Caulfield Guineas Prelude


Date: Saturday 26th September 2015
Track: Caulfield racecourse, Melbourne
Distance: 1400 metres
Race Type: 3yo C&G – Set Weights + Penalty
Status: Group 3
Prizemoney: $175,000
2014 Winner: Rich Enuff

The Caulfield Guineas Prelude is a major and competitive Group 3 race that is held annually in September at the Caulfield Racecourse in Melbourne, the biggest city in Victoria, South East Australia. The race is exclusive to three year old geldings and colts only and is run over a sprint distance of 1400M. The 2013 edition of the race was graciously won by Éclair Big Bang after the horse did well to outclass a number of talented sprinters including second placed El Roca. Long John came through to take third despite a strong push in the final few meters. The Caulfield Guineas Prelude is today worth up to $175,000 in prize money.

The race will feature along a number of exciting races in this year’s Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival. Some of the notable events that take center stage on the same day include the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes along with other great races. The Caulfield Guineas Prelude is by far the best and most ideal build up for the Caulfield Guineas run over 1600M at the Caulfield Racecourse. The last horse to win both these races in the same year was the outstanding Helmet who achieved this remarkable success in 2011. Anacheeva was also on hand to complete the same feat a year earlier.

Although in most cases the Caulfield Guineas Prelude will normally assemble above average and handy sprinters, the event has generally been won by quality horses most of who have also done well in other races. After winning the 2013 edition of the Caulfield Guineas Prelude, Éclair Big Bang did well to run third in the Danehill Stakes. In 2010, Rekindled Interest finished fifth in the Caulfield Guineas Prelude and went on to take home the AAMI Vase a few weeks later.

Manhattan Rain did well to finish a respectable second in the WS Cox Stakes after running third in the 2009 edition of the Caulfield Guineas Prelude. The future is definitely bright for the Caulfield Guineas Prelude and based on the quality racing the event has been showcasing year after year, there is no doubt the Caulfield Guineas Prelude will be a major must see for horse racing fans across the country.

Caulfield Guineas Prelude recent winners & placegetters

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2014 Rich Enuff Looks Like The Cat Awesome Rock 1:23.4
2013 Eclair Big Bang El Roca Long John 1:23.3
2012 Epaulette Let Go Lenni Awesome Bro 1:24.2
2011 Helmet Secret Hills Specter 1:21.4
2010 Anacheeva Toorak Toff Skilled 1:23.1
2009 Demerit Trusting Manhattan Rain 1:24.7
2008 Fernandina Time Thief Von Costa De Hero 1:25.4
2007 Purrealist Marching Shrewd Rhythm 1:24.2
2006 Wonderful World Blue Lago Sharkbite 1:24.6
2005 Apache Cat Gods Own Danerich 1:27.0
2004 Tirade Fastnet Rock Classiconi 1:24.7
2003 Elvstroem In Top Swing Dance Up 1:22.3
2002 Great Glen Titanic Jack Helenus 1:23.2
2001 Pure Theatre King Of Prussia North Boy 1:24.2
2000 Fubu Show A Heart Debrief 1:22.4
1999 Sudurka Anakie Walk Commands 1:24.0
1998 Bet On A Rode Sedation Spectacular Gold 1:24.0
1997 Umrum Bradman Bonfires 1:22.8
1996 Alfa Tarnpir Lane Sober Affair 1:24.2
1995 Strategic Gold Ace El Qahiras Son 1:22.9
1994 Racers Edge Punctual Skipper Regent 1:23.4
1993 Port Watch Tolo Harbour Kendel Star 1:23.4
1992 Just Juan Let Him Ride Dr Oats 1:27.3
1991 Laranto Quo Ego Prince Acumen 1:28.4
1990 Unspoken Word Weasel Clause Shah Pak 1:11.9