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 4 March 2017
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 2017
See below for the latest markets on this years Australian Guineas.‘Odds not currently available’
Australian Guineas Preview & Tips 2017
Track: Good Weather: Fine
There is a full field of 16 runners plus 3 emergencies for the $750,000 Australian Guineas, with 3 fillies in the field. The favourite is Hey Doc who won the Group 3 CS Hayes Stakes over 1400m by a good margin last start. Second favourite is Divine Prophet who resumed for 9th in the Orr Stakes, Third favouritism is shared between Attention, who was less than a length from the winner when 4th in the Futurity last week, and first emergency Theanswermyfriend who won by 3.25 lengths over 1400 at Sandown Lakeside last outing.
Prized Icon won the Victoria Derby last campaign and was 6th in the Hobartville Stakes when resuming, after knuckling at the start. Seaburge was 10th in the CS Hayes while Morton’s Fork kept working home when 4th in the CS Hayes, and is suited out to the mile. Legless Veuve resumed with a Group 3 win then was 5th in the Group 3 Vanity after jumping awkwardly. Fuhryk has won 4 of her 6 starts, including a 2 length win in the Kevin Hayes Stakes last start. Harlow Gold resumed for 3rd in The Vanity and will like the longer trip. The rest of the field is currently at 16 to 1 or longer.
The following are the top 4 selections from our tipster panel for this years race.
|4 Hey Doc||7 Oak Door||4 Hey Doc|
|14 Harlow Gold||6 Attention||2 Divine Prophet|
|7 Oak Door||2 Divine Prophet||14 Harlow Gold|
|11 Inside Agent||1 Prized Icon||6 Attention|
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).
|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.