2023 Caulfield Guineas Results: Griff Green But Wins for Maher & Eustace

October 14, 2023

2023 Caulfield Guineas Results: Griff Green But Wins for Maher & Eustace

The Ciaron Maher & David Eustace-trained Griff has extended his winning streak to three on the trot stepping-up notably in grade to take out the Caulfield Guineas 2023 results over the mile in a dramatic upset.

2023 Caulfield Guineas winner Griff

2023 Caulfield Guineas winner Griff shifted out late but won without protest in the Group 1 in Melbourne. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

Jockey Ben Melham went straight across to lead the field around after Trapeze Artist colt Griff pinged the gates.

“He began exceptionally well. When he began in the matter that he did, he rolled across and got across so easy,” Melham said.

The in-form youngster was racing in the feature having won the Listed Exford Plate (1400m) at Flemington and then the Group 2 Stutt Stakes (1600m) at The Valley at his latest two.

He franked that form overcoming barrier 15 to lead all-the-way.

“A really courageous effort by the horse. There he is now a Caulfield Guineas winner,” Melham said.

There were talks of a potential protest with Griff shifting out significantly late to throw the Tony & Calvin McEvoy-trained runner-up Veight off his line.

“He nearly threw the race away…he did a right hand turn on me,” Melham added.

Co-trainer Calvin McEvoy however said they opted not to protest the result based on how close to the winning post the interference took place.

“Obviously there was a bit of interference towards the end of the race, and just with respect to the owners of the horse and the punters, we went down to have a look at the film and decided not to throw in a protest,” he told Racing.com.

“It was probably too close to the line, which was unfortunate as there was quite a bit of interference, but it probably needed to be further away from the winning post to be overturned.”

The one and three-quarter length winning margin also made it tough to suggest that, even without the interference, the second place-getter would have been able to run down this year’s impressive, if not still a little green, Caulfield Guineas winner.

Veight ($14) came off a fifth in the Group 3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude (1400m) and that form was further franked in the Group 1 feature with the previously undefeated winner Steparty ($3.70) rounding out the trifecta in third a further length back in his first career loss.

Griff ($31) and Melham controlled the race from barrier to box with the eventual champion giving a lovely kick at the 200m to fend off Steparty who peeled out three-wide approaching the turn to move up and challenge.

Despite racing wayward late, all honours remained with the winning horse who became the first horse since Whobegotyou in 2008 to complete the Stutt Stakes – Caulfield Guineas double.

Maher & Eustace ran first and fourth in the Caulfield Guineas this season with their JJ Atkins winner King Colorado ($13) finishing well off a seventh in the Golden Rose.

Chris Waller’s Golden Rose winner Militarize ($2.60F) was favourite in the Guineas, but missed the kick before finishing four lengths back fifth in the stallion-making showdown.

It was a wonderful training performance by the winning stable with co-trainer Eustace quick to credit both the horse and hoop.

“I think he obviously showed a little bit of greenness, but he got a beautiful ride by Ben,” he said.

“He’s just kept improving and improving.

“He hasn’t put a foot wrong (since coming down to Victoria).

“Got in pretty easily and just judged it perfectly.

“He’s got a bright future the horse because he’s still furnishing.”

2023 Caulfield Guineas Results & Finishing Order

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 6 GRIFF Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ben Melham 15 57kg $31
2 5 VEIGHT Tony & Calvin McEvoy Damian Lane 1.75L 1 57kg $14
3 4 STEPARTY Paul Preusker John Allen 2.75L 7 57kg $3.70
4 3 KING COLORADO Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Michael Dee 3.5L 8 57kg $13
5 1 MILITARIZE (NZ) Chris Waller Joao Moreira 4.25L 12 57kg $2.60F
6 11 VERDAD Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock Beau Mertens 4.35L 14 57kg $21
7 7 SCHEELITE Ken & Kasey Keys Mark Zahra 4.85L 13 57kg $14
8 2 LITTLE BROSE Ben, Will & JD Hayes Damien Oliver 4.95L 10 57kg $61
9 9 SOUTHPORT TYCOON Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Harry Coffey 5.7L 4 57kg $21
10 8 SCENTIFY Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ben Allen 6.7L 5 57kg $14
11 10 WOLFY (NZ) Nick Ryan Blake Shinn 8.95L 11 57kg $16
12 12 ROCK EMPIRE Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 9.25L 3 57kg $61
13 13 LIMBURG Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Jye McNeil 9.65L 9 57kg $201
14 14 COPACABANA Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Jordan Childs 9.85L 6 57kg $201
15 15 THE LONGEST YARD Matthew Brown Brian Higgins 11.1L 2 57kg $301

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

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