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Sandown Guineas

The Sandown Guineas is a Group 2 race for three-year-olds that takes place at Sandown racecourse each November towards the end of the Melbourne spring racing carnival. The race is run over a distance of 1600 metres at set weights and worth $300,000 in prize money. The 2019 Sandown Guineas was won by Pretty Brazen from Conqueror with Heart Of Puissance third.

Held on the Melbourne Racing Club's major meeting of the year at Sandown, the Sandown Guineas takes place alongside the Group 2 Sandown Classic, Gr3 Sandown Stakes and Group 3 Eclipse Stakes.

Sandown Guineas info

Date: Saturday 27th November 2021
Track: Caulfield racecourse, Melbourne
Distance: 1600 metres
Race Type: 3yo - Set Weights
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $300,000
2019 Winner: Pretty Brazen

The Sandown Guineas is the last prestigious 3yo set weights race of the Melbourne spring racing carnival and can quite often unearth a new star of the turf. It has been won by some nice types over the years including Kidnapped (2009) Over (1999), Sedation (1998), King Ivor (1996) and Durbridge (1990).

The Gr3 Carbine Club Stakes at Flemington on Derby day provides the ideal lead-up to this event as it is run over the same distance and any 3yo gallopers who finish strongly in that race are always well suited to this event. Mahuta (2015) is the most recent galloper to claim the Carbine Club Stakes & Sandown Guineas double.

In recent times Lunar Rise (2nd in 2012) defeated Tatra (2012) to win the Carbine Club Stakes before they again ran the quinella in this event, with Tatra reversing the result in the Sandown Guineas.

The long Sandown straight has a tough uphill run home and suits strong gallopers who can run a very solid mile. Any three-year-olds lacking stamina over the trip will tyoically be found out in the run to the line.

Ringerdingding (2018) captured the Listed Hilton Stakes over 1400m at Flemington during the Melbourne Cup Carnival before storming home to win this event in quality style for leading trainer Darren Weir.

Recent Sandown Guineas winners include Villermont (2017) and Morton's Fork (2016).

Spring Carnival Guide

The Sandown Guineas is best suited to above average 3yo horses who are not strong enough to win a Group 1 race over the Caulfield or Flemington carnival. It gives them the opportunity to pick up a good quality group race during the spring. The Carbine Club Stakes at Flemington is traditionally the best guide to the Sandown Guineas.

2019 Sandown Guineas result

1. $3.50 Pretty Brazen 55.0 Luke Currie
2. $14.00 Conqueror 57.0 James Doyle
3. $4.20 Heart Of Puissance 57.0 Mark Zahra

then followed
4. $3.60 Banquo 57.0 Craig Williams
5. $51.00 Diasonic 57.0 Damien Thornton
6. $5.00 Affair To Remember 55.0 Jye McNeil
7. $201.00 Jayrod Too 57.0 Barend Vorster
8. $201.00 Sir Loft 57.0 Beau Mertens
9. $21.00 Defend 57.0 Ben Melham

Margins: 0.4 len, 0.1 len
Time: 1:36.96

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Sandown Guineas winners & placegetters

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2019 Pretty Brazen Conqueror Heart Of Puissance 1:36.9
2018 Ringerdingding Seabrook Long Leaf 1:37.4
2017 Villermont Peaceful State Black Sail 1:37.5
2016 Morton's Fork Ruthven Jennifer Lynn 1:40.0
2015 Mahuta Dal Cielo Don't Doubt Mamma 1:35.9
2014 Petrology Stratum Star Berisha 1:36.7
2013 Paximadia Equator Apollo's Choices 1:37.3
2012 Tatra Lunar Rise Proverb 1:36.7
2011 So Swift Niagara Galah 1:38.8
2010 Pressday Chasse Bigelow 1:42.7
2009 Kidnapped Majestic Music Turf Express 1:36.2
2008 Caymans Marveen Lucky Thunder 1:38.0
2007 Schilling Masked Assassin Wind Shear 1:38.6
2006 Sender Flame Of Sydney Wordsmith 1:34.8
2005 Cayambe Zigotto Aztec Smytzer 1:39.4
2004 Binding Barely A Moment Al Maher 1:42.5
2003 Pay Keys Ikes Dream Delzao 1:36.1
2002 Dextrous Lawsons Storm Cool Azz 1:35.5
2001 Moon Dragon All Courage Rod To Dance 1:35.8
2000 Scenic Warrior Wyndam Special Paradiddle 1:34.6
1999 Over Chattanooga Trousers 1:35.8
1998 Sedation Black Bean Speedy Kids 1:38.9
1997 Special Dane Bluebird The Word Tricove 1:38.0
1996 King Ivor Monets Cove Kentucky Blue 1:35.8
1995 Peep On The Sly Saintly Quality Gold 1:36.1
1994 Baryshnikov Perfect World Dapper Spirit 1:34.7
1993 Voting Tenor Bellzevir 1:34.6
1992 Navy Seal Picnicker Baskerville 1:35.0
1991 Star Video Enjoy Dancing Laranto 1:34.7
1990 Durbridge Pre Record Bold Rancher 1:35.5
1989 Stargazer Tristanagh Drumming 1:37.1
1988 Blixen Wonder Dancer Fire Wonder 1:37.2

Note: The 2013 Sandown Guineas was held at Caulfield because the Sandown racecourse was undergoing a track upgrade at the time.