Australian Guineas

Australian Guineas

Group One Betting Guide
Date: Saturday March 1, 2025
Location: Flemington Racecourse
Prize Money: $1,000,000
Distance: 1600m

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.


2025 Australian Guineas betting odds

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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 four fillies have saluted in the race, Legarto in 2023, 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.

The C.S. Hayes Stakes has emerged as the most productive lead-up since the Guineas assumed its current position the week before Super Saturday in 2011. From 2015-18, Wandjina (2015), Hey Doc (2017) and Grunt (2018) all achieved the double. Alligator Blood (2020) also recently completed the CS Hayes – Australian Guineas double.


2025 Australian Guineas Final Field

HorseBetting will update this page when the 2025 Australian Guineas field is released.


Previous Australian Guineas Fields

Many a rising three-year-old has taken out the Australian Guineas.

  • Riff Rocket Silks

    1. Riff Rocket (9)

    • T: Chris Waller
    • J: Craig Williams
    • W: 57kg
    • F: 1×121
    • Age: 3YO
    • Color: Bay
    • Sex: Gelding
    • Sire: American Pharoah (USA)
    • Dam: Missile Coda
    Veight Silks

    2. Veight (6)

    • T: Tony & Calvin McEvoy
    • J: Damian Lane
    • W: 57kg
    • F: 41×52
    • Age: 3YO
    • Color: Bay
    • Sex: Colt
    • Sire: Grunt (NZ)
    • Dam: Neena Rock
    King Colorado Silks

    3. King Colorado (12)

    • T: Ciaron Maher
    • J: Mark Zahra
    • W: 57kg
    • F: 26×04
    • Age: 3YO
    • Color: Bay
    • Sex: Colt
    • Sire: Kingman (GB)
    • Dam: More Aspen
    Apulia Silks

    4. Apulia (15)

    • T: Ben, Will & JD Hayes
    • J: Luke Currie
    • W: 57kg
    • F: x2148
    • Age: 3YO
    • Color: Bay
    • Sex: Colt
    • Sire: Fiorente (IRE)
    • Dam: Giannarelli
    Zipaway Silks

    5. Zipaway (10)

    • T: Neville Parnham
    • J: Steven Parnham
    • W: 57kg
    • F: 3×314
    • Age: 3YO
    • Color: Bay
    • Sex: Gelding
    • Sire: Playing God
    • Dam: Boutique
    Cap Ferrat Silks

    6. Cap Ferrat (2)

    • T: Chris Waller
    • J: Joshua Parr
    • W: 57kg
    • F: 6×237
    • Age: 3YO
    • Color: Bay
    • Sex: Colt
    • Sire: Snitzel
    • Dam: C’est Beau La Vie
    The Pendragon Silks

    7. The Pendragon (14)

    • T: Michael Moroney
    • J: Jordan Childs
    • W: 57kg
    • F: 21110
    • Age: 3YO
    • Color: Bay
    • Sex: Colt
    • Sire: U S Navy Flag (USA)
    • Dam: Kerre (IRE)
    Run Harry Run Silks

    8. Run Harry Run (16)

    • T: Michael Moroney
    • J: Daniel Stackhouse
    • W: 57kg
    • F: 9×111
    • Age: 3YO
    • Color: Chestnut
    • Sex: Gelding
    • Sire: Written Tycoon
    • Dam: Maybe Markle
    Sunsets Silks

    9. Sunsets (13)

    • T: Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
    • J: John Allen
    • W: 57kg
    • F: x3142
    • Age: 3YO
    • Color: Bay
    • Sex: Colt
    • Sire: Dundeel (NZ)
    • Dam: Waterloo Sunset
    Verdad Silks

    10. Verdad (3)

    • T: Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock
    • J: Joe McNeil
    • W: 57kg
    • F: 3×526
    • Age: 3YO
    • Color: Bay
    • Sex: Gelding
    • Sire: Justify (USA)
    • Dam: Whistle Baby
    Snow Patrol Silks

