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.
|Date:||Saturday 29th February 2020|
|Track:||Flemington racecourse, Melbourne|
|Race Type:||3yo - Set Weights|
|2020 Winner:||Alligator Blood|
|Australian Guineas odds|
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.
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).
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
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
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|2020||Alligator Blood||Superstorm||Soul Patch||1:34.9|
|2018||Grunt||Peaceful State||Bring Me Roses||1:34.9|
|2017||Hey Doc||Prized Icon||Snitzson||1:34.0|
|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|
|2010||Rock Classic||Set For Fame||Linton||1:36.8|
|2009||Heart Of Dreams||Von Costa De Hero||Lucky Thunder||1:35.8|
|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|
|1998||Gold Guru||Zonda||Il Don||2:00.5|
|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|
|1989||Kings High||Vitalic||Sir Midas||1:35.9|