Caulfield Guineas 2023

Ladbrokes Tip: The Caulfield Guineas Prelude has been a poor guide to Caulfield Guineas betting in recent years

The $3 million Caulfield Guineas is one of Australia’s premier racing event for three-year-old colts and geldings and is rated one of the country’s most important stallion-making events. The Caulfield Guineas is held over 1600 metres at the Caulfield Racecourse a week before the Caulfield Cup and is one of the most highly anticipated races during the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.

2022 Caulfield Guineas winner Golden Mile

2022 Caulfield Guineas winner Golden Mile. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

The Group 1 event always draws the cream of the crop and has been won by the likes of Ajax, Hydrogen, Tulloch, Storm Queen, Vain, Surround, Luskin Star, Manikato, Red Anchor, Mahogany, Redoute’s Choice, Lonhro, Weekend Hussler, and All Too Hard.

In a bid to draw some of the attention away from the punting purists’ Caulfield Guineas Day action in Sydney Racing NSW ran the richest turf race in the world for the first time on the same day in 2017 – The Everest Randwick race now worth a record $20 million.

The Everest Day again takes place on the same date as the Caulfield Guineas in 2023.

This season the Caulfield Guineas ran on Saturday October 14, 2023 and was won in an upset by Ciaron Maher & David Eustace’s last start Stutt Stakes winner Griff ($31) who caused interference late but avoided a protest. 

2023 Caulfield Guineas Results

The 2023 Caulfield Guineas Results and full race Finishing Order will be available below once the race is run and won on Saturday October 14, 2023.

2023 Caulfield Guineas winner Griff

2023 Caulfield Guineas winner Griff shifted out late but avoided protest in the Group 1 mile classic. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

  • 1st: #6 Griff 
  • 2nd: #5 Veight
  • 3rd: #4 Steparty

There was plenty of drama to this year’s 2023 Caulfield Guineas results with the Ciaron Maher & David Eustace-trained winner Griff ($31) scoring a notable upset without protest despite the horse shifting out dramatically late in the finish. Griff made it three wins on the trot becoming the first three-year-old in 15 years to do the Stutt Stakes – Caulfield Guineas mile double when beating Veight ($14) by one and three-quarter lengths, while the previously undefeated Prelude winner Steparty ($3.70) ran third.

2023 Caulfield Guineas Odds

The latest Caulfield Guineas 2023 betting odds and links to our Group 1 spring racing markets will be provided for punters below so stay tuned to back your favourite three-year-olds.

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2023 Caulfield Guineas Results

Caulfield Guineas Race Info

  • Date: Saturday October 14, 2023
  • Track: Caulfield Racecourse
  • Distance: 1600m
  • Conditions: 3yos – Set Weights
  • Status: Group 1
  • Prize Money: $3 million
  • First Run: 1881

Caulfield Guineas Betting

The Caulfield Guineas is always an interesting betting race, but most years there is a standout colt or gelding that starts the race as a fairly short-priced favourite. However, from 1983 – 2021 14 favourites have won the Caulfield Guineas and the likes of Rich Enuff (2014), Pierro (2012) and Encosta De Lago (1996) were beaten as odds-on favourites.

The latest favourites in Caulfield Guineas betting to salute for the punters are the odds-on The Autumn Sun ($1.75 in 2018) followed by Ole Kirk ($4.20 in 2020) who both won the Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes in the lead-up; and then Anamoe ($2.10 in 2021) and the fellow Godolphin-raced Golden Mile ($2.70 in 2022).

There have not been a great deal of upsets in the history of the Caulfield Guineas but Econsul (2004), In Top Swing (2003), Centro (1990), Procol Harum (1989), Marwong (1987) and Abaridy (1986) all won the race at lengthy quotes. That was until the 2017 Caulfield Guineas results, when $101 roughie Mighty Boss saluted at triple figures.

There was another notable upset in 2023 with Griff winning as a $31 outside in Caulfield Guineas betting.

Caulfield Guineas Field

The Caulfield Guineas race field is released on the Tuesday morning before the race and features a capacity field of 16 runners plus four emergencies.

The Caulfield Guineas field last ran at capacity in 2019 when Super Seth defeated 15 rivals. In 2017 the sole emergency for the Caulfield Guineas field – Mighty Boss – made the line-up and won in a massive boil-over at odds of $101.

Gallopers may come into the Caulfield Guineas field via a number of different spring lead-ups, but the Group 3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude (1400m) run a fortnight earlier is the traditional lead-up run. Recent winners of the Prelude – Caulfield Guineas double include Anacheeva (2010) and Helmet (2011). It is interesting to note however that since Helmet in 2011 only three subsequent Caulfield Guineas winners have come via the Prelude.

In early August, the Group 3 H.D.F. McNeil Stakes on Memsie Stakes Day also makes a good starting point for Caulfield Guineas hopefuls and Super Seth (2019) was the last to do the HDF McNeil Stakes – Caulfield Guineas double.

The 2018 Caulfield Guineas field attracted a quality line up, led by Chris Waller’s Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes winner The Autumn Sun and Darren Weir’s Caulfield Guineas Prelude winner Native Soldier. It was The Autumn Sun who dominated in the end, saluting as the odds-on favourite by 4.5 lengths!

