The Anthony Cummings trained gelding fits the winner’s profile of this race perfectly, coming into the Guineas as a last start winner of the Hobartville Stakes. Settling in 2nd position as Echo Effect was setting the pace in the Hobartville, he was asked for the effort at the 300m and taking a while to gather in the leader, he levelled-up with 50m to run and then stuck his neck out on the right stride to take the win. Sent for a spell following a 3 start campaign in the Spring which was his first race prep, the gelding was set for a return in the G3 Eskimo Prince following a trial over 1000m at Randwick. Specked at odds in his racetrack return, he settled mid-field and hit the line in good style to land victory with 56kg. Jason Collet keeps the ride.
The Chris Waller trained Comin’ Through has faced the starter twice this preparation and both times has been beaten by Man From Uncle. However when the market was released, the Waller runner held sway at the top of the market. In the Hobartville over 1400m, he settled in 3rd position and taking some time to wind up finished the last 150m strongly to be beaten under one length. That followed his 1st up run in the Eskimo Prince where he was ridden back in the field, hitting the line in good style over the 1200m trip to finish within 1.5 lengths of Man From Uncle. Getting out to the mile looks to suit his chances with the colt successful at his final run in the Spring over that trip at Flemington in the Carbine Club Stakes at G3 level. The ‘Magic Man’ Joao Moreira will fly in from Hong Kong to take the ride.
The only filly in the race, Invincible Gem will be looking to emulate the seeds of Mosheen who was the last filly to take the Randwick Guineas when successful in 2012. Kris Lees will also be looking for back-to-back Guineas after preparing the 2016 winner Le Romain to win at good odds. After two starts in her 2YO term that produced successive 2nd placed runs, the I Am Invincible filly was turned out for a spell. Resuming in late November, she was a first-up winner over 1100m at Canterbury. Since that win she has faced the starter five times and the past three starts has really come to hand, winning all three. The filly comes into this a last start winner in the G3 Spring Stakes at her first run over the mile. Settling close to the speed she forged clear in the straight and her opponents had no answer as she posted a four length victory.
Trained by Team Hawkes, Inference will be second-up this prep following his first-up run in the Hobartville. Settling near the rear of the field, he was sliding forward at the 600m and as the field turned into the home straight pulled to the outside. Of those coming off the pace he made the best late ground, hitting the line strongly to be two lengths off the winner. A So You Think colt, he will appreciate getting out to more distance and is the current Australian Derby favourite with UBET. During the Spring he showed his penchant for the longer distance with 3rd placed runs in both the G3 Norman Robinson behind Good Standing and then in the VRC Derby behind Prized Icon. This will be the first time he has raced at Randwick and his 2nd Sydney start with Tommy Berry to ride once again.
The Group 1 Randwick Guineas is a set weights event restricted for 3YO gallopers, with colts & geldings to carry 56.5kg and fillies to carry 54.5kg. 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. To entice the best 3YO’s the winner receives a ballot exemption for both the Doncaster Handicap and the ATC Derby.
Total prizemoney on offer in 2017 is $1m with the winner to receive $585,000. The 2016 winner was the Kris Lees trained Le Romain, ridden by Christian Reith. Other past winners include It’s A Dundeel, Shoot Out, Weekend Hustler 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 4th March 2017|
|Race Time:||15:10 AEST|
|Race Type:||3YO Set Weights|
|2016 Winner:||Le Romain|
|2017 Randwick Guineas Odds|
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 $1,000,000. 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)..
|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|