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 2018 Australian Guineas was won by Grunt from Peaceful State with Bring Me Roses 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.
|Date:||Saturday 3rd March 2018|
|Track:||Flemington racecourse, Melbourne|
|Race Type:||3yo - Set Weights|
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. 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 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. Smart galloper Shamus Award (2014) took out the Gr1 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. $5.50 Grunt 56.5 Damien Oliver
2. $8.50 Peaceful State 56.5 Brad Rawiller
3. $21.00 Bring Me Roses 54.5 Luke Currie
4. $26.00 Villermont 56.5 Luke Nolen
5. $19.00 Holy Snow 56.5 Michael Dee
6. $17.00 Muraaqeb 56.5 Damian Lane
7. $4.60 Cliff's Edge 56.5 John Allen
8. $16.00 Embellish 56.5 Opie Bosson
9. $61.00 Salsamor 56.5 Jordan Childs
10. $12.00 Main Stage 56.5 Regan Bayliss
11. $16.00 Addictive Nature 56.5 Craig Williams
12. $101.00 Black Sail 56.5 Ben Thompson
13. $11.00 Aloisia 55.0 Mark Zahra
14. $17.00 Mighty Boss 56.5 Michael Walker
15. $41.00 Mr So And So 56.5 Beau Mertens
16. $31.00 Levendi 56.5 Ben Melham
Margins: 0.5 len, 1.5 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|