Ladbrokes Tip: The Thousand Guineas Prelude – Thousand Guineas double is a popular spring bet!
Held on a Saturday in late September 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 colts’ and geldings’ equivalent, the Group 3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude (1400m), also runs on the same card as a lead-up to the Caulfield Guineas.
The Thousand Guineas Prelude is obviously the traditional preparatory run for fillies heading into the Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) the following month back at the track. The last filly to complete the Thousand Guineas Prelude – Thousand Guineas double was Irish Lights (2009).
The latest edition of the Thousand Guineas Prelude is due to run in Saturday 24th September, 2016.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In 2011 Hallowell Belle ran second in the Thousand Guineas Prelude before heading to Sydney for a second in Randwick’s Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m). Thousand Guineas Prelude nominations close the Monday before the race runs that Saturday followed by the final field and barriers released on the Wednesday.
Thousand Guineas Prelude Results
The Thousand Guineas Prelude results have been dominated by single-figure chances in the past decade and the last filly to win at double-figures was Lady Of Harrods ($15 in 2012).
Notable recent Thousand Guineas Prelude winners include Miss Gunpowder (2015), Divorces (2010), Irish Lights (2009), Ortensia (2008) and Miss Finland (2006).
2016 Thousand Guineas Prelude Results
Thousand Guineas Prelude Winners
|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|