The 2014 Caulfield Spring Racing Carnival takes place during October each year at Caulfield Racecourse in Melbourne. The carnival is held over three days, the first being Caulfield Guineas Day. The Caulfield Guineas is a Group 1 race that is worth $1 million in prize money. Raced over a distance of 1,600 metres, the Caulfield Guineas is run under set-weight conditions. Despite the fact that the Caulfield Guineas is open to all three-year-old horses, it is mostly colts and geldings that accept for the final field. Caulfield Guineas Day is also host to the Group 1 Caulfield Stakes, Group 1 Toorak Handicap, Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes, Group 2 Schillaci Stakes and the Group 3 Thoroughbred Club Stakes.
Also on the first day of the Caulfield Spring Racing Carnival is the $500,000 Thousand Guineas. The Group 1 Thousand Guineas is run over a distance of 1,600 metres and open to three-year-old fillies only. The race is run under set-weight conditions and is the fillies’ equivalent of the Caulfield Guineas, which is held the Saturday before.
The final day of the Caulfield Spring Racing Carnival, Caulfield Cup Day, takes place a week later on the Saturday. Caulfield Cup Day features the $3 million Caulfield Cup. Run over a stayer’s distance of 2,400 metres, the Caulfield Cup provides the winner with an automatic entry into the $6 million Melbourne Cup on the first Tuesday of November. The Caulfield Cup is run under handicap conditions and is known to be one of the toughest handicap races in the world. The Caulfield Cup shares its day with the Group 2 Caulfield Sprint, Group 2 Tristarc Stakes, Group 3 Caulfield Classic, Group 3 David Jones Cup and Group 3 Moonga Stakes.