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Gold Coast Guineas

The Gold Coast Guineas is a Group 3 race for three-year-olds that takes place in May each year at the Gold Coast racecourse in Surfers Paradise in Queensland. The Guineas is run over a distance of 1200 metres under set weight conditions with $125,000 in prize money. The 2020 Gold Coast Guineas was won by Hightail from The Odyssey with Exhilarates third.

The Gold Coast race track is located around 70 kilometres south of Brisbane and just 5 minutes from Surfers Paradise. The Gold Coast racecourse also hosts the Group 2 Hollindale Stakes on the same day.

Gold Coast Guineas info

Date: Saturday 8th May 2021
Track: Gold Coast racecourse, Bundall
Distance: 1200 metres
Race Type: 3yo - Set Weights
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $125,000
2020 Winner: Hightail

The Gold Coast Guineas is held away from the Metropolitan area of Brisbane and takes place on the Gold Coast which is home to the Magic Millions carnival in January.

A set weights event for three-year-olds that favours the better performed gallopers in the race, the Gold Coast Guineas will typically attract mainly local types from around the Brisbane and Gold Coast area who may then go on to a race like the Gr3 Fred Best Classic over 1200m later in the month at Doomben.

El Cambio (2008) and Gold Edition (2007) were the most recent gallopers to take out the Gold Coast Guineas & Fred Best Classic double, while Leapfrog (2nd in 2009) finished runner-up in the Fred Best Classic at his next start.

Pennino (2019) ran fifth in the Listed Mick Dittman Stakes over 1110m at Doomben prior to winning this race in impressive style for the Daryl hansen stable on the Sunshine Coast.

Recent Gold Coast Guineas winners include Champagne Cuddles (2018) and Savanna Amour (2017).

2020 Gold Coast Guineas result

1. $3.60 Hightail 57.0 Ryan Maloney
2. $7.50 The Odyssey 57.0 Ms Stephanie Thornton
3. $4.00 Exhilarates 55.0 Robbie Fradd

then followed
4. $41.00 Scathing 57.0 Justin Huxtable
5. $51.00 Ready Babe 55.0 Matthew McGillivray
6. $31.00 Ruuca 57.0 Brad Stewart
7. $19.00 Garibaldi 57.0 Jim Byrne
8. $6.00 Command'n'Conquer 57.0 James Orman
9. $13.00 Bellevue Hill 57.0 Michael Cahill
10. $26.00 Stampe 57.0 Sean Cormack
11. $51.00 Zac Attack 55.0 Baylee Nothdurft
12. $21.00 Baroda 55.0 Andrew Mallyon
13. $151.00 Elegant Grace 55.0 Larry Cassidy
14. $151.00 Final Declaration 57.0 Jag Guthmann-Chester

Margins: 0.1 len, 1 len
Time: 1:08.71

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Gold Coast Guineas winners & placegetters

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2020 Hightail The Odyssey Exhilarates 1:08.7
2019 Pennino Defence Missile Million 1:14.8
2018 Champagne Cuddles Whypeeo Marble 1:07.6
2017 Savanna Amour Heroic Valour Tessera 1:08.4
2016 Takedown Sold For Song Always Sacred 1:09.4
2015 Nostradamus Time For War Traveston Girl 1:10.2
2014 Dothraki Safeguard Palmera Lad 1:13.3
2013 Academus Al Aneed Dances On Stars 1:08.2
2012 Florentina Punch On Double Impact 1:14.4
2011 Military Rose Celtic Dancer Skating On Ice 1:11.8
2010 Beethog Temple Of Doom Fifteen Carat 1:10.5
2009 Chakvetadze Leapfrog Desuetude 1:08.8
2008 El Cambio Xaardante Heart Of The Citi 1:07.9
2007 Gold Edition Grand Reve Danleigh 1:08.4
2006 Fashions Afield Rumbird Captain Kurt 1:08.7
2005 Eremein Legendary Man Sydney Express 1:24.5
2004 Kings Chapel Drunken Joker Power And Gold 1:20.8
2003 Tahitian Star Exquisitely Striking Victory 1:22.9
2002 Miss Bussell Alibarber Jar Jar Binks 1:22.6
2001 Ceffyl Skarloey Katenian 1:22.0
2000 Make Mine Magic Gold Dredge The Kildare Kid 1:22.2