The Sandown Guineas is a great Group 2 sprint race exclusive to three year old horses only. The event is held during the Melbourne Spring racing Carnival at the Sundown Recourse in November every year. The Sandown Guineas is today worth up to $350,000 in prize money and is run over a mile distance of 1600M. The 2013 edition of the race though was held at the Caulfield racecourse due to maintenance works at the Sandown Racecourse and in the end, Paximadia did remarkably well to brush off a number of high profile sprinters to take home the title.
Coming through in second and third respectively was Equator and Apollo Choices. The Sandown Guineas is held along with a number of exciting races all of which take center stage at the Sundown Racecourse. The races include the Sundown Classic, the Sundown Stakes and the Eclipse Stakes. The event is normally contested by a field of quality three year olds and in most cases it has been an ideal stage to unearth special sprinting talent from different parts of the country.
Horses that took on the Group 3 Carbine Club Stakes can consider taking part in this race and last year Paximadia was on hand to win the Sandown Guineas and the Carbine Club Stakes double. Lunar Rise was also very close to replicating this triumph in 2012 after running second in the Sandown Guineas on course towards victory in the Carbine Club Stakes. The Sandown racecourse is challenging and one of the toughest turfs in Australia.
Only high quality and in-from horses triumph in the Sandown Guineas and in the last few years, the event has showcased a high level of horse racing in line with the highest standards in Australia. Other notable horses to win this race include Kidnapped who took the title back in 2009, the Outstanding Pressday in 2010 and Binding back in 2004. In this year’s Melbourne Spring Carnival, the Sandown Guineas is expected to be one of the highlight events.
Sandown Guineas recent winners & placegetters
|2009||Kidnapped||Majestic Music||Turf Express||1:36.2|
|2007||Schilling||Masked Assassin||Wind Shear||1:38.6|
|2006||Sender||Flame Of Sydney||Wordsmith||1:34.8|
|2004||Binding||Barely A Moment||Al Maher||1:42.5|
|2003||Pay Keys||Ikes Dream||Delzao||1:36.1|
|2002||Dextrous||Lawsons Storm||Cool Azz||1:35.5|
|2001||Moon Dragon||All Courage||Rod To Dance||1:35.8|
|2000||Scenic Warrior||Wyndam Special||Paradiddle||1:34.6|
|1998||Sedation||Black Bean||Speedy Kids||1:38.9|
|1997||Special Dane||Bluebird The Word||Tricove||1:38.0|
|1996||King Ivor||Monets Cove||Kentucky Blue||1:35.8|
|1995||Peep On The Sly||Saintly||Quality Gold||1:36.1|
|1994||Baryshnikov||Perfect World||Dapper Spirit||1:34.7|
|1991||Star Video||Enjoy Dancing||Laranto||1:34.7|
|1990||Durbridge||Pre Record||Bold Rancher||1:35.5|
|1988||Blixen||Wonder Dancer||Fire Wonder||1:37.2|