Top 5 Australian Guineas Winners
The Australian Guineas (1600m) is a Group 1 race for the three-year-olds at Flemington and has been won by some champion gallopers over the years. See who made our list of top 5 Australian Guineas winners since 2000.
In modern times, the feature race has been taken out by some outstanding gallopers.
Top 5 Australian Guineas winners.
1. APACHE CAT (2006)
The popular Apache Cat staged a memorable duel with one of New Zealand’s finest, Darci Brahma, in the 2006 Australian Guineas. The baldy faced galloper retired with eight wins at Group 1 level and became renowned as a sprinter, with the remainder of his wins at the highest level coming over trips shorter than that of the Guineas’ 1600m.
2. MISS FINLAND (2007)
The champion mare was too good for the boys in 2007 and the performance capped off what was a brilliant 12 months for the David Hayes-trained galloper whose other major wins came in the Golden Slipper (1200m), Thousand Guineas (1600m) and Crown Oaks (2500m).
3. SHAMUS AWARD (2014)
The only horse to have ever won both the Australian Guineas (1600m) and the Cox Plate (2040m), Shamus Award was too strong for his rivals in 2014. He is also remembered as the only horse to have ever won the Cox Plate as a maiden. The Danny O’Brien-trained galloper controversially snuck into the field that year on the back of a 3rd placing behind Long John in the Caulfield Guineas (1600m) and led them up with the lightweight before holding on from Happy Trails and Fiorente.
4. HEY DOC (2017)
An underrated galloper from the Tony & Calvin McEvoy stables, Hey Doc won the Australian Guineas in 2017 but has predominately been kept to shorter trips since and has picked up the Manikato Stakes (1200m) on two occasions, while he headed west to score in the Winterbottom Stakes in 2019.
5. RESET (2004)
Five career starts for five wins. We will never know just how good Reset could have become on the track after he was sold to stud after just one campaign. His last race a winning performance in the Futurity Stakes (1400m), which followed his triumph in what was an epic Australian Guineas (1600) where he held off the future star, Starcraft.