The Caulfield Guineas is a Gr 1 Australian horse race contested
over 1600m by three-year-old thoroughbreds under set weight
conditions in October every year at Caulfield Racecourse in
Melbourne. The race currently offers a purse of AUD$1 million and is
one of Melbourne's premier races for three-year-olds.
Inaugurated in 1881, the Caulfield Guineas has a rich and long
heritage and is considered to be the most important race of
Caulfield's three-day spring racing carnival. As such, it always
attracts the who's who of the Melbourne horseracing scene, as well
as droves of horseracing fans, never mind top runners.
Every year the Caulfield Guineas boasts many of the most formidable
colts and fillies from Victoria and often further afield, many of
whom have gone on to win many more of the country's biggest races.
Caulfield Guineas is always run on Saturday, which is the first day
of the festive and exciting spring racing carnival.
Over the years there have been many worthy Caulfield Guineas
victors, such as Heroic who won the race in 1924 and became one of
the most beloved horses of his time. Entered into the Australian
Racing Hall of Fame in 2003, Heroic won the Australian Derby, the
Cox Plate, the Newmarket Handicap and more.
More recently, Vain (1969), Luskin Star (1977), Manikato (1978), Red
Anchor (1984), Mahogany (1993), Lonhro (2001) and Weekend Hussler
(2007) delivered memorable victories in the Caulfield Guineas.
Weekend Hustler went on to win the Newmarket Handicap, the Makybe
Diva Stakes and many others.