Sandown Guineas

Begonia Belle Stakes

Sandown Guineas

Date: Saturday 14th November 2015
Track: Sandown racecourse, Melbourne
Distance: 1600 metres
Race Type: 3yo – Set Weights
Status: Group 2
Prizemoney: $350,000
2014 Winner: Petrology

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

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2014 Petrology Stratum Star Berisha 1:36.7
2013 Paximadia Equator Apollo’s Choices 1:37.3
2012 Tatra Lunar Rise Proverb 1:36.7
2011 So Swift Niagara Galah 1:38.8
2010 Pressday Chasse Bigelow 1:42.7
2009 Kidnapped Majestic Music Turf Express 1:36.2
2008 Caymans Marveen Lucky Thunder 1:38.0
2007 Schilling Masked Assassin Wind Shear 1:38.6
2006 Sender Flame Of Sydney Wordsmith 1:34.8
2005 Cayambe Zigotto Aztec Smytzer 1:39.4
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
1999 Over Chattanooga Trousers 1:35.8
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
1993 Voting Tenor Bellzevir 1:34.6
1992 Navy Seal Picnicker Baskerville 1:35.0
1991 Star Video Enjoy Dancing Laranto 1:34.7
1990 Durbridge Pre Record Bold Rancher 1:35.5
1989 Stargazer Tristanagh Drumming 1:37.1
1988 Blixen Wonder Dancer Fire Wonder 1:37.2