Thousand Guineas News

Trainer Shane Nichols has underlined the 2016 Thousand Guineas (1600m) as a likely spring target for I Am A Star after the talented filly broke through for a maiden black type victory at Morphettville over the weekend.

I Am A Star will be set for the Group 1 Thousand Guineas upon resuming in spring. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

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Thousand Guineas

The 2015 Thousand Guineas is a prestigious Group 1 race, open to 3 year old fillies. It is a set weight race run over 1600 metres at Caulfield Racecourse in October each year.

The 2015 Thousand Guineas will be held on Saturday October 10 for a purse of $500,000.

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Aside from being an excellent opportunity in its own right, the Thousand Guineas is a good indicator of who will perform in the Wakeful Stakes and Crown Oaks later in the season. Thousands of punters make their way to online betting sites like Ladbrokes.com.au each year to bet on these events, and it all starts with a pick for the Thousand Guineas.

As of 2014, the Thousand Guineas has been held on Caulfield Guineas Day.

Thousand Guineas Betting Tips

Two races can give a good indication of Thousand Guineas contenders – the Edward Manifold Stakes and the Thousand Guineas Prelude. The Edward Manifold Stakes is a better indicator given its 1600 metre length and the record of its top performers in the Thousand Guineas, but the Thousand Guineas Prelude is worth watching for potential champions.

Strangely, even though the races are quite similar, the Flight Stakes is not a good indicator for the Thousand Guineas. Flight Stakes winners have only rarely won the Thousand Guineas in recent years. In many ways, these races are really mirror events for Melbourne and Sydney – the Thousand Guineas gets the best runners in Victoria, and the Flight Stakes gets the best runners in New South Wales.

Upcoming Races

Group 1

Cox Plate

(2,040m)

Moonee Valley

$3,000,000

3YO WFA

Group 1

Manikato Stakes

(1,200m)

Moonee Valley

$1,000,000

Open WFA

Group 1

Melbourne Cup

(3200m)

Flemington

$6,000,000

3YO QH

Group 1

Victoria Derby

(2,500m)

Flemington

$1,500,000

3YO SW

Group 1

Cox Plate

(2,040m)

Moonee Valley

$3,000,000

3YO WFA

Aside from keeping an eye on the winners and placegetters of indication races, it is also worth noting that the Thousand Guineas is a set weight race. This can make picking a winner much easier, as the best runners are not put at a weight disadvantage.

Wagering on the winner of the Thousand Guineas at Ladbrokes.com.au can be surprisingly simple. While upsets will happen from time to time, the nature of the Thousand Guineas helps the best runners to come out on top.

For more spring carnival racing we recommend having a bet on the Melbourne Cup, Victoria Derby and Emirates Stakes.