Caulfield Guineas Prelude

The Caulfield Guineas Prelude is a Group 3 race run at Caulfield Racecourse in September as a lead-up to the Caulfield Guineas.

2021 Caulfield Guineas Prelude Results

  • 1st: #2 Lightsaber
  • 2nd: #3 Brigantine
  • 3rd: #6 Military Expert



The Group 3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude is a 1400m event held at Melbourne’s Caulfield Racecourse in mid to late September.

Run under set weights plus penalties conditions, the Caulfield Guineas Prelude is open only to three year old colts and geldings, and serves as the major lead-up race to the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) the following month.

The Caulfield Guineas Prelude offers a recently boosted $300,000 total prize money. While it is a major lead up event, participation is not requisite for acceptance into the Caulfield Guineas field and the Caulfield Guineas Prelude – Caulfield Guineas double was last achieved by Helmet (2011).

The Caulfield Guineas Prelude is currently held on Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Day. A host of other Group status races share the program including the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) and the Group 2 Thousand Guineas Prelude (1400m).

The Group 2 Danehill Stakes (1200m) has in the past acted as a good guide to the Caulfield Guineas Prelude. The Caulfield Guineas Prelude is considered one of the ideal preparatory races for horses taking a number of different spring routes including being freshened-up and dropped down in distance for Flemington’s Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) during the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

The 2021 Caulfield Guineas Prelude ran on Saturday September 18, 2021 and was won by the Peter Moody-trained Lightsaber. 

Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas Prelude
Date: Saturday September 18, 2021
Track: Caulfield Racecourse
Distance: 1400m
Conditions: 3YO C&G SW+P
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $300,000
Inaugurated: 1985

2021 Caulfield Guineas Prelude Results

  • 1st: #2 Lightsaber 
  • 2nd: #3 Brigantine
  • 3rd: #6 Military Expert

The Peter Moody-trained Group 2 winner Lightsaber ($4.80) was excellent third-up over 1400m winning the 2021 Caulfield Guineas Prelude ahead of the Group 1 over a mile next month.

Click here to read more on the strong 2021 Caulfield Guineas Prelude win by Lightsaber.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 2 LIGHTSABER Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 6 58kg $4.80
2 3 BRIGANTINE James Cummings Damian Lane 0.5L 5 56kg $6.50
3 6 MILITARY EXPERT Annabel Neasham Jye McNeil 0.7L 4 56kg $7.50
4 1 ALPINE EDGE Toby & Trent Edmonds Craig Williams 1.45L 1 58kg $4.60F
5 4 ATHELRIC James Cummings Damien Oliver 1.65L 9 56kg $9
6 9 RIVERPLATE (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Daniel Moor 2.65L 2 56kg $7.50
7 8 TIMSON Symon Wilde Dean Yendall 3.15L 7 56kg $6.50
8 7 BIFROST (NZ) Emma-Lee & David Browne Zac Spain 7.4L 8 56kg $51
9 10 GIMME A BUZZ Tim Hughes Thomas Stockdale (a) 13.15L 3 56kg $201
5 CAPE BRETON Chris Waller Brett Prebble 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 Caulfield Guineas Prelude Odds

The updated Caulfield Guineas Prelude 2021 betting odds and links to the Group 3 Caulfield racing markets online at Ladbrokes.com.au will be available below as soon as released.

2021 Caulfield Guineas Prelude Field

Each season the Caulfield Guineas Prelude field attracts the season’s top three-year-old colts and geldings with the potential to see out the mile of the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) next-up.

The official 2021 Caulfield Guineas Prelude field and barriers will be released by Racing Victoria on the Wednesday of race week and published in full below.

Ten potential Group 1-bound three-year-olds do battle in the Caulfield Guineas Prelude 2021 final field led in betting by the rails-drawn Queenslander Alpine Edge.

  • Scratched: #5 Cape Breton (2)
No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 1127×12 ALPINE EDGE Toby & Trent Edmonds Craig Williams 1 58kg 84
2 21119×64 LIGHTSABER Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 7 58kg 75
3 67×171 BRIGANTINE James Cummings Damian Lane 6 56kg 69
4 48x441x32 ATHELRIC James Cummings Damien Oliver 10 56kg 69
5 110x CAPE BRETON Chris Waller Brett Prebble 2 56kg 70
6 2412 MILITARY EXPERT Annabel Neasham Jye McNeil 5 56kg 70
7 4×10 BIFROST (NZ) Emma-Lee & David Browne Zac Spain 9 56kg 62
8 1 TIMSON Symon Wilde Dean Yendall 8 56kg 63
9 2×2 RIVERPLATE (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Daniel Moor 3 56kg 61
10 885 GIMME A BUZZ Tim Hughes Thomas Stockdale (a) 4 56kg 52

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2021 Caulfield Guineas Prelude Nominations

The 2021 Caulfield Guineas Prelude nominations close on the Monday leading-up to Underwood Stakes Day and will be detailed right here once early entries are announced.

