The 2017 Australian Guineas is a Group 1 race for three-year-olds held at Flemington Racecourse in early March during the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival
The Australian Guineas is a 1600m set weights race and attracts the country’s best middle distance youngsters racing for a share in the $750,000 in total prize money. It is the only Group 1 race at the meeting but is accompanied by the Group 3 Frances Tressady Stakes (1400m) and the Group 3 Shaftesbury Avenue Handicap (1400m).
Runners in the Australian Guineas field may come via earlier autumn lead-ups including the Group 3 Manfred Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield in early February and the Group 3 CS Hayes Stakes (1200m) for the three-year-old colts and geldings run a fortnight before at Flemington. The latest horse to win the CS Hayes Stakes – Australian Guineas double was Wandjina (2015).
After the Australian Guineas the top three-year-olds may continue onto the Group 2 Alister Clark Stakes (2040m) held two weeks later at Moonee Valley. Alternatively the Australian Guineas graduates will head up to Sydney to chase the autumn riches of races like the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m) and Group 1 ATC Derby (2400m).
The 2017 Australian Guineas will be run on Saturday the March 4 at Flemington.
|Date:||March 4, 2017|
|Race Type:||3YO Set Weights|
2017 Australian Guineas Field
Each autumn the most promising three-year-old milers / stayers face off in the Australian Guineas field in Melbourne, which is released by Racing Victoria on the Wednesday before the race runs.
The official 2017 Australian Guineas field and barriers are set to be released on Wednesday March 2, 2017 and will be published in full below.
2017 Australian Guineas Nominations
The very first Australian Guineas nominations are taken in late January, over a month out from the Group 1 autumn feature taking place in March. Early Australian Guineas entries often attract in excess of 100 hopefuls and are narrowed down at first acceptance stage a month later.
The 2017 Australian Guineas nominations will be released around Wednesday January 25, 2017 and will be published below as soon as available.
Australian Guineas First Acceptances
After the nominations in late January the Australian Guineas first acceptances further narrow down the list of potential three-year-old runners in the mile classic.
The 2017 Australian Guineas first acceptances are set for release around Wednesday February 22, 2017 and will be listed below.
Australian Guineas History
Australian Guineas racing began in 1986 and in its short time on the track, has already become the third leg of the inaugural 1998 Australian Triple Crown for three year olds. As a result, the race distance was changed to 2000m between 1998 and 2000 and offered a total prize money of $750,000.
In 2001, the Australian Guineas returned to its original distance of 1600m and fillies were given an allowance of 2.5kg.
Notable recent Australian Guineas winners include Shamus Award (2014), the filly Mosheen (2012), Apache Cat (2006) and Reset (2004).
Recent Australian Guineas Winners
See below for a full list of Australian Guineas results & winners dating back to 2000.
|1st||Palentino||1 minute 35.2 seconds|
|1st||Wandjina||1 minute 35.14 seconds|
|1st||Shamus Award||1 minute 36.41 seconds|
|1st||Ferlax||1 minute 35.09 seconds|
|2nd||You’re So Good|
|1st||Mosheen||1 minute 37.0 seconds|
|2nd||Strike the Stars|
|1st||Shamrocker||1 minute 35.3 seconds|
|1st||Rock Classic||1 minute 36.8 seconds|
|2nd||Set For Fame|
|1st||Heart Of Dreams||1 minute 35.8 seconds|
|2nd||Von Costa De Hero|
|1st||Light Fantastic||1 minute 36.4 seconds|
|1st||Miss Finland||1 minute 36 seconds|
|1st||Apache Cat||1 minute 34 seconds|
|3rd||Thin And Crispy|
|1st||Al Maher||1 minute 34.4 seconds|
|1st||Reset||1 minute 34.5 seconds|
|3rd||Under The Bridge|
|1st||Delago Brom||1 minute 35.9 seconds|
|1st||Dash For Cash||1 minute 35.3 seconds|
|1st||Mr Murphy||1 minute 34.4 seconds|
|1st||Pins||2 minutes 2.3 seconds|