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Caulfield Carnival Preview


The Melbourne Racing Club conducts its Spring Carnival over three days at the Caulfield racecourse in October.

In 2022 the first day of the Carnival will be conducted on October 8th and features three Group 1 races including the stallion making Caulfield Guineas, the Weight-for-Age lead-up to the Cox Plate in the form of the Might And Power (Caulfield Stakes) and the test for the best milers in the Toorak Handicap.

Day 2 is on the Wednesday (October 12th, 2022) and the highlight is the Group 1 for three-year-old fillies in the Thousand Guineas (1600m). The middle day of the meeting also offers those trying to qualify for the Caulfield Cup a chance in the Group 3 Coongy Cup.

The final day (Saturday, October 15th, 2022) is the biggest day on the Melbourne Racing Club calendar with the running of the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m), the toughest mile and a half handicap on turf in the world.

Here we take a look at the races in depth as we lead up to the Caulfield Carnival.


Caulfield Guineas

The $2,000,000 Caulfield Guineas is Group 1 set weights for the three-year-olds over 1600m at Caulfield racecourse run on the second Saturday of October during the Melbourne Spring Carnival.

The Caulfield Guineas is often regarded as the “stallion making race” with many winners becoming some of Australia’s leading sires.

The race was first run Thursday, October 13th, 1881 and was won by Wheatear.

The 2022 Caulfield Guineas looks to be another cracking edition with some talented three-year-olds leading into the Carnival.

One of the best lead up races is the Caulfield Guineas Prelude run at Caulfield over 1400m. The Godolphin owned AFT CABIN relished the heavy conditions and gave them a galloping lesson last 200m. The query is he has not been tested at the 1600m but he deservedly is the current favourite and the one to beat.

One of the main dangers looks to be JACQUINOT. He was placed in the Blue Diamond at Caulfield after a torrid run. He resumed as a three-year-old winning the Group 3 McNeil Stakes around this circuit and his racing pattern suggests he will appreciate a step up in distance.


Might And Power (Caulfield Stakes)

The Caulfield Stakes is a Group 1 Weight-for-Age race run at Caufield on the first Saturday of the Melbourne Racing Spring Carnival over 2000m and has become a race for top quality horses leading into a W.S.Cox Plate later in the Spring.

The race is now worth $1 million and is renowned for attracting small quality fields that can produce the best of thoroughbred racing.

The two best Weight-for-Age horse in Australia at the present time look to be ANAMOE and ZAAKI. The fitness query with Anamoe is the talking point of Australian racing leading into the Spring so that may open the path for Zaaki to sweep through the spring WFA features.


Toorak Handicap

The Group 1 Toorak Handicap is one of Australia’s leading mile races and ran at Caulfield racecourse on the first day of the Melbourne Racing Club’s Spring Carnival. Total prizemoney has risen to $1 million for the Toorak Handicap 2022 in a race that has a rich history with Toorak Handicap winners being amongst the best list of milers this country has seen.

Always one of the most competitive races throughout the Spring Carnival and with the quality of milers in Australia at the present time this renewal will be no different.

The defending Champion I’M THUNDERSTRUCK is racing better than ever and he already has a Group 1 win over the mile this prep with the Makybe Diva victory. He gets around Caulfield without a problem and no reason he cannot make it two in a row.

The exciting up and comer is the former Kiwi gelding I WISH I WIN. He demolished them at Caulfield when making his Australian debut. Looks an exciting prospect for the Spring and will win Group races.

Other milers that will take on the Toorak include TUVALU, ALLIGATOR BLOOD and MR BRIGHTSIDE.


Thousand Guineas

The Thousand Guineas is a Group 1 race for three-year-old fillies run over the 1600m at Caulfield Racecourse. The first Thousand Guineas race was run back in 1946 and won by the smart Sweet Chime. The race has continued to grow in statue and prizemoney now tops $1 million.

The race has proven to be the leading guide to the Victoria Oaks ran later in the Spring at Flemington where Thousand Guineas horse have contested successfully.

Hard not to be impressed with the win of the Peter Moody trained BOOGIE DANCER in the Group 2 Tranquil Star. She circled field with relative ease before powering away last 200m. She looks like the 1600m will not be a problem and if any rain about chances enhanced.

Couple of in-form Sydney fillies will make their appearance at Caulfield. If ZOUGOTCHA and IN SECRET can handle the tight turn at Caulfield and get on the right leg they have the talent to win at Group 1 level.


Caulfield Cup

The Caulfield Cup is a 2400m (mile and a quarter) race run under handicap conditions at Caulfield racecourse in third week of October. One of the toughest and most testing of events for horse and rider this is the richest 2400m handicap run anywhere in the world.

The Caulfield Cup was first run in 1879 and won by Newminster. The race is open to all horses aged three-years-old and upwards and current prizemoney sits at $5 million. The field is limited to 18 starters with four emergencies with the field being declared the Wednesday prior to the event.

Have always been a fan of DUAIS. The mare took on this race last season but got lost in the big field and was never a factor. She looked to have matured in the autumn which included two Group 1 wins in the Australian Cup and Tancred Stakes. She looks to have been weighted fairly and if having an early wager would be swayed her way.

I liked the way MONTEFILIA started off her campaign when just out of the placings in the George Main. History tells us that Caulfield Cup day can be wet and if the rain arrives she would be the one to beat.


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