The Hawkesbury Guineas is a Group 3 open handicap race that takes place on a standalone Saturday each year in early May at Hawkesbury racecourse in New South Wales. The race is run over a distance of 1400 metres and worth $200,000 in prize money. The 2020 Hawkesbury Guineas was won by Dawn Passage from St Covet's Spirit with Icebath third.
The Hawkesbury track is situated about 65km west of Sydney, between Richmond and Windsor, directly opposite the Richmond Air Force Base. The Hawkesbury Guineas is held on Cup day alongside the Group 3 Hawkesbury Gold Cup and Group 3 Hawkesbury Crown. This race was upgraded to Group 3 status for the 2013/2014 racing season.
|Date:||Saturday 25th April 2020|
|Track:||Hawkesbury racecourse, Hawkesbury|
|Race Type:||Open Handicap|
|2020 Winner:||Dawn Passage|
The Hawkesbury Guineas is a handicap event for open gallopers that tends to attract more than handy types who may be looking for an easier black type race than those on offer during the recent Sydney autumn racing carnival in metropolitan Sydney.
A race like the Group 3 Hall Mark Stakes on the final day of the Randwick carnival in April is a possible lead up race to the Hawkesbury Guineas and the assmebled field will attract gallopers with varying degrees of ability.
It's worth nothing that the Hawkesbury Gunieas has produced multiple Group 1 winners over the past couple of years. Chautauqua (2014) ran placings in both the Group 1 VRC Sprint Classic & Group 1 Newmarket Handicap at Flemington before winning the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes at Randwick. Boban (2nd in 2013) went on to win multiple Group 1 races after finishing second in the Hawkesbury Guineas, including the Cantala Stakes at Flemington and the Chipping Norton Stakes at Warwick Farm.
Following his impressive win, Sambro (2018) headed to Brisbane, Queensland to capture the Group 2 Queensland Guineas at Doomben in Brisbane.
Military Zone (2019) ran sixth in a BM84 race over 1200m at Gosford before proving too strong in this event for the Peter & Paul Snowden stable. Recent Hawkesbury Guineas winners include Sambro (2018) and Shazee Lee (2017).
Hawkesbury race track has a circumference of 2070m and there is a slight rise from the home turn to the winning post. The track surface is turf and the straight length is 380m and horses race in a clockwise direction.
1. $5.50 Military Zone 57.0 James McDonald
2. $3.80 Trope 56.0 Christian Reith
3. $9.50 Quackerjack 56.0 Joshua Parr
4. $12.00 Ranier 58.0 Tim Clark
5. $14.00 Sheriff 56.0 Jason Collett
6. $21.00 Eawase 55.0 Sam Clipperton
7. $31.00 Come Along 56.0 Ms Kathy O'Hara
8. $101.00 Reiby's Regent 56.0 Jay Ford
9. $2.60 Kylease 54.0 Corey Brown
Margins: 0.14 len, 2.12 len
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|2020||Dawn Passage||St Covet's Spirit||Icebath||1:21.5|
|2017||Shazee Lee||Prompt Response||Salsonic||1:21.6|
|2016||Spill The Beans||Spill The Beans||Denmagic||1:22.1|
|2012||Free Wheeling||Pied A Terre||Bound To Blush||1:21.0|
|2011||Pimpala Secret||Speediness||Steps In Time||1:24.6|
|2010||Neeson||Khas Kura||All Legal||1:23.3|
The 2015 Hawkesbury Guineas was held at Rosehill the following Saturday after the standalone Hawkesbury meeting was washed out.