Thousand Guineas History
Melbourne’s Spring Carnival kicks into top gear in October each year and one of the big Group 1 races is the Thousand Guineas for three-year-old fillies.
The race is run at Caulfield at set weights and carries prizemoney of $1 million.
The winner of this race is eligible for a bonus of $250,000 by winning the Caulfield Classic (formerly the Norman Robinson Stakes) the following week, but the feat has yet to be achieved.
The winner and placegetters in the Thousand Guineas usually move onto the Group 1 Wakeful Stakes run on Victoria Derby Day at Flemington and then the Crown Oaks, run on the Thursday after the Melbourne Cup.
The Thousand Guineas has lead-up race – the Thousand Guineas Prelude, a Group 2 which takes place over 1400m at Caulfield two weeks prior. Other contenders may come via the Group 2 Edward Manifold Stakes over 1600 metres run at Flemington.
The Thousand Guineas, much like its male counterpart, the Caulfield Guineas, is run over 1600 metres and should one filly dominate the race, she usually heads favouritism for the Wakeful Stakes and then the Crown Oaks.
The last filly to win the Thousand Guineas-Wakeful double was Atlantic Jewel in 2011. Prior to that it was back in 1993 when Arborea completed the double.
Other notable winners of the Thousand Guineas include Aloisia (2017), Global Glamour (2016), Guelph (2013) and Miss Finland (2006) and Special Harmony (2003), who both went onto winning the Crown Oaks.