Riff Rocket Heads 2024 Australian Guineas Field & Betting

March 1, 2024

Riff Rocket Heads 2024 Australian Guineas Field & Betting

More Group 1 glory could be in store for Chris Waller’s Victoria Derby winner Riff Rocket who is tipped to take out the Australian Guineas 2024 over the Flemington mile on Saturday.

2023 Victoria Derby winner Riff Rocket

Riff Rocket is out to keep the wins going up to a mile in the 2024 Australian Guineas second-up for Chris Waller. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

The time-honoured Group 1 $1 million Australian Guineas (1600m) steals the show in Melbourne this weekend with the mile classic attracting a capacity field of outstanding three-year-olds.

Sitting top of the Australian Guineas field and betting markets at a current quote of $2.60 through Ladbrokes.com.au is the ultra-consistent and versatile American Pharoah gelding Riff Rocket from the Waller stable.

A winner of five of his eight starts to date the galloper is best known for his Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m) win at headquarters in the spring.

He surprised a few fresh over an unsuitably short 1400m when winning the Group 3 CS Hayes Stakes first-up last time out and is now short-priced to do the double.

Jockey Craig Williams continues associations second-up on Riff Rocket looking to hand Waller with the trainer’s first Australian Guineas victory.

Despite a full field only two other runners are currently under $10 for the win with the early Australian Guineas market mover Veight ($7 into $5.50) and the Ciaron Maher-trained King Colorado ($7).

Grunt colt Veight looks for his fifth win at start number 10 with the spring’s Group 1 Caulfield Guineas runner-up back up to a mile third-up and fit this prep.

He was a narrow first-up winner at The Valley in the Group 2 Australia Stakes (1200m) and lost few admirers last time out against the older horses when fourth only 1.3 lengths off superstar Mr Brightside in the Group 1 CF Orr (1400m).

King Colorado has also been good this prep with the Kingman colt coming off back-to-back Group 3 seconds in the Manfred and CS Hayes.

At longer Australian Guineas odds for punters chasing the value are the likes of Maher’s consistent Written Tycoon colt Southport Tycoon ($11) coming off a Group 2 Autumn Stakes second drawn well for the in-form Jamie Kah, close victor in that important Group 2 lead-up from February 10 Snow Patrol ($13), and hist lightly-raced stablemate Otago ($19) who ran fourth in the CS Hayes at just his third career start with improvement to come.

The Australian Guineas 2024 is scheduled as Flemington Race 8 at 4:15pm (AEDT) on Saturday’s 10-race card with full markets from Ladbrokes.com.au available by clicking here.

2024 Australian Guineas Final Field & Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 17x12121x1 RIFF ROCKET Chris Waller Craig Williams 9 57kg 107
2 14x1525x14 VEIGHT Tony & Calvin McEvoy Damian Lane 6 57kg 105
3 11x9740x22 KING COLORADO Ciaron Maher Mark Zahra 12 57kg 96
4 42x128412x APULIA Ben, Will & JD Hayes Luke Currie 15 57kg 100
5 43x11413x3 ZIPAWAY Neville Parnham Steven Parnham 10 57kg 100
6 335x9732x6 CAP FERRAT Chris Waller Joshua Parr 2 57kg 85
7 44×01112 THE PENDRAGON (NZ) Michael Moroney Jordan Childs 14 57kg 95
8 6111×9 RUN HARRY RUN Michael Moroney Daniel Stackhouse 16 57kg 88
9 x52512413x SUNSETS Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young John Allen 13 57kg 90
10 12625×3 VERDAD Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock Jye McNeil 3 57kg 81
11 134×1 SNOW PATROL (NZ) Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Blake Shinn 7 57kg 90
12 1129×22 SOUTHPORT TYCOON Ciaron Maher Ms Jamie Kah 4 57kg 90
13 114 OTAGO (NZ) Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Ben Melham 5 57kg 74
14 6086×11455 HEY FAT CAT Robbie Laing Ethan Brown 1 57kg 81
15 1x11x2214 QUINTESSA (NZ) Mark Walker Michael Dee 8 55kg 105
16 91908×3 VIESTE Benjamin Smith Brock Ryan 17 55kg 64
17e x5167669x2 MAH ALI Benjamin Smith Fred Kersley 11 55kg 63

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 


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