In 2023 Griff won the Caulfield Guineas on a back of a lead-up win over the same distance in the Group 2 Stutt Stakes (1600m) at Moonee Valley becoming the first to do the double since Whobegotyou (2008).

Following a run in the Caulfield Guineas field some of the VRC Derby-bound three-year-olds may choose to back-up in the Group 3 Caulfield Classic (2000m) on Caulfield Cup Day.

2023 Caulfield Guineas Final Field

The Caulfield Guineas 2023 Final Field and Barriers are set for release at 9:00am (local time) on October 10, 2023 and will be published in full below.

The Caulfield Guineas 2023 final field features 15 class three-year-olds led in betting by Chris Waller’s Golden Rose champion Militarize looking for a fourth Group 1 success and the undefeated Paul Preusker-trained Steparty up in grade chasing his sixth career victory.

The 2023 Caulfield Guineas barrier draw followed soon after final acceptances with the favourite Militarize drawing out in barrier 12.

2023 Caulfield Guineas First Acceptances

The 2023 Caulfield Guineas First Acceptances close on September 26, 2023.

The official 2023 Caulfield Guineas first acceptances closed on September 26, 2023 with 43 three-year-olds still in the mix including all-in favourite Militarize following his excellent late win in the Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes in Sydney.

2023 Caulfield Guineas Nominations

The early Caulfield Guineas 2023 Nominations are taken on September 12, 2023 and are set to attract over 200 colts and geldings.

The Caulfield Guineas 2023 nominations are now out featuring 127 three-year-olds including the Chris Waller-trained Militarize who won the Group 1 Inglis Sires’ – Champagne Stakes double in the autumn, Godolphin’s recent Group 2 Run To The Rose winner Cylinder, Gary Portelli’s Group 3 Ming Dynasty winner Encap, and reigning Blue Diamond champ Little Brose.

Caulfield Guineas Tips

The Caulfield Guineas is the feature race on the opening day of the Caulfield Carnival and because of this the majority of racing experts have a set of Caulfield Guineas tips every year. The majority of horses that contest the Caulfield Guineas come through a similar form line, but this does not necessarily make it easy to pick the winner.

Good Caulfield Guineas betting tips include looking for the colts and geldings that ran well in key lead-up races including the Caulfield Guineas Prelude.

From 2014-22 three of the Caulfield Guineas winners had their final lead-up in the Stan Fox Stakes including Shooting To Win (2014) and Press Statement (2015) who both completed the double.

The Stan Fox Stakes was changed to the Callander-Presnell ahead of the 2022 edition and now runs over a mile after the Caulfield Guineas.

Golden Mile (2022) became the first horse to complete the Caulfield Guineas – Callander-Presnell double.

In 2018 The Autumn Sun ran third in the Stan Fox Stakes ahead of Caulfield Guineas win, but also won Rosehill’s Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes in between.

Ole Kirk (2020) meanwhile was the latest horse to do the Golden Rose Stakes – Caulfield Guineas interstate double, while in 2021 Anamoe improved on a lead-up second as the beaten Golden Rose favourite to salute in the Guineas.

In 2022 Golden Mile improved on a Golden Rose 4th to win the Caulfield Guineas.

A key Caulfield Guineas tip is to stick with the colts and geldings as Surround (1976) is the last filly to beat home the boys in the mile classic.

It is also a good tip to back horses drawn barriers 1 – 5 with those gates producing 20 of the past 32 Caulfield Guineas winners up until 2022. Golden Mile was the last Caulfield Guineas winner from barrier 5.

Griff however overcame barrier 15 of 15 to lead all-the-way and win the 2023 Caulfield Guineas.

2023 Caulfield Guineas Tips

Our insider Caulfield Guineas 2023 betting tips and Group 1 racing selections will be detailed below the week of the race so stay tuned for the gallopers to back and sack in the $2 million classic.

To Win: #1 Militarize ($2.80 at time of publish) – BET NOW

Great edition of the Caulfield Guineas with a few form lines to consider, but happy to stick with the Chris Waller-trained favourite Militarize who heads south for the first time. The gun Dundeel colt is now a three-time Group 1 winner after flashing from nowhere to score the Golden Rose over 1400m right on the line last start. He is proven at a mile having saluted in Randwick’s Champagne Stakes at elite level as a two-year-old and should appreciate the 1600m again now. The ‘Magic Man’ Joao Moreira retains the ride. The horse needs to answer a few questions like the gate (12) and racing the Melbourne way for the first time, but is the class horse from the best stable going too good to ignore with natural progression now third-up and fit.

The Danger: #4 Steparty ($4 at time of publish) – BET NOW

Really hard to leave out an undefeated three-year-old in this year’s Caulfield Guineas tips. It has been a while since a horse completed the Prelude – Guineas double in Melbourne with Helmet (2011) the last to do so. Still, think this Paul Preusker-trained Artie Schiller colt could come close. He is five-from-five and continues to impress as the bar is raised. He only just got there last time out however, so needs to improve again up to a mile now. Group 1 acid test but he is drawn to get the run of the race from a mid-field gate and has the upside to challenge.

