The Sandown Guineas is a Group 2 race for three-year-olds that takes place at Sandown racecourse each November towards the end of the Melbourne spring racing carnival. The race is run over a distance of 1600 metres at set weights and worth $250,000 in prizemoney. The 2016 Sandown Guineas was won by Morton's Fork from Ruthven with Jennifer Lynn third.
|Date:||Saturday 18th November 2017|
|Track:||Sandown racecourse, Melbourne|
|Race Type:||3yo - Set Weights|
|2016 Winner:||Morton's Fork|
The Sandown Guineas is the last prestigious 3yo set weights race of the Melbourne spring racing carnival and can quite often unearth a new star of the turf. It has been won by some nice types over the years including Kidnapped (2009) Over (1999), Sedation (1998), King Ivor (1996) and Durbridge (1990).
The Gr3 Carbine Club Stakes at Flemington on Derby day provides the ideal lead-up to this event as it is run over the same distance and any 3yo gallopers who finish strongly in that race are always well suited to this event. Mahuta (2015) is the most recent galloper to claim the Carbine Club Stakes & Sandown Guineas double.
In recent times Lunar Rise (2nd in 2012) defeated Tatra (2012) to win the Carbine Club Stakes before they again ran the quinella in this event, with Tatra reversing the result in the Sandown Guineas.
The long Sandown straight has a tough uphill run home and suits strong three-year-olds who can run a very solid mile. Any horses with weaknesses seeing out the trip will quite often be found out in the run to the line.
Morton's Fork (2016) finished runner-up in the Carbine Club Stakes over 1600m at Flemington during the four-day Melbourne Cup Carnival before winning this event and recent Sandown Guineas winners include Mahuta (2015) and Petrology (2014).
The race is best suited to above average 3yo horses who are not strong enough to win a Gr1 race over the Caulfield or Flemington carnival and this event gives them a chance to pick up a good quality group race during the spring. The Carbine Club Stakes at Flemington is traditionally the best guide to the Sandown Guineas.
1. $2.30 Morton's Fork 57.0 Craig Williams
2. $17.00 Ruthven 57.0 Luke Nolen
3. $3.40 Jennifer Lynn 55.0 Dean Yendall
4. $7.00 Faraway Town 55.0 Ben Melham
5. $7.00 Benz 57.0 Dwayne Dunn
6. $41.00 Fomo 57.0 Hugh Bowman
7. $101.00 Wimborne 57.0 Kevin Forrester
8. $201.00 Stornaway 57.0 Craig Newitt
9. $31.00 Soviet Secret 55.0 Chris Parnham
Margins: 0.1 len, 0.75 len
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|2016||Morton's Fork||Ruthven||Jennifer Lynn||1:40.0|
|2015||Mahuta||Dal Cielo||Don't Doubt Mamma||1:35.9|
|2009||Kidnapped||Majestic Music||Turf Express||1:36.2|
|2007||Schilling||Masked Assassin||Wind Shear||1:38.6|
|2006||Sender||Flame Of Sydney||Wordsmith||1:34.8|
|2004||Binding||Barely A Moment||Al Maher||1:42.5|
|2003||Pay Keys||Ikes Dream||Delzao||1:36.1|
|2002||Dextrous||Lawsons Storm||Cool Azz||1:35.5|
|2001||Moon Dragon||All Courage||Rod To Dance||1:35.8|
|2000||Scenic Warrior||Wyndam Special||Paradiddle||1:34.6|
|1998||Sedation||Black Bean||Speedy Kids||1:38.9|
|1997||Special Dane||Bluebird The Word||Tricove||1:38.0|
|1996||King Ivor||Monets Cove||Kentucky Blue||1:35.8|
|1995||Peep On The Sly||Saintly||Quality Gold||1:36.1|
|1994||Baryshnikov||Perfect World||Dapper Spirit||1:34.7|
|1991||Star Video||Enjoy Dancing||Laranto||1:34.7|
|1990||Durbridge||Pre Record||Bold Rancher||1:35.5|
|1988||Blixen||Wonder Dancer||Fire Wonder||1:37.2|
Note: The 2013 Sandown Guineas was held at Caulfield because the Sandown racecourse was undergoing a track upgrade in November.