The Australian Guineas is restricted to 3YO’s run over 1600m at Flemington. A Group 1 event it is held under the conditions of set weights with colts & geldings to carry 56.5kg and fillies to carry 54.5kg.
The only G1 race exclusively for the 3YO’s during the Melbourne Autumn carnival, the Australian Guineas originated in 1986 as a Group 3 and achieved G1 status the year after its inception. It is a ‘stallion-making race’ with the residual value of any colt winning the race rising exponentially.
Total prizemoney on offer in 2017 is $750,000 with the winner to receive $450,000. The 2016 winner was the Darren Weir trained Palentino, ridden by Mark Zahra. Other past winners include colts that have gone on to be top stallions like Zabeel, Flying Spur, Pins & Dash For Cash, while talented fillies to have won include Triscay, Miss Finland & Mosheen.
The Australian Guineas forms a part of the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival.
Odds and previews are available for all the major Autumn Racing Carnival races at UBET's Autumn Racing Betting Hub.
|Australian Guineas Guide|
|Date:||Saturday 4th March 2017|
|Race Time:||15:30 AEST|
|Race Type||3YO Set Weights|
|2017 Australian Guineas Odds|
The Team Hawkes trained colt will look to become just the 2nd horse to complete the Caulfield/Australian Guineas double, only the mighty Mahogany having been able to complete the feat previously. The Choisir colt has resumed this campaign in the C F Orr Stakes and after settling near the rear looked to weave through a gap to follow Black Heart Bart into the race and was just disappointed for clear space for a stride or two which cost him some momentum. When he did have open space he worked home fairly to be just under four lengths from the winner. During the Spring he won when first-up in the G3 Up & Coming Stakes, was 4th in the G1 Golden Rose behind Astern and was within a half-length of Impending in the G2 Stan Fox. His prep was rounded out with victory in the Caulfield Guineas.
Hey Doc gets out to the mile for the 4th time in his career, with the three previous times he has been over that trip resulting in a win in the G2 Stutt Stakes at Moonee Valley and a 3rd in the Caulfield Guineas behind Divine Prophet. Resuming in the G3 Manfred Stakes, Hey Doc settled close to the speed and knuckled down to the task the closing 100m when 1.5 lengths from Legless Veuve. In the CS Hayes when carrying the equal top-weight of 57.5kg he settled close to the speed and when let down at the 250m really attacked the line, quickly putting a gap in them to score a good victory. The Hayes win was his first win at Flemington, while his only run at the mile at Flemington was when finishing 4th to Comin’ Through in the G3 Carbine Club Stakes in the Spring, the last run of his Spring prep.
The Snowden trained Attention has had just one start against 3YO only company this preparation, having had two starts at weight-for-age, when first-up in the G2 Expressway Stakes and then in the G1 Futurity. Returning in the Expressway over 1200m at Rosehill he settled in 3rd position in the 6 horse field, the best he could do was 5th beaten three lengths behind the winner Music Magnate. His first run the Melbourne way was at 1400m in the Autumn Stakes at set weights plus penalties against his own age he raced on the pace and with the on-pace runners dominating, held 2nd place behind the leader and winner Oak Door who had a 2kg pull in the weights. In the Futurity he fought on gamely when racing on the pace to be within a length of the winner Black Heart Bart.
The VRC Derby winner can join just two other horses that have managed to secure the Derby in the Spring and then the Guineas in the Autumn at Flemington. King’s High was able to complete the double for David Hayes, while the might Mahogany was able to complete the feat for Lee Freedman. A dual acceptor for both the Randwick Guineas and this race, trainer James Cummings has indicated that this race is where the Derby winner will line up. He will be second-up this campaign following his return to the track in the Hobartville Stakes, where the 1400m was too sharp, yet he was still strong to the line to be 2.5 lengths from the winner Man From Uncle. Two of his three wins have been at the mile, whilst his only visit to Flemington was victory in the VRC Derby in the Spring.
The Australian Guineas is a Group 1 race for three-year-olds under set weights conditions. Held during the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival, it is the headline event of Australian Guineas Day. A feature race for class young milers, it is run over 1600m and offers $500,000 in prize money. It was first run as a Group 3 race in 1986 when won by True Version.
The following year (1987) it was elevated to Group 1 status. The Group 3 CS Hayes Stakes and the Group 3 Vanity Stakes have become ideal lead ups to this event. Some of the talented gallopers to win the Australian Guineas include; Shamus Award (2014), Mosheen (2012), Shamrocker (2011), Miss Finland (2007), Apache Cat (2006), Mahogany (1994) and Zabeel (1990).
|2016||PALENTINO||MARK ZAHRA||DARREN WEIR||01:35.2|
|2015||WANDJINA||BRETT PEBBLE||GAI WATERHOUSE||01:35.1|
|2014||SHAMUS AWARD||CRAIG WILLIAMS||DANNY O’BRIEN||01:36.4|
|2013||FERLAX||STEPHEN BASTER||JIM CONLAN||01:35.0|
|2012||MOSHEEN||DANNY NIKOLIC||ROBERT SMERDON||01:37.0|
|2011||SHAMROCKER||GLEN BOSS||DANNY O’BRIEN||01:35.3|
|2010||ROCK CLASSIC||MICHAEL RODD||BART CUMMINGS||01:36.8|
|2009||HEART OF DREAMS||CRAIG NEWITT||MICK PRICE||01:35.8|
|2008||LIGHT FANTASTIC||CRAIG NEWITT||MICK PRICE||01:36.4|
|2007||MISS FINLAND||CRAIG WILLIAMS||DAVID HAYES||01:36.0|
|2006||APACHE CAT||NOEL CALLOW||GREG EURELL||01:34.0|