This year the 2011 Caulfield Guineas Prelude is scheduled to light up Caulfield Racecourse on Saturday September 24 as one of the early Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival features.
Despite only holding Group 3 status, the $175,000 Caulfield Guineas Prelude (1400m) is a crucial race for horse racing fans and punters as it is the traditional lead-up run for three-year-old colts and geldings heading towards the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas.
The Caulfield Guineas Prelude 2011 will take place on Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Day.
The $350,000 Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) is the obvious headline attraction for Luxbet punters, but the Caulfield Guineas Prelude is another top race on the Caulfield Racecourse programme that day.
Offering an insightful form and betting guide for the 2011 Caulfield Guineas, the $1 million mile feature to run at Caulfield on October 8, the Guineas Prelude has produced a number of ace gallopers over the years.
Last year Peter Moody’s Anacheeva won the Caulfield Guineas Prelude – Caulfield Guineas double.
Prelude runner-up Toorak Toff also went on to run a gallant fourth in the Caulfield Guineas in 2010, proving the race’s worth as a guide for punters!
Caulfield Guineas winner Anacheeva ran and won the Listed McKenzie Stakes first-up at Moonee Valley and Caulfield Guineas hopefuls this year may come via the same race which will be held on August 8, 2011.
The Caulfield Guineas Prelude is also likely to serve as a guide towards the better-performing three-year-olds that may race in the 2011 Cox Plate at Moonee Valley on October 22 and the famous Victoria Derby 2011 during the Melbourne Cup Carnival at Flemington.
Caulfield Guineas 2011 nominations were released this week with 277 early entries.
Many of these gallopers will first race in the Prelude and notable horses that could make up the 2011 Caulfield Guineas final field, acceptances taken on September 21 and published here, include:
Helmet (Peter Snowden)
Smart Missile (Anthony Cummings)
Foxwedge (John O’Shea)
Just The Tonic (Gai Waterhouse)
Race favourite is sure to be Helmet, winner of the Group 1 AJC Sires Produce Stakes – Champagne Stakes double during the autumn.
Snowden confirmed the Exceed And Excel colt would be in the Guineas Prelude, making them the best bet in the Luxbet markets based on their record and class.
“He’ll kick off with two runs in Sydney, maybe taking in the Golden Rose, and then come to Melbourne for the Guineas Prelude and then Guineas,” Snowden said.
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