Australian Guineas 2017

March 4, 2017

Ladbrokes Tip: Only one 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 $750,000 in prize money including $450,000 to the Australian Guineas winner and connections.

This year’s Australian Guineas ran on March 4, 2017.

2017 Australian Guineas Results

  • 1st: Hey Doc
  • 2nd: Prized Icon
  • 3rd: Snitzon

Australian Guineas Race Info

  • Date: March 4, 2017
  • Track: Flemington Racecourse
  • Distance: 1600m
  • Conditions: 3YO – Set Weights
  • Status: Group 1
  • Prize Money: $750,000
  • First Run: 1986

Australian Guineas Field

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 last run at capacity in 2011 and 2012 when fillies Shamrocker and Mosheen won respectively.

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.

The official Australian Guineas field of final acceptors and barrier draw is then released on the Wednesday before the race.

2017 Australian Guineas Field

The Australian Guineas 2017 field and barrier draw is released the Wednesday before the race and will be published in full below.

The official 2017 Australian Guineas Field & Barriers were announced by Racing Victoria on Wednesday March 1, 2017 and a capacity line-up of 16 starters plus three emergencies are in the mix including Victoria Derby winner Prized Icon who is a dual acceptor also in the Randwick Guineas field in Sydney. Morton’s Fork and Oak Door are the two widest-drawn runners in the Australian Guineas field with the work to do from the back.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 1x463351x6 PRIZED ICON James Cummings Dean Yendall 3 56.5kg 108
2 x13x1421x9 DIVINE PROPHET Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Dwayne Dunn 10 56.5kg 105
3 6x454282x0 SEABURGE David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Mark Zahra 4 56.5kg 107
4 0x11134x31 HEY DOC Tony McEvoy Luke Currie 2 56.5kg 100
5 21x1521x54 MORTON’S FORK John O’Shea Craig Williams 19 56.5kg 85
6 710210×524 ATTENTION Peter & Paul Snowden TBA 11 56.5kg 90
7 x216321141 OAK DOOR Robert Smerdon Damian Lane 18 56.5kg 85
8 6x165344x4 SO SI BON Robbie Laing Damien Oliver 17 56.5kg 78
9 323211×3 ANAHEIM Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Noel Callow 12 56.5kg 75
10 11x3307x0 THROSSELL Ciaron Maher Luke Nolen 8 56.5kg 70
11 6162×85 INSIDE AGENT (NZ) Nigel Blackiston Brad Rawiller 16 56.5kg 74
12 6×11417 SNITZSON David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Andrew Mallyon 5 56.5kg 74
13 51429×33 LAND OF PLENTY Grahame Begg Steven Arnold 15 56.5kg 71
14 3x611562x3 HARLOW GOLD (NZ) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Regan Bayliss 7 54.5kg 94
15 72x110x15 LEGLESS VEUVE (NZ) Stuart Webb Ms Katelyn Mallyon 6 54.5kg 88
16 5×11141 FUHRYK David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Cory Parish 14 54.5kg 82
17e 5x2210x41 THEANSWERMYFRIEND Robert Smerdon TBA 9 56.5kg 71
18e 137×254 REDOUBLE Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes TBA 13 56.5kg 69
19e 1x3670x6 HARDHAM David Brideoake TBA 1 56.5kg 66

2017 Australian Guineas First Acceptances

On Tuesday February 21, 2017 Racing Victoria received 41 Australian Guineas 2017 first acceptances led by CS Hayes Stakes winner Hey Doc who is clear favourite in pre-field Australian Guineas odds. Other key entries including Victoria Derby winner Prized Icon, the Caulfield Guineas champion over the distance last season Divine Prophet and Chris Waller’s promising filly Foxplay.

2017 Australian Guineas Nominations

On Monday January 23, 2017 Racing Victoria took 120 Australian Guineas 2017 nominations including Golden Rose Stakes winner Astern, Victoria Derby champion Astern and Chris Waller’s star filly Omei Sword who is one of our 2017 Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival Featured Horses.

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 have a poor recent record in the race with just two winners from 2007 – 2015 including the latest Light Fantastic (2008).

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.

Previous Group 1 winners are usually high up the Australian Guineas markets as are those drawn well with just one winner in over 30 years getting the job done from a barrier wider than 9 when Mosheen won from 16 of 16 in 2012.

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!

2017 Australian Guineas Betting

The Australian Guineas 2017 odds will be listed below as soon as betting on the Flemington Group 1 mile clash are released in the 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 with just two wins in the past three decades.

2017 Australian Guineas Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ exclusive Australian Guineas 2017 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.

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 one runner has jumped from wider than barrier nine to win the race in 30 years and that just two favourites saluted from 2007 – 2015.

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

Australian Guineas Form Facts

  • Australian Guineas betting favourites have a poor record in the race over the past decade with Light Fantastic (2008) the last to salute for the punters
  • Only four fillies have beaten home the boys in the Australian Guineas results from 1986 – 2016
  • 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 back-to-back Australian Guineas champions in 2015 (Wandjina) and 2016 (Palentino)

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 ($30 in 2011). Notable recent Australian Guineas winners include Mosheen (2012), Heart Of Dreams (2009), Miss Finland (2007) and Apache Cat (2006).

2017 Australian Guineas Results

The 2017 Australian Guineas Results will be published as soon as the race runs on March 4, 2017.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
1 4 HEY DOC Tony McEvoy Luke Currie 1 56.5kg $3.40F
2 1 PRIZED ICON James Cummings Dean Yendall 0.75L 2 56.5kg $8
3 12 SNITZSON David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Andrew Mallyon 1.05L 4 56.5kg $71
4 14 HARLOW GOLD (NZ) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Regan Bayliss 1.55L 6 54.5kg $20
5 9 ANAHEIM Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Noel Callow 1.95L 10 56.5kg $31
6 3 SEABURGE David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Mark Zahra 2.15L 3 56.5kg $16
7 2 DIVINE PROPHET Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Dwayne Dunn 2.55L 8 56.5kg $9.50
8 13 LAND OF PLENTY Grahame Begg Steven Arnold 2.65L 12 56.5kg $21
9 7 OAK DOOR Robert Smerdon Damian Lane 2.75L 15 56.5kg $20
10 8 SO SI BON Robbie Laing Damien Oliver 3.15L 14 56.5kg $31
11 5 MORTON’S FORK John O’Shea Craig Williams 4.15L 16 56.5kg $14
12 16 FUHRYK David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Cory Parish 4.65L 11 54.5kg $11
13 6 ATTENTION Peter & Paul Snowden Brett Prebble 4.85L 9 56.5kg $14
14 11 INSIDE AGENT (NZ) Nigel Blackiston Brad Rawiller 6.35L 13 56.5kg $31
15 10 THROSSELL Ciaron Maher Ms Linda Meech 7.1L 7 56.5kg $41
16 15 LEGLESS VEUVE (NZ) Stuart Webb Ms Katelyn Mallyon 9.85L 5 54.5kg $26
19e HARDHAM David Brideoake 0
18e REDOUBLE Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 0
17e THEANSWERMYFRIEND Robert Smerdon 0

Australian Guineas Winners

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2018 TBD TBD TBD TBD
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