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 prize money of $750,000. The 2019 Australian Guineas was won by Mystic Journey from Hawkshot with Amphitrite 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 Group 1 Newmarket Handicap & Group 1 Australian Cup are the highlights of the day.
|Date:||Saturday 29th February 2020|
|Track:||Flemington racecourse, Melbourne|
|Race Type:||3yo - Set Weights|
|2019 Winner:||Mystic Journey|
|Australian Guineas odds|
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 Group 3 CS Hayes Stakes for colts & geldings & Group 3 The Vanity Stakes for fillies are widely recognised as the ideal lead-up races to this event. Grunt (2017), Hey Doc (2017) and Wandjina (2015) have all claimed the CS Hayes Stakes and Australian Guineas double in recent years. Classy fillies Shamrocker (2011) and Mosheen (2012) ran 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 Group 2 Caulfield Sprint the following spring, while Linton (3rd in 2010) was successful in the Group 2 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. Smart galloper Shamus Award (2014) took out the Group 1 WS Cox Plate the following spring after winning this race as a three-year-old.
Grunt (2018), like Hey Doc (2017) the previous year, took out the CS Hayes Stakes over 1400m at Flemington before scoring a strong finishing victory in this event and recent Australian Guineas winners include Palentino (2016) and Wandjina (2015).
1. $4.00 Mystic Journey 54.5 Anthony Darmanin
2. $7.00 Hawkshot 56.5 Mark Zahra
3. $4.20 Amphitrite 54.5 Craig Williams
4. $7.50 Ringerdingding 56.5 John Allen
5. $26.00 Dealmaker 56.5 Michael Dee
6. $19.00 Long Leaf 56.5 Jamie Kah
7. $26.00 Declarationofheart 56.5 Damian Lane
8. $11.00 The Inevitable 56.5 Ms Sigrid Carr
9. $31.00 Stars Of Carrum 56.5 Ben Melham
10. $41.00 O'tauto 56.5 Dwayne Dunn
11. $201.00 Performer 56.5 Stephen Baster
12. $41.00 Ranier 56.5 Craig Newitt
13. $16.00 Extra Brut 56.5 Michael Walker
14. $41.00 Adana 56.5 Luke Nolen
15. $101.00 Scottish Rogue 56.5 Luke Currie
16. $31.00 Chapada 56.5 Damien Oliver
Margins: 2.25 len, 0.45 len
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|2018||Grunt||Peaceful State||Bring Me Roses||1:34.9|
|2017||Hey Doc||Prized Icon||Snitzson||1:34.0|
|2015||Wandjina||Alpine Eagle||Stratum Star||1:35.1|
|2014||Shamus Award||Criterion||Thunder Fantasy||1:36.4|
|2013||Ferlax||You're So Good||Sheer Talent||1:35.0|
|2012||Mosheen||Strike The Stars||Mister Milton||1:37.0|
|2010||Rock Classic||Set For Fame||Linton||1:36.8|
|2009||Heart Of Dreams||Von Costa De Hero||Lucky Thunder||1:35.8|
|2007||Miss Finland||Casino Prince||Jokers Wild||1:36.0|
|2006||Apache Cat||Darcy Brahma||Thin And Crispy||1:34.0|
|2005||Al Maher||Danehill Express||Econsul||1:34.4|
|2004||Reset||Starcraft||Under The Bridge||1:34.5|
|2003||Delago Brom||Tycoon Ruler||Thorn Park||1:35.9|
|2002||Dash For Cash||Royal Code||Ustinov||1:35.3|
|2001||Mr Murphy||Neptunes Journey||Outgate||1:34.4|
|1998||Gold Guru||Zonda||Il Don||2:00.5|
|1996||Flying Spur||Saleous||Video Prince||1:34.9|
|1995||Baryshnikov||Hurricane Sky||St Covet||1:34.6|
|1994||Mahogany||Pride Of Rancho||Mr Mutual Respect||1:34.9|
|1993||Kennys Best Pal||Sarason||From The Park||1:35.0|
|1992||Jolly Old Mac||Naturalism||Laranto||1:34.0|
|1991||Triscay||My Eagle Eye||Centro/Durbridge||1:35.8|
|1989||Kings High||Vitalic||Sir Midas||1:35.9|