Caulfield Guineas

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The Caulfield Guineas is one of the greatest races in the world. It is a real ‘blue riband’ event in that it is over the 1600m (the mile) and that it is a three-year-old race mostly won by male horses. The word guineas is attached to big time races due to the unit of currency the guinea that is still used in Britain at horse auctions. A Guinea is one pound five or 21 shillings.

The Caulfield Guineas has been raced every year at Caulfield since 1881 accept for the years 1940, 1941, 1942 and 1943 where it was run and won at Flemington because the Caulfield racetrack was home to thousands of U.S troops who were stationed in Melbourne during world war two.

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The Argus, October 14, 1943

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26 Races

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So how did we all go on the weekend? The Hawks won the flag and Cyril won the Norm Smith so yes indeed it was a great weekend. There were 26 good races over the weekend and with two selections in each race I managed to find ten winners, 14 placings and three quinellas! Not bad, but we have to remember that all favourites won at Randwick on Saturday.

SO as it stands here are my early predictions for the upcoming big races…

Caulfield Stakes (this weekend) – Criterion or Pornichet

Caulfield Guineas – Press Statement but he is miles too short at $2 as we speak

Thousand Guineas – Pasadena Girl

Toorak Handicap – Lucky Hussler or Nobel Protector

Cox Plate – Press Statement, Kermadec or Fawkner

Caulfield Cup – Any Japanese horse

Melbourne Cup – Any Japanese horse

But by far the most exciting horse to come out of the weekend was Exosphere. He is a champion in the making and it is a blinding shame that he is not going to the Cox Plate. All the most exciting races for the remainder of the Spring will be the sprint races. We have Exosphere, the grey Chautauqua, Terravista, Lankan Rupee (who is going better than ever) Srikandi and Buffering all up and running.

The spring is just starting and after weeks with no standout horses it looks like we are starting to find a few. However just remember that horses having their first start at Caulfield that are from Sydney should be treated with caution. Press Statement has never seen Caulfield and he is the $2 favourite for the Caulfield Guineas. So just be patient and we will get better odds come race day as long as he draws a barrier.

Good luck and stay tuned.


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Three Meetings – two sections in each race

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There are three major meetings over Grand Final weekend. Here is a selection and a 2nd selection in every race firstly at Moonee Valley (Friday night), then Randwick (Saturday) and finally Flemington (Sunday). Good luck.

* means special!

Moonee Valley Friday Night

Race 1. 1. Mawahibb $3. 3. Keen Array $3

Race 2. 1. Moonovermanhattan $5. 3. Harada Bay $14

Race 3. 1. Amanpour $5. 2, May’s Dream $2.80

Race 4. 1. Sandhill Flash $7. 10. Steel Trigger $34

Race 5. 2. Patch Adams $7. 8. Admirabeel $14

Race 6. 5. The United States $4*. 8. Digitalism $20

Race 7. 13. Petits Filous $2.40. 1. Buffering $8

Race 8. 11. Galaxy Pegasus $5. 6. Tawteen $6

Randwick Saturday Arvo

Race 1. 10. Thar $9. 5. Detective $11

Race 2. 13. Slumber Party $11. 10. Overreactive $13

Race 3. 1. Wudang Mountain $4. 5. Ambience $4.20

Race 4. 2. Exosphere $1.70*. 4. Wicked Intent $17

Race 5. 1. Terravista $2.20*. 7. Rock Sturdy $21

Race 6. 1. Complacent $2.10*. 10 Ruling Dynasty $7

Race 7. 2. Lucia Valentina $9. 4. Winx $3

Race 8. 2. Kimberley Star $14. 1. Speak Fondly $2.30

Race 9. 7. Almoonqith $8. 5. Bonfire $17

Flemington Sunday Arvo

Race 1. 6. Calliope $2.80. 4. Moshway $26

Race 2. 2. Top Me Up $4*. 4. Iceflow

Race 3. 1. Chautauqua $1.40*. 2. Delectation $15

Race 4. 9. Tivci $3.70. 12. Iron Boss $5

Race 5. 9. Badawiya $6. 4. Don’t Doubt Mamma $5

Race 6. 10. Bold Sniper $6. 15. De Little Engine $15

Race 7. 15. Alpine Eagle $5*. 5. Volkstok’n’barrell $14

Race 8. 3. Tycoon Tara $8. 6. Girl In Flight $17

Race 9. 15. Lord Aspen $4*. 10. Yesterday’s Songs $10

Good luck and sty tuned


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One of the best blogs ever. Have a read while the form is being done

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Traditionally when discussing the best three-year-old of all time, Tulloch gets the nod ahead of Kingston Town. But what about the glorious 1906 / 1907 season and the champion Poseidon? Poseidon was a gun and on looking through his record he has a claim to be the greatest three-year-old of all-time. His put together a series of wins that had never been done and has not been done since.

