The Caulfield Guineas is a Racing event for three-year-old runners in the Group 1 category over 1600 metres. The race is held at Caulfield annually during the Spring Racing Carnival in Melbourne, Victoria.
It's run before the Caulfield Cup and kicks off the Carnival in style with a usually exciting finish. In terms of prize money, this race is worth A$2 million among the starting runners. The 2019 race will be held on Saturday, 12th October at Caulfield Racecourse.
Looking back to 2018, The Autumn Sun stormed down the straight and took home the event for the year. It followed an amazing run by Mighty Boss in 2017 who has placed at $101 odds to win before the race.
This race is known for producing champions of the sport with such examples as Ajax II, Lonhro, Manikato, Tulloch and Weekend Hussler having won this race in their prestigious careers.
Tulloch and Ajax II are both Australian Racing Hall of Fame inductees and both won 14 Group 1 races over their time. Manikato has 12 Group 1 victories and that would be 18 in current times.
This race has a long history as the first event dates back to 1881. It has been run over the same distance since 1881 as well (1600m). Interestingly, the Caulfield Guineas was raced at Flemington Racecourse during World War 2.
But the event returned to Caulfield after the War ended and continues to be held at Caulfield to this day. In 1979, the race was officially classified as a Group 1 race having been run as a Principal race since 1886.
As this race begins the Spring Racing Carnival, most runners' will have fairly consistent form coming into the event, which should help punters' predict the race.
Key lead-up races include the Caulfield Guineas Prelude, Stutt Stakes and the Stand Fox Stakes. The Prelude is usually held two weeks before this race and the Stakes will be run during early September.
The good part about looking at the Stutt Stakes form is the race is also held over 1600m. So you can get a good idea of how a certain runner fares at this distance.
An interesting stat in recent times is the fact that from 2014 until 2017, all 4 winners of the Guineas raced in the Stand Fox Stakes. With the exception of Mighty Boss in 2017, this race is generally dominated by the top few favourites.
But in saying that, in the last 34 years, only 11 favourites have gone onto win this event. So the mid to short-priced odds are always worth a punt.
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