Thousand Guineas

The Thousand Guineas is a Group 1 mile race for three-year-old fillies run on the Wednesday after the $2 million Caulfield Guineas in mid-October each spring.

2021 Thousand Guineas Results

  • 1st: #9 Yearning
  • 2nd: #3 Elusive Express
  • 3rd: #10 Barb Raider



The Thousand Guineas is one of the premier races for fillies held during the annual Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival. Run on a Wednesday in early – mid October following on from Caulfield Guineas Day on the Saturday prior, the Group 1 Thousand Guineas is a middle distance event run over 1600m by three-year-old fillies at set weights. Worth $1 million in total prize money after doubling its stakes in 2019, it is the fillies’ equivalent to the Caulfield Guineas for colts and geldings held a few days earlier.

Thousand Guineas Day also features three Group 3 support races headlined by the Blue Sapphire Stakes.

The best lead-up races and guides to the Thousand Guineas are the Group 2 Edward Manifold Stakes (1600m) held the Saturday prior at Flemington and the Group 2 Thousand Guineas Prelude (1400m) a fortnight before the Group 1.

The Edward Manifold – Thousand Guineas is a very popular betting double at the Spring Carnival because of the Edward Manifold’s history of producing Thousand Guineas winners. Fillies to win the double in recent years include  Amphitrite (2018), Gallica (2008), Alinghi (2004) and Special Harmony (2003). The placegetters in the Manifold are also worth looking at for your Thousand Guineas bets, as Serious Speed (2007) and Miss Finland (2006) were both runner-up in this earlier event prior to claiming Thousand Guineas victory, as was Commanding Jewel (3rd in 2012).

In 2021 Yearning ran second in the Edward Manifold Stakes before an upset Thousand Guineas victory at 25/1.

Irish Lights (2009) meanwhile is the last filly to complete the Prelude – Thousand Guineas double, but the Thousand Guineas Prelude has also produced recent Thousand Guineas winners Amicus (2nd in 2014), Stay With Me (6th in 2015) and Flit (9th in 2019).

More and more Sydney’s Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m) is also serving as a lead-up into the Thousand Guineas field with Guelph (2013) and Global Glamour (2016) both recently completing the double.

The 2021 Thousand Guineas took place on Wednesday October 13, 2021 at Caulfield Racecourse in Melbourne and saw Yearning win at big odds of $26.  

Thousand Guineas
Date: Wednesday October 13, 2021
Track: Caulfield Racecourse
Distance: 1600m
Conditions: Three-year-old Fillies at Set Weights
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $1 million
Inaugurated: 1946

2021 Thousand Guineas Results

  • 1st: #9 Yearning ($26)
  • 2nd: #3 Elusive Express
  • 3rd: #10 Barb Raider

The Hawkes Racing-trained Yearning ($26) could be onto the Kennedy Oaks after her dominant last-to-first win in the 2021 Thousand Guineas results at Caulfield.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 9 YEARNING Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Damien Thornton 7 56kg $26
2 3 ELUSIVE EXPRESS (NZ) Anthony & Sam Freedman Jye McNeil 1L 11 56kg $9.50
3 10 BARB RAIDER Jerome Hunter Craig Williams 2.75L 3 56kg $7.50
4 5 LITERARY MAGNATE Matthew Williams Dean Yendall 3.75L 6 56kg $61
5 13 FORTUNATE KISS Daniel Bowman Dean Holland 3.85L 5 56kg $31
6 2 HINGED Chris Waller Damian Lane 4.05L 9 56kg $3.80F
7 8 QUEEN OF DUBAI Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Jordan Childs 4.55L 10 56kg $26
8 6 ZOUZARELLA Anthony & Sam Freedman Brett Prebble 5.3L 2 56kg $5.50
9 11 CUBAN LINK Greg Eurell Luke Currie 5.5L 4 56kg $81
10 4 BON’S A PEARLA Kevin Corstens Jason Maskiell 6.75L 13 56kg $20
11 12 ACHIRA Lee & Cherie Curtis Luke Nolen 6.95L 8 56kg $51
12 7 HERESY James Cummings Damien Oliver 10.7L 1 56kg $6.50
13 1 SWIFT WITNESS Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Michael Dee 25.7L 12 56kg $10

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2021 Thousand Guineas Odds

The latest Thousand Guineas 2021 betting odds on the three-year-old fillies in the mix for the clash will be found below, fixed win pricing provided by Ladbrokes.com.au, as soon as markets on the $1 million feature are out.

