2020 Australian Guineas Preview
The Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) for the three year olds at Flemington on Saturday is not just a two horse war between Queensland star Alligator Blood and the Kiwi gun Catalyst even though an anticipated rematch is looming between those two.
Alligator Blood and Catalyst went hammer and tong all the way down the Flemington straight in the Group 3 C S Hayes Stakes (1400m) with the Queenslander prevailing, but the Kiwi will meet him 1kg better at the weights in the eight horse Australian Guineas field.
The third placegetter Chenier also caught the eye running on in the C S Hayes Stakes and he will get his chance on Saturday along with Group 1 C F Orr Stakes winner Alabama Express.
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Alligator Blood is the winner of nine of his ten race starts with his only defeat being a nose second in the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas over 1600m at Caulfield during the 2019 Melbourne Spring Carnival. The David Vandyke trained Alligator Blood showed a tremendous amount of grit and determination to hold out Catalyst in the Group 3 C S Hayes Stakes over 1400m at Flemington last start and it is hard to see him letting the Kiwi get past him on Saturday. If you have been following Alligator Blood, stick with him.
South Australian colt Dalasan is a winner over the same course and distance as the Australian Guineas with his win the Group 3 Carbine Club Stakes on the first day of 2019 Melbourne Cup Carnival. Dalasan has had two runs back from a spell and would have to improve dramatically on his last start fifth in the Group 3 C S Hayes Stakes if he is to be a threat.
The Mike Moroney trained three year old Alabama Express has ascended quickly up the ranks when he beat the older horses at weight for age in the Group 1 C F Orr Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on February 8. The Redoutes’s Choice colt will be stepping up to 1600m for the first time but he can’t be left out of calculations back against his own age.
Kiwi Group 1 winner Calalyst has been installed as the Australian Guineas favourite at Ladbrokes.com.au just ahead of Alligator Blood because he meets the Queenslander 1kg better at the weights after being beaten a nose in the Group 3 C S Hayes Stakes (1400m) at Flemington on February 15. The Clayton Chipperfield trained gelding still has to get past the gutsy Queenslander in the Australian Guineas and that is not going to be an easy task but he will get every chance down the long Flemington straight.
Trainer Ken Keys has taken the blinkers off Soul Patch for the Australian Guineas but he still has to make up more than three lengths if he is going to be a threat after finishing out of a place in the Group 3 C S Hayes Stakes.
has made the long trek from the West to take on some handy three year olds in
the Australian Guineas but will find this tougher than his first up win in the
Listed Challenge Stakes (1500m) at Ascot in Perth on February 15. The Wizard Of
The West, William Pike, has made the long journey as well to keep his
association with the three year old.
has only been to the races on three occasions but didn’t shirk his task with an
eye catching third behind Alligator Blood and Catalyst in the Group 3 C S Hayes
Stakes (1400m) at Flemington. Can figure among the minor placings again if he
can take more improvement out that run.
is yet to break his Maiden status from three starts and is the outsider of the
Australian Guineas field at Ladbrokes.com.au.