The Australian Guineas (1600m) takes place at Melbourne’s Flemington Racecourse annually in late February or early March during the Melbourne Autumn Carnival and is a set-weights race for three-year-olds.
With a $500,000 prize fund, the race attracts the country’s top three-year-old fillies, colts and geldings, with the fillies carrying 54.5kg and the colts and geldings carrying 56.5kg.
The Australian Guineas is the feature race on the Flemington card, with the only other significant race on the day being the Group 3 Frances Tressady Stakes (1400m).
Taking place on the first day of the two-day VRC Autumn Carnival, the Australian Guineas takes place one week prior to Super Saturday where the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) and the Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m) are the highlights of the Flemington raceday.
From 1998 to 2000, the Australian Guineas was run over 2000m, and in 2007 the race was transferred to Caulfield Racecourse while track reconstruction took place at Flemington.
The Group 3 CS Hayes Stakes (1400m) for colts & geldings and the Group 3 The Vanity Stakes (1400m) for fillies are widely recognised as the ideal lead-up races to this event.
First run in 1986, the Australian Guineas was won by True Version when the race held Group 3 status before being elevated to a Group 1 the following year.
The honour roll lists some quality gallopers with the most recent winner of the Australian Guineas being Ferlax in 2013.
Other former winners of the Australian Guineas include Military Plume (1987), Zabeel (1990), Triscay (1991), Mahogany (1994), Dash For Cash (2002), Reset (2004), Apache Cat (2006), Miss Finland (2007) and Mosheen (2012).