The Roughie: #10 Wolfy ($14 at time of publish) – BET NOW

Have had this Nick Ryan-trained galloper pegged for a big run on Saturday since the field came out. Preferred him at 20/1 earlier in the week, but he remains value into $14 now as the big Caulfield Guineas market mover. Blake Shinn comes aboard the in-form, Kiwi-bred Tivaci colt who chases a third win on the trot. He’ll need to go to another level having only broken his maiden status two back at Sale, but was impressive with 59.5kg over 1420m at Flemington in a BM64 on September 24. Caught the eye there, has been set for this, and a top three run would not surprise as he comes in with confidence.

Caulfield Guineas Form Guide

The Caulfield Guineas form guide is a hot commodity in the lead-up to the Group 1 event and is essential reading in order to pick the winner of the race. The Caulfield Guineas Prelude is the major lead-up race for the Caulfield Guineas and it has produced plenty of winners over the past decade, but the Stutt Stakes has also been a key form reference in recent years.

No winner of the Caulfield Guineas since 2004 had finished worse than fourth in their final lead-up race until Super Seth (2019) improved on a lead-up fifth in the Caulfield Guineas Prelude results to win the Group 1.

The 2021 Caulfield Guineas form was franked with the winner Anamoe continuing on to run second in a photo-finish to Irish raider State Of Rest in that year’s $5 million Cox Plate at The Valley. Anamoe would also return the following autumn and run well in a host of races including posting a win in the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m) in Sydney.

Caulfield Guineas Form Facts

  • Sydney’s Stan Fox Stakes (now the Callander-Presnell) produced all five Caulfield Guineas winners from 2014-18 including upset $101 winner Mighty Boss (4th in 2017) and The Autumn Sun (3rd in 2018) who won the Golden Rose in between.
  • No horse since Econsul (Stan Fox Stakes 6th in 2004) had finished worse than fourth before winning the Caulfield Guineas until Super Seth (Prelude 5th in 2019).
  • While open to fillies no female has won the Caulfield Guineas in over 30 years with the last to try being Catchy (3rd in 2017).
  • Sydney-trained gallopers won all five editions of the Caulfield Guineas from 2012-16 before the Caulfield-trained Mighty Boss for Mick Price in 2017 and Mornington’s Anthony Freedman won in 2019 with Super Seth.
  • Barrier one produced four Caulfield Guineas winners from 2009-16 including Divine Prophet (2016).
  • Since 2011 only three Caulfield Guineas winners came via a run in the Caulfield Guineas Prelude.

2023 Caulfield Guineas Form

A link to our detailed Caulfield Guineas 2023 Form Guide will be provided for punters below the week of the $3 million classic.

Caulfield Guineas Results

The Caulfield Guineas race results will be available on a Saturday in mid-October every year. As well as listing the complete Caulfield Guineas finishing order the results show the trainer and jockey of each horse as well as the margin between each place, the weight they carried and their starting price in the betting markets.

Trainer Bart Cummings prepared five Caulfield Guineas winners over the years with Storm Queen (1966), Kenmark (1974), Alfa (1996), God’s Own (2006), and Wonderful World (2007).

Anamoe set a new Caulfield Guineas winning record in 2021 posting a time of 1 minute 35 seconds.

Surround (1976) was the last Caulfield Guineas winning filly.

Past Caulfield Guineas Winners

Recent Caulfield Guineas winners and place-getters dating back to the year 2000 are detailed in the below table.

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2023 Griff Veight Steparty 1:37.9
2022 Golden Mile Elliptical Osipenko 1:38.2
2021 Anamoe Capitvant Artorius 1:35.0
2020 Ole Kirk Aysar Grandslam 1:36.3
2019 Super Seth Alligator Blood Groundswell 1:36.4
2018 The Autumn Sun Vassilator Oohood 1:35.5
2017 Mighty Boss Kementari Catchy 1:36.0
2016 Divine Prophet Seaburge Hey Doc 1:36.5
2015 Press Statement Lizard Island Ready For Victory 1:36.4
2014 Shooting To Win Rich Enuff Wandjina 1:35.5
2013 Long John Divine Calling Shamus Award 1:36.7
2012 All Too Hard Pierro Epaulette 1:36.0
2011 Helmet Manawanui Huegill 1:35.3
2010 Anacheeva Run For Levi Masquerader 1:37.0
2009 Starspangledbanner Carrara Manhattan Rain 1:35.6
2008 Whobegotyou Time Thief Von Costa De Hero 1:36.4
2007 Weekend Hussler Scenic Blast Marching 1.36.4
2006 Wonderful World Excites Court Command 1.35.9
2005 Gods Own Paratroopers Primus 1.37.6
2004 Econsul Barely A Moment Under Command 1.38.0
2003 In Top Swing Face Value Kempinsky 1.36.0
2002 Helenus Bel Esprit Choisir 1.35.4
2001 Lonhro Ustinov Pure Theatre 1.36.7
2000 Show A Heart Fubu Sale Of Century 1.35.8