    11. Snow Patrol (7)

    • T: Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)
    • J: Blake Shinn
    • W: 57kg
    • F: 1×431
    • Age: 3YO
    • Color: Bay
    • Sex: Gelding
    • Sire: Contributer (IRE)
    • Dam: O’Rocker
    Southport Tycoon Silks

    12. Southport Tycoon (4)

    • T: Ciaron Maher
    • J: Jamie Kah
    • W: 57kg
    • F: 22×92
    • Age: 3YO
    • Color: Chestnut
    • Sex: Colt
    • Sire: Written Tycoon
    • Dam: Ready To Rule (USA)
    Otago Silks

    13. Otago (5)

    • T: Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)
    • J: Ben Melham
    • W: 57kg
    • F: 4×11
    • Age: 3YO
    • Color: Chestnut
    • Sex: Gelding
    • Sire: Ocean Park (NZ)
    • Dam: Steel Stilettos
    Hey Fat Cat Silks

    14. Hey Fat Cat (1)

    • T: Robbie Laing
    • J: Ethan Brown
    • W: 57kg
    • F: 55411
    • Age: 3YO
    • Color: Brown
    • Sex: Gelding
    • Sire: Rubick
    • Dam: Keep de Rose (NZ)
    Quintessa Silks

    15. Quintessa (8)

    • T: Mark Walker
    • J: Michael Dee
    • W: 55kg
    • F: 4122x
    • Age: 3YO
    • Color: Bay
    • Sex: Filly
    • Sire: Shamus Award
    • Dam: Chaquinta (NZ)
    Vieste Silks

    16. Vieste (17)

    • T: Benjamin Smith
    • J: Brock Ryan
    • W: 55kg
    • F: 3×809
    • Age: 3YO
    • Color: Brown
    • Sex: Filly
    • Sire: Maurice (JPN)
    • Dam: Blazing Dragon
    Mah Ali Silks

    17 (1E). Mah Ali (11)

    • T: Benjamin Smith
    • J: Fred Kersley
    • W: 55kg
    • F: 2×966
    • Age: 3YO
    • Color: Bay
    • Sex: Filly
    • Sire: More Than Ready (USA)
    • Dam: Demanding Miss
  • No. Silks Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
    1 Silks
    Jacquinot
    Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)
    Damian Lane
    11
    57kg
    2 Silks
    Elliptical
    Anthony & Sam Freedman
    Blake Shinn
    2
    57kg
    3 Silks
    Osipenko
    Chris Waller
    TBC
    13
    57kg
    4 Silks
    Mr Maestro
    Andrew Forsman
    Ben Melham
    15
    57kg
    5 Silks
    Virtuous Circle
    Liam Howley
    Blaike McDougall
    10
    57kg
    6 Silks
    The Fortune Teller
    Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
    John Allen
    6
    57kg
    7 Silks
    Bank Maur
    Richard Laming
    Jye McNeil
    17
    57kg
    8 Silks
    Amenable
    Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)
    Damien Oliver
    1
    57kg
    9 Silks
    Elkington Road
    Mike Moroney
    Jamie Mott
    4
    57kg
    10 Silks
    Lindermann
    Chris Waller
    Luke Nolen
    14
    57kg
    11 Silks
    Muramasa
    Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
    Daniel Moor
    16
    57kg
    12 Silks
    Maximullius
    Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)
    Ethan Brown
    3
    57kg
    13 Silks
    Holymanz
    Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
    Mark Zahra
    5
    57kg
    14 Silks
    Attrition
    Mitchell Freedman
    Jamie Kah
    7
    57kg
    15 Silks
    Legarto
    Ken & Bev Kelso
    Michael Dee
    9
    55kg
    16 Silks
    Laced Up Heels
    Luke Fernie
    Chris Parnham
    12
    55kg
    17 Silks
    Japanese Emperor (1E)
    Mike Moroney
    Daniel Stackhouse
    8
    57kg
  • No. Silks Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
    1 Silks
    Hitotsu
    Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
    John Allen
    2
    57kg
    2 Silks
    Captivant
    Peter & Paul Snowden
    Jamie Kah
    10
    57kg
    3 Silks
    Profondo
    Richard Litt
    Robbie Dolan
    15
    57kg
    4 Silks
    Forgot You
    Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
    Mark Zahra
    6
    57kg
    5 Silks
    Alegron
    James Cummings
    Damien Oliver
    3
    57kg
    6 Silks
    Coastwatch
    Chris Waller
    Craig Williams
    18
    57kg
    7 Silks
    Lightsaber
    Peter Moody
    Luke Nolen
    4
    57kg
    8 Silks
    Ranch Hand
    Chris Waller
    Craig Williams
    9
    57kg
    9 Silks
    Pinstriped
    Enver Jusufovic
    Michael Dee
    11
    57kg
    10 Silks
    Rhinoceros
    Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
    Jamie Mott
    5
    57kg
    11 Silks
    Spirit Of Gaylard
    Mitchell Freedman
    Jordan Childs
    8
    57kg
    12 Silks
    Sharp Response
    Julius Sandhu
    Beau Mertens
    12
    57kg
    13 Silks
    Prix De Turn
    Matthew Brown
    Ben Allen
    16
    57kg
    14 Silks
    Zerelle
    Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
    Craig Newitt
    17
    57kg
    15 Silks
    Pascero
    Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
    Damian Lane
    7
    57kg
    16 Silks
    Bon’s A Pearla
    Kevin Corstens
    Brett Prebble
    13
    55kg
    17 Silks
    Maurice’s Medad
    Bjorn Baker
    Joshua Parr
    14
    57kg
    18 Silks
    Corona Lad
    Nathan Dunn
    Thomas Stockdale
    1
    57kg

