Caulfield Guineas Day News

Talented Queensland colt Nikitas has been transferred to the care of leading trainer Chris Waller for the forthcoming Spring Carnival, and will reportedly be set for major middle distance races including the 2016 Caulfield Guineas (1600m).

Nikitas will be set for the 2016 Caulfield Guineas upon resuming in spring. Photo: Daniel Costello

Nikitas began his racing career under the …


Caulfield Guineas Day

The 2015 BECK Caulfield Guineas Day is cause for great celebration, as it is the opening to the Caulfield Spring Racing Carnival, with the highly regarded Caulfield Guineas as the feature event.

2015 Caulfield Guineas Results

  • 1st: Press Statement
  • 2nd: Lizard Island
  • 3rd: Ready For Victory

The 2015 Caulfield Guineas Day will be held on Saturday October 10.

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The Caulfield Guineas is a Group 1 race for 3 year olds, run over 1600 metres at set weights. It is held at Caulfield Racecourse on the second Saturday of October each year and has been run every year since its inception in 1881. Since its earliest days, it has been a popular event for punters, but it is even more popular for wagering now thanks to the convenience of online betting sites like Ladbrokes.com.au.

The sponsor of the 2015 Caulfield Guineas is the BECK Property Group.

Sponsor BECK Property
Inaugurated 1881
Distance 1600m
Prize $1 million
Age 3YO
Sex Fillies
Conditions Set Weights w Penalties
Record Helmet (1:35.36)

Caulfield Guineas Betting Tips

First of all, bets on fillies in this race are not a good idea. No filly has won the Caulfield Guineas since Surround in 1976. The quality of competition has only improved in recent years, so it would have to be an incredible filly that could stand a chance in this race without just being entered into the Thousand Guineas instead.

Secondly, be sure to watch the Stutt Stakes as winners of that race are often impressive in the Caulfield Guineas. The 2008 Caulfield Guineas winner Whobegotyou won the Stutt Stakes earlier in the season, and the 2009 Stutt Stakes winner Carrara placed second in that year’s Caulfield Guineas.

Previous Blue Diamond Stakes winners have also fared well in the Caulfield Guineas. Redoute’s Choice won both races in 1999, and Bel Esprit won the Blue Diamond Stakes and then placed second in the Caulfield Guineas in 2002. With that said, Starspangledbanner won the 2009 Caulfield Guineas despite running ninth in the Blue Diamond Stakes, so don’t depend on this race too much when judging a runner’s Caulfield Guineas chances.

Last of all, be sure you choose to place your bets with an online betting site like Ladbrokes.com.au or bookmaker.com.au. These sites are trustworthy and offer great odds on the Caulfield Guineas. They also run promotional offers that can make your bets pay off better, so be sure to sign up early in the Spring Racing Carnival to make the most of those deals! The 2015 Caulfield Cup is up next on the 18th of October, 2014.

Caulfield Guineas Field

The Caulfield Guineas field is limited to 16 runners plus 4 emergencies, yet the race receives hundreds of nominations each year. It draws many of Australia’s best three year old colts, as the race offers a generous $1 million purse as well as attention for its champions Caulfield Guineas champions often go on to be very profitable studs, so every Caulfield Guineas field is filled with the best colts of the day.

2015 Caulfield Guineas Field

The 2015 Caulfield Guineas field will be posted on the Caulfield Guineas Field page when it becomes available on October 8th, 2014.

Caulfield Guineas Day

While the Caulfield Guineas is certainly the main event, Caulfield Guineas day does feature a few other big races – the Group 1 Toorak Handicap, Group 1 Thousand Guineas and Group 1 Caulfield Stakes. The Toorak Handicap is a 1600 metre race for three year olds and up, the Thousand Guineas is a 3YO filly event raced over 1600m, while the Caulfield Stakes is a 2000 metre weight for age race for three year olds and up. Despite being overshadowed by the namesake event, these races are still highlights of Caulfield Guineas day.

Caulfield Guineas results at Caulfield Races can be a good indication of great performances in the WS Cox Plate later in the season. However, the Caulfield Guineas is a not a good race for finding a Cox Plate winner – the best runners from this race still only tend to place in the Cox Plate. Aside from the Cox Plate, the top performers on Caulfield Guineas Day tend to do well over similar lengths in the future, and may be worth watching next season.

If you enjoyed betting on the Caulfield Guineas then remember the Melbourne Cup 2015 is just around the corner with the Melbourne Cup Odds already posted on Ladbrokes.com.au.

2014 Caulfield Guineas Day Schedule

There are a massive ten black-type races on the Caulfield Guineas Day program. These are:

  • Listed Inglis Debutant Stakes
  • Group 3 Thoroughbred Club Stakes
  • Listed APT Weekend Hussler Stakes
  • Group 2 Anco Instant Turf Schillaci Stakes
  • Group 2 Sportingbet Herbert Power Stakes
  • Group 1 Cathay Pacific Caulfield Stakes
  • Group 1 David Jones NBCF Toorak Handicap
  • Group 1 Schweppes Thousand Guineas
  • Group 1 BECK Caulfield Guineas
  • Group 3 Sportingbet Sprint Series Final

Check out the Caulfield Guineas Race Day page for the full schedule.

Caulfield Guineas History

The Caulfield Guineas was inaugurated in 1881 and with the exception of a few years in World War II (1940-43) it has always been held at Caulfield Racecourse. Originally run over 1 mile (1609.3m) the Caulfield Guineas race distance was adjusted with the adoption of the metric system in 1972. The race has always been known by the name “Caulfield Guineas”.

The Caulfield Guineas is always held on the second Saturday in October and has come to form an intrinsic chapter of the three day Caulfield Carnival and the wider Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.

As of 2014, Caulfield Guineas Day became a considerably more important day for Australian racing. With the addition of the Thousand Guineas (previously held on the second day of the Caulfield Carnival), Caulfield Guineas Day now boasts a total of four stellar group 1 events.

The Caulfield Guineas is widely regarded as one of the world’s premier events for three year old horses. The Caulfield Guineas field regularly features a snapshot of the future stars of racing from around the world.

In 1979, the Caulfield Guineas went from a Principal race straight to Group 1 status. The first ever winner of the Caulfield Guineas was the renowned Wheatear in 1881. In 1979, Runaway Kid was the first winner under the new group system.

The Caulfield Guineas is a “stallion maker”. Colts who perform well in this race tend to go on to a few other major events prior to an early retirement to stud. Caulfield Guineas history is peppered with renowned stallions, including Weekend Hussler (2007), Lonhro (2001), Redoute’s Choice (1999) and Mahogany (1993) just in recent years.

The Caulfield Guineas tends to be dominated by the boys; the last filly to win this event was Surround in 1976. Handy fillies tend to try their luck in the Thousand Guineas instead.

There has only ever been one dead heat in the history of the Caulfield Guineas. In 1945, Attley and Royal Gem passed the post in unison, forcing stewards to award a split decision. Royal Gem later went on to be a highly successful sire in the United States.

The 2015 Cox Plate is just a few days away; keep your eyes on Cox Plate 2015 news here.