Randwick Guineas

The Randwick Guineas is a 1600 metre race for three-year-olds run by the Australian Jockey Club. It is run under set weight conditions and is held at Randwick in March during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.

  • Race Type: Group 1, 3YO Set Weights
  • Distance: 1,600 metres
  • Track: Randwick Racecourse, Sydney, New South Wales
  • Date: Saturday 7 March 2015

The Randwick Guineas has only existed in its current form since 2006 when it changed its name, distance and venue, but can be traced back to 1935 when it was won by Hadrian over a distance of 9 furlongs (about 1800 metres). Before 2006 it was held at Canterbury Racecourse and was known as the Canterbury Guineas. In 2011 it was held at Warwick Farm Racecourse due to a music concert. In 2013 it was held at Warwick Farm as improvements were being made at Randwick.

Randwick Guineas Final Field & Odds 2015

See below for early markets for this years Randwick Guineas.
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Randwick Guineas Preview & Tips 2015

Track: Good    Weather: Fine

With the early scratching of Kermadec to run in the Australian Guineas at Flemington instead, there are only 7 runners for the $600,000 Royal Randwick Guineas. The early market has two horses vying for favouritism. Hallowed Crown has won 5 of his 6 starts and resumed with a determined win in the Group 2 Hobartville Stakes last start. Shooting To Win was 0.4 lengths 4th in the Hobartville and has previously won over the mile. Third favourite is Sweynesse who was a half neck 2nd in the Hobartville.

Scissor Kick is another smart colt who will acquit himself well after his 5th in the Hobartville. Sworn To Silence is very lightly raced and made ground late for 8th in the Hobartville. Preferment won the Victoria Derby in the spring and is heading towards the Australian Derby – he will probably find these too quick. Rhodin Drive is the outsider of the field following a Class 2 win at Kembla Grange last start and this is far too big a a jump in class. There are no fillies in the race again this year.

The following are the top 4 selections from our tipster panel for this years race.

Jo’s Tips
Mick’s Picks
Ed’s Choice
1 Hallowed Crown  5 Sweynesse  3 Shooting To Win
3 Shooting To Win  3 Shooting To Win  5 Sweynesse
5 Sweynesse  4 Scissor Kick  1 Hallowed Crown
4 Scissor Kick  1 Hallowed Crown  4 Scissor Kick

Past winners of the Randwick Guineas:

Year Winner Second Third
2015 Hallowed Crown Sweynesse Shooting To Win
2014 Dissident El Roca Eurozone
2013 It’s A Dundeel Proisir Tatra
2012 Mosheen Said Com Laser Hawk
2011 Ilovethiscity Skilled Light Brigade
2010 Shoot Out Viking Legend Captain Sonador
2009 Metal Bender (NZ) Rock Kingdom Caymans
2008 Weekend Hussler Triple Honour (NZ) Arlington
2007 Mentality Teranaba Sniper’s Bullet
2006 Hotel Grand Flying Pegasus Primus
2005 Jymcarew Eremein Cheval de Troy (NZ)
2004 Niello Timbourina Dancing Daggers (NZ)
2003 Fine Society Beaver Hydrometer
2002 Carnegie Express Pentastic Another Warrior
2001 Universal Prince Danamite (NZ) Scenic Warrior
2000 Fairway Oval Office (NZ) Cloth Of Gold

When Mosheen won in 2012 she was the only filly in the race.

During it time at Canterbury, the Randwick Guineas was run over 9 furlongs from 1935 to 1972 apart from 1957 when it was won by Todman over 10 furlongs (about 2000 metres). From 1973 to 1975 it was held over 1850 metres and from 1976 to 2005 it was held over 1900 metres. Until 1979 it was held in the spring and was then moved permanently to the autumn. Under set weights colts and geldings carry 56.5kg and fillies carry 54.5kg.

The race is the first leg of the three-year-old Triple Crown in Sydney, with the other legs being the Rosehill Guineas over 2000 metres and the AJC Derby over 2400 metres. The last horse to win all 3 legs was Octagonal in 1996. The winner of the Randwick Guineas is exempt from ballot for both the AJC Derby and the Doncaster Handicap.

The Group 2 Hobartville Stakes over 1400 metres is often used as a lead-up to the Randwick Guineas and so are the Chipping Norton and Gosford Quality Guineas. Horses may go on to compete in the Group 2 Phar Lap Stakes over 1500 metres and the Rosehill Guineas. Since the race changed to 1600 metres it has also become a crucial lead-up to races like the George Ryder Stakes and the Doncaster Handicap.