Winx Guineas (Sunshine Coast Guineas)

The Winx Guineas is a Group 3 mile feature for three-year-olds run on Caloundra Cup Day at the tail end of the Queensland Winter Racing Carnival. In 2020 the Caloundra Cup was been called off due to COVID-19.

2020 Winx Guineas Results

  • 1st: #3 Wapiti
  • 2nd: #7 Knight Mariner
  • 3rd: #5 Love Express



The Sunshine Coast Guineas – now known as the Winx Guineas in honour of the event’s 2015 champion Winx – is a Group 3 race held annually at Sunshine Coast Racecourse. The Sunshine Coast Guineas brings up the tailend of the Queensland Winter Racing Carnival and represents some of the last black-type racing in Queensland before the break for the winter.

The Winx Guineas is traditionally held on Caloundra Cup Day, alongside the Listed Caloundra Cup (2400m) and the Listed Glasshouse Handicap (1400m). Paying $140,000, the Sunshine Coast Guineas is not the richest race on the day (both listed events pay $175,000), however it does attract a quality field. A mile event raced over 1600m, entrants in the Winx Guineas tend to be the three-year-old horses at the end of their winter campaign looking to collect one last black-type trophy before resting for the winter.

The Group 2 Queensland Guineas (1500m) held at Eagle Farm is considered a solid lead up race, along with the Listed Daybreak Lover (1400m).

In 2020 the Sunshine Coast Guineas was renamed the Winx Guineas in honour of the 2015 champion Winx who went on to become the sole four-time Cox Plate champion in history.

The 2020 Winx Guineas runs as the feature race at Caloundra without a 2020 edition of the Caloundra Cup taking place due to COVID-19 and a number of restrictions and reductions to the entire Queensland Winter Racing Carnival. It is also worth a reduced $125,000 in prize money.

The 2020 Winx Guineas ran on Saturday July 11, 2020 and was won by the favourite Wapiti. 

Winx Guineas
Date: Saturday July 11, 2020
Track: Sunshine Coast Racecourse, Caloundra
Distance: 1600m
Race Type: 3YO Set Weights
Status: Group 3
Prizemoney: $140,000 ($125,000 in 2020 due to COVID-19)

2020 Winx Guineas Results

  • 1st: #3 Wapiti
  • 2nd: #7 Knight Mariner
  • 3rd: #5 Love Express

The well-backed Gary Duncan-trained Wapiti saluted for the punters in the 2020 Winx Guineas results enjoying a half-length win after rallying hard to fight back and beat Tony Gollan’s Knight Mariner ($5.50) and the fellow Duncan-trained Love Express ($13).

Click here to read more on the well-deserved Winx Guineas 2020 win by Wapiti.

Colour Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 3 WAPITI Gary Duncan Sean Cormack 7 57kg $2.45F
2 7 KNIGHT MARINER (NZ) Tony Gollan Baylee Nothdurft (a) 0.5L 9 57kg $5.50
3 5 LOVE EXPRESS Gary Duncan Taylor Marshall 0.6L 1 57kg $13
4 1 STAR OF MICHELIN Stuart Kendrick Dale Smith 1.85L 3 57kg $4.40
5 10 TWO SMOKIN BARRELS Ben Ahrens Ryan Wiggins 2.85L 2 57kg $101
6 13 AL JOOD Chris Munce Larry Cassidy 2.95L 8 55kg $8
7 2 SMART METEOR Chris Munce Mark Du Plessis 3.7L 6 57kg $17
8 9 VENDIDIT Bryan & Daniel Guy Jim Byrne 6.2L 5 57kg $19
9 6 SAMURAI Noel Doyle Micheal Hellyer 8.7L 4 57kg $26
12 MAOZI Toby & Trent Edmonds Robbie Fradd 0
14 MISS MARGS Matt Boland Ms Stephanie Thornton 0
8 BUZZER BEATER Matt Boland Jake Bayliss 0
4 NAVAL STRIKE Kevin Kemp Brad Stewart 0
11 STARLA Chris Waller Michael Cahill 0

*Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2020 Winx Guineas Odds

The winter’s latest Winx Guineas 2020 betting odds and market links to Ladbrokes.com.au this Caloundra Cup Day will be available below once the field is released.

2020 Winx Guineas Field

The Sunshine Coast Guineas field features 18 runners and attracts a host of end-of-winter three-year-olds coming off lead-up races held during the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival.

