Thousand Guineas Prelude 2023 Race Details

Race 5 at Caulfield Racecourse on Saturday the 21st October 2023.

The Thousand Guineas Prelude is a Group 2 1400 metre set weights plus penalties race run by the Melbourne Racing Club in October. It is run at Caulfield as part of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival. The total prize money is $300,000 this year.

You can read more about the race history, lead-up races, and past winners on the Thousand Guineas Prelude page.

How to pick a winner

Thousand Guineas Prelude 2023 Preview

Track: Good Weather: Fine

The three year old fillies races are often tricky contests to work out but I thought the Thousand Guineas Prelude was one of the races of the day.  There are seventeen acceptors and plenty of different betting angles.  At the time of writing Inhibitions, Lovely Lookin’ and Coeur Volante are all vying for favoritism.  The remaining horses are $10-1 or longer.

Thousand Guineas Prelude 2023 Runner by Runner

1. Lazzago

Was held up for a stride or two in the Scarborough Stakes last start then hit the line well enough for fourth.  In the mix.

2. Bossy Nic

She ran well for third beaten a length in the Scarborough first up.  Strips fitter here and has to be some chance.

3. Coeur Volante

Thought here win in the Scarborough was outstanding.  Had to duck back to the inside but that was soft on the line.  Barrier 17 isn’t ideal here but the field could easily bunch and she could sprint straight over the top of them.

4. Zourion

Kiwi who was sixth in the Scarborough first up.  Strips fitter but does need to find a few lengths.

5. Oz Empress

She won the Jim Moloney here last start after getting map favours.  I’d be shocked if that form holds up.  One I’m keen to oppose.

6. Zoukerette

Was seventh in the Jim Moloney last start.  Maps for a nice run.

7. Azula

Resumes   Won twice in frist prep before a failure in the JJ Atkins.  Resumes off two good trials and has Tim Clark in the saddle.  Wary of her.

8. Inhibitions

Very consistent customer trained by James Cummings.  I think she is pretty exposed now but is a place chance again here.

9. Rose Of Shalaa

Won the Gold Strike at Warrnambool during their May carnival and certainly wasn’t disgraced first up in the Cap D’Antibes at a huge price.

10. Apache Song

Was heavily backed in a Moe maiden first up and absolutely walked in.  Has been backed to the jump outs since and jumped out well.  In the mix.

11. Nodachi

She’s been running well with out winning.  Keeps Lane for this.

12. Lovely Lookin’

Lightly raced South Australian who absolutely bolted in at Morphettville last start.  Looked like she had more to come through the line there as well.  Maps to tuck in behind and get a lovely trail from eight.  Can see why the market has warmed to her early.

13. Vivy Air

She won a strong bm64 at Seymour first up.  Getting to 1400m suits.  She’s defintely got some talent and is a knock out chance at odds.

14. Moesha

Loved her win two back at Hamilton beating subsequent winner Ode To Joy.  Then was luckless last start in a race at Sandown which has produced some really strong form.  Would have loved to see her draw in a few spots from 13 but I’m pretty keen she runs well here at double figure odds.

15. Floozie

Started short odds and cleaned up a maiden field with ease last start at Mornington.  I’d say she needs to find a few lengths off that.

16. Matawai

First up for Price and Kent.  She won a maiden in New Zealand by 2.3 lengths in September at her only start.  Wary.

17. Stellar Mofeed

Deep into prep and not good enough.

Thousand Guineas Prelude 2023 Tips

The following are the top 4 selections for this years race.

Lewis Oliver’s Tips
Jo Jackson’s Tips
12 Lovely Lookin 8 Inhibitions
’14 Moesha 12 Lovely Lookin
3 Coeur Volante 3 Coeur Volante
7 Azula 5 Oz Empress

Previews for other races this week

Group 1 Caulfield Cup 2023 (Caulfield 2400m)

Group 2 Caulfield Sprint 2023 (Caulfield 1000m)

Group 2 Tristarc Stakes 2023 (Caulfield 1400m)

Group 3 Caulfield Classic 2023 (Caulfield 2000m)

Group 3 Ethereal Stakes 2023 (Caulfield 2000m)

Group 3 Moonga Stakes 2023 (Caulfield 1400m)

Listed Alinghi Stakes 2023 (Caulfield 1100m)

Listed Gothic Stakes 2023 (Caulfield 1400m)

Five Diamonds Prelude 2023 (Randwick 1500m)

Group 3 Eurythmic Stakes 2023 (Ascot 1400m)

Listed R.S. Crawford Stakes 2023 (Ascot 1000m)

Listed Seymour Cup 2023 (Seymour 1600m)  – Sunday

Thousand Guineas Prelude 2023 Race Results

Result Horse Margin
1st 3 Coeur Volante
2nd 13 Vivy Air 1.25 lengths
3rd 4 Zourion 1.35 lengths
4th 14 Moesha 3.1 lengths

The track was rated as Good 4

Scratchings: 6. Zoukerette, 11. Nodachi, 15. Floozie.