Australian Guineas 2020 Calls for Banquo

January 17, 2020

Australian Guineas 2020 Calls for Banquo

Trainer Danny O’Brien will use a handicap clash at Flemington this Saturday as the first-up run for his Australian Guineas 2020 bound colt Banquo.

Banquo. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

Banquo will return to racing at Flemington on Saturday ahead of a 2020 Australian Guineas bid. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

The well-bred son of Written Tycoon has had six starts to date for two wins and will chase a third career start in the $135,000 Donate to Salvation Army Disaster Appeal (1100m) on Kensington Stakes Day this weekend.

Banquo improved on a breakthrough win at Sale over 1400m in late October handling a quick back-up to post his maiden Black-Type success at HQ over the Melbourne Cup Carnival in November’s Listed World Horse Racing Springtime Stakes (1400m).

He was then stepped-up in class for a run in the Group 2 Sandown Guineas (1600m) where he lost few admirers running under a length back fourth over the mile.

A mile is where O’Brien would like to get the three-year-old up over again this coming Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival with Banquo being aimed at the Group 1 $1 million Australian Guineas (1600m) on February 29.

“He’s a gorgeous colt. Just a real quality animal,” O’Brien told AAP this week.

“He’s had a great summer down at Thirteenth Beach. He’s big and strong and he trialled up nicely in a jump-out at Werribee recently.

“(Jockey) Damien Oliver and myself thought it would be nice to kick him off in a short course race where he can find the line off the back of the others.

“We’d love to get him to the Australian Guineas.

“He’s got a platform there from the spring which he will need to improve from to be competitive in the Guineas, but we think he can.

“We’re going to give him his chance to get there.”

O’Brien took over the training of Banquo, a brother to last year’s Group 1 Oakleigh Plate champion Booker, from Kiwi horseman Stephen Marsh late last year and has been in charge for all but the horse’s debut.

O’Brien is also a two-time Australian Guineas winning trainer having prepared Shamrocker (2011) and Shamus Award (2014) for their respective victories in the Flemington feature.

Current pre-field Australian Guineas 2020 odds at Ladbrokes.com.au are led by last Saturday’s brilliant Magic Millions 3YO Guineas winning Queenslander Alligator Blood ($4.20).

Banquo meanwhile can be found further down the futures Australian Guineas betting markets at $34, a price sure to shorten with a win on Saturday.

O’Brien suggested that Banquo would head towards the Guineas via either the Group 3 $160,000 CS Hayes Stakes (1400m) at Flemington on February 15 or Caulfield’s Group 2 $200,000 Autumn Stakes (1400m) a week earlier on February 8.

The 2020 Australian Guineas nominations close on Monday with current all-in betting on the classic available here courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au.

Racing fields and data are copyright 2011-2018 © Racing Australia Pty Ltd (RA) (and other parties working with it).
Racing materials, including fields, form and results, is subject to copyright which is owned by RA and other parties working with it. Full copyright notice.

Spring Racing

2020 Underwood Stakes Winner: ...

Brilliant Prelude Win Sees Ins...

Brilliant Prelude Win Sees Instant Celebrity into Thousand Guineas Favouritism

Jockey Craig Williams continued his brilliant run of form at Caulfield on...

Golden Rose Stakes 2020 Winner...

Golden Rose Stakes 2020 Winner: Ole Kirk Upstages Odds-On Favourite Rothfire

Three-year-old colt Ole Kirk has managed to upstage talented Queenslander...

Crosshaven Firms in Caulfield ...

Crosshaven Firms in Caulfield Guineas Betting Following Impressive Prelude Win

The Lindsay Park team appear to have a serious Caulfield Guineas contender on...

Metropolitan Up Next for Bobby...

Metropolitan Up Next for Bobby Lewis Winner Attorney?

The small field of seven proved no match for Attorney on Saturday as Matthew...

Horse Racing Today

2020 Underwood Stakes Winner: ...

Golden Rose Stakes 2020 Winner...

Golden Rose Stakes 2020 Winner: Ole Kirk Upstages Odds-On Favourite Rothfire

Three-year-old colt Ole Kirk has managed to upstage talented Queenslander...

Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes 2020 ...

Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes 2020 Winner: Behemoth Too Good Again

David Jolly’s hulking South Australian superstar Behemoth was too good again,...

The Metropolitan 2020 Odds Fir...

The Metropolitan 2020 Odds Firm on Kingston Town Winner Taikomochi

The Metropolitan 2020 odds have firmed on the Gai Waterhouse & Adrian...

MRC Foundation Cup Winner Orde...

MRC Foundation Cup Winner Orderofthegarter Into Caulfield Cup 2020 Field

Last year’s Melbourne Cup winning trainer Danny O’Brien looks to have a...

Race Results

2020 Underwood Stakes Winner: Russian Camelot Claims Second Group 1 on His Way to the Cox Plate

Brilliant Prelude Win Sees Instant Celebrity into Thousand Guineas Favouritism

Golden Rose Stakes 2020 Winner: Ole Kirk Upstages Odds-On Favourite Rothfire

Crosshaven Firms in Caulfield Guineas Betting Following Impressive Prelude Win

Gloaming Stakes Winner Love Tap Firms as 2020 Spring Champion Stakes Favourite

Race Previews

Nature Strip Heads 2020 Darley Sprint Classic Nominations & Betting

Russian Camelot Odds-On Favourite In 10-Horse Underwood Stakes 2020 Field

Victoria Derby 2020 Nominations: Alcyone On Top of All-In Betting

2020 Ladbrokes Manikato Stakes Nominations Attract 56 Sprinters

2020 Moir Stakes Field Released: 13 Sprinters Race at The Valley

Fields & Form

Nature Strip Heads 2020 Darley Sprint Classic Nominations & Betting

Russian Camelot Odds-On Favourite In 10-Horse Underwood Stakes 2020 Field

Victoria Derby 2020 Nominations: Alcyone On Top of All-In Betting

2020 Ladbrokes Manikato Stakes Nominations Attract 56 Sprinters

2020 Moir Stakes Field Released: 13 Sprinters Race at The Valley