Caulfield Guineas

Caulfield Guineas
Date: Saturday, October 13
Location: Caulfield Racecourse
Prize Money: $2 Million
Distance: 1,600m

The Caulfield Guineas is one of the highlight races on the Australian racing calendar and it has long been a stallion-making race.

The Group 1 mile (1600m) is currently worth $2 million and is held every October at Caulfield Racecourse in Melbourne. A race only for three-year-olds, the Caulfield Guineas is considered a make-or-break race for some juveniles which are hoping for a career at stud.

Some of the world’s greatest stallions have won the Caulfield Guineas which makes it a highly sought-after race for trainers, owners and punters who like to bet on a good horse.

Redoute’s Choice, Show A Heart, All Too Hard and the mighty Lonhro have all gone on to good stud careers which makes the Caulfield Guineas a must-win race. It also resonates well with punters which love betting on horses that have been publicly hyped.

2018 Caulfield Guineas result


1stThe Autumn Sun ($1.80)
2ndVassilator ($11.10)
3rdOohood ($2.20)

Where punters can bet on the Caulfield Guineas

The Caulfield Guineas is a major betting race and our bookmakers typically get markets up months in advance. The bookies will often offer futures, fixed win and fixed place markets which will be available throughout the year and punters can find the best value with the bookmakers listed below.

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2018 Caulfield Guineas betting odds

Chris Waller’s The Autumn Sun is the early Caulfield Guineas favourite. Source: Bradley Photos.

Chris Waller colt The Autumn Sun is the early $4.80 favourite across the board with any respected online bookmakers.

Super tough Victorian Brutal is on the next line of betting at the $8 mark while Graff ($9 at Neds) is the only other runner in single figures.

How to find the winner of the Caulfield Guineas

It’s natural for punters to navigate towards the favoured runners, and that’s not a bad strategy when betting on the Caulfield Guineas. The three-year-old group 1 has a great record with favourites, with five winning over the past 10 years.

The list of favourites to win is a long list, featuring 11 runners from the last 33 years alone and it’s a great form guide for racing to come.

Press Statement, Long John, Helmut, Whobegotyou, Weekend Hussler, Show A Heart, Redoute’s Choice, Encounter, Our Maizcay, Mahogany and Red Anchor all won as the bookmakers’ favourite. There have been favourites to lose, of course, but they have still performed very well.

The Ken Keys-trained Rich Enuff finished second in 2014 behind Shooting To Win. Pierro was the biggest upset of Caulfield Guineas history when it ran second behind All Too Hard paying only $1.22, but All Too Hard proved its worth further down the track.

Future champion stallions have also failed to win. Encosta De Lago was a defeated $1.55 favourite with Exceed And Excel running sixth as the $2.50 favourite.

Punters will be happy to know that only one of the last 10 Caulfield Guineas favourites have failed to finish in the top three. That’s a consistent statistic and a reason why punters love betting on this race.

For the punters wanting to back a long shot, nine horses have paid over double figured for the win with an average win price of $53.44. That tells us when you’re looking for the upset, look very wide.

Recent Caulfield Guineas runnings

  • Champion colt in the making The Autumn Sun came into the Guineas as a short priced favourite and won in brilliant fashion. Coming three wide at the mid-way stage of the race the Autumn Sun looked to be doing additional work in the run but as the straight approached the Waller runner separated from the field to record a commanding victory.
  • Mighty Boss caused a mighty upset in 2017 when winning at odds of $78. The Mick Price-trained runner wasn’t expected to win as the well-fancied Catchy, Kementari and Royal Symphony took most of the action, but it was too strong along the inside of runners. New Zealand jockey Michael Walker was able to sneak along the inside to upset the field. The three well-favoured runners finished just behind the leader. Read race report.
  • John and Wayne Hawkes were well and truly on the way back to the top of the training pile when Divine Prophet won the Caulfield Guineas in 2016. With gun hoop Dwayne Dunn onboard, Divine Prophet, a $7 chance, had too much toe from an inside barrier to win from swooper Seaburge ($31) and Hey Doc ($11). It was a great effort for Divine Prophet to turn the tables on Impending, which had beaten him last start in Sydney. Read a full report.
  • Winner Press Statement paid just over $2 when defeating the likes of Lizard Island, Ready For Victory and future top-liner Tarzino. Out of the 2015 Caulfield Guineas also came the highly-performed Rageese, Tulsa, Dal Cielo and Odyssey Moon which made up one of the best fields of all time. Press Statement continued on with its career in good fashion with Tarzino having won major races in both Melbourne and Sydney since.
  • Shooting To Win gave Peter And Paul Snowden a memorable victory. The newly-formed training partnership scored with their Northern Meteor colt, beating the hot favourite Rich Enuff by a short margin. The form out of this race hasn’t been as strong as other year’s, but Wandjina and Almalad have gone on to good careers for trainer Gai Waterhouse.
  • It was all about Long John. Trained by Peter Snowden who was Sheikh Mohammed’s Australian boss. One of the best form races that season, the Caulfield Guineas featured future Cox Plate champion Shamus Award, Australian Horse of the Year winner Dissident, talented Kiwi El Roca and Charlie Boy.
  • Only eight runners lined up in 2012, but the first two home will remain in Australian racing folklore for a long time. Pierro was unbackable at $1.22 on the win market and after missing the jump there were plenty of nervous punters. The Hawkes-trained All Too Hard stalked the pace and looked gone with 100m to go, but it picked up Pierro late and stormed to victory by a half-length. Both All Too Hard and Pierro would soon go to stud and become successful stallions.
  • Peter Snowden captured another title with Helmut in 2011. The impressive colt held off a gallant Manawanui to score by a neck and although it had some problems running straight throughout its career, it was too good for them in the Caulfield Guineas.

