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).