2024 Randwick Guineas Field & Odds Update: Militarize Set to Strike Second-Up

March 8, 2024

2024 Randwick Guineas Field & Odds Update: Militarize Set to Strike Second-Up

All the major money for Saturday’s Randwick Guineas 2024 in Sydney is landing on a return to Group 1 winning form by the Chris Waller-trained Militarize.

2023 Golden Rose Stakes winner Militarize

The Chris Waller-trained Militarize is clear favourite to take out the 2024 Randwick Guineas second-up in Sydney on Saturday. Photo: Steve Hart.

Punters are in for a stellar edition of the time-honoured Group 1 $1 million Randwick Guineas (1600m) with 11 top three-year-old mile types making up the field.

Heading the line-up and latest Randwick Guineas odds online at $2.35 through Ladbrokes.com.au is Waller’s three-time Group 1 champ Militarize in gate four with James McDonald to ride.

Waller chases his second Randwick Guineas triumph after a 2019 victory with The Autumn Sun and looks to have just the horse to do it this weekend.

Kiwi-bred like his trainer, Dundeel colt Militarize secured the Inglis Sires’ – Champagne Stakes double as a two-year-old and was back in the spring to claim the Golden Rose Stakes at Rosehill.

He returned on February 17 to run second to his class stablemate Fangirl in the Group 2 Apollo Stakes (1400m) and is second-up back against his own age in the Randwick Guineas.

With a top Randwick record (4:2-1-1) and a proven elite level winner at the course and distance, Militarize is a deserving and hard to beat favourite.

The danger occupying the second line of Randwick Guineas betting this autumn is Les Bridge’s early market mover Celestial Legend ($4.20) in the outside alley.

Kerrin McEvoy continues associations on the striking grey Dundeel colt who is third-up and fit coming into the Randwick Guineas a last start winner.

He saluted by nearly two lengths in Rosehill’s Group 2 Hobartville Stakes (1400m) a fortnight back and is now out to do the double for the first time since the aforementioned Waller-trained The Autumn Sun (2019).

Celestial Legend is out to do the Hobartville Stakes – Randwick Guineas double for the first time since The Autumn Sun (2019)

Two other runners are under double-figures for the win with the James Cummings-trained Tom Kitten ($6.50) out to return to his best and the Gary Portelli-trained Encap ($9) gaining momentum at the right time.

Tom Kitten will be ridden by Nash Rawiller from gate eight third-up with the Harry Angel colt chasing his first win since the Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) here last October.

He has had two unplaced lead-ups most recently when fifth in the Hobartville but will relish a step-up to a mile here.

Encap meanwhile presents a value hope with genuine claims after the Capitalist gelding’s eye-catching two runs this time in.

The spring’s Golden Rose runner-up was third fresh in the Group 3 Eskimo Prince Stakes (1200m) and then second in the Hobartville with improvement expected here.

Les Vampires meanwhile shapes up as the best of the rest at $15 in gate two for Adam Hyeronimus to ride with the Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained Pierro colt out to improve on his Hobartville third.

The Randwick Guineas 2024 is scheduled as Randwick Race 8 at 4:35pm (AEDT) on a 10-race Saturday card and full markets from Ladbrokes.com.au are available by clicking here.

2024 Randwick Guineas Final Field & Barrier Draw  

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 011x5158x2 MILITARIZE (NZ) Chris Waller James McDonald 4 56.5kg 110
2 4x13321x65 TOM KITTEN James Cummings Nash Rawiller 8 56.5kg 100
3 21x25x51 CELESTIAL LEGEND Les Bridge Kerrin McEvoy 11 56.5kg 96
4 x223125x32 ENCAP Gary Portelli Jason Collett 10 56.5kg 95
5 86x41183x7 GANBARE Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 5 56.5kg 88
6 317×13 LES VAMPIRES Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Adam Hyeronimus 2 56.5kg 82
7 12×314 FUKUBANA Matthew Dunn Tommy Berry 3 56.5kg 80
8 37x4763x18 DUCASSE Michael Freedman Tyler Schiller 9 56.5kg 78
9 312x6x6 CEOLWULF (NZ) Joseph Pride Sam Clipperton 1 56.5kg 76
10 150x840x9 CAFE MILLENIUM John O’Shea Tom Marquand 7 56.5kg 70
11 413 COSMIC LAD Edward Cummings Chad Schofield 6 56.5kg 62

Table Credit: Racing Australia.


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