2010 Randwick Guineas Preview

February 12th, 2010

The esteemed $350 000 Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) will be held at the Royal Randwick on Saturday March 13, 2010 as the headline event on Randwick Guineas Day.

Five group race features will run on the day including the Group 2 Challenge Stakes. But it is the Randwick Guineas that the bulk of punters and spectators will be there to see, and as the race always lures the finest gallopers this year will not disappoint.

As the winner of the Randwick Guineas is exempt from ballot for two of the Sydney Autumn Carnival’s premier events, the Group 1 AJC Derby on April 10 and the Group 1 Doncaster Handicap on April 17, the race is sure to be hotly contested affair with some intense betting markets open.

One of the key preparatory races to the Randwick Guineas is the Group 2 Hobartville Stakes (1400m). This year’s Hobartville Stakes is due to take place at Rosehill on Saturday February 27 and many of the three-year-olds who contest this earlier set weights event are sure to back it up with a run in the Randwick Guineas.

Keeping an eye on three-year-olds who perform well in the carnival’s prior races is a good way to get a heads up on Randwick Guineas betting markets.

The Peter Snowden-trained Demerit is a possible starter for the 2010 Randwick Guineas. The Lonhro Colt impressed when he won the Guineas Prelude in September last year but has not placed in a race since. Snowden will first run him in the Royal Sovereign Stakes and the Hobartville Stakes before the Group 1 feature.

On the path to the AJC Derby is John Wallace’s promising three-year-old Shoot Out. Shoot Out will also follow the traditional Royal Sovereign, Hobartville Stakes campaign before being nominated for the Randwick Guineas as Wallace aims for his first Group 1 success in 28 years.

Nominations for the 2010 Randwick Guineas, and the other seven great races running on the March 13 meeting, will close on Monday March 8.

The final acceptances must then be declared before 9am Wednesday March 10 so the final field can be announced later that day.