The Thousand Guineas Prelude is a Group 2 set weights & penalties race for three-year-old fillies that takes place each September at Caulfield racecourse during the Melbourne spring racing carnival. The race is run over a distance of 1400 metres and worth $2,000,000 in prizemoney. The 2016 Thousand Guineas Prelude was won by Legless Veuve from La Luna Rossa with Sword Of Light third.
This race is the female equivalent of the Group 2 Caulfield Guineas Prelude for colts & geldings and was upgraded from Group 3 to Group 2 status for the 2013/2014 racing season. The Thousand Guineas Prelude is held on the same day as the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes.
|Date:||Sunday 1st October 2017|
|Track:||Caulfield racecourse, Melbourne|
|Race Type:||3yo Fillies - Set Weights + Penalty|
|2016 Winner:||Legless Veuve|
The Thousand Guineas Prelude is run over 1400 metres for fillies only and is generally used as a lead up race to the prestigious Gr1 Thousand Guineas that takes place in a fortnight at the same track. Classy gallopers Commanding Jewel (2012) and Irish Lights (2009) are the most recent fillies to complete the Thousand Guineas Prelude & Thousand Guineas double.
Better fillies are suited by the weighted conditions of this race and the Thousand Guineas Prelude is typically won by a more than handy filly who will most likely then go on to contest the Thousand Guineas on the 2nd day (Wednesday) of the three day Caulfield carnival, or alternatively, they will contest similar type fillies races during the carnival.
Some more than handy females have won the Thousand Guineas Prelude over the years and gone on to be very competitive as mares later in their career. Miss Finland (2006) has been the most significant winner in recent times and she went on to compete and win at the highest level on many occasions.
Legless Veuve (2016) won a three-year-old Fillies Maiden race over 1205m at Sale prior to scoring in this event and recent Thousand Guineas Prelude winners include Miss Gunpowder (2015) and Afleet Esprit (2014).
Se Sauver (6th in 2013) claimed the Gr2 Edward Manifold Stakes at Flemington after finishing second in this event, while Commanding Jewel (2nd in 2012) also won the Edward Manifold Stakes at her next start before going on to win the Thousand Guineas at Caulfield.
Mosheen (3rd in 2011) won the Edward Manifold Stakes before finishing runner-up in the Thousand Guineas at Caulfield and then won the Gr1 VRC Oaks at Flemington. Bliss Street (2011) finished second behind Mosheen in the Manifold Stakes, while Hallowell Belle (2nd in 2011) travelled to Sydney a couple of weeks later to run second behind Streama in the Gr1 Flight Stakes at Randwick.
Sistine Angel (2nd in 2010) won the Gr3 HDF McNeil Stakes on her way to finishing second in this race before going on to win the Gr2 Edward Manifold Stakes at her next start, while Yosei (5th in 2010) won the Thousand Guineas at her next start.
Irish Lights (2009) claimed the Thousand Guineas after winning this event and Headway (4th in 2009) won the Gr1 Coolmore Stud Stakes on Derby day at Flemington.
1. $12.00 Legless Veuve 55.5 Mark Zahra
2. $17.00 La Luna Rossa 57.5 Damien Oliver
3. $51.00 Sword Of Light 57.0 Damian Lane
4. $10.00 I Am A Star 57.0 Steven King
5. $8.50 Sebring Dream 55.0 Craig Williams
6. $21.00 Missrock 57.5 Dwayne Dunn
7. $2.10 Whispering Brook 58.5 Nicholas Hall
8. $6.00 Samara Dancer 57.5 Dom Tourneur
9. $31.00 Zamzam 56.5 Kerrin McEvoy
10. $51.00 Inspired Estelle 55.0 Craig Newitt
11. $11.00 Flying Jess 56.5 Jordan Childs
12. $91.00 Royal Tithe 56.5 Patrick Moloney
Margins: 0.5 len, 0.1 len
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|2016||Legless Veuve||La Luna Rossa||Sword Of Light||1:25.2|
|2014||Afleet Esprit||Amicus||Go Indy Go||1:24.5|
|2012||Lady Of Harrods||Commanding Jewel||Molto Bene||1:24.9|
|2011||Bliss Street||Hallowell Belle||Mosheen||1:24.4|
|2009||Irish Lights||Set For Fame||Mont Fleuri||1:26.1|
|2006||Miss Finland||Anamato||My Only Hope||1:24.3|
|2004||Hollow Bullet||Ballet Society||Astradame||1:24.3|
|2002||La Bella Dame||Toast Of The Coast||Lashed||1:24.2|
|2001||Haste Ye Back||Malagra Miss||Special Grange||1:25.0|
|2000||So Gorgeous||Ponton Flyer||All Time High||1:22.9|
|1999||Miss Pennymoney||My Sienna||One Under||1:22.5|
|1998||Danelagh||Visual Displays||Oaks Dream||1:23.9|
|1997||Cornwall Queen||Kensington Palace||Rose Of Danehill||1:23.7|
|1996||Derobe||Fairway Lass||Simply Believe||1:25.6|
|1993||Brompton Cross||Motown Blue||Fine Recipe||1:24.7|
|1991||Chador||Latin Halo||Dancefloor Doll||1:29.3|
|1990||Century Pike||Tassuti||Holiday Lover||1:26.1|
|1989||Pleasure Bandit||Snow Apple||Pure Talent||1:39.4|
|1988||Imposing Bloom||Goodbye Tristram||Kingdom Poacher||1:38.6|