Caulfield Guineas Day News
Exciting gelding Long John held-off Gai Waterhouse-trained Divine Calling and the unlucky Shamus Award to win the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield this afternoon.
Long John was ridden just off the pace by Kerrin McEvoy and got off the fence with 350 metres left to run to hit the front and race clear in the final straight.
Caulfield Guineas Day
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. The 2013 Caulfield Guineas Day will be held on Saturday October 12.
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.
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2013 Caulfield Guineas Field
|1. DISSIDENT (13)||Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen|
|2. CHARLIE BOY (3)||Gerald Ryan||Michael Rodd|
|3. DIVINE CALLING (10)||Gai Waterhouse||Nash Rawiller|
|4. LONG JOHN (1)||Peter Snowden||Kerrin McEvoy|
|5. SHAMUS AWARD (11)||Danny O’Brien||Glen Boss|
|6. ECLAIR BIG BANG (4) (NZ)||Phillip Stokes||Dom Tourneur|
|7. PRINCE HARADA (12)||Tony Vasil||Damien Oliver|
|8. WEINHOLT (6)||Peter G Moody||Ben Melham|
|9. LATE CHARGE (9)||Wendy Kelly||Vlad Duric|
|10. EL ROCA (2)||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||Craig Newitt|
|11. CLUSTER (8)||Anthony Cummings||Hugh Bowman|
|12. NITE ROCKER (14)||Lloyd Kennewell||Joe Bowditch|
|13. GREAT ESTEEM (5)||David Hayes||Chad Schofield (a)|
|14. MARWOOD (NZ) (7)||Michael Moroney||Brett Prebble|
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 2013 Caulfield Cup is up next on the 19th of October, 2013.
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.
Caulfield Guineas Day
While the Caulfield Guineas is certainly the main event, Caulfield Guineas day does feature a couple of other big races – the Group 1 Toorak Handicap and Group 1 Yalumba Stakes. The Toorak Handicap is a 1600 metre race for three year olds and up, while the Yalumba 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.