A good Thousand Guineas betting tip to consider is the strong strike-rate of favourites in the Thousand Guineas odds with five saluting for the punters from 2008 – 2016.

The favourites were back on top in the 2019 Thousand Guineas results with Flit ($2.35) saluting for the punters.

2021 Thousand Guineas Form & Betting

Fillies that ran well in lead-up races in Melbourne like the Edward Manifold Stakes and Thousand Guineas Prelude usually sit top of the Thousand Guineas odds at bookmakers like Ladbrokes.com.au each spring.

Runners in the Thousand Guineas can follow the race with a run in the Group 2 Wakeful Stakes (2000m) on Derby Day and then the top prize, the Group 1 VRC Oaks (2500m) at Flemington on the first Thursday of November. Many dominant fillies have seen success in all three events over the years. It is a good idea when betting on these later carnival races to watch out for the winners and placegetters in the Thousand Guineas.

From 2006 – 2016 the favourites in Thousand Guineas betting saluted for the punters six times, most recently with Global Glamour (2016), so tipping the best in betting has had nearly a 50% strike rate of paying out in the past decade.

The Thousand Guineas favourite was back in form in 2019 with the win by Godolphin-raced Flit.

It is also important when betting on the Thousand Guineas to look at the records of the trainers and jockeys in the race. Sydney trainers and their interstate raiders have a strong recent record in the race. David Hayes has prepared three recent Thousand Guineas winners including Stay With Me (2015), so any in-form filly from his Lindsay Park stables is worth a look at when doing the Thousand Guineas form.

Another factor that impacts the Thousand Guineas odds is the barrier draw. Just one Thousand Guineas winner since 2004 has jumped from a double-digit barrier with Serious Speed (10 of 14 in 2007), so looking for the class runners drawn closer to the rails is a good Thousand Guineas betting tip.

2021 Thousand Guineas Field

The Thousand Guineas field attracts a gun field of three-year-old fillies, many stepping-up to a mile for the first time off a lead-up run in a race like the Thousand Guineas Prelude held a fortnight before.

Proven milers may also line-up in the Thousand Guineas field off a Sydney lead-up in the Flight Stakes (1600m), while the best fillies out of the Thousand Guineas field may step-up in distance again later in the spring for the Group 1 VRC Oaks (2500m) should they show staying potential.

The official 2021 Thousand Guineas Final Field & Barriers are set for release on the Monday leading-up to Thousand Guineas Day and will listed in full below.

The Thousand Guineas 2021 field features a class line-up of three-year-old fillies led in betting by Zouzarella to be ridden by Brett Prebble from barrier two and the Chris Waller-trained Flight Stakes runner-up Hinged.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 31020×1634 SWIFT WITNESS Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Michael Dee 12 56kg 89
2 112×211102 HINGED Chris Waller Damian Lane 9 56kg 92
3 1×231 ELUSIVE EXPRESS (NZ) Anthony & Sam Freedman Jye McNeil 11 56kg 84
4 5311 BON’S A PEARLA Kevin Corstens Jason Maskiell 13 56kg 84
5 12×36 LITERARY MAGNATE Matthew Williams Dean Yendall 6 56kg 69
6 112 ZOUZARELLA Anthony & Sam Freedman Brett Prebble 2 56kg 76
7 21×232 HERESY James Cummings Damien Oliver 1 56kg 82
8 79×1751 QUEEN OF DUBAI Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Jordan Childs 10 56kg 76
9 25×4912 YEARNING Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Damien Thornton 7 56kg 73
10 3211 BARB RAIDER Jerome Hunter Craig Williams 3 56kg 72
11 211 CUBAN LINK Greg Eurell Luke Currie 4 56kg 67
12 43×201 ACHIRA Lee & Cherie Curtis Luke Nolen 8 56kg 61
13 3×125 FORTUNATE KISS Daniel Bowman Dean Holland 5 56kg 65

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 Thousand Guineas Second Acceptances

The 2021 Thousand Guineas Second Acceptances are announced in late September and will be available below.

2021 Thousand Guineas First Acceptances

The official Thousand Guineas 2021 First Acceptances close in early September and the list of entries will be published here.

