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. Quickly developing into a good horse’s race, it has been a target for owners looking to enhance the stallion prospects of their colts.
Held under set weights over the Flemington 1600m, in 2016 the race is valued at $750,000, with the winner to receive a cheque for $450,000.
Talented colts to win this and make their name as commercial stallions include 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 5th March 2016|
|Race Time:||15:30 AEST|
|Race Type||3YO Set Weights|
|2016 Australian Guineas Odds|
|4||READY FOR VICTORY||-||-|
I'm not sure I've seen a better beginner than XTRAVAGANT. He flies the gates so expect him to lead and MAHUTA to sit on his outside. If RIVER WILD begins cleanly he can take the box seat from SNOOPY (drawn out), READY FOR VICTORY and SAILING BY.
If XTRAVAGANT brings his true form to Australia he should win. His efforts on good ground are extraordinary. He's won two Group 1 races by a combined margin of 16.5 lengths. When we are assessing the locals, we're seeing a lot of bunched finishes. Press Statement was the horse in the Spring to come here and beat an even bunch of locals in the Caulfield Guineas. In the Autumn it's XTRAVAGANT's turn to do something similar.
Having said that it's a terrific race. TARZINO only needs a genuine speed to see him getting home strongly. The Flemington 1600m should suit 2nd up. Thought he should've finished 2nd in the Caulfield Guineas.
PERFECT REFLECTION ran well in the Vanity 1st up but not sure we saw her best. Darren Weir has applied the blinkers. The 1600m will suit, although would've been keen to see her draw wider.
Her stablemate PALENTINO draws the outside barrier, so pattern pending he'll need a lot of luck. He showed a great will to win when first past the post in the C.S. Hayes. There's no telling how good he is yet. MAHUTA on speed might be next best but there are a lot of good 3yos we haven't mentioned yet.
The winner of 5 of his 8 career starts, Xtravagant will make his Australian debut with New Zealand jockey Matthew Cameron to continue his association with the colt. Prior to the barrier draw he was a marginal favourite and cemented that position after drawing ideally in gate 3. A winner of the NZ 2000 Guineas at Riccarton in November, he was freshened and then took a 3YO Set weights race at Ellerslie. Finishing 2 lengths from the winner in the G1 Levin Classic at Trentham, he rounded the preparation for his Australian assault with a win in the G1 NRM Sprint at Te Rapa.
Tarzino makes his return to Flemington for the first time since his commanding Victoria Derby triumph. Resuming in the G3 Autumn Stakes at Caulfield on Feb 13, he settled at the rear of the 10 horse field and was last at the 400m. Pulled to the outside he took a while to warm up and really hit the line the last 100m and the step up to 1600m here which will suit more but he will need a solid tempo at the front to suit his racing style of getting back in the field. On a path towards the ATC Derby, trainer Mick Price has been happy with his progress since his 1st up run and is looking forward to seeing his star pupil over more ground.
A promising horse in the making, Mahuta has built an impressive picket fence next to his form-line. After winning his maiden at Kyneton on October 8, the winning streak of Mahuta now stands at 6 successive wins. His streak includes wins in the Listed Gothic Stakes defeating subsequent Australia Stakes winner Holler, G3 Carbine Club, the G2 Sandown Guineas, Magic Millions Guineas and the G2 Autumn Stakes. From 1 start at Flemington he won the Carbine Club stakes over 1600m -the same distance as this event and is 2 from 2 overall at 1600m.
Jameka was well supported and started 2nd fav in her racing return in the G3 The Vanity back on February 20. The top-weight for the race, she was able to finish just over a length from the winner Don’t Doubt Mamma who held a 1kg advantage at the weights. She drops 4kg from that run taking on the boys here, is 2 from 4 at Flemington and has placed at both her 2nd up runs. The 2015 Spring closed off with the Ciaron Maher trained filly at the peak of her game returning winning performances. Taking out the G2 Vase over subsequent VRC Derby winner Tarzino she ended her campaign with victory in the VRC Oaks.
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|