Ladbrokes Tip: The Fred Best Classic is the best lead-up to the Queensland Guineas for 3YOs
The Queensland Guineas is a Group 2 race for three-year-olds held at Eagle Farm Racecourse on Stradbroke Handicap Day during the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival each June. Run at set weights over 1600m, the mile showdown is one of three Group 2 races traditionally held at the meeting along with the Brisbane Cup (2400m) for stayers and the Dane Ripper Quality (1400m) for fillies and mares.
The program is of course headlined by the three elite levels on the card: the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m), the Group 1 Queensland Derby (2400m) and the Group 1 JJ Atkins (1600m) for two-year-olds.
Offering $400,000 in total prize money, the Queensland Guineas is a lucrative race for middle-distance three-year-olds that aren’t suited to the mile-and-a-half of the Queensland Derby. The Group 3 Fred Best Classic (1350m) at Doomben a fortnight earlier is a key lead-up to the Queensland Guineas and last produced a winner of the Group 2 with Jabali (5th in 2015).
The next edition of the Queensland Guineas takes place on June, 2017.
Queensland Guineas Field
2017 Queensland Guineas Field
The Queensland Guineas field attracts a collection of promising three-year-old milers from both local Brisbane stables and interstate. Runners come via lead-up Brisbane Carnival events like the Listed Mick Dittman Plate (1200m) and the Fred Best Classic both held at Doomben.
Recent Queensland Guineas winners to come out of the Fred Best Classic include Jabali (5th in 2015) and Sir Moments (6th in 2014). Three-year-olds could also have previous Guineas experience in the previous spring’s Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) in Melbourne or the Group 3 Sunshine Coast Guineas (1600m) in mid-May.
Queensland Guineas nominations close the Monday before the race runs that Saturday followed by the final field of acceptances on the Wednesday.
Queensland Guineas Odds & Betting
Queensland Guineas odds are usually dominated by smart three-year-olds with proven ability over the mile (1600m). Previous winning form in Brisbane and Group 1 race experience in tougher company also help determine the runners sitting at the top of the Queensland Guineas betting markets each winter.
Queensland Guineas Tips
Looking for three-year-olds with form over the track and distance or that come off a top three Brisbane lead-up run are good Queensland Guineas betting tips.
Queensland Guineas Form Guide
The Queensland Guineas form guide details all the essential information for punters including the trainers, jockeys, barriers and lead-up runs of the three-year-olds in the field. When doing the Queensland Guineas form it is good to look for horses with a good record over the mile and previous winning form in Queensland.
The Queensland Guineas form has also stacked up in tougher races in recent years including in 2012 when the filly Pear Tart backed up from her win over the boys to take out the Group 1 Tattersall’s Tiara (1400m).
Queensland Guineas Results
Queensland Guineas results have been mixed for punters in recent years with the longest priced champ from the past decade being Jabali ($31) in 2015. Sir Moments ($14 in 2014) also scored an upset Queensland Guineas result. Notable Queensland Guineas winners include Sizzling (2013), Pear Tart (2012), Rothesay (2010) and Turffontein (2008).
2017 Queensland Guineas Results
Queensland Guineas Winners
|2016||Tsaritsa||Denmagic||Sold For Song||1:36.9|
|2014||Sir Moments||Liberty’s Choice||Ryker||1:22.9|
|2013||Sizzling||Dances On Stars||Lucky Hussler||1:24.2|
|2012||Pear Tart||Free Wheeling||Stradon||1:26.1|
|2011||Torio’s Quest||Benny’s Buttons||Spot The Rock||1:35.4|
|2009||Express Air||Marveen||La Etoile||1:39.8|
|2007||Sequential Charm||J Adane||Danleigh||1:35.5|
|2006||Nova Star||Fashions Afield||Funlove||1:36.5|
|2005||Saxon||Hit The Road||Special Times||1:35.9|
|2004||Winning Belle||Toulouse Lautrec||Little Punc||1:40.3|
|2003||True Glo||Sportsman||King Of Them All||1:33.3|
|2000||Magnifier||Fairway||Make Mine Magic||1:34.8|