Caulfield Guineas

Caulfield Guineas

Group One Betting Guide
Date: Saturday, October 10, 2020
Location: Caulfield Racecourse
Prize Money: $2,000,000
Distance: 1600m

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 $2,000,000 and is held every October at Caulfield Racecourse in Melbourne to help kickstart the Caulfield Cup Carnival . 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.

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.

United States Sport Table

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2020 Caulfield Guineas betting odds

After his win in Golden Rose at Rosehill the Hawkes trained Ole Kirk has opened a $4.60 favourite in final field markets and gets the service of William Pike for the first time. IN what looks an open edition of the Caulfield Guineas the Stutt Stakes winner Glenfiddich for Peter Moody and Luke is on the second line of betting at $5.50, whilst Sydney sider Mounga will have his first run in Melbourne after two dominant performances up in Sydney and the Waller/Oliver duo look a formidable combination. Tagaloa and King’s Legacy are also well in the market early on in the week.

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.

2019 Caulfield Guineas result

1stSuper Seth ($7.50)
2ndAlligator Blood ($2.00)
3rdGroundswell ($3.80)

Recent Caulfield Guineas runnings

  • Super Seth wins the $2m Caulfield Guineas when he produced a barnstorming finish despite giving Alligator Blood a 5 length head start when entering the home straight, Alligator Blood backers were in the queue awaiting their collection with 100 metres to go, but the Anthony Freedman trained colt had other ideas and was able to nab the ‘Gator right on the line in one of the closest finishes in the Caulfield Guineas in recent history.
    • 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.

    Luke Nolen, Damien Oliver and Noel Callow have good records in the Caulfield Guineas 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 Caulfield Guineas Past Winners
    2019 Super Seth
    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