Randwick Guineas Race Information

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
  • Distance: 1600 metres
  • Conditions: Set weights, 3YOs
  • Track: Randwick Racecourse, Sydney, New South Wales
  • Prizemoney: $1,000,000
  • Date: Saturday 6 March 2021

Randwick Guineas Race History

See the 2021 Randwick Guineas Preview and Results.

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.

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 It’s A Dundeel in 2013 and prior to that 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.

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

Useful Facts

Last filly to win: Mosheen (2012)

Fastest time (1600m): Kementari (2018) and The Autumn Sun (2019) both clocked 1:33:72

Interesting trivia:

Past winners of the Randwick Guineas

Winners of past Randwick Guineas include Shadow Hero (2020), The Autumn Sun (2019), Le Romain (2016), Dissident (2014), Dundeel (2013), Shoot Out (2010), Weekend Hussler (2008), Niello (2004), Universal Prince (2001), Fairway (2000), Arena (1999), Intergaze (1997), Octagonal (1996), Veandercross (1992), Soirt of Kingston (1985), Mr McGinty ((1983), Belmura Lad (1977), Imagele (1973), Royal Show (1970), Broker’s Tip (1968), Martello Towers (1959), Todman (1957) and Delta (1949).

Year Winner Second Third
2021 Lion’s Roar Mo’unga Harmony Rose
2020 Shadow Hero Microphone Brandenburg
2019 The Autumn Sun Fundamentalist Nakeeta Jane
2018 Kementari Pierata Trapeze Artist
2017 Inference Invincible Gem Comin’ Through
2016 Le Romain Press Statement Gold Ambition
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

From the archives:

Randwick Guineas Preview & Tips 2018

Track: Soft    Weather: Fine

There are 14 runners for the $1,000,000 Mostyn Copper Group Randwick Guineas, with no fillies this year. The short-priced favourite is Kementari who was an impressive winner of the Hobartville Stakes last start. Second favourite is D’argento who was 3rd in the Hobartville and won all 3 of his previous starts. Third favourite is Pierata who was 2nd in the Hobartville and won the Magic Millions Guineas at the start before that.

Peaceful State was 2nd in the Australian Guineas last start, finishing ahead of some very good horses. Trapeze Artist and Ace High came 4th and 5th respectively in the Hobartville. Age Of Fire has won the Group 1 Levin Classic in New Zealand over this distance and is a real threat here. Kaonic has won 2 of his 5 starts but is taking a big step up in grade. All other runners are currently at 30 to 1 or longer.

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

Jo’s Tips
3 Kementari
10 D’argento
7 Peaceful State
5 Pierata