Australian Guineas

Australian Guineas

Group One Betting Guide
Date: Saturday March 4, 2023
Location: Flemington Racecourse
Prize Money: $1,000,000
Distance: 1,600m

THE Group 1 Australian Guineas is run at Flemington racecourse for three-year-olds, which is run at set weights, over the distance of 1600 metres.

The race is run during the autumn carnival and draws some of the best three-year-olds in the nation to Melbourne for the $1,000,000 prize money.

The Australian Guineas has been hosted by two different tracks in its 31 year history. Racing at Flemington, the only time the Australian Guineas has been held anywhere else was in 1997 when Caulfield held the event due to course renovations.

The race gained group one status one year after its inception after starting its history as a group three event.

The Australian Guineas is typically dominated by the colts. Only three fillies in the history of the race have gone on to win it.

2023 Australian Guineas betting odds

Lunar Fox
Lunar Fox saluted at odds of $251 in the 2021 Australian Guineas, who will take out the 2023 edition?

Markets for the 2023 Australian Guineas are currently unavailable. Horsebetting.com.au will update this page as the become available.

Best Australian Guineas bookmakers

The bookmakers open all-in markets on the Australian Guineas weeks in advance. In the week leading up to the race however tote markets and fixed odds become readily available across the board.

Here are some of our favourite bookmakers to bet on the Guineas.

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Australian Guineas Betting Guide

The Australian Guineas is a male-dominated race.

Since its inception in 1986, just three fillies have saluted in the race, Mystic Journey in 2019, Mosheen back in 2012 and Shamrocker, which got the job done in 2011.

In addition to that, the outside barriers have been a disastrous place to be in the Guineas. Mosheen became the first horse in 30 years to win from a double figure barrier. With barrier two proving the most successful, with seven winners saluting from barrier two.

2022 Australian Guineas result


1stHitotsu ($8.50)
2ndLightsaber ($5.00)
3rdBon’s A Pearla ($10.00)

Recent Australian Guineas winners

  • The Ciaron Maher & David Eustace-trained Hitotsu became just the third horse to complete the Victoria Derby / Australian Guineas double when claiming a remarkable victory in the 2022 Guineas. Having been first-up from a spell since claiming the Derby, the fact the stable were able to get him sharp enough for a 1600m Group 1, following a Group 1 victory over 2400m shows just how versatile Hitotsu is. From barrier one, he tracked the speed throughout and when a run came in the home straight was able to grind away the defecit with every stride and managed to hit the front with 25m to go and produced one of the greatest training efforts in recent times.
  • When a runner is sent around as a $251 chance in a Group 1, they generally have no chance to even beat a single runner home. However, Lunar Fox floored the punting world when getting the job done at $251 when holding out the likes of Cherry Tortoni and Tagaloa. Having finished 13 lengths off Tagaloa in the CS Hayes Stakes, it was a remarkable turn around of form for the Paul Preusker-trained colt.
  • After Alligator Bloods impressive form heading into the Australia Guineas, it was clear why the three-year-old gelding was the clear favourite. Ryan Maloney barely had to lift a finger as he jumped and held the lead rail the entire 1600 metres, when asked to give a little at the straight there was no hesitation winning by over a length and giving Alligator Blood his first group one win.
  • It was a Tasmanian Guineas in 2019 as Mystic Journey continued her brilliant run of form. Hawkshot speared out to an early lead in the race and lead the field for the majority of the contest but when the leader shifted out Mystic Journey took the inside run and speared away to record a dominant victory. Hawkshot stayed on strongly to finish second and subsequently booked a wildcard spot in the All-Star Mile.
  • Grunt claimed the first of two Group 1 titles in 2018 in the Australian Guineas in typical fighting fashion. Striking the front late in the piece, Grunt fought off a late challenge from the Darren Weir-trained Peaceful State to cling to a terrific win. The galloper would go on to claim the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes later in the year.
  • Hey Doc became Cox Plate-winning trainer Tony McEvoy’s first group 1 winner since 2004 with a convincing victory. Hey Doc took the early initiative and pushed forward, before jockey Luke Currie found a nice run to the line, firstly gaining a nice break, before holding on for dear life to defeat Prized Icon and Snitzson. Read a full report.
  • It was one of the strongest fields we have seen in an Australian Guineas and the race did not disappoint. Superstar Palentino came down the outside in a veritable who’s who of the three-year-old scene and just claimed the prize ahead of Tarzino and Jameka. Read a full report.
  • Gai Waterhouse-trained Wandjina put on a front-running display that will go down in Australian Guineas folklore. With the more favoured pair Stratum Star and Alpine Eagle hitting the line strongly Wandjina found a kick late to ensure the prize money would go back to Sydney.
  • Shamus Award found the front early and dictated terms from the front. The colt was one of the chief elects in the market, but the more fancied runners Hucklebuck and the Quarterback were expected to close, but never did. It was a brilliant front running display from a former Cox Plate champion.

Previous winners of the Australian Guineas

Australian Guineas Past Winners
Year Horse Jockey Trainer
2022 Hitotsu John Allen Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
2021 Lunar Fox Michael Dee Paul Preusker
2020 Alligator Blood Ryan Maloney David Vandyke
2019 Mystic Journey Anthony Darmanin Adam Trinder
2018 Grunt Damien Oliver Mick Price
2017 Hey Doc Luke Currie Tony McEvoy
2016 Palentino Mark Zahra Darren Weir
2015 Wandjina Brett Prebble Gai Waterhouse
2014 Shamus Award Craig Williams Danny O’Brien
2013 Ferlax Stephen Baster Jim Conlan
2012 Mosheen Danny Nikolic Robert Smerdon
2011 Shamrocker Glen Boss Danny O’Brien
2010 Rock Classic Michael Rodd Bart Cummings
2009 Heart Of Dreams Craig Newitt Mick Price
2008 Light Fantastic Craig Newitt Mick Price
2007 Miss Finland Craig Williams David Hayes
2006 Apache Cat Noel Callow Greg Eurell
2005 Al Maher Noel Callow Gai Waterhouse
2004 Reset Danny Nikolic Graeme Rogerson
2003 Delago Brom Patrick Payne Tommy Hughes
2002 Dash For Cash Scott Seamer Rick Hore-Lacy
2001 Mr Murphy Damien Oliver Lee Freedman
2000 Pins Shane Dye Clarry Connors
1999 Dignity Dancer Jim Cassidy Bill Mitchell
1998 Gold Guru Greg Childs Leon Macdonald
1997 Mouawad Grant Cooksley Clarry Conners
1996 Flying Spur Damien Oliver Lee Freedman
1995 Baryshnikov Jim Cassidy Kerry Jordan
1994 Mahogany Greg Hall Lee Freedman
1993 Kenny’s Best Pal Greg Childs Rick Hore-Lacy
1992 Jolly Old Mac Darren Gauci John Sadler
1991 Triscay Mick Dittman Jack Denham
1990 Zabeel Michael Clarke David Hayes
1989 King’s High Gary Clarke David Hayes
1988 Flotilla Greg Hall Jack Denham
1987 Military Plume Michael Clarke Colin Hayes
1986 True Version Darren Gauci Angus Armanasco

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