Guide to the Caulfield Guineas

Paul and Peter Snowden
Paul and Peter Snowden have dominated the Guineas in recnet times.

There are many lead-up races to the Caulfield Guineas, but none more so than the Caulfield Guineas Prelude. The aptly-named race is run over 1400m two weeks before the Guineas with seven winners coming out of the Prelude since 2000.

Three horses have done the double: Helmut, Anacheeva and Wonderful World, so look for horses that are running on well in the Prelude for the best betting guide.

The Bill Stutt Stakes is also a good guide with two Caulfield Guineas winners having won the Bill Stutt as their lead-up race. Whobegotyou and Helenus used this schedule and it proved to be a good tactic.

Jockey Kerrin McEvoy is a jockey to follow in the Caulfield Guineas. The hoop as won two and placed in three from only 10 starts. That’s a good record so keep note of which horse he is riding come October.

Luke Nolen, Damien Oliver and Noel Callow also have good records in the jockey ranks.

We have discussed the success of Peter Snowden and with a good, young team coming through his stables, it will pay to follow him every year. Training with his son Paul, the Snowden’s know how to handle young horses and betting on them is a good way to make money in the Caulfield Guineas.

The Metropolitan past winners list

Caulfield Guineas past winners
Year The Metropolitan Past Winner
2018 The Autumn Sun
2017 Mighty Boss
2016 Divine Prophet
2015 Press Statement
2014 Shooting To Win
2013 Long John
2012 All Too Hard
2011 Helmet
2010 Anacheeva
2009 Starspangledbanner
2008 Whobegotyou
2007 Weekend Hussler
2006 Wonderful World
2005 God’s Own
2004 Econsul
2003 In Top Swing
2002 Helenus
2001 Lonhro
2000 Show A Heart
1999 Redoute’s Choice
1998 Kenwood Melody
1997 Encounter
1996 Alfa
1995 Our Maizcay
1994 St. Covet
1993 Mahogany
1992 Palace Reign
1991 Chortle
1990 Centro
1989 Procol Harum
1988 Vitalic
1987 Marwong
1986 Abaridy
1985 Drawn
1984 Red Anchor
1983 Beechcraft
1982 Grosvenor
1981 Binbinga
1980 Sovereign Red
1979 Runaway Kid
1978 Manikato
1977 Luskin Star
1976 Surround
1975 Sou’wester
1974 Kenmark
1973 Grand Cidium
1972 Sobar
1971 Beau Sovereign
1970 Dual Choice
1969 Vain
1968 Rajah Sahib
1967 Dark Purple
1966 Storm Queen
1965 Star Affair
1964 Yangtze
1963 Time And Tide
1962 Coppelius
1961 King Brian
1960 Lady Sybil
1959 Prince Lea
1958 Wiggle
1957 Tulloch
1956 Hot Spell
1955 Caranna
1954 King Boru
1953 Barfleur
1952 Bayside
1951 Hydrogen
1950 Merry Scout
1949 Iron Duke
1948 Phoibos
1947 Hororata
1946 Praetor
1945 Attley / Royal Gem
1944 Kintore
1943 Lawrence
1942 Great Britain
1941 Tea Cake
1940 Lucrative
1939 High Caste
1938 Nuffield
1937 Ajax
1936 Beechwood
1935 Young Idea
1934 Theo
1933 Palphar
1932 Liberal
1931 Ammon Ra
1930 Green Wave
1929 Pentheus
1928 Balmerino
1927 Avant Courier
1926 Rampion
1925 Manacre
1924 Heroic
1923 King Carnival
1922 Soorak
1921 Demetrius
1920 Midilli
1919 Artilleryman
1918 Eusebius
1917 Thrice
1916 Ettefred
1915 Patrobas
1914 Blague
1913 Andelosia
1912 Burrawang
1911 Woolerina
1910 Danaus
1909 Malt King
1908 Parsee
1907 Master Foote
1906 Booran
1905 Lady Wallace
1904 Demas
1903 Sweet Nell
1902 Strata Florida
1901 Ibex
1900 Kinglike
1899 Tremarden
1898 Bobadil
1897 Aurum
1896 The Officer
1895 Wallace
1894 Cobbity
1893 Patron
1892 Autonomy
1891 Strathmore
1890 Annesley
1889 Rudolph
1888 Volley
1887 Carlyon
1886 Maddelina
1885 Ringmaster
1884 Sandal
1883 Sardius
1882 Fryingpan
1881 Wheatear