The Daren Weir trained colt had an eight start Spring campaign that realised a highlight win in the G3 Norman Robinson and placings in the G2 Moonee Valley Vase when finishing 3.5 lengths in arrears of Aloisia and the Listed UCI Stakes when just under a half-length from Main Stage, Resuming this Autumn in the G3 Manfred at Caulfield, he displayed good speed to secure a half-length victory. Second-up into the CS Hayes, Brad Rawiller was up for the first time and settling the colt just behind the speed was unable to hold off Grunt who finished over the top. John Allen goes back up for the Guineas and has been in the saddle at each of the five victories that the son of Canford Cliffs has saluted in. 1 from 1 at the mile, Cliffs edge is yet to win at Flemington in 4 attempts, having been the runner-up in two occasions.
The Busuttin/Young colt was well placed leading in to the VRC Derby in the Spring and went into the Blue Riband feature having never missed a cheque in 6 career starts. Landing a wide barrier (13) in the Derby he settled at the rear and was making good ground in the closing stages to finish 5th, just under three lengths from the winner Ace High. Leading in to the Derby he was a narrow 2nd to Tavistock Abbey in a set weights and penalties event over 1800m, before exploding down the Flemington straight to arrive for victory over Cliff's Edge in the Listed UCI Stakes. Resuming in the CS Hayes he again drew wide and was doing his best work in the closing stages to finish just under two lengths from the winner Grunt. With a better gate here and the rise to the 1600m working in his favour, will this be his time to shine?
Mighty Boss should appreciate dropping back to racing his own age at set weights after taking on weight-for-age company at his past two starts, running in the CF Orr Stakes and Futurity Stakes at Caulfield in his two runs back from a spell. During the Spring the colt was being aimed towards the Caulfield Guineas and the preparation was inch perfect as Price had the colt finish strongly over the top of the field to secure the G1 stallion making race at big odds by defeating Kementari. Resuming in the CF Orr, the chestnut had a luckless passage and was within one length of the winner on the line. Last start in the Futurity, he faced a torrid run in finishing six lengths from the winner Brave Smash. Michael Walker keeps the ride and from barrier 2 should be able to find a perfect spot tucked in behind the pace.
The CS Hayes Stakes has become a great form race for the Australian Guineas in recent years and the Guineas winner has come out of the Hayes the past 3 years in succession. The 2018 Hayes winner was Grunt and he lines up looking to emulate Hey Doc and complete the double. The O’Reilly colt has been given no favours at the barrier draw, landing marble 17 of 18. The colt started his career in a 1400m set weights and penalties event for 2YO when finishing one length from the winner Aloisia. Sent for a spell he returned as a 3YO and scored a four length victory at Werribee in a 1400m maiden. Mick Price then sent the colt to Morphettville on Boxing Day where carrying 59.5kg he scored a dominant three length victory. Freshened for the Hayes Damien Oliver took the ride and arrived in time to defeat Cliff’s Edge.
The Australian Guineas is restricted to 3YO’s run over 1600m at Flemington. A Group 1 event it is held under the conditions of set weights with colts & geldings to carry 56.5kg and fillies to carry 54.5kg.
The only G1 race exclusively for the 3YO’s during the Melbourne Autumn carnival, the Australian Guineas originated in 1986 as a Group 3 and achieved G1 status the year after its inception. It is a ‘stallion-making race’ with the residual value of any colt winning the race rising exponentially.
Total prizemoney on offer in 2018 is $1,000,000 with the winner to receive $600,000. The 2017 winner was the Tony McEvoy trained Hey Doc, ridden by Luke Currie. Other past winners include colts that have gone on to be top stallions like Zabeel, Flying Spur, Pins & Dash For Cash, while talented fillies to have won include Triscay, Miss Finland & Mosheen.
The Australian Guineas forms a part of the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival.
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|Date:||Sat 3 March 2018|
|Race Time:||16:30 AEDT|
|Race Type||3YO SW|
|2017 Winner:||Hey Doc|
|2018 Australian Guineas Odds|
|2009||Heart Of Dreams|