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Caulfield Guineas

The Caulfield Guineas was first run in 1881, and is a Group 1 race for three year olds run at set weights. It is always held on the second Saturday in October, which this year is October 8th. Caulfield Guineas day is always a punters favourite, as it marks the opening of the Caulfield Spring Racing Carnival.

While the Caulfield Guineas is the main event of the day, there are two other big races supporting it.  The Group 1 Toorak Handicap and the Group 1 Yalumba Stakes. The Toorak Handicap is run over 1,600 metres and is for three year olds and up, while the Yalumba Stakes is a weight for age race over 2,000 metres – also for three year olds and up.

The Caulfield Guineas is not a good race in which to bet on fillies. The last filly to win it was Surround – and that was back in 1976! Furthermore, the quality of the entries has only increased in recent years. The field is only for 16 runners (with four emergencies) yet the race receives hundreds of nominations every year from all over the country. The prize money totals $1 million, so attracts the very best colts. Many of the Caulfield Guineas winners go on to be profitable studs.

Race Details

A couple of races to look at as a guide to the Caulfield Guineas are the Blue Diamond Stakes and the Stutt Stakes. In 1999, Redoutes choice achieved the double. In 2002 Bel Esprit won the Blue Diamond Stakes and finished second in the Caulfield Guineas.

The Stutt Stakes winner in 2008, Whobegotyou, went on to win the Caulfield Guineas the same year, and in 2009 the Stutt Stakes winner Cararra came a close second in the Caulfield Guineas.

The results from the Caulfield Guineas can give an indication of a good performance in the Cox Plate later in the season.  But not necessarily the winner of the Cox Plate. The best runners in the Caulfield Guineas have a tendency only to place in the Cox Plate, so can still be a good each way bet.

Apart from the Cox Plate, the best performers on Caulfield Guineas day tend to do well over similar distances later on.