Australian Guineas 2018

Saturday March 3, 2018

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 March 3, 2018 .

2018 Australian Guineas Results

  • 1st: #11 Grunt
  • 2nd: #13 Peaceful State
  • 3rd: #16 Bring Me Roses

Australian Guineas Race Info

  • Date: Saturday March 3, 2018
  • Track: Flemington Racecourse
  • Distance: 1600m
  • Conditions: 3YO – Set Weights
  • Status: Group 1
  • Prize Money: $1 million
  • First Run: 1986

2018 Australian Guineas Results

The 2018 Australian Guineas Results & Finishing Order will be published as soon as the race runs on Saturday March 3, 2018 .

The official Australian Guineas 2018 Results saw trainer Mick Price celebrate a third win in the mile feature with his progressive young stayer Grunt coming off a CS Hayes Stakes win to do the double for the third time in four years.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Weight SP
1 11 GRUNT (NZ) Mick Price Damien Oliver 16 56.5kg $5.50
2 13 PEACEFUL STATE Darren Weir Brad Rawiller 0.5L 10 56.5kg $8.50
3 16 BRING ME ROSES Tony McEvoy Luke Currie 2L 1 54.5kg $21
4 6 VILLERMONT Aaron Purcell Luke Nolen 3.5L 6 56.5kg $26
5 9 HOLY SNOW Mick Price Michael Dee 4.5L 13 56.5kg $19
6 5 MURAAQEB David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Damian Lane 4.6L 14 56.5kg $17
7 2 CLIFF’S EDGE Darren Weir John Allen 4.7L 15 56.5kg $4.60F
8 3 EMBELLISH (NZ) Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards Opie Bosson 5.45L 8 56.5kg $16
9 10 SALSAMOR (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Jordan Childs 5.65L 11 56.5kg $61
10 7 MAIN STAGE (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Regan Bayliss 6.05L 4 56.5kg $12
11 8 ADDICTIVE NATURE Bjorn Baker Craig Williams 7.3L 7 56.5kg $16
12 12 BLACK SAIL (NZ) Aaron Purcell Ben Thompson (a) 8.05L 3 56.5kg $101
13 15 ALOISIA (NZ) Aaron Purcell Mark Zahra 8.45L 12 54.5kg (cd 55kg) $11
14 1 MIGHTY BOSS Mick Price Michael Walker 9.95L 2 56.5kg $17
15 14 MR SO AND SO Anthony Freedman Beau Mertens 10.15L 5 56.5kg $41
16 4 LEVENDI Peter Gelagotis Ben Melham 25.15L 9 56.5kg $31
18e MAHALANGUR (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Dwayne Dunn 0
17e PARET Chris Waller Craig Newitt 0

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 three winners from 2007 – 2018 including the latest  Hey Doc (2017) who broke a favourites’ drought in the race going back to 2008.

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!

2018 Australian Guineas Betting

The Australian Guineas 2018 odds are now listed below for this Flemington Group 1 mile clash.

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 run at capacity in 2017 when Hey Doc saluted on the back of a lead-up CS Hayes Stakes victory at the track and again in 2018 when Grunt defeated 15 rivals to also do the CS Hayes – Australian Guineas double.

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.

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.

2018 Australian Guineas Field

The official Australian Guineas 2018 Final Field is set for release at 10am (local time) on February 27, 2018 following the early nominations in late January and the Australian Guineas First Acceptances towards the end of February.

