Caulfield Guineas Race Information

The Caulfield Guineas is part of the spring Group One thoroughbred horse racing in Melbourne, Australia, every October, leading up to the Melbourne Cup.

  • Race Type: Group 1
  • Distance: 1600 metres
  • Conditions: Set weights, 3YOs
  • Track: Caulfield Racecourse, Melbourne, Victoria
  • Prizemoney: $2,000,000
  • Date: Saturday, 10 October 2020

Caulfield Guineas Race History

See the 2020 Caulfield Guineas Preview and Results

In addition to the Caulfield Guineas, which has a total prize money of $2,000,000, The Thousand Guineas, Caulfield Stakes and Toorak Handicap are held on the same day a week before the BMW Caulfield Cup as part of the Caulfield Cup Carnival.

The Caulfield Guineas is for three-year-olds, has set weights and is run over a 1600-metre turf course. First run in 1881, the Guineas has been won by such topliners as Lonhro, 2001; Redoute’s Choice, 1999; Our Maizcay, 1995; Mahogany, 1993; Red Anchor, 1984; Grosvenor, 1982; Manikato, 1978; Luskin Star, 1977; and Surround, 1976.

Useful Facts

Last filly to win: Surround (1976)

Fastest time (1400m): Helmet (2011) 1:35:36

Leading trainers: Bart Cummings with 5 wins (Wonderful World 2007; God’s Own 2006; Alfa 1996; Kenmark 1974; Storm Queen 1966)

Interesting trivia: Skalato was first past the post in 2000 but later disqualified after returning a positive swab.  Marwong (1987) won on protest from Our Poetic Prince. In 1945 Royal Gem and Attley dead-heated for first. 1999 winner Redoubte’s Choice is the sire of 2005 winner God’s Own and 2018 winner The Autumn Sun.

Previous winners of the Caulfield Guineas

Wonderful World, ridden by Luke Nolen and trained by Bart Cummings, won the 2006 outing in a time of 1.35.98. Excites was second and Court Command finished third. Cummings trained God’s Own, with Glen Boss up, won the 2005 Caulfield Guineas. Cummings has five Guineas cups. His other winners were Alfa, Kenmark and Storm Queen. Other recent winners include Enconsul, 2004; In Top Swing, 2003; Helenus, 2002; Show A Heart, 2000; Kenwood Melody, 1998; Encounter, 1997; Alfa, 1996; and Our Maizcay, 1995.

In the past ten years, Steven King and R. S. Dye each have two Guineas wins. King won in 2000 on Show a Heart and in 2002 on Helisso. Dye’s wins were back-to-back. In 1997 he won with Encounter and in 1998 with Kenwood Melody.The longest priced winner of the Guineas was Abaridy, who went off at 250-1 odds in 1986. 2017 winner Mighty Boss was 100 to 1.

Notable winners of the race include The Autumn Sun (2018), Press Statement (2015), All Too Hard (2012), Starspangledbanner (2009), Weekend Hussler (2007), Helenus (2002), Lonhro (2001), Redoute’s Choice (1999), Encounter (1997), Mahogany (1993), Red Anchor (1984), Manikato (1978), Luskin Star (1977), Surround (1976), Sobar (1972), Dual Choice (1970), Vain (1969), Storm Queen (1966), Tulloch (1957), Hydrogen (1951), Royal Gem (1945 dead-heat). High Caste (1939), Ajax (1937), Heroic (1924), Patrobus (1915), Malt King (1909), Sweet Nell (1903), Bobadil (1898) and Wallace (1895).

Year Winner Second Third
2020 Ole Kirk Aysar Grandslam
2019 Super Seth Alligator Blood Groundswell
2018 The Autumn Sun Vassilator Oohood
2017 Mighty Boss Kementari Catchy
2016 Divine Prophet Seaburge Hey Doc
2015 Press Statement Lizard Island Ready For Victory
2014 Shooting To Win Rich Enuff Wandjina
2013 Long John Divine Calling Shamus Award
2012 All Too Hard Pierro Epaulette
2011 Helmet Manawanui Huegill
2010 Anacheeva Run For Levi Masquerader
2009 Starspangledbanner Carrara Manhattan Rain
2008 Whobegotyou Time Thief Von Costa De Hero
2007 Weekend Hussler Scenic Blast Marching
2006 Wonderful World Excites Court Command
2005 Gods Own Paratroopers Primus
2004 Econsul Barely A Moment Under Command
2003 In Top Swing Face Value Kempinsky
2002 Helenus Bel Esprit Choisir
2001 Lonhro Ustinov Pure Theatre
2000 Show A Heart Fubu Sale Of Century

2018 Caulfield Guineas Preview & Tips:

Track: Good   Weather: Fine

With the early scratching of Ranier from the outside barrier, there will be 14 runners with 11 colts, two geldings and one filly. Seven runners had their last start in the Group 3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude while another three had their last start in the Group 2 Stutt Stakes. The short-priced favourite is The Autumn Sun who was an impressive winner of the Golden Rose last outing. Second favourite is Native Soldier who won the Caulfield Guineas Prelude by 2 lengths. Third favourite is the filly Oohood who won the Flight Stakes in a blanket finish after several placings at Group level.

Leonardo Da Hinchi sprinted hard to win the Stutt Stakes last outing. Gem Song was a close 2nd in the Listed Dulcify Quality at Randwick. Tavisan ran 2nd in the Caulfield Guineas Prelude, while Good ‘n’ Fast finished 8th. All other runners are currently 30 to 1 or longer.

The following are the top 4 selections from our tipster panel for this years race.

Jo’s Tips
1 The Autumn Sun
4 Leonardo Da Hinchi
15 Oohood
2 Native Soldier