The 2017 Randwick Guineas Day results will be updated all afternoon at horseracing.com.au and hopefully the wet weather will stay away, so that the meeting will be completed.
The Randwick Guineas and Canterbury Stakes are the two Group 1 events at Royal Randwick this afternoon and both races will be very competitive affairs.
Chris Waller-trained Comin’ Through ($3.80) is a narrow favourite from the well-backed Invincible Gem ($4), Hobartville Stakes winner Man From Uncle ($5), Team Hawkes-trained Inference ($6.50) and Godolphin-owned Malaise ($9.50).
Chautauqua ($3) is clinging onto favouritism in 2017 Canterbury Stakes betting markets with Ladbrokes from Bjorn Baker-trained Music Magnate ($3.80), 2016 Royal Randwick Guineas winner Le Romain ($5) and Kiwi three-year-old Ugo Foscolo ($7.50).
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Race 9 (5:30pm) – $125,000 Listed Randwick City Stakes Results
Astronomos was far too good for his rivals in the 2017 Randwick City Stakes at Royal Randwick this afternoon.
The Randwick Stakes was run at an incredibly slow tempo, but Astronomos travelled into the race very nicely and he hit the front without being asked for an extra effort by jockey Jason Collett.
Astronomos kept running away from his rivals in the final stages and he looks set for a big spring campaign.
- 1st: Astronomos
- 2nd: Cafe Society
- 3rd: Montauk
Race 8 (4:50pm) – $150,000 Group 3 Aspiration Quality Results
A brilliant ride from Glyn Schofield helped Elle Lou record back-to-back wins in the 2017 Aspiration Quality at Royal Randwick this afternoon.
Elle Lou had never recorded back-to-back wins during her racing career to date, but she was able to build on her victory in the Stan King Handicap last start to claim a maiden black-type win in the Aspiration Quality.
Schofield was able to get Elle Lou to the outside of the track quickly and that proved to be the difference as she finished over the top of Song and Laughter and held-off a flying Alegria.
- 1st: Elle Lou
- 2nd: Alegria
- 3rd: Song And Laughter
Race 7 (4:10pm) – $1,000,000 Group 1 Randwick Guineas Results
Inference stormed home down the outside rail to win the 2017 Randwick Guineas in Sydney this afternoon.
Invincible Gem took up the running in the Randwick Guineas, while jockey Tommy Berry elected to settle Inference at the tail of the field.
Invincible Gem fought off Comin’ Through and could not have been braver, but Inference found the best ground on the outside rail and he finished over the top of the filly to take out the Randwick Guineas.
Inference will head towards the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m) in a fortnight before he contests the Group 1 Australian Derby (2400m) on the opening day of The Championships.
- 1st: Inference
- 2nd: Invincible Gem
- 3rd: Comin’ Through
Race 6 (3:30pm) – $500,000 Group 2 Challenge Stakes Results
English held-off Redzel to win the Challenge Stakes for the second year in a row at Royal Randwick this afternoon.
There was no money for English in the lead-up to the Challenge Stakes and she was in the second half of the field early, but she responded quickly when asked for an extra effort and took up the running at the 200.
Redzel was the major danger and he flew home late in the best part of the ground, but English was able to hold him off to record a narrow victory.
Co-trainer Adrian Bott was pleased to see English make a winning return to the races and he confirmed that she will have her next race start in the Group 1 The Galaxy (1100m).
- 1st: English
- 2nd: Redzel
- 3rd: Supido
Race 5 (2:50pm) – $500,000 Group 1 Canterbury Stakes Results
Le Romain scored a narrow victory over Chautauqua in a thrilling edition of the 2017 Canterbury Stakes at Royal Randwick this afternoon.
Chautauqua was a long way back in the early stages of the race and was at least three lengths off the tail of the field, but he quickly made up ground and he stormed to the lead at the 300 metre mark.
The outside of the track has been the best place to be all afternoon and Le Romain charged home out wide.
Le Romain and Chautauqua came together at the 100 metre mark and Chautauqua looked as though he had his rivals measure, but Le Romain fought back in the final stages to score a third Group 1 victory.
- 1st: Le Romain
- 2nd: Chautauqua
- 3rd: Hauraki
Race 4 (2:15pm) – $150,000 Group 3 Wenona Girl Quality (1200m)
Rocket Commander fought back after she looked beaten to record a tough victory in the 2017 Wenona Girl Quality at Royal Randwick this afternoon.
Tommy Berry settled Rocket Commander right on the speed and she took up the running at the top of the straight, but she looked well beaten at the 250 metre mark.
It looked as though Hieroglyphics had the race won when she kicked clear of Nancy and Zestful, but Rocket Commander lifted incredibly in the final 100 metres and got her nose down at the right time to steal victory.
- 1st: Rocket Commander
- 2nd: Hieroglyphics
- 3rd: Zestful
Race 3 (1:40pm) – $125,000 Listed Fireball Stakes Results
Samantha found the line in impressive fashion to score a narrow victory in the 2017 Fireball Stakes at Royal Randwick this afternoon.
With 100 metres left to run there were plenty of winning chances as the leading chances spread right across the track, but Samantha showed an electric turn-of-foot in the final stages to record the biggest win of her career.
Trainer Gerald Ryan said that he has plenty of options with Samantha, but suggested that she will head towards the PJ Bell Stakes during The Championships.
- 1st: Samantha
- 2nd: Glenall
- 3rd: Super Maxi
Race 2 (1:05pm) – $300,000 Group 2 Todman Stakes Results
Gunnison fought-off stablemate Invader to record a tough victory in a thrilling edition of the 2017 Todman Stakes.
Gunnison took up the running in the early stages of the Todman Stakes and he looked like a sitting duck when the likes of Menari , Invader and Veranillo loomed on the outside.
Invader looked as as though he was going to finish over the top of his stablemate, but Gunnison just kept on fighting and held on to make it two wins from as many starts.
Menari started the Todman Stakes as a dominant favourite and Tim Clark got him to the right part of the track, but he was unable to finish the race off.
- 1st: Gunnison
- 2nd: Invader
- 3rd: Veranillo
Race 1 (12:25pm) – $300,000 Group 2 Reisling Stakes Results
A gutsy ride from Tommy Berry helped Frolic record an upset victory over She Will Reign in the 2017 Reisling Stakes at Royal Randwick this afternoon.
Berry elected to settle Frolic a at the tail of the field in the Reisling Stakes, while From Within took up the running from the short-priced favourite She Will Reign.
She Will Reign looked like she had the race won when she took up the running from From Within, but Berry got Frolic to the outside rail and it proved to be the winning move as she finished over the top of her rivals.
Trainer Michael Freedman was quick to pay credit to the track-walking ability of Berry and confirmed that Frolic will head to the 2017 Golden Slipper in a fortnight.
- 1st: Frolic
- 2nd: She Will Reign
- 3rd: Villa Carlotta