Poseidon’s first start as a three-year-old was in a welter at Randwick over 1600m. The field had 21 horses in it and he won by a half head. This win was not really expected considering how bad he was as a three-year-old. Next it was a mile and a quarter (2000m) race at Hawkesbury. He again won, this time by an eased up 2 lengths. After this win, the connections clearly felt their colt had improved and he was…

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Cheap / average but kinda funny horse racing gags

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While I do the form for Saturday’s meeting, please enjoy some classic horse racing gags.

Chief Steward

It was a typical bush race meeting, the difference was that there was a new Chief Steward on the job, a man who’d officiated at major city tracks and everyone was waiting to see what would happen at his first race meeting. One of the local trainers was in the mounting yard and the steward saw him slip something into his horse’s mouth so he rushed over and demanded to know what it was. The trainer replied, in his best outback drawl ” Well, yer see, ‘e likes ‘is bit a sugar , so I always give him a cube just before ‘e races. ‘ere ,I’ll ‘ave one just to show that there’s nothin’ in it.” and he swallowed one. The Steward wasn’t convinced so demanded that he be given one…

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No Sign of Love Behind the Tears

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In any thinking or mindset, Terrorism is frightening – the very wording of the institution is frightening, but it is not the only frightening thing out there. Since 9/11 two people have died in Australia due to terrorism; yes many have died overseas, but domestically the two people to die at the hands of terrorism were the poor people in the cafe in Sydney not so long ago. Since 9/11 near enough to 1000 women have died at the hands of their partner or ex-partner in the silent epidemic that is domestic violence. Terrorism needs to be stamped out and the authorities in Australia are doing a magnificent job and now both major parties in Australia have now joined forces and are trying to stamp out the drug Ice which will in turn will reduce the amount of domestic violence seen on our shores. A Turf Fascination says… well done. Women and men to a lesser degree should not be afraid when they are at home. I don’t have the answer, but rather am just very happy that the powers that be are addressing this domestic violence issue finally. What governments, that is State, Federal and Local have done to prevent terrorism has been a resounding success and it is magnificent to think those who we vote for are now trying to add the eradication of domestic violence to their success stories. Turnbull will be handed a report into the drug Ice before Melbourne Cup time and he does not seem like a bloke who will allow this stupid bloody mix of chemicals to be prevalent in the country which he leads. As a male it is hard to imagine the fear a woman feels when she is being set upon by an Ice induced partner or ex-partner. There has to be a way to make sure this scenario happens less and less and those in Canberra have taken the first steps. It is a good start, not get it done!



This is a very hard day and many of the selections are well and truly into the double figures. Giddy up!

Best of the Day – Craftiness (race 3 number 5).

It I always fraught with danger tipping Sydney horses having their first start at Caulfield. However Craftiness looks one of the rare types that are professional and consistent, not to mention honest enough to handle Caulfield at their first attempt. On good ground, Craftiness has only ever been beaten once, and when he wins, he wins by a big margin. First up he showed he was back as good as ever, and although he went down to the in-form sprinter in Australia Shiraz, he clearly lost no admirers. With just even luck, this gelding should be winning. The only reason he is not $1.80 is because of the Caulfield factor.

Last Chance Stakes #1 – Excess Knowledge (race 4 number 1).

There is no doubt this son of the great Monsun is very good, but he better start showing us exactly what he can do. He is one of those horses that eventually we will give up on and he will pop up at $18. He is not $18 this week (we will be lucky to get $4), but he has finally drawn a barrier, he has Caulfield experience and this is a very weak field. Kerrin McEvoy stays aboard and the 2400m is the type of trip he was bred to thrive at.

They Are All Good So Back A Few #1 – Jameka (race 5 number 2) and Alaskan Rose (race 5 number 8).

Jameka is a Sires’ winner, was great first up and is $10. Alaskan Rose is unbeaten, is looking for 1400m and beyond and is $10. Yes they have to beat Pasadena Girl, Miss Finland’s daughter Stay With Me as well as the very in-form Miss Gunpower but they are not without a good chance. Indeed this is a full field of very good horses, so the two bet strategy with two in double figures is not a bad ploy. If either Jameka or Alaskan Rose were in any other Fillies or Mares race, then they would be favourite. Back them both as they are both outstanding value at double figure odds.

President Frank Underwood – The Cleaner (race 7 number 4).

