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2017 Australian Guineas Day takes place at Flemington Racecourse today, Saturday March 4, continuing the autumn racing action and the real time Melbourne race results for the nine event will be updated throughout the afternoon right here.
Racing is headlined when Flemington Race 7 jumps at 4:30pm (AEDT) – the $750,000 Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) featuring a star-studded field of three year olds including CS Hayes Stakes winner Hey Doc.
Race 9 (5:45pm) – $100,000 Saintly Handicap (1400m)
- 1st: #6 Mr Sneaky
- 2nd: #3 Theanswermyfriend
- 3rd: #10 Toffee Nose
It was a thrilling finish in the last to round out a meeting of tight Australian Guineas Day race results, Craig Williams giving the well-backed Lee & Anthony Freedman-trained High Chaparral gelding Mr Sneaky a perfectly timed ride for a late lunging win. A potential stayer to watch, Mr Sneaky made up plenty of ground out wide and drove hard on the line to make it a photo finish to just get home over the favourite Theanswermyfriend – first emergency for the Australian Guineas – who led all the way until the final stride.
Race 8 (5:10pm) – $120,000 Listed 3AW Roy Higgins Quality (2600m)
- 1st: #2 Big Memory
- 2nd: #7 Cadillac Mountain
- 3rd: # 14 Settler’s Stone
In a big day for Tony McEvoy and Luke Currie, the trainer-jockey combo backed up from the Australian Guineas win to take out the next race on veteran stayer Big Memory. Breaking a winning drought going back to the 2014 Herbert Power Stakes, the seven-year-old dug deep late in a real fighting finish to defeat the fast-finishing Cadillac Mountain by the bob of the head. Big Memory raced right up on the pace set by the flying three-year-old Northwest Passage, pouring the pressure on throughout before putting in the late kick to fight back on the inside of the challenger Cadillac Mountain who ran second ahead of Settler’s Stone.
Race 7 (4:30pm) – $750,000 Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m)
- 1st: #4 Hey Doc
- 2nd: #1 Prized Icon
- 3rd: #12 Snitzon
The favourite Hey Doc saluted in the punters in the Group 1 handing trainer Tony McEvoy and jockey Luke Currie their first Australian Guineas success. The horse ran out a mile no problem and after over racing early, eventually settled in fourth before bursting through on the inside to quickly put the race away with a brilliant finishing speed. Hey Doc completed the CS Hayes Stakes – Australian Guineas double beating home the spring’s Victoria Derby winner Prized Icon (2nd), while Snitzon finished well in third.
Race 6 (3:50pm) – $150,000 TAB Rewards Stakes (1400m)
- 1st: #2 He Or She
- 2nd: #3 Hooked
- 3rd: #6 Zebrinz
The Lindsay Park stable were in the winners’ stall again in the sixth with the returning He Or She having just enough on the line to win the Group 3 first-up, atoning for the last start 15th (of 15 runners) in the Group 1 Kingston Town Classic in Perth back in December. He Or She kept coming late and pushed through in a smart finish on the outside of runner-up Hooked, while the fast-finishing Zebrinz ran third. The Group 2 Blamey Stakes title defence is next-up for He Or She, who could then head to Sydney for a Doncaster Mile bid after his speedy win.
Race 5 (3:10pm) – $150,000 Group 3 Frances Tressady Stakes (1400m)
- 1st: #10 Turbo Miss
- 2nd: #3 Rising Romance
- 3rd: #6 Jalan Jalan
Nothing went right for the Darren Weir-trained mare Turbo Miss who missed the kick in the Group 3 race for fillies and mares on Australian Guineas Day, but jockey Craig Williams didn’t panic and gave her a gun ride. The consistent Sebring four-year-old eventually posted a comfortable win holding off Group 1 winner Rising Romance to enjoy her maiden black-type victory. Closing hard, Rising Romance crossed for a brave second ahead of Jalan Jalan in third.
Race 4 (2:30pm) – $100,000 Mitty’s Handicap (1600m)
- 1st: #5 Show A Star
- 2nd: #8 Portman
- 3rd: #3 Divine Mr Artie
Up in class and weight on Australian Guineas Day, Matt Cumani’s Ballarat-based Excites five-year-old Show A Star led all-the-way in the fourth. The horse was spot-on and boasted a nice fitness edge third-up, rolling along well in front throughout before kicking when the challenge came from the light-weight favourite Portman down the outside. Show A Star held for the win over the fast-closing Portman, while Divine Mr Artie was consistent again finishing third after racing up on the speed.
Race 3 (1:55pm) – $120,000 3AW is Football Stakes (1000m)
- 1st: #13 Ploverset
- 2nd: #1 Madeenaty
- 3rd: #3 Sam’s Image
On debut the Lindsay Park-trained Street Boss filly Ploverset made an immediate impact emerging as another gun two-year-old for co-trainer David Hayes after scoring a late upset as a $26 shot over her odds-on stablemate Madeenaty. Madeenaty racing for the first time since the Magic Millions Classic third was smashed by the punters and led from the inside throughout before being overwhelmed late, while Sam’s Image held for third after an on-pace ride throughout. Ploverset backs-up in the Group 3 Breeders Stakes at Flemington in a fortnight.
Race 2 (1:20pm) – $120,000 Listed ATA/Bob Hoysted Handicap (1000m)
- 1st: #2 Heatherly
- 2nd: #5 Lady Esprit
- 3rd: #7 Snappy Esprit
It is onto Sydney’s Group 1 The Galaxy for smart sprinting mare Heatherly who did it easy down the Flemington straight for a soft win on Australian Guineas Day. She controlled the race the whole way and never looked in doubt, improving off a sixth in the Group 1 Black Caviar Lightning at the same track / distance in tougher company first-up.
Race 1 (12:45pm) – $100,000 Mrs Mac’s Family Bakery Sprint (1100m)
- 1st: #2 Missrock
- 2nd: #6 Invincible Heart
- 3rd: #3 Sword Of Light
Robbie Laing, the master trainer of resuming runners, enjoyed a win in the first on Australian Guineas Day with the Sydney-bound filly Missrock posting a narrow first-up win in her maiden run since the Crown Oaks fifth during the spring. Without a trial in the lead-up, Missrock gave the fitness away to her older rivals and was also pretty heavily weighted, but in a busy finish she got the job done joining in quickly and having just enough on the line to hold off Invincible Heart (2nd) and Sword Of Light (3rd) who was strong late in the middle of the track.
*All times quoted are AEDT and odds provided by Ladbrokes.com.au – subject to change
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