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 $200,000 in prizemoney. The 2018 Thousand Guineas Prelude was won by Smart Melody from Thrillster with El Dorado Dreaming 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 Underwood Stakes.
|Date:||Sunday 29th September 2019|
|Track:||Caulfield racecourse, Melbourne|
|Race Type:||3yo Fillies - Set Weights + Penalty|
|2018 Winner:||Smart Melody|
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.
Smart Melody (2018) won the Listed Cap D'antibes Stakes over 1100m at Flemington before proving too good in this event for Newcastle trainer Kris Lees.
Recent Thousand Guineas Prelude winners include Booker (2017) and Legless Veuve (2016).
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. $2.10 Smart Melody 56.5 Brenton Avdulla
2. $15.00 Thrillster 57.0 Noel Callow
3. $8.00 El Dorado Dreaming 57.5 Damian Lane
4. $13.00 Anjana 55.0 Ben Allen
5. $31.00 Qafila 56.5 Jordan Childs
6. $9.00 Music Bay 55.0 Craig Williams
7. $101.00 Aristia 55.0 Damien Thornton
8. $17.00 Multaja 55.0 Glyn Schofield
9. $41.00 Eawase 56.0 Mark Zahra
10. $7.50 Spanish Whisper 56.0 Jamie Kah
11. $41.00 Asharani 55.0 Jeff Lloyd
12. $101.00 Satin Slipper 56.5 Kerrin McEvoy
13. $41.00 Cristal Eyes 55.0 Damien Oliver
Margins: 1 len, 1 len
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|2018||Smart Melody||Thrillster||El Dorado Dreaming||1:22.7|
|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|