Australian Guineas

The $1 million Australian Guineas is a Group 1 mile race for three-year-olds run at Flemington Racecourse during the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival.

2024 Australian Guineas Results

  • 1st: #12 Southport Tycoon
  • 2nd: #2 Veight
  • 3rd: #1 Riff Rocket



The Australian Guineas is a Group 1 race for three-year-olds held at Flemington Racecourse in late February or early March during the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival.

The Australian Guineas is a 1600m set weights race and attracts the country’s best middle distance youngsters racing for a share in the $1 million in total prize money. It is the only Group 1 race at the meeting but is accompanied by a number of Group status support acts including the Group 2 Blamey Stakes (1600m).

Runners in the Australian Guineas field may come via earlier autumn lead-ups including the Group 3 Manfred Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield in early February and the Group 3 CS Hayes Stakes (1200m) for the three-year-old colts and geldings run a fortnight before at Flemington. The latest horses to win the CS Hayes Stakes – Australian Guineas double are Alligator Blood (2020) and Grunt (2018).

After the Australian Guineas the top three-year-olds may continue onto the Group 2 Alister Clark Stakes (2040m) held two weeks later at Moonee Valley. Alternatively the Australian Guineas graduates will head up to Sydney to chase the autumn riches of races like the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m) and Group 1 ATC Derby (2400m).

Another new feature race targeted by the best Australian Guineas three-year-olds is the Special Condition The All-Star Mile (1600m) held at varying racetracks around Melbourne. In 2019 the gun filly Mystic Journey completed the Australian Guineas – The All-Star Mile double at Flemington.

The Australian Guineas winner is now guaranteed a start in the All Star Mile field as of 2024.

The 2022 Australian Guineas form was franked with the winner Hitotsu, who had won Flemington’s VRC Derby the spring prior, going on to win Sydney’s Group 1 Australian Derby next start.

The 2023 Australian Guineas runner-up Attrition franked the form going on to win the Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m) that spring at Caulfield.

The 2024 Australian Guineas ran on Saturday March 2nd, 2024 at Flemington offering the winner a guaranteed start in the All-Star Mile and was taken out in an upset by the Ciaron Maher-trained Southport Tycoon ($19). 

Australian Guineas 2024
Date: Saturday March 2nd, 2024
Track: Flemington Racecourse
Distance: 1600m
Race Type: 3YO Set Weights
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $1 million

2024 Australian Guineas Results

  • 1st: #12 Southport Tycoon ($19)
  • 2nd: #2 Veight
  • 3rd: #1 Riff Rocket

The forgotten Ciaron Maher-trained Southport Tycoon ($19) showed plenty of fight to pop off the back of Veight late and charge home off a peach of a ride by Jamie Kah to salute in the 2024 Australian Guineas results and secure a spot in the upcoming All-Star Mile field.

Click here to read more on the big upset victory by Southport Tycoon in the Australian Guineas 2024. 

2024 Australian Guineas Results & Finishing Order

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 12 SOUTHPORT TYCOON Ciaron Maher Ms Jamie Kah 4 57kg $19
2 2 VEIGHT Tony & Calvin McEvoy Damian Lane 1.25L 6 57kg $4.80
3 1 RIFF ROCKET Chris Waller Craig Williams 2.25L 9 57kg $2.50F
4 15 QUINTESSA (NZ) Mark Walker Michael Dee 2.65L 8 55kg $21
5 10 VERDAD Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock Jye McNeil 3.65L 3 57kg $18
6 14 HEY FAT CAT Robbie Laing Ethan Brown 3.75L 1 57kg $26
7 6 CAP FERRAT Chris Waller Joshua Parr 3.95L 2 57kg $26
8 13 OTAGO (NZ) Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Ben Melham 4.25L 5 57kg $26
9 11 SNOW PATROL (NZ) Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Blake Shinn 5L 7 57kg $13
10 3 KING COLORADO Ciaron Maher Mark Zahra 5.4L 11 57kg $9
11 4 APULIA Ben, Will & JD Hayes Luke Currie 5.5L 14 57kg $61
12 5 ZIPAWAY Neville Parnham Steven Parnham 7.5L 10 57kg $21
13 8 RUN HARRY RUN Michael Moroney Daniel Stackhouse 7.6L 15 57kg $101
14 9 SUNSETS Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young John Allen 8.35L 12 57kg $61
15 7 THE PENDRAGON (NZ) Michael Moroney Jordan Childs 10.1L 13 57kg $31
16 16 VIESTE Benjamin Smith Fred Kersley 15.6L 16 55kg $201
17e MAH ALI Benjamin Smith Fred Kersley 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2024 Australian Guineas Betting Odds

The latest Australian Guineas 2024 betting odds provided by Ladbrokes.com.au will be published below complete with market links as soon as released.

