On Tuesday Racing Victoria released the latest order of entry for the $750,000 Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m), the three-year-olds’ feature set to run at Flemington on Saturday March 5 as part of the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival.
There are currently 56 horses entered for the 2011 Australian Guineas who are vying for a spot in the capacity 16-starter final field.
Following the racing action at Flemington’s Lightning Stakes Day last Saturday, there are now two horses equal first on the Australian Guineas ballot after they earned a ballot exemption.
Southern Speed took out the Group 3 The Mittys Vanity (1400m) while the Peter Snowden-trained Elusive Quality colt Bullbars scored in the Group 3 CS Hayes Stakes (1400m) on February 19.
Prior to her victory in The Mittys Vanity, undefeated South Australian filly Southern Speed was 31st on the order of entry while Bullbars’ success saw him elevated from 22nd.
Premier online bookmaker Luxbet have Bullbars as the $9.50 second favourite in their Australian Guineas betting markets behind $6 top elect, New Zealand filly We Can Say It Now.
Southern Speed is rated a $10 chance in the Australian Guineas odds at Luxbet.
The horses that ran second behind Southern Speed and Bullbars at Flemington on the weekend also enjoyed a sizable rise up the Australian Guineas ballot.
Beaten favourite in The Mittys Vanity, Peter Moody’s Savabeel filly Do Ra Mi has jumped from 34th to 26th, while CS Hayes Stakes second placegetter Startsmeup has moved two spots into 18th on the order of entry.
Today, Wednesday February 23, six horses have the chance to rise in their Australian Guineas rankings when they line-up in the $30,000 Betfair Handicap (1600m) at Sandown.
Three-year-olds engaged in the Betfair Handicap field, due to jump as Sandown Race 5 at 3:58pm (AEDST), are Cosmic Causeway (40th), Second Draw (42nd), Speediness (49th), Inadequate (50th), Right Of Refusal (53rd) and Oratorium (55th).
Notable gallopers assured of a start in the 2011 Australian Guineas if accepted include:
- Playing God (3rd) – Neville Parnham’s in-form Blackfriars colt installed as the $9.50 equal second favourite with Bullbars in the Luxbet markets
- Anacheeva (4th) – Peter Moody’s 2010 Caulfield Guineas winner drifting out to $13 through Luxbet after two failed runs this season
- Pressday (5th) – Chris Waller’s Domesday colt and Group 1 winner rated a $21 chance to win the Australian Guineas at Luxbet
- Skilled (7th) – Another $21 outsider in the Luxbet odds, Peter Snowden’s Commands colt ran a first-up third in the Group 2 Royal Sovereign Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on February 12
The 2011 Australian Guineas final field of acceptances will be released next Wednesday, March 2 and published here at Races.com.au.
Now is the time to get in on the generous early Australian Guineas odds open at Luxbet before prices shorten.
2011 Australian Guineas Order of Entry
|#||Horse||Trainer||Ballot||Weight (kg)||Hcp. Rating|
|2||PLAYING GOD||Neville Parnham||3||55.5||110|
|3||ANACHEEVA||Peter G Moody||4||55.5||108|
|6||MR CHARD||Dean Lawson||8||55.5||97|
|8||RUN FOR LEVI||John P Thompson||10||55.5||96|
|9||ECLAIR MYSTIC||Robert Smerdon||11||55.5||96|
|10||HOLLOWLEA||Terry & Karina O’Sullivan||12||55.5||96|
|11||DUSTY STAR||Peter Morgan||13||55.5||96|
|13||STARTSMEUP||Bruce W Hill||18||55.5||89|
|14||SPIRITED EAGLE||Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas||19||55.5||89|
|15||ENJIN NUMBER NINE (NZ)||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra||20||55.5||86|
|16||ECLAIR SURPRISE||Peter G Moody||22||55.5||82|
|17||AMERICAN CREW||Chris Waller||23||55.5||80|
|18||SERVANT||Peter G Moody||25||55.5||78|
|19||SMOKIN’ JOEY||Lee Freedman||27||55.5||76|
|20||SEA LORD||David Payne||28||55.5||76|
|21||UTAH SAINTS||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra||29||55.5||74|
|25||ABSOLUTELYAWESOME (NZ)||Michael Moroney||33||55.5||72|
|26||THE RUFFIAN||Lee Freedman||35||55.5||70|
|27||TOO DEADLY||Mark Kavanagh||36||55.5||70|
|28||MEAISIN (NZ)||Danny O’Brien||37||55.5||68|
|29||ELUSIVE KING||Peter G Moody||39||55.5||67|
|30||COSMIC CAUSEWAY||Peter G Moody||40||55.5||67|
|31||BLACKIE (NZ)||Michael Kent||43||55.5||66|
|32||GILDED SPUR||Anthony Cummings||44||55.5||65|
|33||SIR FOX||Anthony Cummings||45||55.5||65|
|38||INADEQUATE||John P Thompson||50||55.5||64|
|39||DOMINANT FUTURE (NZ)||Mick Price||51||55.5||64|
|40||GOD HELP US||Shane Nichols||52||55.5||64|
|41||RIGHT OF REFUSAL||Nigel Blackiston||53||55.5||62|
|45||SOUTHERN SPEED||Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas||=1||53.5||91|
|46||WE CAN SAY IT NOW||Murray & Bjorn Baker||6||53.5||100|
|47||SHAMROCKER (NZ)||Danny O’Brien||14||53.5||94|
|50||MISS GAI FLYER||Peter G Moody||21||53.5||84|
|51||TEARDROP ROCK||Gai Waterhouse||24||53.5||78|
|52||DO RA MI (NZ)||Peter G Moody||26||53.5||78|
|53||BOOKLET||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra||34||53.5||70|
|54||BRIDE SALAMA||Anthony Cummings||38||53.5||67|
|56||SECOND DRAW||John P Thompson||42||53.5||66|
Photo courtesy (c) Taron Clarke Photography