Gallopers may have had a lead-up run in a race like the Queensland Guineas, or the fillies in the Sunshine Coast Guineas field may be graduates out of the Group 2 Dane Ripper Stakes.

The official Sunshine Coast Winx Guineas 2020 Field & Barriers are released by Racing Queensland  the Wednesday of race week and will be listed below.

The 2020 Winx Guineas final field attracted 14 three-year-old hopefuls led in betting by Stuart Kendrick’s last start Eagle Farm winner Star Of Michelin drawn ideally in barrier four.

Consistent Love Conquers All gelding Wapiti (10) and the Tony Gollan-trained Knight Mariner (13) chasing a third win on the trot from out wide are considered the dangers in Winx Guineas betting.

Click here to read more on the key chances in the 2020 Winx Guineas field and betting markets.

Update: #4 Naval Strike (6), #8 Buzzer Beater (9), #11 Starla (1), #12 Maozi (12) and #14 Miss Margs (14) have all been scratched from the Winx Guineas 2020 field.

Click here for the full 2020 Winx Guineas Day scratchings & track report.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 14×2410551 STAR OF MICHELIN Stuart Kendrick Dale Smith 4 57kg 81
2 114×525853 SMART METEOR Chris Munce Mark Du Plessis 8 57kg 68
3 14×6224142 WAPITI Gary Duncan Sean Cormack 10 57kg 74
4 214817×109 NAVAL STRIKE Kevin Kemp Brad Stewart 6 57kg 73.5
5 5x13148x46 LOVE EXPRESS Gary Duncan Taylor Marshall 2 57kg 66
6 746×542211 SAMURAI Noel Doyle Micheal Hellyer 5 57kg 67
7 35x2x11 KNIGHT MARINER (NZ) Tony Gollan Baylee Nothdurft (a) 13 57kg 68
8 353328×263 BUZZER BEATER Matt Boland Jake Bayliss 9 57kg 59
9 154 VENDIDIT Bryan & Daniel Guy Jim Byrne 7 57kg 63
10 0x65 TWO SMOKIN BARRELS Ben Ahrens Ryan Wiggins 3 57kg
11 124×687211 STARLA Chris Waller Michael Cahill 1 55kg 77
12 66×7448123 MAOZI Toby & Trent Edmonds Robbie Fradd 12 55kg 73
13 18×5161730 AL JOOD Chris Munce Larry Cassidy 11 55kg 72
14 0x549316 MISS MARGS Matt Boland Ms Stephanie Thornton 14 55kg 60

*Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2020 Winx Guineas Nominations

The Sunshine Coast Winx Guineas 2020 nominations are taken the Monday leading-up to the race and will be available below as soon as released.

The 2020 Winx Guineas nominations drew 16 three-year-olds including Stuart Kendrick’s last start Eagle Farm winner Star Of Michelin dropping three kilos in weight, the flying Chris Waller-trained Starla chasing a third win on the trot and Maozi for this year’s Stradbroke winner trainers Toby & Trent Edmonds.

# Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight True Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 14×2410551 STAR OF MICHELIN G 3 Stuart Kendrick 1 57kg 81
2 124×687211 STARLA F 3 Chris Waller 2 55kg 77
3 66×7448123 MAOZI F 3 Toby & Trent Edmonds 3 55kg 73
4 114×525853 SMART METEOR G 3 Chris Munce 4 57kg 68
5 14×6224142 WAPITI G 3 Gary Duncan 5 57kg 74
6 214817×109 NAVAL STRIKE G 3 Kevin Kemp 6 57kg 73.5
7 5x13148x46 LOVE EXPRESS G 3 Gary Duncan 7 57kg 66
8 18×5161730 AL JOOD F 3 Chris Munce 8 55kg 72
9 746×542211 SAMURAI G 3 Noel Doyle 9 57kg 67
10 35x2x11 KNIGHT MARINER (NZ) G 3 Tony Gollan 10 57kg 68
11 122×16 FASHCHANEL (NZ) F 3 John O’Shea 11 55kg 69
12 223×1213 REUS G 3 Michael Costa 12 57kg 67
13 353328×263 BUZZER BEATER G 3 Matt Boland 13 57kg 59
14 0x549316 MISS MARGS F 3 Matt Boland 14 55kg 60
15 154 VENDIDIT G 3 Bryan & Daniel Guy 15 57kg 63
16 0x65 TWO SMOKIN BARRELS G 3 Ben Ahrens 16 57kg

Sunshine Coast Guineas History

The Sunshine Coast Guineas ran as a listed race for the last time in 2012, as it was upgraded to Group 3 shortly after and ran as such for the 2013 edition. Prior to 2006, the race was unlisted; improving fields and its standing as a decent mile event led to the decision to upgrade its standing.

