The Sandown Guineas is a Melbourne Racing Club event held at Sandown Racecourse. The race is restricted to three year olds and is held at the conditions of set weights. In 2016 the weights were set at 57kg for colts & geldings and 55kg for fillies.
The race is run over a distance of 1600m and when the race was first held in 1957, it was a fillies only contest. It was not until 1968 that the race was opened to all three year olds. The race achieved Group 2 classification in 1979 and has maintained that status since.
Total prizemoney on offer in 2017 is $250,000. The 2016 winner was the John O'Shea trained Morton's Fork, ridden by Craig Williams. Other past winners of the race include Mahuta, Pressday, Caymans, Over, Navy Seal, Durbridge and Cossack Prince.
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|Date:||Saturday 18th November 2017|
|Race Type:||3YO Under Set Weights|
|2016 Winner:||Morton's Fork|
|2016 Sandown Guineas Results|
|1||MORTON'S FORK||1ST||$2.30 (win)|
|8||JENNIFER LYNN||3RD||$1.20 (pl)|
A member of the John O’Shea stable Morton’s Fork has missed a place just once in eight races, his record reading at 8:3-4-0. That miss came in the Listed Gothic Stakes at Caulfield when finishing just over one length from the winner Peacock, in fifth position. That day he had no luck whatsoever and was never able to get a clean shot until the race was all over and looked a tragedy beaten. He then took on the G3 Carbine Club Stakes over 1600m with Craig Williams legged aboard the colt. Settling mid-field after dropping in to a good position early he was angled wide on the home turn and made his run with Comin’ Through and finished off with that runner, getting within a neck of the win. Williams keeps the ride and they jump from gate 5.
Jennifer Lynn will become the first filly to win the race since Cayambe was successful in 2005, if she can take the win this year. The Darren Weir trained filly opened at $4 when the UBET market was released as she goes in search of four successive wins. Her wins have never been by big margins, yet the filly just seems to know where the post is and gets there in time. Weir took the filly to Caulfield on Guineas Day to tackle a set weights and penalties event over 1400m and after jumping from gate 10, got the job done in winning by just under a half-length. In the Listed Lexus Hybrid on Melbourne Cup day Jennifer Lynn came up with gate 14, which proved no problem as Blake Shinn got her home for the win. Dean Yendall takes the ride and has won on the filly previously.
The Gordon Richards trained gelding will be stepping out to the 1600m for the first time in his eight start career. Those eight starts have realised five wins and he has won on good, soft and heavy going. Taking on a 3YO handicap over 1200m he carried 57kg after taking the two kilogram claim of Dylan Dunn and worked home strongly to land a one length victory after starting the favourite. Taken to Moonee Valley for a set weights and penalties 1200m race, he jumped from the extreme gate with 55kg and racing on the pace worked to the front and held off the challengers. Taking on the Listed Hilton Stakes at Flemington over 1400m, he carried 58.5kg under the handicap conditions when finishing 3.25 lengths from Souchez. He is an on pace runner who will be working forward in this race, with Dwayne Dunn riding again.
The Sandown Guineas is a Group 2 race held at the famous Sandown Racecourse. One of the final races of the Melbourne Spring Carnival, it is a part of Sandown Classic Day and often produces future stars of the turf. Run over 1600m, it is the last prestigious set weights contest for three-year-olds during the spring. With Sandown being a ‘tough mile’, it also tends to indicate if a youngster has the potential to become a stayer down the track. Horses that tend to finish well in the Carbine Club Stakes on the Victoria Derby Day are always well suited in this event. First run back in 1957, it was originally a fillies only race until 1967.
From 1957 to 1964, and then again in 2013 (when Sandown was being upgraded), this race was held at Caulfield. In 1968 and 1969, it was run over a distance of 2112m, until it was reduced to a mile (1600m) in 1970. It was originally a Principal Race, before gaining Group 2 status in 1979. In 2013, Paximadia won the Carbine Club Stakes at Flemington before repeating the dose in the Sandown Guineas. Other promising youngsters to shine in this event include; Light Fingers (1964), Taj Rossi (1973), Stargazer (1989), Durbridge (1990), Navy Seal (1992), Over (1999) and Kidnapped (2009).
|2016||MORTON'S FORK||CRAIG WILLIAMS||JOHN O'SHEA||01:40.0|
|2015||MAHUTA||BRAD RAWILLER||DARREN WEIR||01:35.9|
|2014||PETROLOGY||NICHOLAS HALL||DAVID HAYES||01.36.7|
|2013||PAXIMADIA||KERRIN MCEVOY||SAEED BIN SUROOR||01.37.3|
|2012||TATRA||KERRIN MCEVOY||PETER SNOWDEN||01.36.7|
|2011||SO SWIFT||CRAIG WILLIAMS||BILL & SYMON WILDE||01.38.8|
|2010||PRESSDAY||NASH RAWILLER||JOHN SADLER||01.42.7|
|2009||KIDNAPPED||KERRIN MCEVOY||ISMAIL MOHAMMAD||01.36.2|
|2008||CAYMANS||KERRIN MCEVOY||SAEED BIN SUROOR||01.38.0|
|2007||SCHILLING||DAMIEN OLIVER||PETER MORGAN||01.38.6|