The next feature of the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival is the 2011 Australian Guineas running at Flemington this Saturday, March 5 and below the Races.com.au team take a look at the latest Australian Guineas order of entry and betting odds.
There are currently 57 three-year-olds heading towards a start in the $1 million Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) on the weekend, up one from last week.
Connections including trainer Tony Vasil made the decision to pay the $41,250 late Australian Guineas entry fee for improving Mossman gelding Under The Eiffel.
Under The Eiffel has run five times for three wins and two second place finishes so far in their career.
Most recently they ran second to Dusty Star in the Group 2 D’Urban Stakes (1400m), their first Group race assignment.
Although untried over 1600m, Under The Eiffel has had plenty of admirers in the Australian Guineas betting at Luxbet.
Fourth-favourite at a price of $10 in the odds, Under The Eiffel is not guaranteed of a start in the Australian Guineas field sitting 23rd on the order of entry.
Another bumper day of racing last Saturday has seen some updates to the 2011 Australian Guineas order of entry with weekend winners moving up the ballot and staking their claims to win the million dollar showdown.
2011 Australian Guineas Ballot Movers Include:
- Retrieve (Peter Snowden) – 9th to 7th on the order of entry following their first-up second behind Ilovethiscity in the Group 2 Hobartville Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill on Saturday
- Miss Gai Flyer (Peter Moody) – 21st to 17th after the Flying Spur filly won the Listed Typhoon Tracy Moonee Valley Fillies Plate (1200m) at Moonee Valley last Friday night giving her back-to-back stakes wins this season
- Elusive King (Peter Moody) – 39th to 27th Elusive Quality gelding ran an eye-catching second in the Group 2 The Yalumba 162 Autumn Classic (1800m) at Caulfield on Saturday beaten by a head
Kiwi filly We Can Say It Now remains the early favourite in the Australian Guineas odds, sitting at a quote of around $6 through Luxbet.
Last start the Murray and Bjorn Baker-trained daughter of Starcraft resumed with a fifth place finish behind King Mufhasa in the Group 1 Waikato Draught Sprint (1400m) in NZ, before which she claimed back-to-back Group 1 wins last season.
We Can Say It Now is untested on Aussie turf, but this hasn’t deterred punters backing the proven miler in the Guineas odds.
Second elect in the Australian Guineas odds is Playing God paying around $7.50.
Neville Parham’s impressive Blackfriars colt Playing God enjoyed a brilliant spring campaign winning four of their five starts including the Group 2 WA Guineas (1600m) and the Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m).
The Ascot galloper resumed racing on February 12 winning the Magic Millions Perth 3YO Trophy (1400m) with ease.
Yet to race outside of WA, the bookies and punters are confident that Playing God can bring their form over to Melbourne especially after Hong Kong-based hoop Brett Prebble was announced as the jockey to ride Playing God in the Australian Guineas.
Other early favourites in the current Australian Guineas betting markets include South Australian filly and last-start winner of the Group 3 The Mittys Vanity Southern Speed ($8), the Peter Snowden-trained Group 3 CS Hayes Stkaes champ Bullbars ($13) and last year’s Caulfield Guineas winner Anacheeva ($15) a market drifter after two disappointing runs this year.
The 2011 Australian Guineas final field of acceptors will be released tomorrow morning, Wednesday March 2, and published here first at Races.com.au.
Stay tuned for all the latest Australian Guineas field, form and betting updates as well as our exclusive Flemington race tips for Saturday.
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2011 Australian Guineas Nominations & 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|
|7||MR CHARD||Dean Lawson||9||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||19||55.5||89|
|14||SPIRITED EAGLE||Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas||20||55.5||89|
|15||ENJIN NUMBER NINE (NZ)||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra||21||55.5||86|
|16||ECLAIR SURPRISE||Peter G Moody||22||55.5||82|
|17||UNDER THE EIFFEL||Tony Vasil||23||55.5||81|
|18||SERVANT||Peter G Moody||25||55.5||78|
|19||ELUSIVE KING||Peter G Moody||27||55.5||78|
|20||AMERICAN CREW||Chris Waller||28||55.5||76|
|21||SMOKIN’ JOEY||Lee Freedman||29||55.5||76|
|22||UTAH SAINTS||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra||30||55.5||76|
|23||SEA LORD||David Payne||31||55.5||76|
|27||ABSOLUTELYAWESOME (NZ)||Michael Moroney||35||55.5||72|
|28||THE RUFFIAN||Lee Freedman||37||55.5||70|
|29||TOO DEADLY||Mark Kavanagh||38||55.5||70|
|31||MEAISIN (NZ)||Danny O’Brien||40||55.5||68|
|32||COSMIC CAUSEWAY||Peter G Moody||42||55.5||67|
|33||BLACKIE (NZ)||Michael Kent||45||55.5||66|
|34||GILDED SPUR||Anthony Cummings||46||55.5||65|
|35||SIR FOX||Anthony Cummings||47||55.5||65|
|38||DOMINANT FUTURE (NZ)||Mick Price||50||55.5||64|
|39||GOD HELP US||Shane Nichols||51||55.5||64|
|42||INADEQUATE||John P Thompson||54||55.5||62|
|43||RIGHT OF REFUSAL||Nigel Blackiston||55||55.5||62|
|46||SOUTHERN SPEED||Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas||=1||53.5||91|
|47||WE CAN SAY IT NOW||Murray & Bjorn Baker||6||53.5||100|
|48||SHAMROCKER (NZ)||Danny O’Brien||14||53.5||94|
|50||MISS GAI FLYER||Peter G Moody||17||53.5||93|
|52||TEARDROP ROCK||Gai Waterhouse||24||53.5||78|
|53||DO RA MI (NZ)||Peter G Moody||26||53.5||78|
|54||BOOKLET||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra||36||53.5||70|
|55||BRIDE SALAMA||Anthony Cummings||41||53.5||67|
|57||SECOND DRAW||John P Thompson||44||53.5||66|
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