Thousand Guineas Prelude

The Thousand Guineas Prelude is a Group 2 event held at Caulfield Racecourse on Underwood Stakes Day in Melbourne the day after the AFL Grand Final of football.

2019 Thousand Guineas Prelude Results

  • 1st: #9 Acting
  • 2nd: #14 Southbank
  • 3rd: #12 Barbie's Fox



The Thousand Guineas Prelude is a Group 2 event held at Melbourne’s Caulfield Racecourse annually in late September or early October across the AFL Grand Final weekend.

Raced over 1400m, the Thousand Guineas Prelude pays $250,000 in total prize money. Open only to fillies aged three years old, the Thousand Guineas Prelude presents punters and race fans with a great opportunity to gauge the form of the season’s best young fillies heading towards a Group 1 run during the Spring Racing Carnival. It is run under set weights plus penalties, which allows for a fairly interesting competition, with the better fillies  usually coming out on top.

The Thousand Guineas Prelude is held alongside its sister race, the Group 3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude (1400m) for three-year-old colts and geldings as part of Underwood Stakes Day at Caulfield Racecourse. The Sunday race meeting is headlined by the Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) for Caulfield Cup types.

The Thousand Guineas Prelude acts as a great lead-up event to the Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) run back at the track in a fortnight’s time. Two of the three Thousand Guineas winners from 2014-16 had their final lead-up in the Thousand Guineas Prelude race, while the double was last completed by Irish Lights (2009).

The Thousand Guineas Prelude 2019 ran on Sunday September 29, 2019 and was won in an upset by all-the-way champ Acting. 

Thousand Guineas Prelude
Date: Sunday September 29, 2019
Track: Caulfield Racecourse
Distance: 1400m
Race Type: 3YO Fillies SW+P
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $250,000

2019 Thousand Guineas Prelude Results

  • 1st: #9 Acting
  • 2nd: #14 Southbank
  • 3rd: #12 Barbie’s Fox

The official Thousand Guineas 2019 Prelude results saw $21 shot Acting continue her winning ways with a smart all-the-way win after jockey Tommy Berry made the most of the filly’s natural speed and favourable inside barrier. Acting beat home roughie hopes Southbank and Barbie’s Fox in a massive Trifecta, while race favourite Flit had a luckless run for ninth. Acting is not nominated for the $1 million Thousand Guineas, but connections are set to pay the late entry to get her into the race on October 12.

Read more on the eye-catching 2019 Thousand Guineas Prelude win by Acting.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
1 9 ACTING (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Tommy Berry 1 55kg $21
2 14 SOUTHBANK Anthony Freedman James McDonald 1.5L 7 55kg $41
3 12 BARBIE’S FOX Louise Bonella Damien Oliver 1.6L 3 55kg $61
4 10 SNAPDANCER Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ms Linda Meech 2.35L 2 55kg $9
5 6 MISSILE MANTRA Peter & Paul Snowden Damian Lane 2.45L 10 56kg $6.50
6 8 LA FALAISE Henry Dwyer Ben Melham 2.55L 8 55kg $41
7 1 LYRE Anthony Freedman Luke Currie 2.65L 12 58kg $5
8 7 ST EDWARD’S CROWN Shane Fliedner Damien Thornton 2.85L 5 55kg $31
9 3 FLIT James Cummings Hugh Bowman 3.05L 15 57kg $3.20F
10 15 GOGETHERGIRL Patrick Caboche Craig Williams 5.05L 6 55kg $101
11 2 TENLEY James Cummings Kerrin McEvoy 5.45L 4 57kg $6
12 13 SAONE (NZ) Lindsey Smith John Allen 5.65L 9 55kg $21
13 5 SHE SHAO FLY Tony & Calvin McEvoy Dwayne Dunn 10.65L 14 57kg $101
14 16 ENTREZ BOO (NZ) Julius Sandhu Racha Cuneen 13.9L 11 55kg $301
15 11 KNOWLES Jason Warren Brett Prebble 15.9L 13 55kg $51
4 PIN SEC James Cummings Craig Williams 0

2019 Thousand Guineas Prelude Odds

The Thousand Guineas Prelude 2019 betting odds and market links to Ladbrokes.com.au on the official Thousand Guineas lead-up race for fillies will be available below the week of the event.

