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The Group 1 Randwick Guineas is a set weights event restricted for 3YO gallopers. This event was born as a replacement for the Canterbury Guineas in 2005 and now forms part of the Sydney 3YO Triple Crown which also includes the Rosehill Guineas and the ATC Derby.
Held over 1600m, the race forms a path to the other races of the Triple Crown that are run over 2000m and 2400m. In 2016 the race has received a significant stakes increase and will be run for $1m.
To entice the best 3YO’s the winner receives a ballot exemption for both the Doncaster Handicap and the ATC Derby. Previous winners include horses the calibre of It’s A Dundeel, Shoot Out, Weekend Hussler and Octagonal.
The Randwick Guineas forms a part of the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.
Odds and previews are available for all the major Autumn Racing Carnival races at UBET's Autumn Racing Betting Hub.
|Randwick Guineas Guide|
|Date:||Saturday 5th March 2016|
|Race Time:||15:10 AEST|
|Race Type:||3YO Set Weights|
|2015 Winner:||Hallowed Crown|
|2016 Randwick Guineas Odds|
|5||LE ROMAIN||1ST||$25.20 (win)|
|9||PRESS STATEMENT||2ND||$1.20 (pl)|
|1||GOLD AMBITION||3RD||$15.30 (pl)|
|13||STAY WITH ME||4TH||-|
|6||MAN OF CHOICE||-||-|
Not a lot of noted front-running types in this race. Can envisage DAL CIELO leading with MACKINTOSH and PRESS STATEMENT rolling forward from wide barriers. LE ROMAIN should be while and STAY WITH ME and TULSA might just be slightly handier than usual.
PRESS STATEMENT looks awfully hard to beat. He displayed wonderful acceleration in the straight to win the Group 2 Hobartville Stakes (1400m) first up from a spell. The wide barrier shouldn’t be too much of an issue for Press Statement as Hugh Bowman has the option of going forward like he did in the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) last October where he was dominant. In that Caulfield Guineas he beat DAL CIELO, who raced too keen for 1600m, plus SHARDS and TULSA who both met bad early interference in forgivable efforts.
The danger to Press Statement is last year’s Thousand Guineas winner STAY WITH ME. She raced too keenly first up in the Group 2 Light Fingers (1200m) but was back to somewhere near her best when running home against the tempo in last Saturday’s Group 2 Surround Stakes (1400m).
TULSA was ridden upside down first up in the Group 3 Manfred Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield – that run is best ignored. He again showed his best when ridden cold from an outside gate last start when third in the Group 3 C.S. Hayes Stakes (1400m). You could argue he perhaps would have won if he didn’t lay in behind Tulsa and Palentino at the 200-metre mark.
MONTAIGNE has made excellent progress through the grades this prep – it’s amazing to think he started $51 to win a three-year-old maiden at Warwick Farm in January. LE ROMAIN has done nothing wrong with seconds in the two key lead-up races of the Eskimo Prince and Hobartville. The Godolphin pair of SHARDS and ETYMOLOGY along with DATA POINT will be hoping for a genuinely-run race to give them a chance of figuring in the finish.
Opening a red figure favourite for his racing return in the G2 Hobartville Stakes, he went to the post at even money and asserted his dominance, racing on the pace before pulling away to win by 2.3 lengths. Now the winner at 6 of 8 career starts, Press Statement will start a short priced favourite to continue on his winning way. His last 3 starts have all been victories with the haul including his last 2 runs in the Spring prior to going for a break. Those wins were the G2 Stan Fox Stakes and the G1 Caulfield Guineas. Chris Waller has commented that his Autumn campaign is being shaped around staying in Sydney and he will get his first look at Randwick in this event.
Pushing ahead off a 1 week back-up Stay With Me will be having her 3rd run this preparation. 1st up she started the race favourite and could only manage 5th of the 7 runners in the G2 Light Fingers after settling at the rear of the field. Last Saturday she was beaten just under 2 lengths when finishing 3rd to Ghisoni in the G2 Surround Stakes after racing 3 wide the entire trip. Turning for home she fought strongly and made up good ground in the sprint to the post. The only other runner under double figures in the market and the only filly in the race, she has drawn well in gate 5.
A progressive type who has pleased his trainer Anthony Cummings, Montaigne is still in his 1st racing preparation. Opening his career on January 7 he finished 2nd in a set weights maiden when starting a 50/1 outsider. Having his 2nd start at Warwick Farm he displayed some of his talent with a half-length win, again starting at odds with some specking at the $18 fixed UBET offered. Able to frank the form at his next start by winning a benchmark 78 event when starting favourite he was then pitch-forked into the G2 Hobartville Stakes and finished 3rd to Press Statement. Missing the jump and settling at the rear of the field he weaved a passage in the straight to finish a nice 3rd making up plenty of ground with the leader to winner going sub 34 seconds for the final 600m sectional.
From 6 career starts the Kris Lees trained gelding is yet to miss a place. Resuming on January 23 he was a winner at Randwick over 1000m on a Heavy 8 and then stepped up at his next start taking on the G3 Eskimo Prince, where he finished a 1.8 length 2nd. Next up he took on the G2 Hobartville and after settling midfield, knuckled down to his task strongly when chasing Press Statement getting within 2.3 lengths. He steps out to 1600m for the first time and is 2:1-1 on the Randwick surface.
|2016||LE ROMAIN||CHRISTIAN REITH||KRIS LEES||01:33.8|
|2015||HALLOWED CROWN||HUGH BOWMAN||BART CUMMINGS||01:35.0|
|2014||DISSIDENT||JIM CASSIDY||PETER MOODY||01:36.3|
|2013||IT’S A DUNDEEL||JAMES MCDONALD||MURRAY BAKER||01:35.1|
|2012||MOSHEEN||DANNY NIKOLIC||ROBERT SMERDON||01:37.6|
|2011||ILOVETHISCITY||BRENTON AVDULLA||GRAHAME BEGG||01:35.3|
|2010||BLACK CAVIAR||STATHI KATSIDIS||JOHN WALLACE||01:34.9|
|2009||METAL BENDER||DANNY NIKOLIC||JACK DENHAM||01:36.5|
|2008||WEEKEND HUSSLER||BRAD RAWILLER||ROSS MCDONALD||01:36.3|
|2007||MENTALITY||DARREN BEADMAN||JOHN HAWKES||01:35.7|
|2006||HOTEL GRAND||JAY FORD||ANTHONY CUMMINGS||01:35.8|
The Randwick Guineas is a Group 1 race held at the famous Royal Randwick Racecourse. Replacing the Canterbury Guineas in 2005, it is part of Randwick Guineas Day and is held during the Sydney Autumn Carnival. It is run over a distance of 1600m and boasts a prize pool of $600,000. A race for three-year-olds under set weights conditions, the Guineas is the first leg of the Sydney three-year-old “Triple Crown” which also features the Rosehill Guineas (2000m) and the ATC Derby (2400m).
The winner of this race automatically qualifies for a berth in the ATC Australian Derby and the Doncaster Handicap. Some classy three-year-olds have won this event and the earlier version (the Canterbury Guineas) including; It’s A Dundeel (2013), Mosheen (2012), Shoot Out (2010), Weekend Hussler (2008), Octagonal (1996) and Veandercross (1992).