizemoney. The 2017 Caulfield Stakes was won by Gailo Chop from Johanne's Vermeer with Jon Snow third.

Recently run as the 'ladbroke Stakes', the Caulfield Stakes is held on Group 1 Caulfield Guineas Day on the first day of the three-day Caulfield racing carnival. Is one of the bigger race days of the spring, especially with the Thousand Guineas and Toorak Handicap rounding out four Group 1 races on the day.

The second day of the Caulfield carnival is held midweek the next Wednesday where the Group 3 Blue Sapphire Stakes for fillies is the highlight. The third and final day on the following Saturday features the the running of Caulfield's biggest race, the Group 1 Caulfield Cup.

2017 Caulfield Stakes info

Date: Saturday 14th October 2017
Track: Caulfield racecourse, Melbourne
Distance: 2000 metres
Race Type: Weight-for-age
Status: Group 1
Prizemoney: $1,000,000
2017 Winner: Gailo Chop

The Caulfield Stakes is run under weight-for-age conditions which ensures quality gallopers are assembled each year during spring. This race has been taken out by some of Australia's best horses over the years, and being just one week bfore the Caulfield Cup and two weeks before the Gr1 WS Cox Plate, it's a great lead up event for both of those races.

History shows the Caulfield Stakes always provides a great guide to big race winners. Some of the great horses to win this race include Winx (2016), Ocean Park (2012), So You Think (2010), Lonhro (2002-03), Northerly (2001), Might And Power (1998), Bonecrusher (1986) and champion galloper Kingston Town twice in 1981 & 1982.

In a rare occurrence, the 2016 Caulfield Stakes was made up of only three runners, Winx, Black Heart Bart, and He Or She. Champion mare Winx always had the race in control and it was an exciting affair, despite the small field.

Gailo Chop (2017) ran third in the Gr1 Underwood Stakes over 1800m at Caulfield before proving too good in this event and recent Caulfield Stakes winners include Winx (2016) and Criterion (2015).

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Champion mare Winx (2016) went on to win her second WS Cox Plate at Moonee Valley after winning the Caulfield Stakes.

New Zealander Mongolian Khan (3rd in 2015) took out the Caulfield Cup after finishing third in this race, while Ocean Park (2012) captured the WS Cox Plate.

Alcopop (2nd in 2012) finished third in the Caulfield Cup before winning the Gr1 Mackinnon Stakes at Flemington on Derby day.

So You Think (2010) went on to taste success later in the spring in the WS Cox Plate at Moonee Valley and the Mackinnon Stakes at Flemington, while Whobegotyou (3rd in 2010) ran third behind So You Think in the WS Cox Plate.

Whobegotyou (2009) ran second in the Gr1 Doomben 10,000 during the 2010 Brisbane winter carnival and then returned in the spring of 2010 to run second in the Gr1 Memsie Stakes before winning the Gr2 Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes.

Heart Of Dreams (2nd in 2009) ran placings in the Gr1 CF Orr Stakes and Gr2 St George Stakes the following autumn of 2010 before running placings in the Gr2 PB Lawrence Stakes and Gr1 Makybe Diva Stakes in the spring of 2010.

2017 Caulfield Stakes result

1. $5.50 Gailo Chop 59.0 Mark Zahra
2. $31.00 Johannes Vermeer 59.0 Ms Katelyn Mallyon
3. $8.50 Jon Snow 58.0 Stephen Baster

then followed
4. $21.00 Single Gaze 57.0 Ms Kathy O'Hara
5. $21.00 Inference 58.0 Dwayne Dunn
6. $3.70 Bonneval 56.0 Damian Lane
7. $21.00 Riven Light 59.0 Glen Boss
8. $26.00 Abbey Marie 57.0 Beau Mertens
9. $4.20 Hartnell 59.0 Glyn Schofield
10. $10.00 The Taj Mahal 56.5 Damien Oliver
11. $51.00 Calderon 59.0 Luke Currie

Margins: 0.2 len, 2.5 len
Time: 2:02.17

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Caulfield Stakes recent winners & placegetters

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2017 Gailo Chop Johanne's Vermeer Jon Snow 2:02.1
2016 Winx Black Heart Bart He Or She 2:03:4
2015 Criterion Happy Trails Mongolian Khan 2:02.0
2014 Fawkner Criterion Side Glance 2:01.6
2013 Atlantic Jewel Foreteller Super Cool 2:02.9
2012 Ocean Park Alcopop Sincero 2:04.7
2011 Descarado Avienus Lights of Heaven 2:02.5
2010 So You Think Alcopop Whobegotyou 2:02.4
2009 Whobegotyou Heart Of Dreams Vision And Power 2:01.5
2008 Douro Valley Pompeii Ruler Guillotine 2:04.3
2007 Maldivian Miss Finland Anamato 2:01.9
2006 Casual Pass Pompeii Ruler El Segundo 2:02.6
2005 El Segundo Fields Of Omagh Confectioner 2:04.8
2004 Mummify Grand Armee Starcraft 2:03.2
2003 Lonhro Mummify Defier 2:02.3
2002 Lonhro Sunline Ustinov 2:00.6
2001 Northerly Shogun Lodge Ethereal 2:02.5
2000 Sky Heights Shogun Lodge Tie The Knot 2:03.6
1999 Northern Drake Tie The Knot Aerosmith 2:02.1
1998 Might and Power Tycoon Lil Gold Guru 2:03.5
1997 Filante Alfa Tampir Lane 2:02.7
1996 Juggler Magnet Bay Peep On The Sly 2:05.3
1995 Danewin Its All In Fun Mr Marconee 2;02.7
1994 Rough Habit Jeune Paris Lane 2:03.7
1993 Naturalism The Phantom The Phantom Chance 2:04.7
1992 Castletown Heroicity Ramyah 2:09.8
1991 Shaftsbury Avenue Super Impose Sydeston 1:59.3
1990 Sydeston Super Impose Mickeys Town 2:03.0
1989 Almaraad Vitalic Vo Rogue 2:02.1
1988 Sky Chase Our Poetic Prince Its Candide 2:06.0
1987 Drought Fair Sir Rubiton 2:00.1
1986 Bonecrusher Black Knight My Tristrams Belle 2:00.6
1985 Tristarc Lacka Reason The Filbert 2:02.1
1984 Alibhai Prolific Beechcraft 2:02.1
1983 Mr McGinty Cossack Prince Cool River 2:00.1
1982 Kingston Town Debs Mate Allez Bijou 2:02.3
1981 Kingston Town Sovereign Red Hyperno 2;02.9
1980 Hyperno Kingston Town Waitangirua 2:03.3
1979 Mighty Kingdom Shivaree Arbre Chene 2:04.6
1978 Lloyd Boy Lefroy Ming Dynasty 2:02.3
1977 Family Of Man Unaware Royal Cadenza 2:00.7
1976 How Now Happy Union Perhaps 2:04.8
1975 Zambari Think Big Zambari 2:08.3