Unbeaten Atlantic Jewel Stakes winner Zouzarella leads all-in betting on the 93 fillies making-up the 2021 Thousand Guineas first acceptances this spring.

2021 Thousand Guineas Nominations

The original 2021 Thousand Guineas nominations are taken by Racing Victoria in early August attracting around 200 young fillies eyeing an October run in the Group 1. Thousand Guineas nominations are followed by first and second acceptances taken in the second and fourth weeks of September, narrowing down the list of potential runners in the mile feature.

The Thousand Guineas 2021 nominations close on Tuesday August 3, 2021.

The 2021 Thousand Guineas nominations drew 249 fillies (11 more than last year) including Anthony & Sam Freedman’s well-bred daughter of Frankel Argentia, the autumn’s Group 1 Golden Slipper and Inglis Sires’ fourth-placed filly Four Moves Ahead, the Chris Waller-trained She’s All Class and the Ciaron Maher & David Eustace-trained Crystal Bound. 

Thousand Guineas History

The Thousand Guineas was first run in 1946 when Sweet Chime was victorious. It began as a principal race run over eight furlongs, but was converted to 1600m in 1972 and reached Group 1 status in 1979. Notable Thousand Guineas winners over the years include Alinghi (2004), Miss Finland (2006), Atlantic Jewel (2011) and Global Glamour (2016).

Thousand Guineas Results

The Thousand Guineas results and winners since 2000 are listed below.

Year Place Horse Time
2021
Thousand Guineas
1st Yearning 1 minute 37.54 seconds
2nd Elusive
3rd Barb Raider
2020
Thousand Guineas
1st Odeum 1 minute 36.22 seconds
2nd Personal
3rd Instant Celebrity
2019
Thousand Guineas
1st Flit 1 minute 37.19 seconds
2nd Missile Mantra
3rd Southbank
2018
Thousand Guineas
1st Amphitrite 1 minute 35.67 seconds
2nd Fundamentalist
3rd Seabrook
2017
Thousand Guineas
1st Aloisia 1 minute 36.27 seconds
2nd Shoals
3rd Alizee
2016
Thousand Guineas
1st Global Glamour 1 minute 36.8 seconds
2nd I Am A Star
3rd Whispering Brook
2015
Thousand Guineas
1st Stay With Me 1 minute 35.89 seconds
2nd Jameka
3rd Jameka
2014
Thousand Guineas
1st Amicus 1 minute 36.46 seconds
2nd Traveston Girl
3rd Sabatini
2013
Thousand Guineas
1st Guelph 1 minute 37.78 seconds
2nd May’s Dream
3rd Gregers
2012
Thousand Guineas
1st Commanding Jewel 1 minute 37.17 seconds
2nd Dear Demi
3rd Zydeco
2011
Thousand Guineas
1st Atlantic Jewel 1 minute 35.86 seconds
2nd Mosheen
3rd Sharnee Rose
2010
Thousand Guineas
1st Yosei 1 minute 39.81 seconds
2nd Heartsareforlove
3rd Brazilian Pulse
2009
Thousand Guineas
1st Irish Lights 1 minute 38.38 seconds
2nd Melito
3rd Faint Perfume
2008
Thousand Guineas
1st Gallica 1 minute 38.6 seconds
2nd Cats Whisker
3rd Glowlamp
2007
Thousand Guineas
1st Serious Speed 1 minute 36.3 seconds
2nd Extension Of Time
3rd Antarctic Miss
2006
Thousand Guineas
1st Miss Finland 1 minute 37.2 seconds
2nd Permaiscuous
3rd Cheeky Choice
2005
Thousand Guineas
1st Mnemosyne 1 minute 36.3 seconds
2nd Rewaaya
3rd Serenade Rose
2004
Thousand Guineas
1st Alinghi 1 minute 37.1 seconds
2nd Hollow Bullet
3rd Ballet Society
2003
Thousand Guineas
1st Special Harmony 1 minute 36.4 seconds
2nd Hinting
3rd Spurcent
2002
Thousand Guineas
1st Macedon Lady 1 minute 36.4 seconds
2nd La Bella Dame
3rd Fuji Dancer
2001
Thousand Guineas
1st Magical Miss 1 minute 37 seconds
2nd Ha Ha
3rd Li Lo Lill
2000
Thousand Guineas
1st All Time High 1 minute 36.3 seconds
2nd Ponton Flyer
3rd Tanith

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