The Thousand Guineas is a 1600M Sprint race exclusive for three year old fillies only. The event is held each year at the Caulfield Racecourse in Melbourne and is run under set weight conditions. The Thousand Guineas is today worth up to $500,000 in prize money and is regarded as the premier Melbourne spring carnival race for three year old fillies. The event was held in midweek since 1988 but was moved to Saturday last year to coincide with the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas.
The Thousand Guineas has a proud history of producing remarkable fillies over sprint distances. The 2013 race was exciting and enthralling to say the least with Guelph putting up a strong performance to bag the title. May’s Dream was on hand to take second with Gregers having to settle for third. Three year old fillies that win the Thousand Guineas can also bag a bonus of $250,000 if indeed they can move on and take the Caulfield Classic a week later. The race is the biggest for three year old fillies and as such it always assembles the best of the best from across the country.
The ideal progression races for the Thousand Guineas include the Group 2 Wakeful Stakes and the Group 1 Crown Oaks. The Thousand Guineas however is always a build up for the Caulfield Classic and considering that the Classic is now worth up to $750,000 in prize money, a lot of three year olds will for sure look forward to progress in this race. The Edward Manifold Stakes is the perfect lead up for the Thousand Guineas and Gallica was the last filly to win the Thousand Guineas and Edward Manifold Stakes double back in 2008.
Miss Finland in 2006 was on hand to take home the Thousand Guineas and the Crown Oaks in the same year with Special Harmony and Magic Miss also completing the same feat in 2003 and 2001 respectively. In 2011, Atlantic Jewel won the race on course towards victory in the Wakeful Stakes. The Thousand Guineas is always rich in talent and even in 2014 the event is expected to bring to light some of Australia’s most talented three year old fillies.
Thousand Guineas recent winners & placegetters
|2012||Commanding Jewel||Dear Demi||Zydeco||1:37.1|
|2011||Atlantic Jewel||Mosheen||Sharnee Rose||1:35.8|
|2009||Irish Lights||Melito||Faint Perfume||1:38.8|
|2007||Serious Speed||Extension of Time||Antarctic Miss||1:36.3|
|2006||Miss Finland||Permaiscuous||Cheeky Choice||1:37.2|
|2004||Alinghi||Hollow Bullet||Ballet Society||1:37.1|
|2002||Macedon Lady||La Bella Dama||Fuji Dancer||1:36.4|
|2001||Magical Miss||Ha Ha||Li Lo Lill||1:37.0|
|2000||All Time High||Ponton Flyer||Tanith||1:36.3|
|1999||Shizu||Danglissa||Beat The Fade||1:39.4|
|1998||Inaflury||Danelagh||St. Clemens Belle||1:38.3|
|1997||Lady Of The Pines||Rose Of Danehill||Regal Sashay||1:35.9|
|1995||Shame||Saleous||Not On Friday||1:36.4|
|1992||Azzurro||Love Comes To Town||Burst||1:37.4|
|1988||Riverina Charm||Research||Boardwalk Angel||1:37.2|