The Thousand Guineas is a 1600 metre race for three-year-old fillies under set weight conditions, run by the Melbourne Racing Club. It is held in October each year at Caulfield during the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.
- Race Type: Group 1, 3YO Fillies Set Weights
- Distance: 1,600 metres
- Track: Caulfield Racecourse, Melbourne, Victoria
- Date: Saturday, 14 October 2017
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The Thousand Guineas was first held as a principal race over 8 furlongs (about 1600 metres) in 1946 when it was won by Sweet Chime. From 1972 onwards it was held over 1600 metres and in 1979 it became a Group 1 race. It used to be held on the same Saturday as the Caulfield Cup but in 1988 it was moved to a Wednesday between the Caulfield Guineas and the Caulfield Cup. In 2014 it moved back to the Caulfield Guineas Saturday.
There is a Thousand Guineas Prelude race over 1400 metres held in September at set weights with penalties and horses who do well in that usually go well in the Thousand Guineas. Winners of both include Irish Lights (2009) and Miss Finland (2006). The major lead-up race is the Group 2 Edward Manifold Stakes over 1600 metres, and fillies that run well in the Flight Stakes over 1600 metres at Randwick may come to Melbourne to contest the Thousand Guineas. Winners and placegetters of the Thousand Guineas generally continue to the Group 2 Wakeful Stakes over 2000 metres on Victoria Derby Day and then the Group 1 VRC Oaks over 2500 metres at the end of the Flemington Carnival.
At least a dozen fillies have won the Thousand Guineas – Wakeful Stakes double and even more have won the Thousand Guineas – VRC Oaks double. At least ten fillies have won all three races.
2017 Thousand Guineas Odds & Final Field:
Check below for the latest odds and final field for the Thousand Guineas.‘Odds not currently available’
2017 Thousand Guineas Preview & Tips:
Track: Good Weather: Fine
Only eight fillies have accepted for the $500,000 Schweppes Thousand Guineas, with three of them running in the Thousand Guineas Prelude a fortnight ago. The clear favourite is Alizee who has won the Group 1 Flight Stakes and Group 2 Tea Rose Stakes in Sydney at her past 2 outings. Second favourite is Shoals who ran home well for 0.4 length 2nd in the Thousand Guineas Prelude, while third favourite is Booker, the winner of that race, who held on to win after taking the front 300m from home.
Leather’n’lace won 3 races before 3rd in the Group 2 Edward Manifold Stakes. Mintha ran 2nd in the Group 3 Scarborough Stakes last start, while She’s So High ran 4th in the Thousand Guineas Prelude. Aloisia resumed for 5th over 1400m at Caulfield, while Pure Scot was 4th in the Edward Manifold last start.
The following are the top 4 selections from our tipster panel for this years race.
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|1 Shoals||1 Shoals||5 Aloisia|
|3 Booker||7 Mintha||1 Shoals|
|7 Mintha||3 Booker||7 Mintha|
Previous winners of the Thousand Guineas:
The Thousand Guineas is the female equivalent of the Caulfield Guineas, and in recent years nearly all the winning fillies have been ridden off the pace and won with one long sustained run. Notable winners include Miss Finland (2006) and Toy Show (1975) who are the only two Golden Slipper winners to win the race.
|2016||Global Glamour||I Am A Star (NZ)||Whispering Brook|
|2015||Stay With Me||Jameka||Badawiya|
|2012||Commanding Jewel||Dear Demi||Zydeco|
|2011||Atlantic Jewel||Mosheen||Sharnee Rose|
|2009||Irish Lights||Melito||Faint Perfume|
|2007||Serious Speed||Extension Of Time||Antarctic Miss (NZ)|
|2006||Miss Finland||Permaiscuous||Cheeky Choice|
|2005||Mnemosyne||Rewaaya (NZ)||Serenade Rose|
|2004||Alinghi||Hollow Bullet||Ballet Society (NZ)|
|2002||Macedon Lady||La Bella Dame||Fuji Dancer|
|2001||Magical Miss||Ha Ha||Li Lo Lill|
|2000||All Time High||Ponton Flyer||Tanith|