2019 Thousand Guineas Prelude Field

The Thousand Guineas Prelude field features a quality line-up of Group 1 bound three-year-old fillies that could have the Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) in two weeks’ time in sight. A rival to the Thousand Guineas field is the previous day’s Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m) run over the Randwick mile and many fillies are accepted for both races before a final call is made on which event in which state over the huge weekend of racing they contest.

The official 2019 Thousand Guineas Prelude field and barriers are released by Racing Victoria on the Wednesday leading-up to Underwood Stakes Day and will be available in full below following final acceptances.

The Thousand Guineas Prelude 2019 Final Field features 16 classy fillies including a bumper crop for Godolphin led by the widely-drawn favourite Flit in the outside alley and consistent grey Tenley racing third-up.

Update: The 2019 Thousand Guineas Prelude field is down to 15 after the withdrawal of one of James Cummings’ three hopefuls, Pin Sec (2).

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 51113×42 LYRE Anthony Freedman Luke Currie 13 58kg 101
2 1x1100x53 TENLEY James Cummings Kerrin McEvoy 5 57kg 89
3 312×2 FLIT James Cummings Hugh Bowman 16 57kg 83
4 1x105x38 PIN SEC James Cummings Craig Williams 2 57kg 76
5 138431×0 SHE SHAO FLY Tony & Calvin McEvoy Dwayne Dunn 15 57kg 75
6 11×55 MISSILE MANTRA Peter & Paul Snowden Damian Lane 11 56kg 71
7 2210×35 ST EDWARD’S CROWN Shane Fliedner Damien Thornton 6 55kg 71
8 21×84 LA FALAISE Henry Dwyer Ben Melham 9 55kg 65
9 711 ACTING (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Tommy Berry 1 55kg 67
10 212 SNAPDANCER Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ms Linda Meech 3 55kg 68
11 6x02x1 KNOWLES Jason Warren Brett Prebble 14 55kg 63
12 4153 BARBIE’S FOX Louise Bonella Damien Oliver 4 55kg 63
13 314 SAONE (NZ) Lindsey Smith John Allen 10 55kg 64
14 7×12 SOUTHBANK Anthony Freedman James McDonald 8 55kg 62
15 22 GOGETHERGIRL Patrick Caboche Jamie Kah 7 55kg 60
16 84×9 ENTREZ BOO (NZ) Julius Sandhu Racha Cuneen 12 55kg 54

2019 Thousand Guineas Prelude Nominations

The 2019 Thousand Guineas Prelude nominations close on the Monday of race week and the official list of Thousand Guineas Prelude nominated fillies will be available below once announced.

The official Thousand Guineas Prelude 2019 Nominations attracted a bumper 25 fillies including a host for the Godolphin stable led by last start Silver Shadow runner-up Flit.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp. Rating
1 51113×42 LYRE F 3 Anthony Freedman 1 58kg 101
2 5221120×11 EXHILARATES F 3 James Cummings 2 57kg 95
3 1x1100x53 TENLEY F 3 James Cummings 3 57kg 89
4 312×2 FLIT F 3 James Cummings 4 57kg 83
5 1x105x38 PIN SEC F 3 James Cummings 5 57kg 76
6 138431×0 SHE SHAO FLY F 3 Tony & Calvin McEvoy 6 57kg 75
7 41x READY SET SAIL F 3 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 7 57kg 72
8 11×55 MISSILE MANTRA F 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 8 56kg 71
9 2210×35 ST EDWARD’S CROWN F 3 Shane Fliedner 9 55kg 71
10 18×20 GINNY ANN F 3 Symon Wilde 10 55kg 66
11 21×84 LA FALAISE F 3 Henry Dwyer 11 55kg 65
12 1532 EXCUSED F 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 12 55kg 70
13 711 ACTING (NZ) F 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 13 55kg 67
14 212 SNAPDANCER F 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 14 55kg 68
15 6x02x1 KNOWLES F 3 Jason Warren 15 55kg 63
16 345×14 FASCINO (NZ) F 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 16 55kg 63
17 2×41 STAY GOLD F 3 Danny O’Brien 17 55kg 63
18 30×1 CHARLEISE F 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 18 55kg 64
19 4153 BARBIE’S FOX F 3 Louise Bonella 19 55kg 63
20 113 STARDEN LASS F 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 20 55kg 67
21 314 SAONE (NZ) F 3 Lindsey Smith 21 55kg 64
22 7×12 SOUTHBANK F 3 Anthony Freedman 22 55kg 62
23 22 GOGETHERGIRL F 3 Patrick Caboche 23= 55kg 60
24 2×2 SANDSATION F 3 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 23= 55kg 60
25 84×9 ENTREZ BOO (NZ) F 3 Julius Sandhu 25 55kg 54

