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Some of the great moments of Caulfield Guineas day, replayed

October 7, 2011

YouTube has been a great invention for many reasons.

As a horse racing enthusiast, interested in history but not remembering many races beyond the last five years, it is great to go back in time and watch some of the classic races which have been run on this day in the past.

Here are some of my favourites. Here’s hoping tomorrow produces a few more memorable races to watch in the future!

CAULFIELD GUINEAS

1999 – Redoute’s Choice vs Testa Rossa

What an incredible rivalry these two horses had. It was a vintage Caulfield Guineas, with the likes of Commands, Pins, Diatribe, Align and Dangerous also in the field. But all attention was on these two horses, who had run the quinella in the Blue Diamond Stakes as two year olds. And the race lived up to expectations.

2005 – God’s Own

A quite amazing performance from God’s Own. He was flattened numerous times in the run, including one particularly nasty check on the home turn. But still, somehow, he lifted to reach Paratroopers in the final few strides.

2008 – Whobegotyou

I’m no Whobe fan, but you have to admit he was a very good three year old. It wasn’t a vintage Guineas but he absolutely demolished them.

YALUMBA STAKES

2002 – Lonhro vs Sunline

Seems to be one of everyone’s favourite races. Sunline may have been past her best but she was gallant here. Lonhro had to give everything he had to catch her. A classic.

2010 – So You Think

“This is poetry in racing!” Such an apt description for So You Think. What a great win.

TOORAK HANDICAP

2010 – More Joyous

Pretty gutsy win by the mare here. A number of times, she looked in trouble, but she still did enough to win – carrying 58kg!

SCHILLACI STAKES

2008 – Wilander

I feel for the poor soul who was so entranced by Betfair’s new in running product that they had $100 000 on Lucky Secret at the 150m mark. Ouuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuch!

2010 – Black Caviar

I hope it isn’t a stretch by saying this was where she began her transition from potential superstar to turf champion. Only beat Winter King here, but it was the beginning of a prep which netted a Group 1 victory.

HERBERT POWER HANDICAP

1999 – Rogan Josh

The eventual Melbourne Cup winner showed the first glimpse that he could be competitive in that company with a good win in the Herbert Power. He went on to finish fourth in the Caulfield Cup, before winning the Mackinnon Stakes and Melbourne Cup.

2005 – Leica Falcon

This horse came from nowhere to race into Cups contention with a stirring victory here. After winning by big margins on the NSW/Victoria border, he came to town and kept improving. He arguably should have won the Caulfield Cup too. Injuries should have been the end of him, but connections kept bringing him back, with the horse struggling in events he would have once won easily.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGiePI6ODng

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