Top 5 Caulfield Guineas Winners

Adam Cusworth in Caulfield Guineas 22 Feb 2020
Caulfield Guineas winners

 

The Caulfield Guineas (1600m) is one of the major Group 1 races for the three-year-olds in Australia and is run at Caulfield in October. See who made our list of top 5 Caulfield Guineas winners since 2000.

In modern times, the feature race has been taken out by some outstanding gallopers.

Top 5 Caulfield Guineas winners.

 

1. LONHRO (2001)

The son of Octagonal was among the first crop of horses for the hugely popular galloper from the mid 1990’s and confirmed himself as a serious racehorse with a last to first finish in the 2001 edition of the Caulfield Guineas. The flashy black horse won an amazing 26 races from 35 starts, including 11 Group 1’s, the first of which was this race. He was a top performer in an era that also featured the likes of Sunline and Northerly and split his time between Melbourne and Sydney, racing through until 2004 when he won the Australian Cup (2000m) in memorable fashion.

 

2. WEEKEND HUSSLER (2007)

Weekend Hussler had an amazing time of it in 2007 and 2008, winning race after race on his way to becoming the Australian Horse of the Year. He came from relative obscurity in the lead up to his Caulfield Guineas win in 2007 before equalling Kingston Town’s record for most Group 1 wins in a single season with victories in the Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) and Randwick Guineas (1600m) among his notable achievements. He returned at four to take out the Memsie Stakes (1400m) Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) and the Underwood Stakes (1800m) before injury cut him down.

 

3. THE AUTUMN SUN (2018)

The Autumn Sun retired prematurely for the breeding barn and raced nine times for eight wins, with five of those coming at the highest level. He broke through in the JJ Atkins Stakes (1600m) in the winter of 2018 before dominating his age group in the spring, taking out the Golden Rose Stakes and Caulfield Guineas (1600m). He took out this race by a massive five-length margin before returning in the autumn of 2019, producing an amazing come from behind win in the Randwick Guineas (1600m) and then bowing out a winner in the Rosehill Guineas (2000m) before heading to stud.

 

4. ALL TOO HARD (2012)

A half brother to the unbeaten Black Caviar, All Too Hard had his work cut out in getting anywhere near the performances of that horse. However, the Team Hawkes-trained galloper was a gun in his own right and featured in what is arguably the best edition of this race since 2000, producing a stunning upset to win ahead of Pierro in 2012. He then finished a narrow runner-up in the Cox Plate (2040m) and in the autumn of 2013, he was unstoppable winning three Group 1 races from as many starts before early retirement beckoned.

 

5. GOD’S OWN (2005)

There might be other Caulfield Guineas winners since 2000 that were better horses with Whobegotyou and Starspangledbanner among those that are stiff to miss the final five. But if we focus purely on the performance in this race alone, God’s Own just has to get into this list. If you are relatively knew to racing and have never seen the 2005 version of the Caulfield Guineas, have a close look. The Bart Cummings galloper was knocked down on numerous occasions throughout the run but somehow kept climbing off the canvas to record a remarkable victory.

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