2024 Australian Guineas result


1stSouthport Tycoon (-666.67)
2ndVeight (-666.67)
3rdRiff Rocket (-666.67)

Recent Australian Guineas winners

  • Jamie Kah took out her second Group 1 race in a matter of a week, as she guided Southport Tycoon ($17.00) to victory in the Australian Guineas after claiming the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes. Combining with trainer Ciaron Maher, Kah gave the son of Written Tycoon a peach of a ride from midfield and allowed her mount to build momentum rounding the home turn before unleashing with his finish. After Veight ($5.00) took the lead from the tiring leaders, Hey Fat Cat ($26.00) and The Pendragon ($34.00), Southport Tycoon quickly levelled up and got himself involved in a battle for the lead, but he started to edge clear in the final 150m to race clear with the victory. The best of the swoopers was the race favourite Riff Rocket ($2.45) and Quintessa ($21.00), with the duo finishing third and fourth in that order.
  • The New Zealand raiders Ken & Bev Kelso have taken out the Group 1 Australian Guineas with Legarto who powered over the top of Attrition in the final 50m to record her second Group 1 success of her short career. After jumping nicely, Michael Dee had his filly midfield on the fence, with a lot of traffic in front of her, but as the field rounded the home turn, he was able to get off the fence and go for a run on the outside of horse. However, at the 300m the eventual third-placegetter Japanese Emperor closed the gap on her and made her switch back to the inside, but when Dee pushed the button, the daughter of Proisir exploded and flashed home to nab Attrition in the final strides. The punters were all over the Kiwi filly in the closing stages of betting, as she was smashed in betting from $9 to $6.50 with online bookmakers in the final 10 minutes of betting.Even though the win of Legarto was thrilling, there was a fall that happened about 250m out from the winning post in the home straight that saw Maximillius and Holymanz tumble along with their jockeys, Ethan Brown and Mark Zahra. Ethan Brown was taken to hospital in an ambulance for further assessment, while Zahra was treated on track for any injuries he suffered.
  • 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
2024 Southport Tycoon Ciaron Maher Jamie Kah
2023 Legarto Michael Dee Ken & Bev Kelso
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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