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 prize money. The 2019 Sandown Guineas was won by Pretty Brazen from Conqueror with Heart Of Puissance third.
|Date:||Saturday 14th November 2020|
|Track:||Sandown racecourse, Melbourne|
|Race Type:||3yo - Set Weights|
|2019 Winner:||Pretty Brazen|
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 gallopers who can run a very solid mile. Any three-year-olds lacking stamina over the trip will tyoically be found out in the run to the line.
Ringerdingding (2018) captured the Listed Hilton Stakes over 1400m at Flemington during the Melbourne Cup Carnival before storming home to win this event in quality style for leading trainer Darren Weir.
Recent Sandown Guineas winners include Villermont (2017) and Morton's Fork (2016).
The Sandown Guineas is best suited to above average 3yo horses who are not strong enough to win a Group 1 race over the Caulfield or Flemington carnival. It gives them the opportunity 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. $3.50 Pretty Brazen 55.0 Luke Currie
2. $14.00 Conqueror 57.0 James Doyle
3. $4.20 Heart Of Puissance 57.0 Mark Zahra
4. $3.60 Banquo 57.0 Craig Williams
5. $51.00 Diasonic 57.0 Damien Thornton
6. $5.00 Affair To Remember 55.0 Jye McNeil
7. $201.00 Jayrod Too 57.0 Barend Vorster
8. $201.00 Sir Loft 57.0 Beau Mertens
9. $21.00 Defend 57.0 Ben Melham
Margins: 0.4 len, 0.1 len
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|2019||Pretty Brazen||Conqueror||Heart Of Puissance||1:36.9|
|2017||Villermont||Peaceful State||Black Sail||1:37.5|
|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 at the time.