2022 Australian Guineas Day: Flemington Scratchings & Track Report

March 5, 2022

2022 Australian Guineas Day: Flemington Scratchings & Track Report

The Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival continues at Flemington Racecourse today, Saturday March 5, with 2022 Australian Guineas Day and below we take a look at the latest Melbourne scratchings and track report at HQ ahead of the first.

Zaaki. Photo: Steve Hart | Races.com.au

Zaaki resuming in the Group 2 Blamey Stakes is one of the headline acceptors on the 2022 Australian Guineas Day card at Flemington today. Photo: Steve Hart.

Flemington Track Report – 05/03/2022

Victoria Racing Club                    

  • Rail: Out 2m Entire Circuit
  • Weather: Showers
  • Dual Track Meeting: N
  • Track Type: Turf
  • Track Rating: Soft 6
  • General Comment: Finalised 5/3 – 7:45am – Rider Replacement R6 No.9
  • Irrigation: nil last 24 hours, 27mm last 7 days
  • Rainfall: 36mm last 24 hours, 42.8mm last 7 days
  • Track Information: Inspection 6AM 5/3; Going Stick 9.2 Inside 9.3 Outside 8.8 Shear 12.9 Moisture 41.1%

The weather in Melbourne today has morning rain easing by mid-afternoon meaning there is unlikely to be a change to the current Soft (6) Flemington track rating that was downgraded from Friday following overnight rainfall.

The meeting has attracted a number of horses withdrawn from the Sydney races due to a Heavy (10) track up at Royal Randwick today, and the Flemington racing action gets underway at 12:35pm (AEDT).

The first of the Group status features runs as Race 4 at 2:20pm (AEDT) with the fillies and mares facing off in the Group 3 Frances Tressady Stakes where all 11 final acceptors, led in betting at Ladbrokes.com.au by Sirileo Miss resuming, are still in the mix.

The Restricted $750,000 Inglis Sprint (1200m) is the next event and has drawn a class field of 13 three-year-olds with markets dominated by Expressway Stakes winner Overpass.

One of the highlights of the day runs as Race 6 at 3:40pm (AEDT) with Annabel Neasham’s returning Mackinnon Stakes champion Zaaki kicking off his campaign in the Group 2 Blamey Stakes (1600m) after being scratched from the Canterbury Stakes in Sydney due to the wet track.

The marquee race on the program though is the Group 1 $1 million Australian Guineas (1600m), Flemington Race 7 scheduled for 4:20pm (AEDT).

The 2022 Australian Guineas field includes first emergency Maurice’s Medad coming in for the Chris Waller scratching, Coastwatch (18), who takes on Anamoe in the Randwick Guineas in the mud and Spring Champions Stakes winner Profondo in his Melbourne debut is narrow favourite.

Check out the complete Australian Guineas Day 2022 program, Flemington scratchings and race times below before visiting Ladbrokes.com.au for the top Saturday markets.

Flemington Scratchings – 05/03/2022

  • Total Scratchings: 11

Race 1 (12:35pm) – Listed $160,000 The Australian Childhood Foundation Plate (1000m)

  • #8 Veloce Carro (5)

Race 2 (1:10pm) – Listed $160,000 Roy Higgins Quality (2600m)

  • #6 Playoffs (8)
  • #8 Wertheimer (9)

Race 3 (1:45pm) – $130,000 The Resimax Group Plate (1200m)

  • #4 Vainstream (1)
  • #10 Evening Glory (9)

Race 4 (2:20pm) – Group 3 $200,000 Furphy Frances Tressady Stakes (1400m)

  • No current scratchings

Race 5 (3:00pm) – $750,000 Inglis Sprint (1200m)

  • No current scratchings

Race 6 (3:40pm) – Group 2 $300,000 TAB Blamey Stakes (1600m)

  • No current scratchings

Race 7 (4:20pm) – Group 1 $1,000,000 Australian Guineas (1600m)

  • #6 Coastwatch (18)
  • #18e Corona Lad (1)

Race 8 (5:00pm) – Listed $160,000 ATA/Bob Hoysted Handicap (1000m)

  • #6 Fituese (7)

Race 9 (5:35pm) – $130,000 The Schweppes Plate (1600m)

  • #4 Portland Jimmy (6)
  • #15 Divine Diosa (3)
  • #16 Upswing (4)

*All times quoted are local (AEDT) and subject to change

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