Ladbrokes Tip: The Thousand Guineas Prelude – Thousand Guineas double is a popular spring bet!
Held on a Sunday in late September or early October, the same day Sydney hosts the NRL Grand Final, during the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival at Caulfield Racecourse, the Thousand Guineas Prelude is a Group 2 race open to three-year-old fillies.
The set weights plus penalties race, also known as the Tranquil Star Stakes, is one of four Group races at the meeting that is headlined by the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) and the Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m). The equivalent race for colts and geldings, the Group 3 Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas Prelude (1400m), also runs on the same card as a lead-up to the Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas.
The Thousand Guineas Prelude is obviously the traditional preparatory run for fillies heading into the Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) back at the track in two weeks. The last filly to complete the Thousand Guineas Prelude – Thousand Guineas double was Irish Lights (2009).
The latest edition of the Thousand Guineas Prelude ran on Sunday October 1, 2017 .
2017 Thousand Guineas Prelude Results
- 1st: #6 Booker
- 2nd: #2 Shoals
- 3rd: #1 Catchy
Thousand Guineas Prelude Race Info
- Date: Sunday October 1, 2017
- Track: Caulfield Racecourse
- Distance: 1400m
- Conditions: 3YO Fillies – Set Weights + Penalties
- Status: Group 2
- Prize Money: $200,000
- First Run: 1983
Thousand Guineas Prelude Betting
Thousand Guineas Prelude odds are led each spring by in-form fillies coming off good lead-up form in earlier races against similar class.
A popular Thousand Guineas Prelude betting option is to back the winner to go on to win the Thousand Guineas, a punt that has paid off a number of times over the years. Fillies that ran well in lead-up races like the Group 2 Danehill Stakes (1200m) at Flemington a fortnight earlier also sit high up the Thousand Guineas Prelude odds online each spring.
2017 Thousand Guineas Prelude Odds
The latest Thousand Guineas Prelude 2017 betting odds and links to our Caulfield racing markets will be open below as soon as released so stay tuned for the top odds on the Thousand Guineas-bound fillies this spring.
Thousand Guineas Prelude Tips
Good Thousand Guineas Prelude tips to take to the bookies during the spring include looking for fillies coming off a lead-up win in Melbourne, runners with ability over 1400m and those drawn near the rails at Caulfield. Previous Group 1 performed fillies at the track from the autumn out of races like the Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes also make a good tip in Thousand Guineas Prelude betting each spring.
2017 Thousand Guineas Prelude Tips
Our Ladbrokes’ insider Thousand Guineas Prelude 2017 betting tips and Group 2 racing picks for the Thousand Guineas lead-up race will be detailed below the week of the race so stay tuned for the fillies to lock-in for the win and to take in Group 1 futures markets on the mile feature next race.
- 1st: #1 Catchy ($2.05) – Lindsay Park’s Blue Diamond winner won’t be beaten so take the short odds, still better than bank interest. She is a Group 1 performer over the boys at this track and could take them on again in the Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas next start. She won the Group 2 Danehill Stakes (1200m) in an ideal warm-up down the straight last time out and will be nearing peak three runs in at her pet track (4-3-1-0). Small field and she won here third-up last time in before the Group 1 victory. Even if the tempo isn’t fast enough, she’s got the class to easily account for these rivals.
- 2nd: #6 Booker ($5) – The market mover and most likely to score the upset is Booker who we rated last time out. She didn’t disappoint either posting a third place finish to Catchy when under a length beaten. She’s run in the money all four starts so far, including against the colts & geldings when runner-up to Merchant Navy in the Group 3 McNeil Stakes (1200m). Caulfield is her track, but she’s also proven at the Flemington home straight, so plenty to like even from the wider draw.
- 3rd: #3 Limestone ($9.50) – Darren Weir’s filly fell last time out, but is passed fit to run again here. She was travelling well before the Danehill mishap and is out to atone. Group 2 second behind Catchy from the autumn and a winner of the Blue Diamond Preview before that. So long as she took no ill-effects from the fall a fortnight ago, can run in the money.
Thousand Guineas Prelude Field
The Thousand Guineas Prelude field attracts a line-up of the season’s most promising middle-distance fillies heading towards a run over the mile in the Thousand Guineas.
Fillies in the Thousand Guineas Prelude field can come off a number of possible runs including the Group 3 Quezette Stakes (1100m) the month before. In 2015 Miss Gunpowder ran third in the Quezette Stakes before her Prelude win two runs later.
Another lead-up race is the Group 3 HDF McNeil Stakes (1200m), a double last achieved by Lady Of Harrods (2012). The likely next-up option for Thousand Guineas Prelude graduates is the Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m). Jameka ran third in the Thousand Guineas Prelude in 2015 before a second to Stay With Me in that year’s Thousand Guineas. She also went on to win the Group 2 Moonee Valley Vase (2040m) and Group 1 Crown Oaks (2500m) that spring.
In 2014 the Thousand Guineas Prelude runner-up Amicus won the Thousand Guineas next start, while in 2013 the Prelude winner Gregers finished third in the Group 1 next time out. The previous year (2012) the Prelude runner-up Commanding Jewel ran second in the Group 2 Edward Manifold Stakes (1600m) next start before her Thousand Guineas success.
