Hey Doc Heads 2017 Australian Guineas First Acceptances

February 21, 2017

Hey Doc Heads 2017 Australian Guineas First Acceptances

Tony McEvoy’s CS Hayes Stakes winner Hey Doc is the headline three-year-old among the Australian Guineas 2017 first acceptances for Saturday week’s Flemington Group 1.

Hey Doc

Hey Doc is clear favourite in 2017 Australian Guineas betting post-first acceptances for the March 4 Group 1 at Flemington. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

The $750,000 Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m), running on March 4, drew 120 early nominations and that number is down to just 41 hopefuls following first declarations on Tuesday.

The updated Australian Guineas ballot has Hey Doc leading the way after the Duporth gelding posted his fifth career win at Flemington last weekend in the Group 3 CS Hayes Stakes (1400m).

Group 2 winner of the Stutt Stakes at Moonee Valley over the mile, the galloper is proven over the Australian Guineas distance and is pre-field favourite at Ladbrokes.com.au.

The CS Hayes Stakes has produced the past two Australian Guineas winners including Wandjina (2015) who completed the double that Hey Doc currently pays $4.40 to do in 2017.

Second on the Australian Guineas order of entry and a $15 chance in futures markets for an upset win is the James Cummings-trained Victoria Derby winner Prized Icon.

The More Than Ready colt ran a first-up sixth behind Man From Uncle in the Group 2 Hobartville Stakes (1400m) in Sydney last weekend in a brave effort beaten only 2.3 lengths over the unsuitably short distance.

He is better fancied once he gets out over even further than the mile of the Australian Guineas and leads betting for Sydney’s Group 1 Australian Derby (2400m) in April at Royal Randwick.

Team Hawkes’ Caulfield Guineas winner from the spring Divine Prophet is in the mix for the double, the son of Choisir last seen running ninth to Black Heart Bart first-up in the Group 1 CF Orr Stakes (1400m).

He is equal with a host of other three-year-olds at $11, which is the next shortest price on offer for any runner outside of Hey Doc in the Australian Guineas odds on the three-year-old contenders.

Hawkes Racing have three Australian Guineas first acceptors with Divine Prophet joined by Inference and Redouble.

Last year’s Australian Guineas winning trainer Darren Weir (Palentino) has just the one entry this season with his High Chaparral filly Jennifer Lynn at $21 odds to upset the boys.

Other notable Australian Guineas fillies include the Chris Waller-trained Foxplay, Crown Oaks runner-up from the spring Harlow Gold and the Lindsay Park-trained Kevin Hayes Stakes winner Fuhryk.

Waller has a total of five remaining chances to post his maiden Australian Guineas victory led by Comin’ Through ($11) out to improve on a third in the Hobartville Stakes.

Other key entries include the John O’Shea-trained Helmet colt Malaise who ran second in the CS Hayes behind Hey Doc and the fellow Godolphin-raced Morton’s Fork who won the spring’s Group 2 Sandown Guineas (1600m).

The Hobartville Stakes winner Man From Uncle is the most notable omission, the flyer more likely to target the $1 million Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) on the same day in Sydney.

See below for the full 2017 Australian Guineas first acceptances, the final field and barriers set for release on Wednesday March 1.

In the meantime check out the updated markets on all the upcoming Group 1 autumn races online at Ladbrokes.com.au.

2017 Australian Guineas First Acceptances

Flemington Racecourse – 04/03/2017

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight
1 0x11134x31 HEY DOC G 3 Tony McEvoy 1 56.5kg
2 1x463351x6 PRIZED ICON C 3 James Cummings 2 56.5kg
3 x13x1421x9 DIVINE PROPHET C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 3 56.5kg
4 6x454282x0 SEABURGE C 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 4 56.5kg
5 30x60497x0 NIKITAS C 3 Chris Waller 5 56.5kg
6 21x1521x54 MORTON’S FORK C 3 John O’Shea 6 56.5kg
7 x212x114x2 FOXPLAY F 3 Chris Waller 7 54.5kg
8 x710210x52 ATTENTION C 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 8 56.5kg
9 3x611562x3 HARLOW GOLD (NZ) F 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 9 54.5kg
10 72x110x15 LEGLESS VEUVE (NZ) F 3 Stuart Webb 10 54.5kg
11 21x11433x5 INFERENCE C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 11 56.5kg
12 54x1122x2 ELLICAZOOM F 3 Neville Parnham 12 54.5kg
13 x216321141 OAK DOOR C 3 Robert Smerdon 13 56.5kg
14 1x41113x25 JENNIFER LYNN F 3 Darren Weir 14 54.5kg
15 24x11422x6 SEZANNE F 3 Chris Waller 15 54.5kg
16 121×53 COMIN’ THROUGH C 3 Chris Waller 16 56.5kg
17 5×11141 FUHRYK F 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 17 54.5kg
18 1x01x7 NURSE KITCHEN (NZ) F 3 David Brideoake 18 54.5kg
19 323211×3 ANAHEIM C 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 19 56.5kg
20 6x165344x4 SO SI BON C 3 Robbie Laing 20 56.5kg
21 11x3307x0 THROSSELL G 3 Ciaron Maher 21 56.5kg
22 6162×85 INSIDE AGENT (NZ) C 3 Nigel Blackiston 22 56.5kg
23 11270×7 SILVERA C 3 Tony McEvoy 23 56.5kg
24 3x375150x3 WINE BUSH G 3 Chris Waller 24 56.5kg
25 6x12037x4 DERRYN C 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 25 56.5kg
26 6×11417 SNITZSON C 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 26 56.5kg
27 0x5856x578 MANOLO BLAHNIQ (NZ) C 3 Tony Noonan 27 56.5kg
28 51429×33 LAND OF PLENTY C 3 Grahame Begg 28 56.5kg
29 4×1411 FARSON G 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 29 56.5kg
30 5x2210x41 THEANSWERMYFRIEND G 3 Robert Smerdon 30 56.5kg
31 112×5 RUTHVEN C 3 Ciaron Maher 31 56.5kg
32 13x1135x7 ACATOUR C 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 32 56.5kg
33 2253430×60 WAZZENME C 3 Stuart Webb 33 56.5kg
34 31×222 MALAISE C 3 John O’Shea 34 56.5kg
35 137×254 REDOUBLE C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 35 56.5kg
36 30167×21 CLIFF HANGER S G 3 Lee & Anthony Freedman 36 56.5kg
37 21330×49 KACHING C 3 Ciaron Maher 37 56.5kg
38 1x3670x6 HARDHAM C 3 David Brideoake 38 56.5kg
39 0124×569 ON THE SPOT C 3 Clarry Conners 39 56.5kg
40 12 SERACENA F 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 40 54.5kg
41 19×7 GUNN ISLAND C 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 41 56.5kg

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