The middle leg of the Sydney Autumn 3YO triple-crown, joining the Randwick Guineas and ATC Derby, the Rosehill Guineas is held over 2000m and is open to all 3 year olds. The race is a set weights event and in 2016 colts and geldings will carry 56.5kg and fillies 54.5kg and was elevated to G1 status in 1980.
Total stakes for the race is $600,000 with the winner to receive $360,000 and a ballot exemption to the ATC Derby. Along with the Spring Champion Stakes during the Spring at Randwick, they are the only open 3YO events held over 2000m at either G1 or G2 level on the Australian calendar.
Previous winners include It’s a Dundeel, Sky Heights, Tie The Knot, Octagonal and Naturalism.
The Rosehill 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.
|Rosehill Guineas Race Guide|
|Date:||Saturday 19th March 2016|
|Race Time:||14:50 AEST|
|Race Type||3YO Set Weights|
|2016 Rosehill Guineas Odds|
|13||OH SO SPLENDIDO||-||-|
The lead is there for anybody who wants it – there doesn’t appear to be a designated front-runner in the race.
That may spell trouble for TARZINO who is a get-back, run-on type that has attacked the line at both runs this campaign in very fast-run races. However he continually produces excellent performances, so you can trust him to run well again, and his only run at this distance range in the Moonee Valley Vase (2040m) was sensational against the bias on Cox Plate day, a week before his VRC Derby (2500m) win.
VANBRUGH is the logical danger. He got a long way back from a wide barrier but ran the third quickest final 600m when resuming in the Hobartville Stakes (1400m) behind Press Statement. He then drew the inside barrier and had his momentum interrupted, ducking and weaving through the field when sixth in the Australian Guineas. Might be hard to make up a three-length deficit on Tarzino from that run but it’s not an impossibility.
ETYMOLOGY hasn’t shown a great deal this campaign, but his Melbourne spring form was particularly encouraging behind Tarzino. You could argue he should have beaten Tarzino over a mile at Caulfield last September and with a better ride should have toppled him in the Derby as well. Etymology appears dourer this campaign but several three-year-old Godolphin/Darley Australian Derby prospects in past years have improved sharply once they hit 2000m (think of Sousa who was runner-up in this race in 2009 and Gallatin who won the Tulloch Stakes in 2014).
LE ROMAIN has done nothing wrong this campaign with seconds in the Eskimo Prince (1200m) and Hobartville Stakes (1400m) prior to his Randwick Guineas (1600m) triumph. The 2000 metres may pull him up – I’m not sure.
RIVER WILD being a son of Fastnet Rock is another query at the distance but along with JAMEKA ran well in the Australian Guineas last start. Jameka, who could be saved for the Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) against her own sex next weekend, should appreciate the rise to 2000 metres.
MONTAIGNE has done a big job in his first campaign, he didn’t find clear galloping room until very late in the Randwick Guineas. Kiwi visitor OH SO SPLENDIDO is better than your average maiden. He ran second to What’s the Story over 2100 metres. What's the Story then ran a fast-finishing second in the NZ Derby (2400m) while Oh So Splendido lost his hopes of victory after receiving bad interference 600 metres after the start and ran thirteenth.
Continuing on his ATC Derby trail, Tarzino gets out to 2000m for the first time this campaign and that should be a huge bonus. Last start in the G1 Australian Guineas he finished resolutely with a run that suggested the longer trip will really be his forte. Some may say he was unlucky not to win the race on protest from Palentino, but it was still a good effort in finishing 0.1 length from the winner after a bumping duel up the straight. His effort was good in the G3 Autumn Stakes at Caulfield on Feb 13 at 1400m when 1st up, followed that with the 2nd over the 1600m of the Guineas and will be primed for his first run the Sydney right-handed direction.
The UBET Roughie selection in the Randwick Guineas saluted at $23 fixed and $25 on the tote and kept his record in-tact, having yet to miss a place from 7 career starts. His Guineas run was a strong performance, sitting 3 wide for the duration of the 1600m event and then fighting strongly when Press Statement loomed up in the closing stages. He handled his 1st try at 1600m in the Randwick Guineas with ease, suggesting the 2000m of this week should be no issue and he has placed twice form his 2 attempts at Rosehill, including his good effort in the G2 Hobartville behind Press Statement.
