The Australian Guineas is a three-year-old set weight race over 1600 metres run by the Victoria Racing Club. The race is held in March or February each year at Flemington during the autumn.
- Race Type: Group 1 3YO SW
- Distance: 1,600 metres
- Track: Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne, Victoria
- Date: Saturday 3 March 2018
The first Australian Guineas was run in 1986, making it a relatively new race. It is Set Weights over 1600m with a 2kg allowance for fillies. In 1986 it was a Group 3 race and the inaugural winner was the class horse True Version. From 1987 on it has been a Group 1 race. In 1998 the Cadbury Australian Guineas became the third leg of the inaugural Australian Triple Crown for Three Year Olds and was ran over 2000m on Australian Cup Day in 1998, 1999 and 2000.
Australian Guineas Final Field & Odds 2018
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Australian Guineas Preview & Tips 2018
Track: Soft Weather: Fine
There is a full field of 16 runners plus 2 emergencies for the $1,000,000 Australian Guineas, with 2 fillies in the field. The betting is fairly open and the favourite is Cliff’s Edge who won the Group 3 Manfred Stakes before 2nd in the Group 3 CS Hayes Stakes last start. Second favourite is Grunt who won the Colin Hayes to make it 3 wins in a row for him. Third favourite is the filly Aloisia who won the G1 Thousand Guineas in the spring and who resumed for 2 lengths 5th in the G3 The Vanity.
Addictive Nature has only been unplaced once in 6 starts. Mighty Boss won the Caulfield Guineas and should be fit after two runs back. Peaceful State has 2 wins and 2 places from 5 starts. Main Stage resumed for 4th in the Colin Hayes after being tightened, and won second-up last campaign. The rest of the field is currently at 16 to 1 or longer including Embellish who is a Group 1 winner in New Zealand.
The following are the top 4 selections from our tipster panel for this years race.
|2 Cliff’s Edge|
Past winners of the Australian Guineas:
In March 2008 it was won by Light Fantastic who had gone from a maiden to a Group 1 winner in a space of 33 days. Past winners include many quality horses including King’s High (1989), Triscay (1991), Mahogany (1994) and Miss Finland (2007).
It is interesting that the fastest time is held jointly by two horses 14 years apart – Apache Cat (2006) and Jolly Old Mac (1992).
|2018||Grunt||Peaceful State||Bring Me Roses|
|2017||Hey Doc||Prized Icon||Snitzson|
|2015||Wandjina||Alpine Eagle||Stratum Star|
|2014||Shamus Award||Criterion||Thunder Fantasy|
|2013||Ferlax||You’re So Good||Sheer Talent|
|2012||Mosheen||Strike The Stars||Mister Milton|
|2010||Rock Classic||Set For Fame||Linton|
|2009||Heart Of Dreams||Von Costa De Hero||Lucky Thunder|
|2007||Miss Finland||Casino Prince||Jokers Wild|
|2006||Apache Cat||Darcy Brahma||Thin And Crispy|
|2005||Al Maher||Danehill Express||Econsul|
|2004||Reset||Starcraft||Under The Bridge|
|2003||Delago Brom||Tycoon Ruler||Thorn Park|
|2002||Dash For Cash||Royal Code||Ustinov|
|2001||Mr Murphy||Neptunes Journey||Outgate|
In 2001 the Guineas reverted to its original distance and date of mid-February. In 1995 there was a re-structure of VRC autumn metropolitan race dates and programs, and the 2005 Cadbury Australian Guineas was run on Newmarket Handicap day as part of the VRC’s Super Saturday, which is the first day of the Flemington Festival of Racing.
Prizemoney for the race is $750,000 and in 2007 it was run at Caulfield, as Flemington track was being reconstructed.