Ladbrokes Tip: WA Guineas graduates can back-up in the Kingston Town Classic in the summer
The W.A. Guineas is a Group 2 race run at Ascot Racecourse in late November during the Perth Summer Racing Carnival on Railway Stakes Day.
The first of the major Western Australian race days over the summer season, Railway Stakes Day is headlined by the $1 million Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) for milers and the $1 million Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) for sprinters.
The WA Guineas for three-year-olds is the other key race on the card and is contested over 1600m at set weights.
The race offers $500,000 in total prize money and makes a nice lead-up for youngsters looking to take on the older horses in the following months Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) over the extra metres. The lastest horses to complete the WA Guineas – Kingston Town Classic double in the same year were Ihtsahymn (2013) and Playing God (2010).
The next edition of the WA Guineas is set to run on Mid November, 2017.
WA Guineas Field
The WA Guineas field attracts a quality line-up of mainly local three-year-old staying types looking to bag a Group win in Perth over the summer. Interstate contenders rarely make the trip west to run in the WA Guineas however in 2012 the Peter Snowden-trained Academus (2012) travelled over from Melbourne and won. One of the key lead-ups to the mile clash is the Listed Fairetha Stakes (1400m) held earlier in the month at the same track.
Recent WA Guineas winners to come off a Fairetha Stakes run include Man Booker (2nd in 2015), Rommel (2nd in 2014) and Ihtsahymn (6th in 2013) who turned the tables on that year’s Fairetha Stakes winner Saint Bro who ran third next start in the Guineas. Fillies taking on the boys in the WA Guineas field meanwhile often come off a run in the Group 3 WA Champion Fillies Classic (1600m) the week before, a race that produced the 2015 Guineas runner-up Spirit Bird (4th).
In 2013 the WA Champion Fillies winner Miss Rose De Lago backed-up with a second in the WA Guineas. Graduates out of the WA Guineas field often back-up in the Kingston Town Classic and the double has recently been achieved by Ihtsahymn (2013) and Playing God (2010) who also won the 2011 edition of the Group 1.
In 2014 the WA Guineas runner-up Disposition went on to run second to Moriarty in the Kingston Town Classic next start.
W.A. Guineas nominations close the Monday of race week followed by the release of the final field of acceptances and barriers on the Wednesday.
WA Guineas Odds & Betting
WA Guineas betting markets open after the field is out the Wednesday before the race runs on the Saturday as part of the lucrative Railway Stakes Day program, which is Perth’s richest race day.
Each summer the WA Guineas odds are led by class local three-year-olds coming off a top three run in a traditional lead-up race like the Fairetha Stakes or the WA Champion Fillies Classic for the female three-year-olds taking on the boys in the Group 2. Upsets in the race are not uncommon however and the last winner to jump at double-figures in the WA Guineas betting markets was Rommel ($21 in 2014).
WA Guineas Tips
Top WA Guineas tips to consider each summer include looking for local runners with a good record at Ascot that finished in the money at the track last time out in similar company and any runners proven over the mile distance.
Fillies also have a good recent record running top three in the WA Guineas trifecta so taking the better performed females in the race, especially those that ran well in the WA Champion Fillies Classic, is also a good WA Guineas betting tip.
WA Guineas Form Guide
The WA Guineas form guide details all the crucial information including the jockeys, trainers, barriers and lead-up runs of the three-year-olds in the Group 2 race field.
In recent years the WA Guineas form has stacked up in the Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) the next month back at Ascot Racecourse with plenty of three-year-olds running top three in both races.
WA Guineas Results
The WA Guineas results over the past decade have been dominated by single-figure fancies, but not the favourites, and local runners have a top strike-rate in the feature. Notable recent WA Guineas winners include Ihtsahymn (2013), Academus (2012), Playing God (2010) and Megatic (2007).
WA Guineas Winners
|2015||Man Booker||Spirit Bird||The Cobbla||1:34.7|
|2013||Ihtsahymn||Miss Rose De lago||Saint Bro||1:37.6|
|2012||Academus||Bippo No Bungus||Darlington Abbey||1:35.9|
|2011||King Saul||Caiguna||Red Hot Sax||1:36.1|
|2009||Clueless Angel||Thorn Dancer||The Corporation||1:35.0|
|2008||Moccasin Bend||Locus Standi||Saxon Palace||1:33.7|
|2006||Vain Crusader||Real Cheeky||Translate||1:35.8|
|2005||Cape North||Lock The Vault||Geil||1:36.0|
|2004||Dr John||Moet Magic||Stormy Nova||1:36.7|
|2003||River Mist||Changing Lanes||Laetare||1:37.3|
|2002||The Right Money||Trimagic||Amphritite||1:36.8|