2021 Australian Guineas Field & Betting: Zou Dancer Takes On Tagaloa

February 24, 2021

2021 Australian Guineas Field & Betting: Zou Dancer Takes On Tagaloa

Leon & Troy Corstens’ The Vanity winning filly Zou Dancer is well-supported to continue the success at Flemington on Saturday with a victory over the boys in the Australian Guineas 2021 field.

Tagaloa Horse Form (Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos) - Races.com.au

Tagaloa is favourite to win Saturday’s 2021 Australian Guineas at Flemington. Ultimate Racing Photos.

A capacity field of three-year-old milers does battle in this season’s Group 1 $1 million Australian Guineas (1600m) including in-form Zoustar filly Zou Dancer who is two-from-two at HQ ahead of the feature.

She made a notable rise in class on February 13 and could not have been more impressive, absolutely dominating the Group 3 The Vanity (1400m) with a nearly five length victory.

This weekend she gets the chance to prove her class when taking on the colts and geldings over a mile in the Australian Guineas and she should have no trouble over the extra distance.

The season’s premier jockey Ms Jamie Kah is aboard again on the duo are drawn a treat in gate eight, Zou Dancer paying $5 in the latest Australian Guineas betting markets at Ladbrokes.com.au.

The only three-year-old shorter than her in the markets is the narrow $4 favourite Tagaloa, a proven Group 1 youngster who also comes off a lead-up win at the track.

As a juvenile Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young’s Lord Kanaloa colt won the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m), but he went a full year between victories not saluting again until the Group 3 CS Hayes (1400m).

That form has been the one to follow into the Australian Guineas in recent years with Wandjina (2015), Hey Doc (2017), Grunt (2018) and Alligator Blood (2020) all completing the double.

“He carried 59.5kg in the CS Hayes and it was the most weight a winner has carried in the race for the last 20 years,” co-trainer Young said of Tagaloa speaking to Punters this week.

“He’s now meeting them at set weights and he’s going to have an advantage carrying two kilos less.

“They had every chance to beat him in the CS Hayes and they didn’t.”

Despite the size of the field, just two other runners are under double-figures in the latest Australian Guineas odds with dual Group 1 winner Ole Kirk and perennial runner-up Aysar both at $8.

Written Tycoon colt Ole Kirk has a wide gate 15 draw to overcome as the Hawkes Racing-trained galloper looks to atone for his eighth when beating home just one other runner in Caulfield’s Group 1 Futurity Stakes (1400m) against the older horses only last weekend.

In the spring he was very good winning the Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes – Caulfield Guineas interstate double and gets the chance to race closer to that form here back against his own age third-up.

Lindsay Park’s consistent Aysar meanwhile is drawn close to the inside with barrier two and comes off four straight second place finishes including behind Ole Kirk in the Caulfield Guineas and Tagaloa when a length beaten in the CS Hayes last time out.

Click here for the latest Australian Guineas 2021 betting odds courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au.

2021 Australian Guineas Field & Barriers

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 43x2211x38 OLE KIRK Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Kerrin McEvoy 15 57kg
2 124x360x31 TAGALOA Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Luke Currie 10 57kg
3 31x1622x22 AYSAR Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes Damian Lane 2 57kg
4 11x32714x4 CHERRY TORTONI Patrick Payne Billy Egan 17 57kg
5 x2312733x5 DOM TO SHOOT Sean & Jake Casey William Pike 7 57kg
6 16x64457x0 LUNAR FOX Paul Preusker Michael Dee 6 57kg
7 517x4230x8 GRANDSLAM Ciaron Maher & David Eustace John Allen 16 57kg
8 2310×1 POLAND Michael Moroney Craig Williams 1 57kg
9 1126 BELTORO Robert Hickmott Jack Hill 3 57kg
10 1615×0 EMBOLISM Danny O’Brien Damien Oliver 14 57kg
11 1132 IT’SOURTIME Danny O’Brien Ben Allen 12 57kg
12 6133×4 JET PROPULSION Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Jye McNeil 11 57kg
13 1140×7 CAMBOURNE Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Mark Zahra 9 57kg
14 42x256x1 IRONEDGE Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Michael Walker 5 57kg
15 31×10 HERE TO SHOCK (NZ) Brent Stanley Luke Nolen 4 57kg
16 0x1411 ZOU DANCER Leon & Troy Corstens Ms Jamie Kah 8 55kg
17e 6×12 LOFTY STAR Julius Sandhu Beau Mertens 13 57kg

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