Australian Guineas 2020

Saturday February 29, 2020

Ladbrokes Tip: Only three Australian Guineas winner has jumped from a double digit barrier in over 30 years

The Australian Guineas is a Group 1 race for three-year-old runners held at the famous Flemington Racecourse on a Saturday in early March during the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival.

It is the sole elite level feature on the Flemington card at the meeting that is held a week before ‘Super Saturday’ back at the track that is host to the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) and Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m).

Run over 1600m the Australian Guineas is open to both the colts and geldings as well as the fillies and is a set weights race. The mile classic offers a total of $1 million in prize money including $600,000 to the Australian Guineas winner and connections.

This year’s Australian Guineas ran on Saturday February 29, 2020 and saw Alligator Blood complete the CS Hayes – Australian Guineas double. 

Australian Guineas Race Info

  • Date: Saturday February 29, 2020
  • Track: Flemington Racecourse
  • Distance: 1600m
  • Conditions: 3YO – Set Weights
  • Status: Group 1
  • Prize Money: $1 million
  • First Run: 1986

2020 Australian Guineas Results

The 2020 Australian Guineas Results & Finishing Order will be published as soon as the race runs on Saturday February 29, 2020 .

  • 1st: #1 Alligator Blood
  • 2nd: #6 Superstorm
  • 3rd: #5 Soul Patch

The David Vandyke-trained Magic Millions Guineas – CS Hayes Stakes winning Queensland Alligator Blood ($2.70) stamped himself as one of the best three-year-olds once again with a barnstorming success in the Australian Guineas 2020 results ahead of the $5 million The All-Star Mile at Caulfield.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
1 1 ALLIGATOR BLOOD David Vandyke Ryan Maloney 2 56.5kg $2.70F
2 6 SUPERSTORM Grant & Alana Williams William Pike 1.25L 7 56.5kg $10
3 5 SOUL PATCH Ken Keys Craig Williams 1.35L 1 56.5kg $20
4 7 CHENIER Anthony Freedman Damien Oliver 3.35L 5 56.5kg $8
5 2 DALASAN Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas Jamie Kah 4.1L 3 56.5kg $21
6 4 CATALYST (NZ) Clayton Chipperfield Damian Lane 4.3L 4 56.5kg $3.40
7 8 COMMODUS Mark Sues Ethan Brown 7.8L 8 56.5kg $301
8 3 ALABAMA EXPRESS Michael Moroney Michael Dee 10.8L 6 56.5kg $7.50

Australian Guineas Odds & Betting

Australian Guineas odds and betting traditionally favour proven gallopers that have winning form over the distance. Favourites in Australian Guineas betting only have a fair recent record in the race with just five winners from 2007 – 2020 including the latest Hey Doc (2017) who broke a favourites’ drought in the race going back to 2008 followed by gun filly Mystic Journey ($4 in 2019) and then Alligator Blood ($2.70 in 2020). 

Previous Group 1 winners are usually high up the Australian Guineas markets as are those drawn well with just three winners in over 30 years getting the job done from a barrier wider than 9 when Mosheen won from 16 of 16 in 2012, Palentino won from 15 of 15 in 2016 and Grunt scored from the outside gate 16 of 16 in 2018.

Last start winners have a good record in the Australian Guineas and a good lead-up races include the Group 3 CS Hayes Stakes (1200) for the colts and geldings, and the Group 3 The Vanity (1200m) for the fillies both held at Flemington two weeks earlier.

Futures Australian Guineas betting offering all-in prices open as soon as the nominations are out over a month before Australian Guineas Day and offer punters top early prices for their favourite three-year-olds!

2020 Australian Guineas Betting

The Australian Guineas 2020 odds will be listed below for this Flemington Group 1 mile clash.


Australian Guineas Field
Australian Guineas odds were long on the 2013 winner Ferlax

Ferlax (2013) won the Australian Guineas in an upset at odds of 16/1. Photo: Sarah Ebbett.

The Australian Guineas field has a capacity of 16 starters plus four emergencies and attracts the season’s most promising three-year-old milers. The race was run at capacity in 2017 when Hey Doc saluted on the back of a lead-up CS Hayes Stakes victory at the track, in 2018 when Grunt defeated 15 rivals to also do the CS Hayes – Australian Guineas double and again in 2019 when Mystic Journey became the first Tasmanian-trained Group 1 winner in over 100 years.

The smallest Australian Guineas field in recent history was six starters in 1999 with Dignity Dancer won as the race favourite. Australian Guineas nominations close in late January each year followed by first acceptances a month later in February.