Favourites in Australian Guineas betting have an excellent recent record with five saluting from 2007-2021 including most recently: Hey Doc (2017), Mystic Journey (2019) and Alligator Blood (2020).

In 2021 Lunar Fox made history as the country’s longest-priced Group 1 winner with a 300/1 upset in the Australian Guineas. In 2023 100/1 pop Japanese Emperor ran a close third in the Australian Guineas results.

There was a notable upset in 2024 with Southport Tycoon saluting at $19 Australian Guineas odds despite to good lead-up runs.

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2024 Australian Guineas Form

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2024 Australian Guineas Tips

Stay tuned for our exclusive Australian Guineas 2024 Tips on the million-dollar mile showdown this autumn.

  • To Win: #1 Riff Rocket ($2.35 at time of publish) – BET NOW

This year’s Australian Guineas boasts a stellar field, but I’m confident in backing Chris Waller’s rising star, Riff Rocket. He impressed in the Group 3 CS Hayes with a win fresh over 1400m, and will only excel with the added distance. His elite track record, a strong CS Hayes form history, a good draw, and C. Williams in the saddle make him a force to be reckoned with. Riff Rocket has the momentum to extend his winning streak to a mile – I’m firmly in his corner.

2024 Australian Guineas Field

Each autumn the most promising three-year-old milers / stayers face off in the Australian Guineas field in Melbourne, which is released by Racing Victoria on the Wednesday before the race runs.

The official 2024 Australian Guineas field and barriers are released on Wednesday the 28th of February, 2024 and will be published in full below.

The Australian Guineas 2024 final field has drawn an outstanding line-up of youngsters including the Chris Waller-trained CS Hayes winner first-up Riff Rocket and runner-up in that same key lead-up King Colorado.

Click here to read more on the key runners in the 2024 Australian Guineas field and betting markets.

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. 

2024 Australian Guineas Nominations

The 2024 Australian Guineas nominations close on Monday February 26, 2024 and will be published below as soon as available.

The Australian Guineas 2024 nominations feature 21 three-year-old milers led in all-in betting by Chris Waller’s VRC Derby champ Riff Rocket who was excellent first-up winning the Group 3 CS Hayes (1400m) here.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight True Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 011x5158x2 MILITARIZE (NZ) C 3 Chris Waller 1 57kg 110
2 17x12121x1 RIFF ROCKET G 3 Chris Waller 2 57kg 107
3 14x1525x14 VEIGHT C 3 Tony & Calvin McEvoy 3 57kg 105
4 1x11x2214 QUINTESSA (NZ) F 3 Mark Walker 4 55kg 104
5 42x128412x APULIA C 3 Ben, Will & JD Hayes 5 57kg 100
6 43x11413x3 ZIPAWAY G 3 Neville Parnham 6 57kg 100
7 11x9740x22 KING COLORADO C 3 Ciaron Maher 7 57kg 96
8 44×01112 THE PENDRAGON (NZ) G 3 Michael Moroney 8 57kg 95
9 x52512413x SUNSETS C 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 9 57kg 90
10 134×1 SNOW PATROL (NZ) G 3 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 10 57kg 90
11 1129×22 SOUTHPORT TYCOON C 3 Ciaron Maher 11 57kg 90
12 6111×9 RUN HARRY RUN G 3 Michael Moroney 12 57kg 88
13 335x9732x6 CAP FERRAT C 3 Chris Waller 13 57kg 85
14 111 IMMEDIACY (NZ) G 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 14 57kg 84
15 12625×3 VERDAD G 3 Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock 15 57kg 81
16 317×13 LES VAMPIRES C 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 16 57kg 81
17 6086×11455 HEY FAT CAT G 3 Robbie Laing 17 57kg 81
18 30413x00x0 TANNHAUSER C 3 Chris Waller 18 57kg 79
19 114 OTAGO (NZ) G 3 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 19 57kg 74
20 91908×3 VIESTE F 3 Benjamin Smith 20 55kg 64
21 x5167669x2 MAH ALI F 3 Benjamin Smith 21 55kg 63

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

Australian Guineas History

Australian Guineas racing began in 1986 and in its short time on the track, has already become the third leg of the inaugural 1998 Australian Triple Crown for three year olds. As a result, the race distance was changed to 2000m between 1998 and 2000 and offered a total prize money of $750,000.