Notable winners of the Sunshine Coast Guineas include Shenzhou Steeds (2011), Diamondsondinside (2006) and Sunset (2000).

Of course the standout Sunshine Coast winner in history is Winx (2015) who would go on to become Australian racing’s greatest horse.

The 2018 Sunshine Coast Guineas winner The Bostonian also franked the form of the race the following winter in Brisbane winning the Group 1 Doomben 10,0000 / Kingsford-Smith Cup double. Sunshine Guineas results since 2000 are listed below.

In 2020 the Sunshine Coast Guineas was renamed the Winx Guineas to honour the 2015 winning filly Winx who went on to make history over her brilliant career that included a record four Cox Plate victories.

Sunshine Coast / Winx Guineas Results

Year Place Horse Time
2020
Winx Guineas
1st Wapiti 1 minute 40.32
2nd Knight Mariner
3rd Love Express
2019
Sunshine Coast Guineas
1st Baccarat Baby 1 minute 41.81 seconds
2nd Junipal
3rd Zavance
2018
Sunshine Coast Guineas
1st The Bostonian 1 minute 41.1 seconds
2nd Bold Assassin
3rd Go Dixie
2017
Sunshine Coast Guineas
1st Crack Me Up 1 minute 37.2 seconds
2nd My True Love
3rd Flow
2016
Sunshine Coast Guineas
1st Tivaci 1 minute 36.5 seconds
2nd High Spirit
3rd Sold For Song
2015
Sunshine Coast Guineas
1st Winx 1 minute 36.1 seconds
2nd Ulmann
3rd Worthy Cause
2014
Sunshine Coast Guineas
1st Hopfgarten 1 minute 35.93 seconds
2nd Miss Husson
3rd Fast Arrow
2013
Sunshine Coast Guineas
1st Eximius 1 minute 43.7 seconds
2nd Casino Card
3rd Luke’s Luck
2012
Sunshine Coast Guineas
1st Tuskegee Hawk 1 minute 42.43 seconds
2nd Double Impact
3rd Goldslick
2011
Sunshine Coast Guineas
1st Shenzhou Steeds 1 minute 38.71 seconds
2nd Under The Eiffel
3rd Benny’s Buttons
2010
Sunshine Coast Guineas
1st Fifteen Carat 1 minute 37.59 seconds
2nd Startling Pleasure
3rd Carrara
2009
Sunshine Coast Guineas
1st Za Magic 1 minute 45.82 seconds
2nd Walk In The Park
3rd Syndrome
2008
Sunshine Coast Guineas
1st Sam’s Express 1 minute 36.83 seconds
2nd Save A Buck
3rd Prima Nova
2007
Sunshine Coast Guineas
1st Maslins Beach 1 minute 41.74 seconds
2nd Sequential Charm
3rd Danehill Princess
2006
Sunshine Coast Guineas
1st Diamondsondinside 1 minute 39.51 seconds
2nd Fulmonti
3rd Newgrange
2005
Sunshine Coast Guineas
1st Atapi 1 minute 42.33 seconds
2nd Thee Auld Hussie
3rd Argyle Lass
2004
Sunshine Coast Guineas
1st Au Chocolat 1 minute 36.56 seconds
2nd Sahara Jay
3rd Beat That
2003
Sunshine Coast Guineas
1st Paper Kings 1 minute 38.95 seconds
2nd Amex
3rd Lamond
2002
Sunshine Coast Guineas
1st Smart Chariot 1 minute 35.08 seconds
2nd Astana
3rd Lady With The Lamp
2001
Sunshine Coast Guineas
1st Amaizcay 1 minute 37.25 seconds
2nd Major Force
3rd Awesome Edge
2000
Sunshine Coast Guineas
1st Sunset 1 minute 38.97 seconds
2nd Sun Screen
3rd Midshipmen All

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