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Randwick Guineas 2017

DateSaturday 4 March
TrackRandwick Racecourse
ClassGroup 1
Race TypeSet Weights
Prize Money$1 million


Our experts will have their pre-race predictions and Randwick Guineas betting selections available for the Group 1 race.

Some key Randwick Guineas pointers are:

  • The Hobartville Stakes is the ideal lead up form
  • Barriers 1-5 are an advantage
  • Favourites have a good record


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The Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) takes place at Randwick Racecourse annually in March and is a set-weights race for three-year-olds.

With $550,000 in prizemoney the Randwick Guineas attracts the country’s best mile/middle-distance horses with the winner automatically qualifying for the Group 1 AJC Australian Derby and Doncaster Handicap.

The most reliable guide to the Randwick Guineas is the Group 2 Hobartville Stakes (1400m) which is held two weeks earlier at Rosehill Racecourse on the same day as the Group 2 Silver Slipper Stakes (1100m) and the Group 2 Millie Fox Stakes (1300m).

The Canterbury Guineas, as it was originally known, was first run in 1935 when won by Hadrian when the race was run over 1900m at Canterbury Racecourse. Hotel Grand won the inaugural Randwick Guineas in 2006 after it replaced the Canterbury Guineas. 

Recent winners of the Randwick Guineas include Weekend Hussler (2008), Shoot Out (2010), Mosheen (2012) and It’s A Dundeel (2013), while previous winners of the Canterbury Guineas include Delta (1949), Todman (1957), Veandercross (1992), Octagonal (1996), Intergaze (1997), Arena (1999), Universal Prince (2001) and Niello (2004).

The race has traditionally also been a strong indicator to the Rosehill Guineas which is held two weeks later at Rosehill Racecourse over 2000m with the two races forming part of the three-year-old Triple Crown along with the AJC Australian Derby.

A host of Randwick Guineas winners have gone on to compete in some of Australia’s greatest races such as the AJC Australian Derby, Doncaster Handicap, Cox Plate, Caulfield Cup and Melbourne Cup.

The Randwick feature is the second Group 1 race of the Sydney Autumn Carnival and is complimented by the Group 1 Canterbury Stakes (1400m), Group 2 Challenge Stakes (1000m), Group 2 Reisling Slipper Trial (1200m), Group 2 Sweet Embrace Stakes (1200m), Group 2 Skyline Stakes (1200m) and the Group 3 Doncaster Prelude (1600m).

Randwick Guineas Winners (Since 2000)

2001Universal Prince
2002Carnegie Express
2003Fine Society
2006Hotel Grand
2008Weekend Hussler
2009Metal Bender
2010Shoot Out
2013It's A Dundeel
2015Hallowed Crown
2016Le Romain


Randwick is the largest racetrack in New South Wales and all races are run in a clockwise direction. It is a sweeping track with a rise from the 300m mark to the winning post in the home straight.

As well as the main track, Randwick Racecourse contains a second track known as Kensington. Due to large rainfall in the area, Kensington has been reconstructed using the Strathayr racing surface which is similar to Moonee Valley.

Strathayr is a turf cover over a base of sand, this means it is a free draining track which can take a substantial amount of rain without affecting the rating.


Originally known as the ‘Sandy Course,’ Randwick Racecourse was first used in 1833 where a private match race between two horses was held. 

In 1840 the track was abandoned as a racecourse and used for training purposes before the Australian Jockey Club (AJC) moved its headquarters to Randwick and held a meeting in 1860. 

The Queen Elizabeth II stand was opened to the public on August 4, 1969, and in 1992, Queen Elizabeth II visited Randwick and opened the new $30 million Paddock Grandstand. 

The Australian Derby (2400m) remains one of the longest standing races to be held at Randwick after its inaugural running took place in 1861.

Randwick hosts some of Australia's most iconic Group 1 races throughout the year, during both the spring and autumn carnivals in Sydney.

The Queen Elizabeth Stakes, Doncaster Mile and TJ Smith Stakes are some of the elite races taking place at Randwick during the prestigious The Championships during the autumn.

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