The Thousand Guineas Prelude is a high energy 1400M Group 2 Sprint race that is held during the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival- one of Australia’s biggest Horse racing event. The race is held at the iconic Caulfield Racecourse in Melbourne Victoria and is today worth up to $175,000 in prize money. The Thousand Guineas Prelude is not one of the elite horse races in the Melbourne Spring yet in recent years the event has not only managed to assemble talented sprinters but also it tends to attract a sizable crowd.
The 2013 edition of the race was gladly taken by Gregers after the horse broke away from the chasing pack in the final meters to score an easy victory. Coming through in second and third respectively was Marianne and Politeness. The Thousand Guineas Prelude was upgraded to a Group 2 race for the 2013-14 season and is going to share the same date and the same stage with the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes in this year’s Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival. The Thousand Guineas Prelude is exclusive for fillies only and is often run under set weights.
The event is seen as the best build up race for the big money Group 1 Thousand Guineas. Commanding Jewel was on hand in 2102 to take home the Thousand Guineas Prelude and the Thousand Guineas double victory with Irish Lights also replicating this success in 2009. In most cases, winners or top performers in the Thousand Guineas Prelude will often look to do well in the Thousand Guineas but most will also take on other fillies only races in the Carnival.
A number of great sprinters have emerged from the race. Se Sauver for example finished sixth in the Thousand Guineas Prelude but did exceptionally well to take home the Group 2 Edward Manifold Stakes. Mosheen though did a little better and after running third in the Thousand Guineas Prelude in 2011, the horse would later win the Group 1 Crown Oaks, the Edward Manifold Stakes and a second placed finish in the Thousand Guineas. The Thousand Guineas Prelude is a great race for raw and emerging talent and should be an ideal pick for horse racing fans this year.
Thousand Guineas Prelude recent winners & placegetters
|2014||Afleet Esprit||Amicus||Go Indy Go||1:24.5|
|2012||Kelinni||Commanding Jewel||Molto Bene||1:24.9|
|2011||Bliss Street||Hallowell Belle||Mosheen||1:24.4|
|2009||Irish Lights||Set For Fame||Mont Fleuri||1:26.1|
|2006||Miss Finland||Anamato||My Only Hope||1:24.3|
|2004||Hollow Bullet||Ballet Society||Astradame||1:24.3|
|2002||La Bella Dame||Toast Of The Coast||Lashed||1:24.2|
|2001||Haste Ye Back||Malagra Miss||Special Grange||1:25.0|
|2000||So Gorgeous||Ponton Flyer||All Time High||1:22.9|
|1999||Miss Pennymoney||My Sienna||One Under||1:22.5|
|1998||Danelagh||Visual Displays||Oaks Dream||1:23.9|
|1997||Cornwall Queen||Kensington Palace||Rose Of Danehill||1:23.7|
|1996||Derobe||Fairway Lass||Simply Believe||1:25.6|
|1993||Brompton Cross||Motown Blue||Fine Recipe||1:24.7|
|1991||Chador||Latin Halo||Dancefloor Doll||1:29.3|
|1990||Century Pike||Tassuti||Holiday Lover||1:26.1|
|1989||Pleasure Bandit||Snow Apple||Pure Talent||1:39.4|
|1988||Imposing Bloom||Goodbye Tristram||Kingdom Poacher||1:38.6|