The 2017 Sandown Guineas is a Group 2 rated event held each year in November as the Melbourne spring racing carnival begins to wind down. It is a three year old event raced under set weight conditions with $250,000 in prize money.
It is hosted at Sandown Racecourse and contested across a trip of 1600m. The Sandown Guineas is an important event on the card and helps to make up a program which is the biggest and most lucrative of the year for Sandown race club.
The Sandown Guineas is a tough race to win and it requires a gutsy horse to still be in shape towards the end of its prep.
It is the final black type event for three year olds in the spring and can either be one by the proven champion or a new contender.
All the three year old races of the spring give a good read on form with something like the Group 3 Carbine Club Stakes on Derby Day at Flemington one of the better lead up events.
Adding to the need for a horse to be tough in this event is the fact the Sandown straight is long and on an uphill slope.
For that reason it’s best to find the horses that run out a genuine mile and above as those which are stretching for the distance will struggle to run out the trip.
While the best of the three year olds are unlikely to press on all the way to the Sandown Guineas there have been some good performers.
In 1990 Durbridge won the race and in 1993 Voting set a blistering time of 1:34.6.
That mark was equalled in 2000 when Scenic Warrior triumphed.
Since then, Sandown Guineas winners include Sender in 2006 and Queensland Group 1 champion Pressday in 2010.
2017 Sandown Guineas Field
The Sandown Guineas field draws a range of horses from mainly Victorian stables. However, it’s not particularly unusual for a NSW or SA horse to enter the Sandown Guineas field, either as a standalone race or as part of their spring campaign in the state. Quite often, a lot of the genuine three year old talents will have already gone to the paddock, and will not compete in the Sandown Guineas field.
The 2017 Sandown Guineas field is published below.
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||150×524115||SNITZEPEG||Darren Weir||Dean Yendall||7||57kg||80|
|2||1×31374||BEAU GESTE||James Cummings||Damian Lane||4||57kg||76|
|3||48×14222||BLACK SAIL (NZ)||Aaron Purcell||Mark Zahra||5||57kg||70|
|4||1×11549||HYPNOTIST||Peter & Paul Snowden||–||6||57kg||70|
|5||6425×217||ICON OF DUBAI||Peter & Paul Snowden||–||8||57kg||63|
|6||1×187||OCTABELLO||Mick Price||Damien Oliver||10||57kg||67|
|7||49×6417090||GIVE||John Moloney||Patrick Moloney||1||57kg||60|
|8||56×1||VINLAND||Tony McEvoy||Luke Currie||3||57kg||62|
|9||314||VILLERMONT||Aaron Purcell||Luke Nolen||9||57kg||63|
|10||31||PEACEFUL STATE||Darren Weir||–||11||57kg||62|
|11||2x31x97462||I’LL HAVE A BIT||John McArdle||Jamie Mott||2||55kg||74|
2017 Sandown Guineas Nominations
The Sandown Guineas nominations usually attract a fairly diverse assortment of horses, with some who are well proven at Group level lining up against those that still have some convincing left to do. Keep an eye out on the Sandown Guineas nominations for a genuine talent who isn’t burnt out following an extensive spring campaign.
The 2017 Sandown Guineas nominations are provided here.
|No.||Last 10||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Ballot||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||2x31x97462||I’LL HAVE A BIT||F||3||John McArdle||1||55kg||74|
|3||1×31374||BEAU GESTE||C||3||James Cummings||3||57kg||76|
|5||48×14222||BLACK SAIL (NZ)||C||3||Aaron Purcell||5||57kg||70|
|7||1×11549||HYPNOTIST||C||3||Peter & Paul Snowden||7||57kg||70|
|8||6425×217||ICON OF DUBAI||C||3||Peter & Paul Snowden||8||57kg||63|
|10||3231×60||ALMIGHTY||C||3||Peter & Paul Snowden||10||57kg||62|
|11||143||IRISH VEGA||G||3||Anthony Freedman||11||57kg||68|
|16||31||PEACEFUL STATE||C||3||Darren Weir||16||57kg||62|
|18||52||FULTON STREET||C||3||John Sadler||18||57kg||59|
Sandown Guineas Results
Winners and placers in the Sandown Guineas since 2000 with winning times.
|2017||1 Villermont||2 Peaceful State||3 Black Sail||1:37.5|
|2016||1 Morton’s Fork||2 Ruthven||3 Jennifer Lynn||1:40.0|
|2015||1 Mahuta||2 Dal Cielo||3 Don’t Doubt Mamma||1:35.9|
|2014||1 Petrology||2 Stratum Star||3 Berisha||1:36.7|
|2013||1 Paximadia||2 Equator||3 Apollo’s Choice||1:37.4|
|2012||1 Tatra||2 Lunar Rise||3 Proverb||1:36.8|
|2011||1 So Swift||2 Niagara||3 Galah||1:38.8|
|2010||1 Pressday||2 Chasse||3 Bigelow||1:42.7|
|2009||1 Kidnapped||2 Majestic Music||3 Turf Express||1:36.2|
|2008||1 Caymans||2 Marveen||3 Lucky Thunder||1:38.0|
|2007||1 Schilling||2 Masked Assassin||3 Wind Shear||1:38.6|
|2006||1 Sender||2 Flame Of Sydney||3 Wordsmith||1:34.8|
|2005||1 Cayambe||2 Zigotto||3 Aztec Smytzer||1:39.4|
|2004||1 Binding||2 Barely A Moment||3 Al Maher||1:42.5|
|2003||1 Pay Keys||2 Ikes Dream||3 Delzao||1:36.1|
|2002||1 Dextrous||2 Lawsons Storm||3 Cool Azz||1:35.5|
|2001||1 Moon Dragon||2 All Courage||3 Rod To Dance||1:35.8|
|2000||1 Scenic Warrior||2 Wyndam Special||3 Paradiddle||1:34.6|