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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.

Alongside the Sandown Guineas on the card are the likes of the Group 2 Zipping Classic, Group 3 Sandown Stakes, Group 3 Eclipse Stakes, Group 3 Summoned Stakes and Group 3 Kevin Heffernan Stakes.

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
2 150×524115 SNITZEPEG C 3 Darren Weir 2 57kg 80
3 1×31374 BEAU GESTE C 3 James Cummings 3 57kg 76
4 32x321x218 GAULOIS C 3 James Cummings 4 57kg 73
5 48×14222 BLACK SAIL (NZ) C 3 Aaron Purcell 5 57kg 70
6 4x353x110 PASEETO C 3 Tony McEvoy 6 57kg 72
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
9 1×187 OCTABELLO C 3 Mick Price 9 57kg 67
10 3231×60 ALMIGHTY C 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 10 57kg 62
11 143 IRISH VEGA G 3 Anthony Freedman 11 57kg 68
12 116 TAMASA C 3 Darren Weir 12 57kg 68
13 56×1 VINLAND C 3 Tony McEvoy 13 57kg 62
14 49×6417090 GIVE C 3 John Moloney 14 57kg 60
15 314 VILLERMONT C 3 Aaron Purcell 15 57kg 63
16 31 PEACEFUL STATE C 3 Darren Weir 16 57kg 62
17 52 BLUEBROOK G 3 Todd Balfour 17 57kg 60
18 52 FULTON STREET C 3 John Sadler 18 57kg 59
19 0x645 MOJOS C 3 Ray Besanko 19 57kg 53

Sandown Guineas Results

Winners and placers in the Sandown Guineas since 2000 with winning times.

Year Results Winning Time
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

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