2012 Australian Guineas Nominations Evening Out

The 2012 Australian Guineas Nominations feature a vast group of 31 horses all on track for one of Melbourne’s biggest Group 1 races of the autumn season.

The Australian Guineas has continually changed shape over the past weeks and months and it now looks like an intriguing mile contest has been set up for this Saturday at Flemington.

In the early stages it was all about Helmet and a matter of when he won not if he won.

That assessment was thrown by the wayside last start though when a sluggish Helmet simply couldn’t match his opposition first up sending his Australian Guineas odds skyward.

Jockey Kerrin McEvoy has taken some of the blame for that performance and vowed that a fitter, more aggressive Helmet will be on show in the Australian guineas.

Whether or not he’ll have made the improvements he needs to remains to be seen, especially given the strength of his opposition.

That’s The One was dominant in victory over Helmet last start but is still positioned at $7.00 in the Luxbet market.

Instinction also ran on well and is great value at $9.00.

Behind them are the likes of Proliferate at $10 and Decircles worth $11.

Of course the one we’ve skipped over to this point is Mosheen and she faces a similar turnaround to Helmet.

After having the run of the race as an odds on favourite first up Mosheen could only manage to run second over 1400m.

She’ll appreciate the jump to 1600m but is still a long way off the horse that won the Crown Oaks in 2011.

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2012 Australian Guineas Nominations

Horse Trainer Ballot Weight
1 ADAMANTIUM (NZ) Danny O’Brien 16 56.5kg
2 AMERICAN DREAM Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra 26 56.5kg
3 BIG TIME Chris Waller 14 56.5kg
4 BOMBALATOMBA (NZ) Chris Hyland 21 56.5kg
5 DECIRCLES Danny O’Brien 17 56.5kg
6 FIRST COURSE Ken Keys 22 56.5kg
7 FONTELINA Anthony Cummings 12 56.5kg
8 FOREWARNED Anthony Cummings 30 56.5kg
9 HELMET Peter Snowden 3 56.5kg
10 HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Peter G Moody 15 56.5kg
11 HOYLONNY Chris Waller 23 56.5kg
12 HUEGILL Peter G Moody 10 56.5kg
13 I FEEL GOOD Frankie Stockdale 24 56.5kg
14 INSTINCTION Mick Price 8 56.5kg
15 MISTER MILTON Norman Waymouth 18 56.5kg
16 MOTORISED John Sadler 29 56.5kg
17 NICONOISE David Hayes 25 56.5kg
18 NOW YOU KNOW (NZ) Danny O’Brien 28 56.5kg
19 PIED A TERRE Peter Snowden 6 56.5kg
20 PROLIFERATE Mick Price 9 56.5kg
21 SABRAGE Michael Moroney 5 56.5kg
22 SAID COM (NZ) Chris Waller 19 56.5kg
23 SANGSTER (NZ) Trent Busuttin 4 56.5kg
24 SHANGHAI WARRIOR Pat Hyland 31 56.5kg
25 SPECTER Anthony Freedman 11 56.5kg
26 STRIKE THE STARS (NZ) Anthony Cummings 7 56.5kg
27 THAT’S THE ONE Colin & Cindy Alderson 1 56.5kg
28 TONED Robert Hickmott 27 56.5kg
29 WHISPER DOWNS David Hayes 20 56.5kg
30 MOSHEEN Robert Smerdon 2 54.5kg
31 SOFT SAND Colin Little 13 54.5kg