The Caulfield Sprint is a Group 2 open handicap race held at Caulfield racecourse each year during the Melbourne spring racing carnival in October. The race is run over a distance of 1100 metres and worth $200,000 in prize money. The 2019 Caulfield Sprint was won by Miss Leonidas from God Of Thunder with Malibu Style third.
Held on the final day of the Melbourne Racing Club's three-day racing carnival, the Caulfield Sprint takes place on the same day as the MRC's premier race, the Gr 1 Caulfield Cup.
|Date:||Saturday 17th October 2020|
|Track:||Caulfield racecourse, Melbourne|
|Race Type:||Open Handicap|
|2019 Winner:||Miss Leonidas|
The Caulfield Sprint is a more than handy sprint race held on Caulfield Cup day and generally attracts the better sprinters going around at the time. Some very talented gallopers have won this race over the years including Sepoy (2009), First Command (2007), Rubitano (2002), Notoire (1999), Toledo (1997-98) and the brilliant Schillaci (1994).
A capacity field of very capable sprinters typically assembles for this event and horses who can run a strong 1100m or 1200m are well suited, especially those who possess a big finish. In a rare occurrence, the 2014 & 2015 editions of the Caulfield Sprint resulted in dead-heats between the two winners.
Miss Leonidas (2019) finished runner-up to Nature Strip in the Group 1 AJ Moir Stakes over 1000m at Moonee Valley before leading all the way to win this event in classy style for Bendigo trainer Shaun Dwyer.
Recent Caulfield Sprint winners include Eduardo (2018) and Snitty Kitty (2017).
Winners and placegetters in this race will be more than competitive in any of the good quality open handicap or weight-for-age events from 1000m to 1200m during the spring carnival.
Consistent sprinter Spirit Of Boom (2013) finished runner-up in the Gr2 Linlithgow Stakes at Flemington after winning this event.
Classy galloper Sepoy (2011) went on to claim the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes on Derby Day at Flemington and Mid Summer Music (3rd in 2011) finished third in the Group 1 VRC Sprint Classic on the final day of the Melbourne Cup four-day carnival.
First Command (2009) was runner-up in the Gilgai Stakes prior to winning this race, while Turffontein (2nd in 2009) scored in the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes on his way to finishing second here.
1. $3.90 Miss Leonidas 57.0 Stephen Baster
2. $3.90 God Of Thunder 53.0 Dwayne Dunn
3. $11.00 Malibu Style 58.5 Michael Dee
4. $31.00 Badajoz 54.5 Dean Yendall
5. $8.50 Tactical Advantage 57.5 Damien Oliver
6. $9.00 Crystal Dreamer 59.0 Damian Lane
7. $14.00 Intuition 55.0 Ben Melham
8. $8.00 Not Enough Effort 53 (cd 53.5) Ben Allen
9. $9.50 Mclaren 53.0 Craig Williams
Margins: 0.5 len, 0.2 len
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|2019||Miss Leonidas||God Of Thunder||Malibu Style||0:57.9|
|2018||Eduardo||She Knows||Bons Away||0:58.4|
|2017||Snitty Kitty||Super Too||Faatinah||0:56.2|
|2016||Our Boy Malachi||Faatinah||Lankan Rupee||0:57.7|
|2015||=1 Lumosty||=1 Eclair Choice||Ball Of Muscle||0:57.4|
|2014||=1 Miracles Of Life||=1 Bel Sprinter||Shamal Wind||1:04.3|
|2013||Spirit Of Boom||Shamal Wind||Ready To Rip||1:04.7|
|2011||Sepoy||Curtana||Mid Summer Music||1:03.1|
|2010||Set For Fame||Dubleanny||Soul||1:05.4|
|2009||First Command||Turffontein||Happy Glen||1:04.2|
|2008||Sunburnt Land||Aichi||Biscayne Bay||1:03.6|
|2007||Tesbury Jack||Typhoon Zed||Let Go Thommo||1:02.5|
|2005||Jet Spur||Dance The Waves||Mustard||1:02.1|
|2001||Windigo||Crystal Finale||Point Danger||1:04.0|
|1995||Petite Amore||Just Awesome||Tahitian Moon||1:03.4|
|1994||Schillaci||All Our Mob||Bellzevir||1:03.2|
|1993||Royal Discard||Simonstad||Zilbaha Star||1:03.6|
|1992||Tanjian Prince||Welcome Knight||Barcurra||1:06.2|
|1990||Rise N Shine||Street Ruffian||Unspoken Word||1:05.6|
|1989||Lonely Dreamer||Prismatic Star||Northern Poppy||1:03.5|
|1988||Rendoo||Even True||Meoldy Hit||1:03.2|