Caulfield Guineas

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Caulfield Guineas
Group 1 race
NUFFIELD 1938 AJC SIRES PRODUCE STAKES HAROLD BADGER.jpg
Nuffield, 1938 winner H.Badger
Location Caulfield Racecourse, Melbourne, Australia
Inaugurated1881
Race type Thoroughbred
Sponsor Neds (2022)
Race information
Distance1,600 metres (1 mile)
SurfaceTurf
TrackLeft-handed
QualificationThree-year-olds
Weight Set weights - 56½  kg (125 lb)
Purse $3,000,000 (2022)

The Caulfield Guineas is a Melbourne Racing Club Group 1 Thoroughbred horse race held over 1600 metres (1 mile) at set weights for three-year-old horses at Caulfield Racecourse, Melbourne, Australia. [1] Total prize money is A$3 million. [2]

Contents

The race is held annually on the second Saturday in October and forms part of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival at Caulfield Racecourse. The Guineas, as the race is known, starts the three-day Caulfield carnival; the G1 Toorak Handicap, G1 Caulfield Stakes and the fillies equivalent, the G1 The Thousand Guineas are also held on Guineas day.

Ajax, 1937 winner. Ajax 1937 RRC Rosehill Guineas Jockey Maurice McCarten Trainer Frank Musgrave.jpg
Ajax, 1937 winner.
High Caste, 1939 winner. High Caste 1940 VRC C.B. Fisher Plate Flemington Racecourse Jockey Ted Bartle Trainer Jack Jamieson.jpg
High Caste, 1939 winner.
Ammon Ra, 1931 winner. Ammon Ra 1931 VATC Caulfield Guineas Jockey Maurice McCarten Trainer Jack Jamieson.jpg
Ammon Ra, 1931 winner.

History

During World War II the race was run at Flemington Racecourse. [3]

Regarded as one of the blue riband events for three-year-olds, the Guineas is regarded as a stallion making race for the winner, and has been won by a host of star gallopers who have gone on to multiple G1 success. These included Starspangledbanner (2010 G1 Oakleigh Plate, 2010 G1 Golden Jubilee Stakes), Whobegotyou (2009 G1 Yalumba Stakes), Weekend Hussler (six other G1 races including 2007 G1 Ascot Vale Stakes, 2008 G1 Randwick Guineas and 2008 G1 George Ryder Stakes). Earlier winners include celebrated champion sires Lonhro (2001, 11 G1 wins) and Redoute's Choice (1999, 4 G1 wins). Looking further back, other outstanding winners include Mahogany (1993, 8 G1 wins), Red Anchor (1984, 4 G1 wins), champion sprinter Manikato (12 official G1 wins, 18 wins in races that are classified as G1 today), 2YO Triple Crown winner Luskin Star (1977, 4 G1 wins), Surround (1976, first and only filly to win the weight-for-age championship of Australasia, the Cox Plate), Vain (1969, 6 G1 wins and champion sire), Storm Queen (1966, 5 G1 wins), the inaugural Australian Racing Hall of Fame inductee Tulloch (1957, 14 G1 wins), and Ajax (14 G1 wins and fellow Australian Racing Hall of Fame inductee). [1]

Distance

Grade

Double winners

Thoroughbreds that have won the Caulfield Guineas W. S. Cox Plate double:

Thoroughbreds that have won the Caulfield Guineas Victoria Derby double:

† filly

1922 racebook

Lucrative, 1940 winner. LUCRATIVE 1940 VRC DERBY MAURICE McCARTEN.JPG
Lucrative, 1940 winner.

Winners

† Dead heat

See also

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