Caulfield Guineas Prelude History

Inaugurated in 1985, the Caulfield Guineas Prelude has experience multiple renowned horses throughout its relatively short history.

Originally held over 1200m, the Caulfield Guineas Prelude changed to 1400m from the 1991 edition onwards. A Listed race from 1985 to 2000, the 2001 Caulfield Guineas Prelude ran as a Group 3 event, a status which the race has retained since.

The Caulfield Guineas Prelude has experienced a few name changes over the years. Between 1985 and 1989 the Caulfield Guineas Prelude was named the “Show Day Stakes”. Between 1990 and 1997 the race was referred to as the JD MacDonald Stakes. For two years in 1998 and 1999 the name was shortened to the MacDonald Stakes. Since 2000, the race has been known as the Caulfield Guineas Prelude, or more simply, the Guineas Prelude.

Some of the more notable Caulfield Guineas Prelude winners include Brequillo (1985), Alfa (1996), Elvstroem (2003), Apache Cat (2005), Epaulette (2012) and Alligator Blood (2019) who won the following year’s Group 1 Australian Guineas. Caulfield Guineas Prelude results since 2000 are listed below.

Caulfield Guineas Prelude Results

Year Place Horse Time
2021
Caulfield Guineas Prelude
1st Lightsaber 1 minute 25.14 seconds
2nd Brigantine
3rd Military Expert
2020
Caulfield Guineas Prelude
1st Crosshaven 1 minute 25.57 seconds
2nd Amish Boy
3rd National Choice
2019
Caulfield Guineas Prelude
1st Alligator Blood 1 minute 23.49 seconds
2nd Dalasan
3rd Groundswell
2018
Caulfield Guineas Prelude
1st Native Soldier 1 minute 23.36 seconds
2nd Tavisan
3rd Long Leaf
2017
Caulfield Guineas Prelude
1st Perast 1 minute 23.47 seconds
2nd Summer Passage
3rd Kementari
2016
Caulfield Guineas Prelude
1st Sacred Elixir 1 minute 24.7 seconds
2nd Revolving Door
3rd Wazzenme
2015
Caulfield Guineas Prelude
1st Bon Aurum 1 minute 22.67 seconds
2nd Tulsa
3rd Dal Cielo
2014
Caulfield Guineas Prelude
1st Rich Enuff 1 minute 23.5 seconds
2nd Looks Like The Cat
3rd Awesome Rock
2013
Caulfield Guineas Prelude
1st Eclair Big Bang 1 minute 23.3 seconds
2nd El Roca
3rd Long John
2012
Caulfield Guineas Prelude
1st Epaulette 1 minute 24.2 seconds
2nd Let Go Lenni
3rd Awesome Bro
2011
Caulfield Guineas Prelude
1st Helmet 1 minute 21.4 seconds
2nd Secret Hills
3rd Specter
2010
Caulfield Guineas Prelude
1st Anacheeva 1 minute 23.1 seconds
2nd Toorak Toff
3rd Skilled
2009
Caulfield Guineas Prelude
1st Demerit 1 minute 24.7 seconds
2nd Trusting
3rd Manhattan Rain
2008
Caulfield Guineas Prelude
1st Fernandina 1 minute 25.4 seconds
2nd Time Thief
3rd Von Costa De Hero
2007
Caulfield Guineas Prelude
1st Purrealist 1 minute 24.2 seconds
2nd Marching
3rd Shrewd Rhythm
2006
Caulfield Guineas Prelude
1st Wonderful World 1 minute 24.6 seconds
2nd Blue Lago
3rd Sharkbite
2005
Caulfield Guineas Prelude
1st Apache Cat 1 minute 27.0 seconds
2nd Gods Own
3rd Danerich
2004
Caulfield Guineas Prelude
1st Tirade 1 minute 24.7 seconds
2nd Fastnet Rock
3rd Classiconi
2003
Caulfield Guineas Prelude
1st Elvstroem 1 minute 22.3 seconds
2nd In Top Swing
3rd Dance Up
2002
Caulfield Guineas Prelude
1st Great Glen 1 minute 23.2 seconds
2nd Titanic Jack
3rd Helenus
2001
Caulfield Guineas Prelude
1st Pure Theatre 1 minute 24.2 seconds
2nd King Of Prussia
3rd North Boy
2000
Caulfield Guineas Prelude
1st Fubu 1 minute 22.4 seconds
2nd Show A Heart
3rd Debrief

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