The times have been crunched and here are the standout performances from Thousand Guineas Day 2023.
The highest rated victory across Caulfield and Newcastle was Hypothetical, according to ratings experts Punting Form.
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6 of the 10 races were won by horses in lanes 1 to 3.
Only Magic Time came from further back than 3 lengths off the lead at the 600m to win.
Four leaders held on for victory
With respect to the above, there was a distinct advantage to be on speed near the rail as per our Trackwalker Info in Friday’s preview.
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WHO WAS HOT?
HYPOTHETICAL – 1st Listed Village Stakes [1100m]
Her winning time was more than 4 lengths faster than Listed average for 1100m at Caulfield. It’s the second time she’s run fast time over this track and distance.
MAGIC TIME – 1st G1 SIR RUPERT CLARK STAKES [1400m]
Her winning time of 1:22.52 was the fastest of three 1400m races on the day by three quarters of a second. It was bang on average for this grade, rubber-stamping the fact she is up to G1 handicap level. And then you factor in she made her winning run in lane 10, which was well outside the sweet spot.
GHAANATI – 2nd G3 How Now Stakes [1200m]
She was 3.5 lengths off them at the 600m and made her run in lane 6 – neither of which quite fit the pattern of the day. Her last 400m was 7.7 lengths faster than what we expect from this grade.
CURRAN – 2nd Listed Village Stakes [1100m]
He was 6.7 lengths off the last at the 600m and made his run in lane 12 – completely against the pattern of the day.
HYPOTHETCIAL – Her rating here was only a length or two off what you need to be competitive in an Oakleigh Plate. She clearly loves the 1100m at Caulfield with two good figures there now.
9 of the 10 winners used lanes 2 to 8, which is exactly as our Trackwalker Info forecasted.
Only one leader, Coal Crusher, held on for victory.
Three horses came from more than 3 lengths off the lead at the 600m to win.
With respect to the above, Newcastle played fairly on Saturday.
WHO WAS HOT?
STROKE OF LUCK 1st The Beauford [2300m]
Overall time of 2:21.40 is 10 lengths faster than average for this grade. He showed ability as a 3YO and looks to be going on with it now.
KING OF SPARTA – 2nd The Hunter [1300m]
Coal Crusher was the only leader that won all day and this bloke had no hope of reeling him in. His overall time was still quicker than the class average and his final 200m in 11.56 is 1 length faster than we expect for this grade suggesting in a similar race next start he can go one better.
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