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The Australian Guineas is a Group 1 race for three-year-olds held each year in March at Flemington racecourse in Melbourne, Victoria. The race is run over a distance of 1600 metres under set weight conditions and offers prizemoney of $750,000. The 2016 Australian Guineas was won by Palentino from Tarzino with Risque third.
Held on the first day of the two-day VRC autumn carnival, the Australian Guineas is the only Group 1 race for three-year-olds during the Melbourne autumn racing carnival and takes place one week before Super Saturday of Racing at Flemington, where the Gr1 Newmarket Handicap & Gr1 Australian Cup are the highlights of the day.
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 looking for ultimate black type success.
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. Classy Gai Waterhouse trained three-year-old Wandjina (2015) is the last galloper to claim the CS Hayes Stakes and Australian Guineas double, while Heart of Dreams (2009) ran fourth in the CS Hayes Stakes prior to winning this event. Fillies 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.
Generally any three-year-olds who perform well in this event tend to go on to bigger and better things as older horses and quite often win something of note later in their career.
Palentino (2016) finished runner-up in the CS Hayes Stakes over 1400m at Flemington before scoring a stylish victory in this event and recent Australian Guineas winners include Wandjina (2015) and Shamus Award (2014).
2016 Australian Guineas result
1. $10.00 Palentino 56.5 Mark Zahra
2. $8.50 Tarzino 56.5 Craig Newitt
3. $17.00 Risque 54.5 Damian Lane
4. $17.00 River Wild 56.5 Brett Prebble
5. $13.00 Jameka 54.5 Damien Oliver
6. $41.00 Vanbrugh 56.5 James Winks
7. $61.00 Ready For Victory 56.5 Glen Boss
8. $2.70 Xtravagant 56.5 Matthew Cameron
9. $31.00 Sovereign Nation 56.5 Luke Currie
10. $31.00 Sailing By 54.5 Michael Dee
11. $41.00 Snoopy 56.5 Dwayne Dunn
12. $31.00 Tivaci 56.5 Nicholas Hall
13. $51.00 Bon Aurum 56.5 Jack Hill
14. $9.00 Mahuta 56.5 Brad Rawiller
15. $9.50 Perfect Reflection 54.5 Ben Melham
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