This weekend sees the running of the Caulfield Guineas – long lauded as a "Sire Making" race, so we thought we'd have a look at just which races do actually point to the top sires, and you could mount a strong argument the best race isn't even a Group One.
For the point of the exercise we went back 10 seasons and took the leading sires by prizemoney for the General, First Season and Second Season tables, and in the event the leading stallion raced overseas we replaced it with the highest ranked horse that raced in Australia – 19 stallions in total.
|General (Best Aus)||First Season||Second Season (Best Aus)|
|2016||Street Cry (Not A Single Doubt)||Smart Missile||Hinchinbrook|
|2015||Fastnet Rock||Hinchinbrook||Medaglia D'Oro (I Am Invincible)|
|2014||Redoute's Choice||I Am Invincible||Sebring|
|2013||Exceed And Excel||Northern Meteor||Casino Prince|
|2012||Fastnet Rock||Casino Prince||Artie Schiller (Written Tycoon)|
|2010||Redoute's Choice||Stratum||Fastnet Rock|
|2009||Encosta De Lago||Charge Forward||Exceed And Excel|
|2008||Encosta De Lago||Exceed And Excel||Hussonet (Choisir)|
Then we simply took their careers and compared firstly the races they competed in, and then the races they won.
As far as races where the best stallions compete, the top races are indeed the Golden Slipper and Caulfield Guineas but winning is not necessarily a pre-requisite.