2020 Australian Guineas Field

The official Australian Guineas 2020 Final Field is set for release at 9:30am (local time) on February 26, 2020 following the early nominations in late January and the Australian Guineas First Acceptances towards the end of February.

Eight three-year-old milers make-up the 2020 Australian Guineas field including last start CS Hayes Stakes winner Alligator Blood looking for a fifth win on the trot.

Star Kiwi Catalyst ran a thrilling second on debut down under in the CS Hayes and is tipped to turn the tables leading Australian Guineas betting.

CF Orr Stakes winner Alabama Express meanwhile comes via a different form line but looks a nice value bet in the classic.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 x1112x1111 ALLIGATOR BLOOD David Vandyke Ryan Maloney 2 56.5kg 110
2 2x11251x35 DALASAN Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas Jamie Kah 3 56.5kg 97
3 1x2517x11 ALABAMA EXPRESS Michael Moroney Michael Dee 6 56.5kg 110
4 71x1111x12 CATALYST (NZ) Clayton Chipperfield Damian Lane 4 56.5kg 110
5 1x21813x4 SOUL PATCH Ken Keys Craig Williams 1 56.5kg 92
6 32154×1 SUPERSTORM Grant & Alana Williams William Pike 7 56.5kg 78
7 12×3 CHENIER Anthony Freedman Damien Oliver 5 56.5kg 78
8 274 COMMODUS Mark Sues Ethan Brown 8 56.5kg

2020 Australian Guineas First Acceptances

The official Australian Guineas 2020 First Acceptances close on Tuesday February 18, 2020  and will be provided below.

Alligator Blood and Catalyst who fought it out to the line in the CS Hayes Stakes dominate the 2020 Australian Guineas first acceptances with just 18 three-year-old mile types left in the mix.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight
1 x1112x1111 ALLIGATOR BLOOD G 3 David Vandyke 1 56.5kg
2 21121x3x61 MICROPHONE C 3 James Cummings 2 56.5kg
3 113x1651x1 SUPER SETH C 3 Anthony Freedman 3 56.5kg
4 2x11251x35 DALASAN C 3 Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas 4 56.5kg
5 1x2517x11 ALABAMA EXPRESS C 3 Michael Moroney 5 56.5kg
6 71x1111x12 CATALYST (NZ) G 3 Clayton Chipperfield 6 56.5kg
7 1x21813x4 SOUL PATCH C 3 Ken Keys 7 56.5kg
8 x142364212 CONQUEROR C 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 8 56.5kg
9 x1681151x2 PRETTY BRAZEN F 3 Tony & Calvin McEvoy 9 54.5kg
10 1111 HOW WOMANTIC F 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 10 54.5kg
11 345x1421x4 FASCINO (NZ) F 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 11 54.5kg
12 17104×1 BONVICINI F 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 12 54.5kg
13 32154×1 SUPERSTORM G 3 Grant & Alana Williams 13 56.5kg
14 123×8 RELOADED C 3 Chris Waller 14 56.5kg
15 2115×13 ADELAIDE ACE (NZ) G 3 Lindsey Smith 15 56.5kg
16 1×4 SPEND C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 16 56.5kg
17 12×3 CHENIER C 3 Anthony Freedman 17 56.5kg
18 27 COMMODUS G 3 Mark Sues 18 56.5kg

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2020 Australian Guineas Nominations

The early 2020 Australian Guineas nominations are taken around a month before the Group 1 feature and attract around 100 smart three-year-old milers.

