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Australian Guineas

The Australian Guineas is a Group 1 race for three-year-olds held each year in March at Flemington racecourse in Melbourne, Victoria. The race is run over a distance of 1600 metres under set weight conditions and offers prize money of $750,000. The 2020 Australian Guineas was won by Alligator Blood from Superstorm with Soul Patch third.

Held on the first day of the two-day VRC autumn carnival, the Australian Guineas is the only Group 1 race for three-year-olds during the Melbourne autumn racing carnival and takes place one week before Super Saturday of Racing at Flemington, where the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap & Group 1 Australian Cup are the highlights of the day.

Australian Guineas info

Date: Saturday 29th February 2020
Track: Flemington racecourse, Melbourne
Distance: 1600 metres
Race Type: 3yo - Set Weights
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $750,000
2020 Winner: Alligator Blood
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The Australian Guineas is the premier mile event for three-year-old gallopers during the autumn racing carnival and always assembles the best gallopers around at the time. Since its inception in 1986, the Australian Guineas has grown to become a prestigious event on the racing calendar for three-year-olds looking for ultimate black type success.

The Group 3 CS Hayes Stakes for colts & geldings & Group 3 The Vanity Stakes for fillies are widely recognised as the ideal lead-up races to this event.

Top performers Alligator Blood (2020), Grunt (2018), Hey Doc (2017) and Wandjina (2015) have all claimed the CS Hayes Stakes and Australian Guineas double in recent years. Brilliant fillies Shamrocker (2011) and Mosheen (2012) ran fourth & second respectively in The Vanity Stakes before tasting success in the Australian Guineas.

The 2009 Australian Guiineas produced multiple group winners throughout the rest of the racing year and proved to be a pivotal running of the race for future group race winners. Set For Fame (2nd in 2010) managed to win the Group 2 Caulfield Sprint the following spring, while Linton (3rd in 2010) was successful in the Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes.

Generally any three-year-olds who perform well in this event tend to go on to bigger and better things as older horses and quite often win something of note later in their career. Smart galloper Shamus Award (2014) took out the Group 1 WS Cox Plate the following spring after winning this race as a three-year-old.

Alligator Blood (2020) captured the Group 3 CS Hayes Stakes over 1400m at Flemington before leading all the way to win this event in dominant fashion for Sunshine Coast trainer David Vandyke.

Recent Australian Guineas winners include Mystic Journey (2019) and Grunt (2018).

2020 Australian Guineas result

1. $2.70 Alligator Blood 56.5 Ryan Maloney
2. $10.00 Superstorm 56.5 William Pike
3. $20.00 Soul Patch 56.5 Craig Williams

then followed
4. $8.00 Chenier 56.5 Damien Oliver
5. $21.00 Dalasan 56.5 Jamie Kah
6. $3.40 Catalyst 56.5 Damian Lane
7. $301.00 Commodus 56.5 Ethan Brown
8. $7.50 Alabama Express 56.5 Michael Dee

Margins: 1.25 len, 0.10 len
Time: 1:34.92

The Group 3 Frances Tressady Stakes and Group 3 Shaftesbury Avenue Hcp also take place on Australian Guineas day at Flemington.

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Australian Guineas winners & placegetters

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2020 Alligator Blood Superstorm Soul Patch 1:34.9
2019 Mystic Journey Hawkshot Amphitrite 1:35.7
2018 Grunt Peaceful State Bring Me Roses 1:34.9
2017 Hey Doc Prized Icon Snitzson 1:34.0
2016 Palentino Tarzino Risque 1:35.2
2015 Wandjina Alpine Eagle Stratum Star 1:35.1
2014 Shamus Award Criterion Thunder Fantasy 1:36.4
2013 Ferlax You're So Good Sheer Talent 1:35.0
2012 Mosheen Strike The Stars Mister Milton 1:37.0
2011 Shamrocker Bullbars Playing God 1:35.3
2010 Rock Classic Set For Fame Linton 1:36.8
2009 Heart Of Dreams Von Costa De Hero Lucky Thunder 1:35.8
2008 Light Fantastic Marching Playwright 1:36.4
2007 Miss Finland Casino Prince Jokers Wild 1:36.0
2006 Apache Cat Darcy Brahma Thin And Crispy 1:34.0
2005 Al Maher Danehill Express Econsul 1:34.4
2004 Reset Starcraft Under The Bridge 1:34.5
2003 Delago Brom Tycoon Ruler Thorn Park 1:35.9
2002 Dash For Cash Royal Code Ustinov 1:35.3
2001 Mr Murphy Neptunes Journey Outgate 1:34.4
2000 Pins Freemason Hades 2:02.3
1999 Dignity Dancer Mossman Lease 1:59.0
1998 Gold Guru Zonda Il Don 2:00.5
1997 Mouawad O'Reilly Tarnpir Lane 1:36.5
1996 Flying Spur Saleous Video Prince 1:34.9
1995 Baryshnikov Hurricane Sky St Covet 1:34.6
1994 Mahogany Pride Of Rancho Mr Mutual Respect 1:34.9
1993 Kennys Best Pal Sarason From The Park 1:35.0
1992 Jolly Old Mac Naturalism Laranto 1:34.0
1991 Triscay My Eagle Eye Centro/Durbridge 1:35.8
1990 Zabeel Ark Regal Academian 1:37.3
1989 Kings High Vitalic Sir Midas 1:35.9
1988 Flotilla Sky Chase Spacecraft 1:35.2