In 2001, the Australian Guineas returned to its original distance of 1600m and fillies were given an allowance of 2.5kg.

Notable recent Australian Guineas winners include Alligator Blood (2020), subsequent All-Star Mile winning filly Mystic Journey (2019), Shamus Award (2014), the filly Mosheen (2012), Apache Cat (2006), and Reset (2004).

Australian Group 1 history was made in 2021 when Lunar Fox ($301) became the country’s longest-priced Group 1 winner in the Australian Guineas results.

Hitotsu also made Australian Guineas history in 2022 becoming the event’s maiden first-up winner and the third Victoria Derby champion to return and win the mile classic.

In 2023 the 38th edition of the Australian Guineas was marred by a dramatic race fall, with jockeys Ethan Brown (Maximillius) and Mark Zahra (Holymanz) thrown from their horses.

Recent Australian Guineas Winners

See below for a full list of Australian Guineas results & winners dating back to 2000.

Year Place Horse Time
2024
Australian Guineas
1st Southport Tycoon 1 minute 35.48 seconds
2nd Veight
3rd Riff Rocket
2023
Australian Guineas
1st Legarto 1 minute 36.34 seconds
2nd Attrition
3rd Japanese Emperor
2022
Australian Guineas
1st Hitotsu 1 minute 36.88 seconds
2nd Lightsaber
3rd Bon’s A Pearla
2021
Australian Guineas
1st Lunar Fox 1 minute 35.86 seconds
2nd Cherry Tortoni
3rd Tagaloa
2020
Australian Guineas
1st Alligator Blood 1 minute 34.92 seconds
2nd Superstorm
3rd Soul Patch
2019
Australian Guineas
1st Mystic Journey 1 minute 35.79 seconds
2nd Hawkshot
3rd Amphitrite
2018
Australian Guineas
1st Grunt 1 minute 34.99 seconds
2nd Peaceful State
3rd Bring Me Roses
2017
Australian Guineas
1st Hey Doc 1 minute 34.01 seconds
2nd Prized Icon
3rd Snitzon
2016
Australian Guineas
1st Palentino 1 minute 35.2 seconds
2nd Tarzino
3rd Risque
2015
Australian Guineas
1st Wandjina 1 minute 35.14 seconds
2nd Alpine Eagle
3rd Stratum Star
2014
Australian Guineas
1st Shamus Award 1 minute 36.41 seconds
2nd Criterion
3rd Thunder Fantasy
2013
Australian Guineas
1st Ferlax 1 minute 35.09 seconds
2nd You’re So Good
3rd Sheer Talent
2012
Australian Guineas
1st Mosheen 1 minute 37.0 seconds
2nd Strike the Stars
3rd Mister Milton
2011
Australian Guineas
1st Shamrocker 1 minute 35.3 seconds
2nd Bullbars
3rd Playing God
2010
Australian Guineas
1st Rock Classic 1 minute 36.8 seconds
2nd Set For Fame
3rd Linton
2009
Australian Guineas
1st Heart Of Dreams 1 minute 35.8 seconds
2nd Von Costa De Hero
3rd Lucky Thunder
2008
Australian Guineas
1st Light Fantastic 1 minute 36.4 seconds
2nd Marching
3rd Playwright
2007
Australian Guineas
1st Miss Finland 1 minute 36 seconds
2nd Casino Prince
3rd Jokers Wild
2006
Australian Guineas
1st Apache Cat 1 minute 34 seconds
2nd Darcy Brahma
3rd Thin And Crispy
2005
Australian Guineas
1st Al Maher 1 minute 34.4 seconds
2nd Danehill Express
3rd Econsul
2004
Australian Guineas
1st Reset 1 minute 34.5 seconds
2nd Starcraft
3rd Under The Bridge
2003
Australian Guineas
1st Delago Brom 1 minute 35.9 seconds
2nd Tycoon Ruler
3rd Thorn Park
2002
Australian Guineas
1st Dash For Cash 1 minute 35.3 seconds
2nd Royal Code
3rd Ustinov
2001
Australian Guineas
1st Mr Murphy 1 minute 34.4 seconds
2nd Neptunes Journey
3rd Outgate
2000
Australian Guineas
1st Pins 2 minutes 2.3 seconds
2nd Freemason
3rd Hades

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