The 2020 Australian Guineas nominations drew 106 hopefuls led by impressive Magic Millions 3YO Guineas champion Alligator Blood.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer
1 71115x ACTING (NZ) F 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
2 2115×1 ADELAIDE ACE (NZ) G 3 Lindsey Smith
3 1x2517x1 ALABAMA EXPRESS C 3 Michael Moroney
4 236x53x214 ALBURQ G 3 Michael Moroney
5 1x1112x111 ALLIGATOR BLOOD G 3 David Vandyke
6 512×72 ANTAGONISER C 3 Mark Kavanagh
7 75x2114x3 BANQUO C 3 Danny O’Brien
8 52x BEAU ZOOM C 3 Neville Parnham
9 59x32x BELLOWS G 3 Michael Moroney
10 12×142 BIG PARADE C 3 Clare Cunningham
11 17104x BONVICINI F 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
12 5x36x BY A WHISKER G 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
13 2x CAMPESE G 3 Archie Alexander
14 x2416x521x CASSIUS G 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
15 1331x4722x CASTELVECCHIO C 3 Richard Litt
16 71x1111x CATALYST (NZ) G 3 Clayton Chipperfield
17 11x CHAILLOT F 3 Archie Alexander
18 17x11x CHAINS OF HONOUR G 3 Gerald Ryan
19 12x CHENIER C 3 Anthony Freedman
20 19x CHEPTEGEI G 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
21 34254126x CHUCK A LUCK (NZ) G 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
22 COMMODUS G 3 Mark Sues
23 1x4x CONFIDANT C 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
24 5×14236421 CONQUEROR C 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
25 112x11251x DALASAN C 3 Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas
26 00212 DIODE G 3 Michael Kent
27 14x DIRTY DEEDS (NZ) G 3 Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra
28 3×26 DYNAMIC DUO C 3 Tony Noonan
29 EMERALD CROWN F 3 Nigel Blackiston
30 2258x53x ENOOD F 3 Tony & Calvin McEvoy
31 345x1421x FASCINO (NZ) F 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
32 312x2914x FLIT F 3 James Cummings
33 1134x FORTRESS COMMAND C 3 Gerald Ryan
34 1×1 FRONDEUR (NZ) F 3 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)
35 4x1333x GROUNDSWELL C 3 Anthony Freedman
36 83×121222 HARLECH (NZ) C 3 Michael Moroney
37 332×561432 HASSTOBEGOOD (NZ) F 3 Roger James & Robert Wellwood
38 113x HEART OF PUISSANCE C 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
39 211×1 HEART OF THE OAK F 3 Gerald Ryan
40 63×1 HE’LL HAUNT US G 3 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)
41 361043×4 HIGH TORQUE C 3 Dean Grass
42 11 HOW WOMANTIC F 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
43 52x723231x IMPERIAL LAD C 3 John Moloney
44 5414x INFLUENTIAL JACK G 3 Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra
45 6255×1 JUST ZERENE F 3 Tony & Calvin McEvoy
46 2x KINANE (NZ) G 3 Michael Kent
47 KINGSHEIR (GB) C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
48 112x4501x KUBRICK C 3 Chris Waller
49 1x5913x70x LADY LUPINO F 3 Danny O’Brien
50 31x LEGION OF MERIT (NZ) G 3 Mitchell Freedman
51 217x LORD MARKEL (NZ) C 3 Wendy Kelly
52 6422x1212x LOVING GABY F 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
53 5×11 LUNAR LIGHT F 3 Will Clarken
54 1113x4274x LYRE F 3 Anthony Freedman
55 261x METEORITE C 3 Tony & Calvin McEvoy
56 11x5x MEUSE F 3 Anthony Freedman
57 3x113411x MIAMI BOUND (NZ) F 3 Danny O’Brien
58 121121x3x MICROPHONE C 3 James Cummings
59 69×51 MIYAKE C 3 Chris Waller
60 647×311 MRS BECKHAM (NZ) F 3 Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra
61 1111x73x14 MYSTICAL PURSUIT F 3 Adam Trinder
62 525x NIGHT PASSAGE F 3 Tony & Calvin McEvoy
63 331 NONCONFORMIST G 3 Grahame Begg
64 25125x78x OUTLANDOS G 3 Tony & Calvin McEvoy
65 6153x3121x PANCHO G 3 Chris Waller
66 2x PARIS PIKE C 3 Greg Eurell
67 89311×632 PARMIE F 3 Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra
68 11600x PEIDRA G 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
69 6217x1777x POWER SCHEME G 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
70 5x1681151x PRETTY BRAZEN F 3 Tony & Calvin McEvoy
71 5x832x RECOGNISE F 3 Tony & Calvin McEvoy
72 123x RELOADED C 3 Chris Waller
73 1x452132x RIDDLE ME THAT G 3 Matt Laurie
74 6×11 RING OF HONOUR G 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
75 5x ROYAL CROWN G 3 Michael Kent
76 9914×44 RUTHERFORD C 3 Robbie Griffiths
77 112x SASSY SALITAGE F 3 Greg Eurell
78 2211x SAVVY LAD (NZ) G 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
79 19x SCOTTISH DANCER G 3 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)
80 313x SEA DRAGON C 3 Michael Kent
81 15x SELICA (NZ) F 3 Phillip Stokes
82 214x3115x SHADOW HERO G 3 Mark Newnham
83 17x4410x SHIFTY SHAMUS G 3 Matt Laurie
84 20x760x SHOTMAKER C 3 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)
85 21240x SNAPDANCER F 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
86 1x21813x SOUL PATCH C 3 Ken Keys
87 7x1223x SOUTHBANK F 3 Anthony Freedman
88 1x SPEND C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
89 3 STANDING BEAR G 3 Brenden Mackay
90 24x STICKING POINT F 3 Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra
91 STRADARI G 3 Cindy Alderson
92 28218x500x STRASBOURG C 3 Peter & Paul Snowden
93 113x1651x SUPER SETH C 3 Anthony Freedman
94 32154x SUPERSTORM G 3 Grant & Alana Williams
95 01141x THE HOLY ONE (NZ) C 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
96 51×21 THINK ’N’ FLY C 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
97 653x25110x THOUGHT OF THAT C 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
98 4 TIGNANELLO (NZ) G 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
99 7313027x VEGAS KNIGHT G 3 Colin Little
100 VETO C 3 Frankie Stockdale
101 74x34121x WARNING G 3 Anthony Freedman
102 355x22x212 WEDGETAIL G 3 Tony & Calvin McEvoy
103 313x WESTERN SUN G 3 Matt Cumani
104 8x111750x WESTPORT F 3 Tony & Calvin McEvoy
105 13x1131x XILONG F 3 Tony & Calvin McEvoy
106 23111x7L0x YOURDEEL (NZ) G 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig

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Australian Guineas Tips

Australian Guineas tips include looking for previous Group 1 winners, horses coming off good lead-up form in races like the CS Hayes Stakes or The Vanity, looking at the form for runners proven over the mile and backing the colts and geldings as the fillies have a poor record over the boys.

2020 Australian Guineas Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ exclusive Australian Guineas 2020 betting tips and exotic selections on the three-year-olds’ feature in Melbourne this autumn will be available the week of the race so stay tuned for the gallopers to back and sack.

Australian Guineas Form Guide

The Australian Guineas form guide lists all of the crucial information punters need to know before placing a bet including saddlecloth numbers, lead-up runs, jockeys, trainers and the barriers for all the horses in the field.

Important Australian Guineas form facts to note include the poor record of fillies in the race, the fact just three runners have jumped from wider than barrier nine to win the race in 30 years and that just five favourites saluted from 2007 – 2020 most recently Alligator Blood ($2.70 in 2020).

Local runners from Melbourne have a strong record as the Sydney-trained three-year-olds usually opt to stay at home to contest the Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) held the Saturday after.

Australian Guineas Form Facts

  • Australian Guineas betting favourites have an improving record in the race over the past decade with Hey Doc (2017) the first since Light Fantastic (2008) to salute for the punters followed by Mystic Journey (2019) and then Alligator Blood (2020)
  • Three-year-olds coming off a top four finish have dominated the Australian Guineas winners’ list over the past 20 years
  • The CS Hayes Stakes produced four straight Australian Guineas champions from 2015-18 including Wandjina (2015), Hey Doc (2017) and Grunt (2018) who all did the double; Alligator Blood (2020) also recently completed the CS Hayes – Australian Guineas double

2020 Australian Guineas Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive Australian Guineas 2020 Form Guide will be provided for punters below the week of the race.

Australian Guineas Results

Double figure winners feature highly in the Australian Guineas results over the past decade or so with the longest priced to win in recent years being Shamrocker ($31 in 2011).

Notable recent Australian Guineas winners include Alligator Blood (2020), Mystic Journey (2019), Mosheen (2012), Heart Of Dreams (2009), Miss Finland (2007) and Apache Cat (2006).

Australian Guineas Winners

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2020 Alligator Blood Superstorm Soul Patch 1:34.9
2019 Mystic Journey Hawkshot Amphitrite 1:35.7
2018 Grunt Peaceful State Bring Me Roses 1:34.9
2017 Hey Doc Prized Icon Snitzon 1:34.0
2016 Palentino Tarzino Risque 1:35.2
2015 Wandjina Alpine Eagle Stratum Star 1:35.1
2014 Shamus Award Criterion Thunder Fantasy 1:36.4
2013 Ferlax You’re So Good Sheer Talent 1:35.0
2012 Mosheen Strike The Stars Mister Milton 1:37.0
2011 Shamrocker Bullbars Playing God 1:35.3
2010 Rock Classic Set For Fame Linton 1:36.8
2009 Heart Of Dreams Von Costa De Hero Lucky Thunder 1:35.8
2008 Light Fantastic Marching Playwright 1:36.4
2007 Miss Finland Casino Prince Jokers Wild 1:36.0
2006 Apache Cat Darcy Brahma Thin And Crispy 1:34.0
2005 Al Maher Danehill Express Econsul 1:34.4
2004 Reset Starcraft Under The Bridge 1:34.5
2003 Delago Brom Tycoon Ruler Thorn Park 1:35.9
2002 Dash For Cash Royal Code Ustinov 1:35.3
2001 Mr Murphy Neptunes Journey Outgate 1:34.4
2000 Pins Freemason Hades 2:02.3