Thousand Guineas Prelude History

Before it became the Thousand Guineas Prelude, this race was known as the Tranquil Star Stakes. Inaugurated in 1985, the Thousand Guineas Prelude has rapidly grown into one of the essential three year old races in Australia. As it is restricted to fillies, the Thousand Guineas Prelude is one of the most important events for understanding form and career direction.

The Thousand Guineas Prelude was a Group 3 event prior to the 2013 edition, when it ran for the first time with Group 2 status. Throughout its history, the Thousand Guineas Prelude has developed a reputation for producing some top runners. A lot of the fillies in this event have gone on to great success in the Thousand Guineas. Commanding Jewel came second in the 2012 Thousand Guineas Prelude prior to her Edward Manifold Stakes and Thousand Guineas victories. Mosheen, who took out third in 2011, went on to win the Crown Oaks. Irish Lights was able to string together a win in the Prelude and the Thousand Guineas in 2009. Hollow Bullet and Ballet Society managed to place in both events in 2004.

The Thousand Guineas Prelude results and winning times since 2000 are listed below.

Thousand Guineas Prelude Results

Year Place Horse Time
2019
Thousand Guineas Prelude
1st Acting 1 minute 23.94 seconds
2nd Southbank
3rd Barbie’s Fox
2018
Thousand Guineas Prelude
1st Smart Melody 1 minute 22.73 seconds
2nd Thrillster
3rd El Dorado Dreaming
2017
Thousand Guineas Prelude
1st Booker 1 minute 23.42 seconds
2nd Shoals
3rd Catchy
2016
Thousand Guineas Prelude
1st Legless Leuve 1 minute 25.2 seconds
2nd La Luna Rosa
3rd Sword Of Light
2015
Thousand Guineas Prelude
1st Miss Gunpowder 1 minute 23.2 seconds
2nd Payroll
3rd Jameka
2014
Thousand Guineas Prelude
1st Afleet Esprit 1 minute 24.5 seconds
2nd Amicus
3rd Go Indy Go
2013
Thousand Guineas Prelude
1st Gregers 1 minute 29.5 seconds
2nd Marianne
3rd Politeness
2012
Thousand Guineas Prelude
1st Lady Of Harrods 1 minute 24.9 seconds
2nd Commanding Jewel
3rd Molto Bene
2011
Thousand Guineas Prelude
1st Bliss Street 1 minute 24.2 seconds
2nd Hallowell Belle
3rd Mosheen
2010
Thousand Guineas Prelude
1st Divorces 1 minute 24.2 seconds
2nd Sistine Angel
3rd Panipique
2009
Thousand Guineas Prelude
1st Irish Lights 1 minute 26.1 seconds
2nd Set For Fame
3rd Mont Fleuri
2008
Thousand Guineas Prelude
1st Ortensia 1 minute 26.0 seconds
2nd Romneya
3rd Sugar Babe
2007
Thousand Guineas Prelude
1st Gabbidon 1 minute 23.9 seconds
2nd Jestatune
3rd Sleek Chassis
2006
Thousand Guineas Prelude
1st Miss Finland 1 minute 24.3 seconds
2nd Anamato
3rd My Only Hope
2005
Thousand Guineas Prelude
1st Doubting 1 minute 27.4 seconds
2nd Pinezero
3rd Isanami
2004
Thousand Guineas Prelude
1st Hollow Bullet 1 minute 24.3 seconds
2nd Ballet Society
3rd Astradame
2003
Thousand Guineas Prelude
1st Hinting 1 minute 22.9 seconds
2nd Ashenti
3rd Portland Damask
2002
Thousand Guineas Prelude
1st La Bella Dame 1 minute 24.2 seconds
2nd Toast Of The Coast
3rd Lashed
2001
Thousand Guineas Prelude
1st Haste Ye Back 1 minute 25.0 seconds
2nd Malagra Miss
3rd Special Grange
2000
Thousand Guineas Prelude
1st So Gorgeous 1 minute 22.9 seconds
2nd Ponton Flyer
3rd All Time High

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