Australian Guineas 2021

Saturday February 27, 2021

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 27, 2021 and saw Lunar Fox become the country’s longest-priced Group 1 winner in history at 300/1. 

Australian Guineas Race Info

  • Date: Saturday February 27, 2021
  • Track: Flemington Racecourse
  • Distance: 1600m
  • Conditions: 3YO – Set Weights
  • Status: Group 1
  • Prize Money: $1 million
  • First Run: 1986

2021 Australian Guineas Results

The 2021 Australian Guineas Results & Finishing Order will be published as soon as the race runs on Saturday February 27, 2021.

  • 1st: #6 Lunar Fox
  • 2nd: #4 Cherry Tortoni
  • 3rd: #2 Tagaloa 

Foxedge colt Lunar Fox went around at 300/1 but scored a massive upset when defeating Cherry Tortoni ($10) and the beaten favourite Tagaloa ($3.50) in the surprise 2021 Australian Guineas results

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 – 2021 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). 

In 2021 Lunar Fox ($301) made history as the country’s longest-priced Group 1 winner with his upset Australian Guineas victory at the blowout odds. 

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!

2021 Australian Guineas Betting

The Australian Guineas 2021 odds will be listed below for this Flemington Group 1 mile clash.

Australian Guineas 2021 ODDS

Early market betting odds on the 2021 Australian Guineas will be displayed below once available. Odds are subject to fluctuation. For current odds on all of our live markets, please visit

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.

2021 Australian Guineas Field

The official Australian Guineas 2021 Final Field is set for release at 9:30am (local time) on February 24, 2021 following the early nominations in late January and the Australian Guineas First Acceptances a month later in February. 

A capacity line-up of three-year-old milers is engaged in the 2021 Australian Guineas field with The Vanity winning filly Zou Dancer taking on the boys including CS Hayes champ Tagaloa who leads betting. 

2021 Australian Guineas First Acceptances

The official Australian Guineas 2021 First Acceptances close on Tuesday February 16, 2021  and will be provided below. 

The 2021 Australian Guineas first acceptances are now out with 28 three-year-olds still in the mix including recent Group 3 CS Hayes Stakes winner Tagaloa and classy filly Zou Dancer who beat Personal home in the Group 3 The Vanity at the same meeting. 

  Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 124x360x31 TAGALOA C 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 1= 57kg    
2 0x1411 ZOU DANCER F 3 Leon & Troy Corstens 1= 55kg    
3 343x2211x3 OLE KIRK C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 3 57kg    
4 21x71222x2 PRIME STAR G 3 Richard & Michael Freedman 4 57kg    
5 13x226x822 AMISH BOY C 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 5 57kg    
6 11x61141x3 CROSSHAVEN G 3 Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes 6 57kg    
7 31x1622x22 AYSAR C 3 Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes 7 57kg    
8 11x32714x4 CHERRY TORTONI G 3 Patrick Payne 8 57kg    
9 16162x48x3 PRAGUE C 3 Annabel Neasham 9 57kg    
10 x2312733x5 DOM TO SHOOT G 3 Sean & Jake Casey 10 57kg    
11 1454621×00 YES BABY YES F 3 Leon & Troy Corstens 11 55kg    
12 16x64457x0 LUNAR FOX C 3 Paul Preusker 12 57kg    
13 517x4230x8 GRANDSLAM C 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 13 57kg    
14 2310×1 POLAND C 3 Michael Moroney 14 57kg    
15 x224x285x7 GLOBAL QUEST C 3 Annabel Neasham 15 57kg    
16 1x117x3 MO’UNGA (NZ) C 3 Annabel Neasham 16 57kg    
17 1126 BELTORO G 3 Robert Hickmott 17 57kg    
18 1615×0 EMBOLISM C 3 Danny O’Brien 18 57kg    
19 113 IT’SOURTIME G 3 Danny O’Brien 19 57kg    
20 6133×4 JET PROPULSION C 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 20 57kg    
21 222×1 WHEELHOUSE C 3 Chris Waller 21 57kg    
22 1140×7 CAMBOURNE C 3 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 22 57kg    
23 42x256x1 IRONEDGE G 3 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 23 57kg    
24 31×10 HERE TO SHOCK (NZ) C 3 Brent Stanley 24 57kg    
25 3x1x1x IMPECUNIOUS (NZ) F 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 25 55kg    
26 6×12 LOFTY STAR C 3 Julius Sandhu 26 57kg    
27 64x1x6 YULONG CODE C 3 Peter G Moody 27 57kg    
28 6x49574x38 KOBESTAR G 3 Anthony Cummings 28 57kg    

2021 Australian Guineas Nominations

The early 2021 Australian Guineas nominations are taken around a month before the Group 1 feature and attract around 100 smart three-year-old milers.

The 2021 Australian Guineas nominations close on Monday, January 18, 2021 and will be published below. 

Hawkes Racing’s Golden Rose – Caulfield Guineas champion Ole Kirk headlines the 122 Australian Guineas 2021 nominations taken by Racing Victoria this autumn. 

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.

2021 Australian Guineas Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ exclusive Australian Guineas 2021 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.

  • To Win: #16 Zou Dancer ($5 at time of publish) 

Tipping Zou Dancer to emulate Mystic Journey (2019) and beat the boys in the Australian Guineas from her good gate eight draw this weekend. She was excellent taking out The Vanity last time out and think that form over the CS Hayes will stack-up here. She’s the value against Tagaloa and co and has Jamie Kah aboard in another plus. 

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 – 2021 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 while in 2021 Lunar Fox won the Group 1 at 300/1 improving on a CS Hayes 12th 

2021 Australian Guineas Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive Australian Guineas 2021 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 shock champion Lunar Fox ($301 in 2021). 

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
2021 Lunar Fox Cherry Tortoni Tagaloa 1:35.8
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