Another who will look to appreciate the step up to the longer trip, the Chris Waller trained colt is a G1 winner of the Spring Champion Stakes at Randwick last spring. That day he started favourite and after settling near the front, was shuffled right back through the field and was forced to come wide on the track and he knuckled down strongly to take the prize. A scratching form the Autumn Stakes at Caulfield he resumed this preparation in the G2 Hobartville Stakes when settling at the rear and making a run as the widest runner, he just peaked about 150m from the post. 2nd up he went to the G1 Australian Guineas at Flemington and finished 3¼ lengths from Palentino. Caught in traffic on the fence and looking for clear racing room, he really got going when he saw some open space but the winner had already bolted... read more Another who will look to appreciate the step up to the longer trip, the Chris Waller trained colt is a G1 winner of the Spring Champion Stakes at Randwick last spring. That day he started favourite and after settling near the front, was shuffled right back through the field and was forced to come wide on the track and he knuckled down strongly to take the prize. A scratching form the Autumn Stakes at Caulfield he resumed this preparation in the G2 Hobartville Stakes when settling at the rear and making a run as the widest runner, he just peaked about 150m from the post. 2nd up he went to the G1 Australian Guineas at Flemington and finished 3¼ lengths from Palentino. Caught in traffic on the fence and looking for clear racing room, he really got going when he saw some open space but the winner had already bolted and it was a smart run. read less
The Bjorn Baker trained gelding was given his biggest test last start in the Randwick Guineas and he came through with flying colours, finishing 1½ lengths from the winner. He was 2- 3 lengths off Le Romain when they turned for home and when he started his run had to make way for Press Statement who pushed his way into space. His run leading into the Randwick Guineas was in a mid-week race at Rosehill over 1400m and he really knuckled down the last 150m, finishing within 0.3 lengths of the winner. Last Spring he finished under 4 lengths from Vanbrugh in the G1 Spring Champion Stakes and his latest run gave every indication he will appreciate the longer trip here of 2000m and even the 2400m of the Derby.
The Rosehill Guineas is a Group 1 race held at the famous Rosehill Racecourse in Sydney. One of the main feature races held on Golden Slipper Stakes Day, it is a race for three-year-olds under set weights conditions. Run over a distance of 2000m, it normally favours quality horses with a staying pedigree. It is the first test for three-year-olds at 2000m at elite level and the perfect lead into the Group 1 ATC Australian Derby (2400m).
Starting off as a Principal Race in 1910, the Rosehill Guineas reached Group 1 status in 1980. Some of Australia’s and New Zealand’s best distance horses have been successful in the event including; It’s A Dundeel (2013), Jimmy Choux (2011), Sky Heights (1999), Tie The Knot (1998), Octagonal (1996), Naturalism (1992), Sky Chase (1988), Kingston Town (1980), Dulcify (1979), Tulloch (1957), Ajax (1937) and Phar Lap (1929).
|2016||TARZINO||CRAIG NEWITT||MICK PRICE||02:03.5|
|2015||VOLKSTOK'N'BARRELL||CRAIG WILLIAMS||DONNA LOGAN||02:03.4|
|2014||CRITERION||HUGH BOWMAN||DAVID PAYNE||02:05.9|
|2013||IT’S A DUNDEEL||JAMES MCDONALD||MURRAY BAKER||02:02.2|
|2012||LASER HAWK||NASH RAWILLER||GAI WATERHOUSE||02:02.1|
|2011||JIMMY CHOUX||JONATHAN RIDDELL||JOHN BARY||02:05.3|
|2010||ZABRASIVE||NASH RAWILLER||JOHN O’SHEA||02:04.5|
|2009||METAL BENDER||DANNY NIKOLIC||JACK DENHAM||02:03.2|
|2008||DEALER PRINCIPAL||PETER ROBL||ANTHONY CUMMINGS||02:04.5|
|2007||HE’S NO PIE EATER||HUGH BOWMAN||GRAEME ROGERSON||02:02.7|
|2006||DE BEERS||CRAIG WILLIAMS||DAVID HAYES||02:03.5|