The 2018 Australian Guineas Field attracted a full 16 starters plus two emergencies led by the Mick Price-trained CS Hayes Stakes winner Grunt out to do the double for the third time in four years. Runner-up in the same key lead-up was the Darren Weir-trained Cliff’s Edge who is current favourite in Australian Guineas betting, the two both drawn very wide.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 0x12741x78 MIGHTY BOSS Mick Price Michael Walker 2 56.5kg 105
2 1812126×12 CLIFF’S EDGE Darren Weir John Allen 16 56.5kg 98
3 2×111426 EMBELLISH (NZ) Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards Opie Bosson 9 56.5kg 100
4 1x1661x5 LEVENDI Peter Gelagotis Ben Melham 10 56.5kg 82
5 33x9152x33 MURAAQEB David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Damian Lane 15 56.5kg 76
6 3141×7 VILLERMONT Aaron Purcell Luke Nolen 7 56.5kg 81
7 3x212135x4 MAIN STAGE (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Regan Bayliss 5 56.5kg 75
8 1213×35 ADDICTIVE NATURE Bjorn Baker Craig Williams 8 56.5kg 88
9 42139×1 HOLY SNOW Mick Price Michael Dee 14 56.5kg 81
10 12x2273x2 SALSAMOR (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Jordan Childs 12 56.5kg 71
11 3×111 GRUNT (NZ) Mick Price Damien Oliver 17 56.5kg 84
12 8x142223x6 BLACK SAIL (NZ) Aaron Purcell Ben Thompson (a) 3 56.5kg 70
13 312×17 PEACEFUL STATE Darren Weir Brad Rawiller 11 56.5kg 77
14 66x214x423 MR SO AND SO Anthony Freedman Beau Mertens 6 56.5kg 72
15 x12x5116x5 ALOISIA (NZ) Aaron Purcell Mark Zahra 13 54.5kg 105
16 432102×2 BRING ME ROSES Tony McEvoy Luke Currie 1 54.5kg 94
17e 135×56 PARET Chris Waller Craig Newitt 18 56.5kg 66
18e 145×44 MAHALANGUR (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Dwayne Dunn 4 56.5kg 63

2018 Australian Guineas First Acceptances

The official Australian Guineas 2018 First Acceptances close on Tuesday February 20, 2018  and will be provided below.

The 2018 Australian Guineas First Acceptances drew 29 three-year-olds including the Darren Weir-trained favourite Cliff’s Edge who narrowly sits ahead of the Mick Price-trained CS Hayes Stakes champ Grunt in betting. Two fillies feature in this year’s Australian Guineas first acceptances with Aloisia and Bring Me Roses both out of The Vanity.

2018 Australian Guineas Nominations

The Australian Guineas 2018 nominations first close in late January and attract in excess of 100 hopeful three-year-olds, many of which contested the Thousand Guineas and or Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas the previous spring.

The 2018 Australian Guineas Nominations drew 112 hopefuls including the Thousand Guineas winner Aloisia, the Caulfield Guineas champ Mighty Boss and last start Myer Classic winning filly over the older mares Shoals.

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.

2018 Australian Guineas Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ exclusive Australian Guineas 2018 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.

  • 1st: #16 BRING ME ROSES ($19)
  • 2nd: #11 GRUNT ($5.50)
  • 3rd: #2 CLIFF’S EDGE ($4.40)

Upsets in the Australian Guineas aren’t uncommon and tipping a genuine outsider at $19 to salute this year with the filly BRING ME ROSES. She is drawn barrier one that HEY DOC saluted from in 2017. She’s prepared by last year’s winning trainer Tony McEvoy and last year’s winning hoop Luke Currie is aboard. Really nice omen bet, but she’s also classy boasting the best Flemington track record of the runners in this field. Comes off a Vanity Stakes second over 1400m here a fortnight back and will be fitter for the run with improvement getting out over a mile. Think she’s the genuine roughie chance that has been underrated by the bookies and she’s got winning form at the track / distance. Jus needs to handle the colts & geldings. GRUNT won the CS Hayes Stakes to make it three on the trot and that has been the key form line heading into the Australian Guineas. Out wide but class to overcome for two-time winning trainer Mick Price. He defeated CLIFF’S EDGE who is favourite for the rematch on equal weights this time and who has the speed to overcome his also wide alley.

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 three favourites saluted from 2007 – 2018.

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 a poor record in the race over the past decade with Hey Doc (2017) the first since Light Fantastic (2008) to salute for the punters
  • Only four fillies have beaten home the boys in the Australian Guineas results from 1986 – 2018
  • 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

2018 Australian Guineas Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive Australian Guineas 2018 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 Mosheen (2012), Heart Of Dreams (2009), Miss Finland (2007) and Apache Cat (2006).

Australian Guineas Winners

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2019 TBD TBD TBD TBD
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