Caulfield Guineas winner Super Seth is one of four $8.00 favourites for the 2020 Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington on February 29.
Racingbase.com.au is your home of the 2020 Australian Guineas. The race will take place on Saturday, 29 February, 2020 at Flemington Racecourse.
We provide you with Australian Guineas tips as well as an in depth guide into the runners, horses, final field, barrier draw, news, betting odds and information, and how you can watch a live stream to watch the race unfold.
Australian Guineas 2020
|Date||Saturday 29 February|
|Race Type||Set Weights|
|Prize Money||$1 million|
AUSTRALIAN GUINEAS TIPS
When trying to find the winner of the Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington, keeping some important factors on your side can help you.
Our experts assess all the Australian Guineas runners, their form, barrier draws, speedmap and more to help come up with our betting pointers and 2020 tips to help you back the winner.
Tipster Aaron Hamilton will provide his 2020 Australian Guineas tips and selections a few days prior to the Australian Guineas being held.
AUSTRALIAN GUINEAS ODDS
Leading bookmakers Sportsbet and BetEasy have the latest 2020 Australian Guineas betting odds available. There will be plenty of movements in the Australian Guineas betting markets in the days leading up to the race. See the latest market below or click on the links to take you direct to the bookmakers.
AUSTRALIAN GUINEAS LIVE STREAM
Australia’s leading bookmakers offer you the chance to watch the Australian Guineas (and all other races from Victorian tracks) free of charge. You can watch all Flemington races including the Australian Guineas streamed live online at Ladbrokes, BetEasy or Sportsbet. To find out how to stream the Australian Guineas live, see our guide to watch the race.
AUSTRALIAN GUINEAS HISTORY
The country’s best fillies, colts and geldings converge on the Australian Guineas, a set-weights race for three-year-olds that is held at Flemington during the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival.
The race often sees a future (or current) star racehorse emerge victorious.
The Australian Guineas is clearly the star attraction on the Flemington program with two support races – Group 3 TAB Rewards Stakes (1400m) and Group 3 Frances Tressady Stakes (1400m).
Taking place on the first day of the two-day VRC Autumn Carnival, the Australian Guineas takes place one week prior to Super Saturday where the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) and the Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m) are the highlights of the Flemington raceday.
From 1998 to 2000, the Australian Guineas was run over 2000m, and in 2007 the race was transferred to Caulfield Racecourse while track reconstruction took place at Flemington.
David Hayes and Lee Freedman have trained three Australian Guineas winners each; Hayes prepared King’s High (1989), Zabeel (1990) and Miss Finland (2007) while Freedman trained Mahogany (1994), Flying Spur (1996) and Mr Murphy (2001).
Favourites have claimed 11 of the past 30 Australian Guineas, but they have a terrible record in recent years with Light Fantastic the last favourite to win the race in 2008. Since then, eight favourites have gone under with all of them unplaced and only three finishing in the top five.
The Group 3 CS Hayes Stakes (1400m) for colts & geldings and the Group 3 The Vanity (1400m) for fillies are widely recognised as the ideal lead-up races to this event.
First run in 1986, the Australian Guineas was won by True Version when the race held Group 3 status before being elevated to a Group 1 the following year.
Other former winners of the Australian Guineas include Military Plume (1987), Zabeel (1990), Triscay (1991), Mahogany (1994), Dash For Cash (2002), Reset (2004), Apache Cat (2006), Miss Finland (2007), Mosheen (2012), Shamus Award (2014), Wandjina (2015), Hey Doc (2017) and Grunt (2018).
Australian Guineas Winners (Since 2000)
|2002||Dash For Cash|
|2009||Heart Of Dreams|
Flemington first opened in 1840 and was known originally known as Melbourne Racecourse. The original approach road to the racecourse passed through a property owned by James Watson.
He named his property Flemington after his wife’s hometown of Flemington in Morayshire, Scotland and it is believed that this is how the racecourse’s name was first introduced.
Since then, the track has become the centre-point of Australian thoroughbred horse racing. It was added to the Australian National Heritage list in November 2006 and the site is also listed on the Victorian Heritage Register.
The land in which Flemington racecourse now stands was owned by Robert Fleming who intended to use the area for farming cattle and sheep, along with running a butchery in the early 1800’s.
In 1864, the Victoria Racing Club was introduced to Flemington and up until 2001 acted as the principal authority responsible for managing the racing at the track and across Victoria, Australia.
Flemington hosts a total of 14 Group 1s throughout the Australian racing year, headed by the Melbourne Cup and Victoria Derby in the Spring Carnival in October and November.
The Melbourne Cup has been the centrepiece throughout the history of Flemington Racecourse. The two-mile handicap contest is the richest in the Australian racing calendar and routinely draws hundred of thousands of racegoers to the course each November.
Since its first running in 1861, the Melbourne Cup has produced a vast variety of longing memories at Flemington, both on and off of the track. The blend of over 100,000 attendees and world class thoroughbred racing adds further gloss to Flemington’s already rich history.
In 1875, the Melbourne Cup was awarded public holiday status due to the demand for Australian citizens to witness the unparalleled experience that the raceday provides.
FLEMINGTON TRACK DESCRIPTION
Flemington racecourse boasts a large pear shaped course with a circumference of 2,400 metres. It also has a straight six-furlong home-straight known as ‘The Straight Six’ which hosts many of Australia’s most valuable sprint contests including the Darley Classic.
Racing at Flemington is run in an anticlockwise direction making it a left-handed track with a long, sweeping final turn before the straight.
The track itself underwent a number of improvements during the early 21st century, including a new $45 million grandstand which opened in 2000.