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Some facts about the Caulfield Guineas


Some facts about the Group One $1 million Caulfield Guineas (1600m) for three-year-olds on Saturday:-

* First run in 1881 when won by Wheatear.
* Run at Flemington from 1940-43 inclusive.
* Past notable winners include Patrobas (1915), Artilleryman (1919), Heroic (1924), Ajax (1937), Hydrogen (1951), Tulloch (1957), Wiggle (1958), Time And Tide (1963), Storm Queen (1966), Vain (1969), Dual Choice (1970), Luskin Star (1977), Manikato (1978), Grosvenor (1982), Red Anchor (1984), Mahogany (1993), Redoute’s Choice (1999), Show A Heart (2000), Lonhro (2001), Weekend Hussler (2007).
* Helenus in 2002 was the last horse to win the Caulfield Guineas-Victoria Derby double. Other horses to achieve the feat in recent years include Mahogany, Red Anchor, Grosvenor and Sovereign Red (1980).
* Our Poetic Prince was first past the post in 1987 but relegated to second after a successful protest by Brent Thomson aboard 66-1 chance Marwong.
* In 2000 Skalato was first past the post but later disqualified after returning a positive swab.
* The last horse to complete the Caulfield Guineas-Cox Plate double in the same year was Red Anchor in 1984. He also won the Victoria Derby that spring.
* Abaridy in 1986 scored at 250-1.
* Guineas-winning jockeys with rides this year: Michael Rodd – So You Think (Whobegotyou 2008).
* Trainers with a win in the race and a runner on Saturday: Leon Corstens – Starspangledbanner (Helenus 2002); Bart Cummings – So You Think (Storm Queen 1966, Kenmark 1974, Alfa 1996, God’s Own 2005, Wonderful World 2006); David Hayes – Extra Zero (Palace Reign 1992, St. Covet 1994).
* Since 1989, 12 winners have drawn barrier four or under. Barrier four has the best recent record with five wins, the most recent Econsul five years ago. Eclair Fastpass has barrier four on Saturday.