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Thousand Guineas Prelude

The Thousand Guineas Prelude is a Group 2 set weights & penalties race for three-year-old fillies that takes place each September at Caulfield racecourse during the Melbourne spring racing carnival. The race is run over a distance of 1400 metres and worth $300,000 in prize money. The 2020 Thousand Guineas Prelude was won by Instant Celebrity from Personal with Rock My Wand third.

This race is the female equivalent of the Group 2 Caulfield Guineas Prelude for colts & geldings and was upgraded from Group 3 to Group 2 status for the 2013/2014 racing season. The Thousand Guineas Prelude is held on the same day as the Group 1 Underwood Stakes.

Thousand Guineas Prelude info

Date: Saturday 18th September 2021
Track: Caulfield racecourse, Melbourne
Distance: 1400 metres
Race Type: 3yo Fillies - Set Weights + Penalty
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $300,000
2020 Winner: Instant Celebrity

The Thousand Guineas Prelude is run over 1400 metres for fillies only and is generally used as a lead up race to the prestigious Group 1 Thousand Guineas that takes place in a fortnight at the same track. Classy gallopers Commanding Jewel (2012) and Irish Lights (2009) are the most recent fillies to complete the Thousand Guineas Prelude & Thousand Guineas double.

Better fillies are suited by the weighted conditions of this race and the Thousand Guineas Prelude is typically won by a more than handy filly who will most likely then go on to contest the Thousand Guineas on the 2nd day (Wednesday) of the three day Caulfield carnival, or alternatively, they will contest similar type fillies races during the carnival.

Some more than handy females have won the Thousand Guineas Prelude over the years and gone on to be very competitive as mares later in their career. Miss Finland (2006) has been the most significant winner in recent times and she went on to compete and win at the highest level on many occasions.

Acting (2019) won a BM64 race over 1300m at Sandown before leading all the way to win this event in impressive fashion for Cranbourne training duo Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young.

Recent Thousand Guineas Prelude winners include Smart Melody (2018) and Booker (2017).

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La Falaise (6th in 2019) dead-heated with Fascino in the Group 2 Moonee Valley Oaks at Moonee Valley after contesting this event.

Se Sauver (6th in 2013) claimed the Gr2 Edward Manifold Stakes at Flemington, while Commanding Jewel (2nd in 2012) also won the Edward Manifold Stakes at her next start before going on to win the Thousand Guineas at Caulfield.

Mosheen (3rd in 2011) won the Edward Manifold Stakes before finishing runner-up in the Thousand Guineas at Caulfield and then won the Group 1 VRC Oaks at Flemington. Bliss Street (2011) finished second behind Mosheen in the Manifold Stakes, while Hallowell Belle (2nd in 2011) travelled to Sydney a couple of weeks later to run second behind Streama in the Group 1 Flight Stakes at Randwick.

Sistine Angel (2nd in 2010) won the Gr3 HDF McNeil Stakes on her way to finishing second in this race before going on to win the Gr2 Edward Manifold Stakes at her next start, while Yosei (5th in 2010) won the Thousand Guineas at her next start.

Irish Lights (2009) claimed the Thousand Guineas after winning this event and Headway (4th in 2009) won the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes on Derby day at Flemington.

2020 Thousand Guineas Prelude result

1. $2.80 Instant Celebrity 56.0 Craig Williams
2. $15.00 Personal 55.0 Damien Oliver
3. $26.00 Rock My Wand 55.0 Luke Currie

then followed
4. $3.70 Night Raid 56.0 Mark Zahra
5. $31.00 Love Sensation 55.0 Luke Nolen
6. $151.00 Ecumenical 57.0 John Allen
7. $31.00 Yosemite 55.0 William Pike
8. $4.40 Mozzie Monster 55.0 Jamie Kah
9. $61.00 Jenni’S Rainbow 55.0 Ben Melham
10. $13.00 Annavisto 55.0 Jye McNeil
11. $26.00 River Night 56.0 Damian Lane

Margins: 1 len, 0.20 len
Time: 1:25.28

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Thousand Guineas Prelude winners & placegetters

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2020 Instant Celebrity Personal Rock My Wand 1:25.2
2019 Acting Southbank Barbie's Fox 1:23.9
2018 Smart Melody Thrillster El Dorado Dreaming 1:22.7
2017 Booker Shoals Catchy 1:23.4
2016 Legless Veuve La Luna Rossa Sword Of Light 1:25.2
2015 Miss Gunpowder Payroll Jameka 1:23.2
2014 Afleet Esprit Amicus Go Indy Go 1:24.5
2013 Gregers Marianne Politeness 1:29.5
2012 Lady Of Harrods Commanding Jewel Molto Bene 1:24.9
2011 Bliss Street Hallowell Belle Mosheen 1:24.4
2010 Divorces Sistine Angel Panipique 1:24.2
2009 Irish Lights Set For Fame Mont Fleuri 1:26.1
2008 Ortensia Romneya Sugar Babe 1:26.0
2007 Gabbidon Jestatune Sleek Chassis 1:23.9
2006 Miss Finland Anamato My Only Hope 1:24.3
2005 Doubting Pinezero Isanami 1:27.4
2004 Hollow Bullet Ballet Society Astradame 1:24.3
2003 Hinting Ashenti Portland Damask 1:22.9
2002 La Bella Dame Toast Of The Coast Lashed 1:24.2
2001 Haste Ye Back Malagra Miss Special Grange 1:25.0
2000 So Gorgeous Ponton Flyer All Time High 1:22.9
1999 Miss Pennymoney My Sienna One Under 1:22.5
1998 Danelagh Visual Displays Oaks Dream 1:23.9
1997 Cornwall Queen Kensington Palace Rose Of Danehill 1:23.7
1996 Derobe Fairway Lass Simply Believe 1:25.6
1995 Rubidium Arctic Scent Seika 1:23.8
1994 Majestic Dawn Captiva Dasyura 1:24.9
1993 Brompton Cross Motown Blue Fine Recipe 1:24.7
1992 Azzurro Forget Playing Dhokeep 1:27.8
1991 Chador Latin Halo Dancefloor Doll 1:29.3
1990 Century Pike Tassuti Holiday Lover 1:26.1
1989 Pleasure Bandit Snow Apple Pure Talent 1:39.4
1988 Imposing Bloom Goodbye Tristram Kingdom Poacher 1:38.6