2011 Australian Guineas Results – Shamrocker the upset Winner


Shamrocker is the 2011 Australian Guineas winner

Shamrocker has produced a huge upset to win the Group 1 Australian Guineas at Flemington today on Australian Guineas Day 2011.

An outside chance, paying a whopping $39.6 at Luxbet, Shamrocker showed great acceleration at the 200m to burst to the lead in the 1600m race where she was never headed.

When the capacity 16 horse field jumped, one of the race favourites Playing God started awkwardly while Eclair Surprise was very slow, falling back to last.

Dusty Star took up the lead from Run For Levi and Startsmeup, while New Zealand filly We Can Say It Now was on the pace.

In the swing to home last start Group 3 CS Hayes Stakes winner Bullbars peeled out wide and produced a great run, but was not able to catch the flying Shamrocker with jockey Glenn Boss.

Playing God managed to get through for third with Mr Chard grabbing fourth. In the end the other favourite, We Can Say It Now, had an ordinary run.

Unfortunately after the race Enjin Number Nine suffered a bleed and will be out for 3 months.

Today’s run was Shamrocker’s second start this preparation, the three-year-old filly finished fourth last start in the Group 3 The Mittys Vanity to Southern Speed where trainer Danny O’Brien says she was underdone. Shamrocker’s Autumn target is the AJC Australian Oaks at Randwick on April 16.

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Group 1 Australian Guineas Results

Finish No. Horse Jockey Trainer Weight Margin
1st 14 SHAMROCKER(7) Glen Boss Danny O’Brien 53.5 1-35.33
2nd 7 BULLBARS(9) Kerrin McEvoy Peter Snowden 55.5 1.8L
3rd 2 PLAYING GOD(3) Brett Prebble Neville Parnham 55.5 2.5L
4th 4 MR CHARD(11) Steven Arnold Dean Lawson 55.5 2.7L
5th 11 UNDER THE EIFFEL(8) Mark Zahra Tony Vasil 55.5 2.9L
6th 1 ANACHEEVA(14) Luke Nolen Peter G Moody 55.5 3.0L
7th 16 SOUTHERN SPEED(16) Clare Lindop Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas 53.5 5.0L
8th 12 ECLAIR SURPRISE(13) Ben Melham Peter G Moody 55.5 5.1L
9th 9 SPIRITED EAGLE(12) Danny Nikolic Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas 55.5 5.2L
10th 3 STARTSMEUP(15) Paul Hammersley Bruce W Hill 55.5 6.0L
11th 10 SMOKIN’ JOEY(5) James Winks Lee Freedman 55.5 8.5L
12th 8 DUSTY STAR(2) Darren Gauci Peter Morgan 55.5 9.5L
13th 13 ENJIN NUMBER NINE(6) Damien Oliver Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra 55.5 10.5L
14th 15 WE CAN SAY IT NOW(10) Craig Williams Murray & Bjorn Baker 53.5 14.2L
15th 5 RUN FOR LEVI(1) Craig Newitt John P Thompson 55.5 15.5L
16th 6 HOLLOWLEA(4) Nicholas Hall Terry & Karina O’Sullivan 55.5 27.5L
Src 17 GOLDSTONE Michael Rodd Bart Cummings
Src 18 LIVEANDLETDIE Mark Kavanagh
Src 19 ROADTRAIN Tony Vasil
Src 20 ABSOLUTELYAWESOME Glen Boss Michael Moroney

Photo courtesy (c) Taron Clarke Photography