The Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m) takes place at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse annually in March and is a premier race for three-year-old fillies, colts and geldings.
With $500,000 in prizemoney the Rosehill Guineas attracts the country’s best mile/middle-distance horses and received its current Group 1 status in 1980.
The most reliable guide to the Rosehill Guineas is the Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) held two weeks earlier which was formerly known as the Canterbury Guineas. The two races form part of the three-year-old Triple Crown along with the AJC Australian Derby which takes place in the preceding weeks.
Some of Australia’s greatest horses have won the Rosehill Guineas with the most notable being the mighty Phar Lap winning the race back in 1929.
Other notable winners include Amounis (1925), Ajax (1937), High Castle (1939), Hydrogen (1951), Tulloch (1957), Dulcify (1979), Kingston Town (1980), Naturalism (1992), Octagonal (1996), Tie The Knot (1998), Eremein (2005) and It’s A Dundeel (2013).
The race is also the most reliable lead-up race to the premier three-year-old event of the Autumn Carnival, the Group 1 AJC Australian Derby (2400m) held two weeks later.
This Rosehill Guineas – AJC Australian Derby duo is also one of the great betting doubles available for punters during the Sydney Autumn Carnival, and the last horse to succeed in both races was Eremein in 2005.
The three-year-old set weights race is the seventh Group 1 race of the Sydney Autumn Carnival and is complimented on the same afternoon by the $1 million Group 1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m).
Other feature races on the fantastic day of Group racing are the $350,000 Group 1 The Galaxy (1100m), Group 2 Magic Night Stakes (1200m), Group 2 Pago Pago Stakes (1200m), Group 3 Birthday Card Stakes (1200m) and the Group 3 Epona Stakes (1900m).