2017 Thousand Guineas Prelude Field
The official Thousand Guineas Prelude 2017 Final Field & Barriers are released by Racing Victoria on the Wednesday leading-up to the race and will be published below so stay tuned to see what fillies line-up in the Group 2 race on Underwood Stakes Day.
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp. Rating|
|1||11110×21||CATCHY||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Regan Bayliss||4||58.5kg||102|
|2||111×1||SHOALS||Anthony Freedman||Mark Zahra||9||57.5kg||89|
|3||3112x4F||LIMESTONE||Darren Weir||Damian Lane||2||57kg||78|
|4||148×10||ROOMOOZ||Tony McEvoy||Luke Currie||5||56.5kg||74|
|5||1x136x55||SEANNIE||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||Ben Melham||3||56.5kg||70|
|6||12×23||BOOKER||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra||Dwayne Dunn||8||55kg||78|
|7||32×134||TRUE EXCELSIOR (NZ)||Leon & Troy Corstens||Blake Shinn||7||55kg||65|
|8||143||SHE’S SO HIGH||Mick Price||Beau Mertens (a)||1||55kg||68|
|9||7×1462||MAHLANI (NZ)||Andrew Noblet||Ms Katelyn Mallyon||6||55kg||62|
2017 Thousand Guineas Prelude Nominations
The Thousand Guineas Prelude 2017 Nominations are taken the Monday of race week and the list of early entries will be provided below once announced.
In 2017 the Thousand Guineas Prelude attracted 13 early entries led by the Lindsay Park-trained Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes winning filly Catchy out to do the Danehill Stakes – Thousand Guineas Prelude double.
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Ballot||Weight||Hcp. Rating|
|1||11110×21||CATCHY||F||3||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||1||58.5kg||102|
|5||1x136x55||SEANNIE||F||3||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||5||56.5kg||70|
|6||12×23||BOOKER||F||3||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra||6||55kg||78|
|7||60×11||GLAM GURU||F||3||Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas||7||55kg||69|
|8||32×134||TRUE EXCELSIOR (NZ)||F||3||Leon & Troy Corstens||8||55kg||65|
|9||143||SHE’S SO HIGH||F||3||Mick Price||9||55kg||68|
|10||0x3334x421||SUPER SNOB||F||3||Peter Morgan||10||55kg||60|
|12||5×317||ELLE GAGNE (NZ)||F||3||Grahame Begg||12||55kg||62|
|13||7×1462||MAHLANI (NZ)||F||3||Andrew Noblet||13||55kg||62|
Thousand Guineas Prelude Form Guide
The Thousand Guineas Prelude form guide details to punters all the need-to-know information from trainers and jockeys to barriers and lead-up runs.
The Thousand Guineas Prelude form has also stacked up in tougher spring races in recent years including the Crown Oaks during the Melbourne Cup Carnival in 2015 when Prelude third-placegetter Jameka won the staying clash at Flemington three runs later. Jameka also won the 2016 Caulfield Cup, further franking the previous season’s Thousand Guineas Prelude form.
Thousand Guineas Prelude Results
The Thousand Guineas Prelude results have been dominated by single-figure chances in the past decade, but a number of fillies have managed at upset at double-figures including Lady Of Harrods ($15 in 2012) and Legless Veuve ($12 in 2016).
Notable recent Thousand Guineas Prelude winners include Miss Gunpowder (2015), Divorces (2010), Irish Lights (2009), Ortensia (2008) and Miss Finland (2006).
2017 Thousand Guineas Prelude Results
The official Thousand Guineas Prelude 2017 results & finishing order will be published below once the race is run and won on Sunday October 1, 2017 , the Sunday following Epsom Handicap Day in Sydney on the Saturday.
|1||6||BOOKER||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra||Dwayne Dunn||–||7||55kg||$6.50|
|2||2||SHOALS||Anthony Freedman||Mark Zahra||0.4L||8||57.5kg||$5.50|
|3||1||CATCHY||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Regan Bayliss||0.5L||4||58.5kg||$1.95F|
|4||8||SHE’S SO HIGH||Mick Price||Beau Mertens (a)||1L||1||55kg||$8.50|
|5||3||LIMESTONE||Darren Weir||Damian Lane||4.25L||2||57kg||$13|
|6||4||ROOMOOZ||Tony McEvoy||Luke Currie||5L||5||56.5kg||$31|
|7||5||SEANNIE||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||Ben Melham||5.4L||3||56.5kg||$26|
|8||9||MAHLANI (NZ)||Andrew Noblet||Ms Katelyn Mallyon||5.5L||6||55kg||$101|
|–||7||TRUE EXCELSIOR (NZ)||Leon & Troy Corstens||Blake Shinn||–||0||–||–|
Thousand Guineas Prelude Winners
|2016||Legless Veuve||La Luna Rossa||Sword Of Light||1:25.2|
|2014||Afleet Esprit||Amicus||Go Indy Go||1:24.5|
|2012||Lady Of Harrods||Commanding Jewel||Molto Bene||1:24.9|
|2011||Bliss Street||Hallowell Belle||Mosheen||1:24.4|
|2009||Irish Lights||Set For Fame||Mont Fleuri||1:26.1|
|2006||Miss Finland||Anamato||My Only Hope||1:24.3|
|2004||Hollow Bullet||Ballet Society||Astradame||1:24.3|
|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|