The Australian Guineas is a Group 1 race for three-year-olds held annually each March at Flemington racecourse in Melbourne during the Melbourne autumn racing carnival. The race is run over a distance of 1600 metres under set weight conditions and has prizemoney of $500,000. The 2013 Australian Guineas was won by Ferlax from You're So Good with Sheer Talent third.
Held on the first day of the two-day VRC autumn carnival, the Australian Guineas takes place one week before Super Saturday of Racing where the Gr1 Newmarket Handicap & Gr1 Australian Cup are the highlights of the day at Flemington racecourse.
The Australian Guineas is the premier mile event for three-year-old gallopers during the autumn racing carnival and always assembles the best 3yo gallopers around at the time. Since its inception in 1986, the Australian Guineas has grown to become a prestigious event on the racing calendar for three-year-olds.
The Gr3 CS Hayes Stakes for colts & geldings & Gr3 The Vanity Stakes for fillies are widely recognised as the ideal lead-up races to this event. Heart of Dreams (2009) ran fourth in the CS Hayes Stakes prior to winning this event, while both Shamrocker (2011) and Mosheen (2012) finished finished fourth & second respectively in The Vanity Stakes before tasting success in the Australian Guineas.
The 2009 Australian Guiineas produced multiple group winners throughout the rest of the racing year and proved to be a pivotal running of the race for future group race winners.
Set For Fame (2nd in 2010) managed to win the Gr2 Caulfield Sprint the following spring, while Linton (3rd in 2010) was successful in the Gr2 Herbert Power Stakes, and generally horses who perform well in this event tend to go on and win something of note later in their career.
Ferlax (2013) won a 0-68 Handicap race over 1400m at Sale before coming to town to win this event at big odds and recent Australian Guineas winners include Mosheen (2012) Shamrocker (2011).
2013 Australian Guineas result
1. $17.00 Ferlax 56.5 Stephen Baster
2. $9.50 You're So Good 54.5 Vlad Duric
3. $9.00 Sheer Talent 56.5 Michael Rodd
4. $15.00 Hvasstan 56.5 Craig Newitt
5. $14.00 Bass Strait 56.5 Chad Schofield
6. $6.50 Philippi 56.5 Brad Rawiller
7. $6.00 Ajeeb 56.5 Glen Boss
8. $13.00 High Shot 56.5 Craig Williams
9. $19.00 Force Command 56.5 Brent Evans
10. $7.50 Albrecht 56.5 Kerrin Mc Evoy
11. $31.00 Grand Emperor 56.5 Ryan Maloney
12. $31.00 Subiaso 56.5 Noel Callow
13. $41.00 High Esteem 56.5 Luke Nolen
14. $151.00 Prakticality 56.5 Dean Yendall
15. $18.00 Hosting 56.5 Chris Symons
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