2022 Australian Guineas Field & Betting Update: Top Two Hard to Split

March 3, 2022

2022 Australian Guineas Field & Betting Update: Top Two Hard to Split

The bookies are having a hard time separating the top two three-year-olds in Saturday’s Group 1 $1 million Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington with returning elite level champions Profondo and Hitotsu dominating the markets.

Hitotsu & John Allen (Photo: Ultimate Racing Photo) | Races.com.au

Victoria Derby winner Hitotsu is one of the key chances in Saturday’s 2022 Australian Guineas field at Flemington. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

There’s a capacity 2022 Australian Guineas field gathered at HQ for Saturday including the first emergency Maurice’s Medad (14) with Chris Waller opting to scratch the widely-drawn Coastwatch who heads to Sydney for the Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) in the wet.

Updated Australian Guineas betting markets at Ladbrokes.com.au are dominated by two of the returning stars of the spring, the Richard Litt-trained Profondo at $4.40 and Hitotsu at $4.60 for the powerhouse duo of Ciaron Maher & David Eustace.

Drawn out in gate 15 for jockey Robbie Dolan, lightly-raced Deep Impact colt Profondo has his fourth career start fresh in the race and makes his Melbourne debut.

He was a fast improver during his first prep in Sydney last time in winning two of his three starts including the impressive two-length success in Randwick’s Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) back in October.

The danger in barrier two ridden by John Allen is Maurice colt Hitotsu who also won a Group 1 last time out at Flemington with an easy victory in the Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m).

It was a massive rise to fame from the former Wendy Kelly-trained youngster whose first run of the spring was a maiden at Donald over 1350m, so first-up at a mile here looks ideal.

Success fresh in the Australian Guineas will stamp Hitotsu as a genuine star after he overcame an awkward jump and far from smooth run to win the VRC Derby with maturity to come this prep.

In an exciting and open edition of this year’s event there’s a further three hopes under $10 in the Australian Guineas odds including the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained market mover Captivant ($7).

The Snowdens chase their first Australian Guineas victory and nicely-bred the Capitalist colt Captivant looks a genuine threat for the title.

He placed second behind Godolphin star Anamoe odds-on to win the Randwick Guineas this Saturday – in the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) last October before things went amiss when last in the Cox Plate.

Captivant has had two runs this campaign, the latest a strong effort for third in the Group 3 CS Hayes Stakes (1400m) at this track which has been a key form race into the Australian Guineas in recent years.

The CS Hayes Stakes winner Pinstriped is also in the mix this weekend, the Enver Jusufovic-trained son of Street Boss looking to retain his undefeated status.

The classy chestnut is three-from-three leading up to his acid test in the Guineas and pays $7.50 to complete the CS Hayes Stakes – Australian Guineas double for the second time in two years following on from Alligator Blood (2020).

Rounding out the single-figure fancies is Forgot You ($8.50), the Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young-trained Savabeel colt withdrawn from a soggy Randwick Guineas in favour of this run despite his far from stellar record at Flemington (4:0-0-1).

Winner of the Group 2 Moonee Valley Vase (2040m) in the spring before VRC Derby fifth, Forgot You resumed in the CS Hayes and produced one of the eye-catching runs in the event for fourth with improvement to come second-up in Saturday’s rematch over a mile.

The 2022 Australian Guineas is set to run as Flemington Race 7 at 4:20pm (AEDT) and full markets courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au are available here.

2022 Australian Guineas Field & Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 706x151x HITOTSU Ciaron Maher & David Eustace John Allen 2 57kg 107
2 1x36728x63 CAPTIVANT Peter & Paul Snowden Ms Jamie Kah 10 57kg 107
3 121x PROFONDO Richard Litt Robbie Dolan 15 57kg 107
4 8x311615x4 FORGOT YOU (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Mark Zahra 6 57kg 92
5 25x15432x8 ALEGRON James Cummings Damien Oliver 3 57kg 96
6 0x521324x1 COASTWATCH Chris Waller Craig Williams 18 57kg 92
7 19x6414x40 LIGHTSABER Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 4 57kg 95
8 00x1745x24 RANCH HAND Chris Waller Craig Williams 9 57kg 88
9 1×11 PINSTRIPED Enver Jusufovic Michael Dee 11 57kg 90
10 4218117×49 RHINOCEROS (NZ) Emma-Lee & David Browne Jamie Mott 5 57kg 74
11 5x151x7 SPIRIT OF GAYLARD (NZ) Mitchell Freedman Jordan Childs 8 57kg 77
12 1215×234 SHARP RESPONSE Julius Sandhu Beau Mertens 12 57kg 71
13 278×81 PRIX DE TURN (NZ) Matthew Brown Ben Allen 16 57kg 65
14 31x7740x11 ZERELLE Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Craig Newitt 17 57kg 73
15 112 PASCERO Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Damian Lane 7 57kg 78
16 53110×65 BON’S A PEARLA Kevin Corstens Brett Prebble 13 55kg 84
17e 3126x47x45 MAURICE’S MEDAD Bjorn Baker Joshua Parr 14 57kg 74
18e 116 CORONA LAD Nathan Dunn Thomas Stockdale (a) 1 57kg 68

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

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