The best show on television is House of Cards where the President of the United States is named Fran Underwood. He is a cleaner in every sense of the word. He cleans out congress, he cleans out the journalistic ranks and he cleans himself of any blame in any debacle that he finds himself in. So why not back The Cleaner in the Underwood Stakes? We still need to see Contributor perform before we back him and Fawkner is too short. The Cleaner is going better than ever; he has barrier one, he will be in front with 200m to run and he will look the winner perhaps until the last stride if he is to be beaten. If The Cleaner was trained by John Hawkes, Lee Freedman or Gai Waterhouse he would be $3 in this field so good is his form. Because he is Vo Rouge the second, we can get $7. It is hard to see him missing a place.

Back the Two at the Top – Lucky Hussler (race 8 number 1) and Cosmic Endeavour (race 8 number 2).

The Rupert Clarke Stakes this year may well be the hardest race to tip in ever! Therefore we have landed on the class runners – the two Group 1 winners who are 1 and 2 in the weights. Lucky Hussler was good first up and he has the perfect barrier second up. Cosmic Endeavour is a Group 1 winner at 1400m beating the likes of Catkins in the process. What price would Catkins be in this race? Both horses have Caulfield experience and both looks as if they will get good runs just off the leaders and will take plenty to hold out. The best bit is that both are near enough to 20-1 and can be backed with some confidence each way.

Last Chance Stakes #2 – Zebrinz (race 9 number 12).

Like Excess Knowledge, this boy has promised so much and he is yet to deliver (this preparation). He has been storming home and this looks a swoopers race. All his runs this time in have been full of merit and should he get a crack at his rivals late in the race then he certainly has the ability to get over the line in first place. Like many of the selections today we can get double figure odds about Zebrinz, but this is his last chance.


Roll Up The Odds-On Pops – Press Statement (race 2 number 1) and Catkins (race 6 number 2).

Press Statement should just win. He is a Group 1 winner, he finished next to Exosphere first up and should have also finished next to the giant colt in the Golden Rose. Press Statement was clearly unlucky in the Golden Rose and with just even luck he should streak this field on Saturday. It does not look so cut and dry with Catkins however. But here is the good thing… the $1.50 for Press Statement (he really should just win) into the $1.70 on offer for Catkins means that you can basically get $2.50 for Catkins. All going well, after Press Statement wins, you can then take a quinella with Amanpour, Catkins and Arabian Gold. Yes this all sound easy, and Catkins won’t have it all her own way, but first up she produced maybe the best run of her life and seeing is believing.

Gai is Due – King Kinshana (race 3 number 4) and Bohemian Lily (race 3 number 5).

It has been a slightly slow state to the spring for Gai Waterhouse. But the great lady never goes long without a feature race win. She hold all the aces in the Colin Stephen Quality with the imported gelding King Kinshana and the former kiwi mare Bohemian Lily who both looking sensational winning chances. Both are weighted to win and are fit enough to be tackling the 2400m third up. Not sure which one will win so back them both.

Best in Sydney – Akavoroun (race 7 number 7).

This gelding is a Victorian horse on a hit and run mission to Sydney for the Shannon Stakes. Make no mistake… he is a very good horse. He can lead, he can trail and on Saturday he gets weight relief from what he normally carries. He can handle any track surface, and he has an imposing record. This is the easiest race he has faced for a while and he will be right there when the whips are cracking. At $7 he is well worth plenty of thought on the each way basis.

A Class Edge Perhaps? – Frespanol (race 8 number 1).

There is no doubt that this gelding has a class edge, but he has the 61.5kg to even out any advantage he has class wise. However with Koby’s claim and barrier 1, the $16 is starting to look very promising. The best horse in the race should never be discounted and this boy is at least the best performed (by far). $16 means we can have a small each way bet and just see if he is simply better than his rivals. From five first up starts, the gelding has had two wins and two places; he has had the benefit of two easy trials and after some Brisbane sun on his back, he looks all set to run well fresh.

Good luck and stay tuned.

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The top six Golden Slipper wins of all-time


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Please enjoy the top six countdown of the greatest winners of the richest race for two-year-olds in the world. The Golden Slipper.

6th – Todman 1957. Todman is regarded by many as the greatest two-year-old of all-time and he may well have been. He had six starts as a two-year-old for five wins and a 2nd. His average winning margin as a two-year-old was five lengths. He probably deserves a place higher in the countdown, but he is placed at six because of a manoeuver by the trainer of Tulloch, T.J. Smith, in April 1957. T.J. pulled Tulloch out of the 1957 Golden Slipper when he was considered the equal of Todman. T.J. felt Tulloch would be better suited in the 7 furlong (1400m) Sires’ Produce STakes rather than the 6 furlong (1200m) inaugural Golden Slipper. Todman won the Slipper almost unopposed by eight lengths…

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