Thousand Guineas Prelude News

Miss Gunpowder produced a commendable effort to run a credible third in the Group 3 Quezette Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield over the weekend, and trainer Phillip Stokes has revealed he will let the filly’s condition dictate whether or not she will press onto the 2015 Thousand Guineas Prelude (1400m) on…


Thousand Guineas Prelude

Held annually in September, the Thousand Guineas Prelude is a Group 3 1400-metre race for three-year-old fillies at Caulfield Racecourse.

The 2015 Thousand Guineas Prelude will be held on Sunday, September 27.

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The race serves as a lead-up qualifying event to the $500,000 Thousand Guineas which is a feature event at the Melbourne Spring Carnival.

Apart from offering $200,000 in prize money, the main carrot offered by the Thousand Guineas Prelude is ballot exemption for the winner into the Thousand Guineas.

First held in 1985, the Thousand Guineas Prelude was previously known as the Tranquil Star.

The obvious path for horses who excel in the exciting event is to the Thousand Guineas but the exceptional horses may go on to compete against the colts and geldings in the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas.

Upcoming Races

Group 1

Cox Plate

(2,040m)

Moonee Valley

$3,000,000

3YO WFA

Group 1

Caulfield Cup

(2,400m)

Caulfield

$2,500,000

3YO up Handicap

Group 1

Caulfield Stakes

(1600m)

Caulfield

$400,000

3YO SWPP

Group 1

Toorak Handicap

(1600m)

Caulfield

$400,000

Open Handicup

Group 1

Manikato Stakes

(1200m)

Moonee Valley

$1,000,000

WFA

Group 1

Melbourne Cup

(3200m)

Flemington

$6,000,000

3YO QH

With the excitement of spring racing well and truly in the air, the Thousand Guineas Prelude is held as part of a bumper Caulfield card that also includes the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes. Also held on the day is the Caulfield Guineas Prelude, the matching equivalent for colts and geldings.

Caulfield Racecourse

Host of the Thousand Guineas Prelude, Caulfield Racecourse, is one of the most famous race tracks in Australia.

As with all racecourses in Victoria, racing takes place in an anti-clockwise direction and the track has a circumference of 2080 metres.

Along with the Thousand Guineas Prelude, the course plays host to a number of top class events including the Caulfield Guineas and the Caulfield Cup.

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