2020 Australian Guineas - Strong field of three-year-old thoroughbreds to line up at Flemington

The $1 million feature sees the best middle-distance 3YO's run for the big money
Declares War Sandown
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2020 Australian Guineas Preview, Predictions & Betting Tips

DateSaturday March 1, 2020
Time4:30pm AEST
StatusGroup 1
ConditionsSet Weights
Prize Money$1 million

The Australian Guineas has long been a time-honoured race at Flemington and it's often a stallion-making race. The likes of Zabeel, Triscay, Flying Spur and Shamus Award were all winners of the Australian Guineas that have gone to have successful careers at stud.

2019 sees a talented list of nominations, which includes some rising stars of the Australian turf.

2020 Australian Guineas Best Bet - Mystic Journey @ 5.00

It would be rare to see a Tasmanian winner of the Australian Guineas but Mystic Journey is a serious racehorse and she showed why in the spring.

The Adam Trinder-trained filly has won seven of her 10 starts to date and that included a 2.25-length win in the Jim Moloney Stakes at Caulfield before scoring by the same margin in the Group 2 Fillies' Classic at Moonee Valley.

Her breeding bodes well for rising in distance and although most of the recent Australian Guineas' winners have been male, she can buck the trend with class alone.

Mystic Journey Caulfield
Mystic Journey winning the Jim Moloney Stakes at Caulfield. (Getty Images)

2020 Australian Guineas Best Each Way - Declares War @ 13.00

Declares War has the hype surrounding him and it's warranted at this point in time. The Darren Weir-trained colt has looked impressive in winning his last three starts and it was enough to warrant nominations for the Australian Guineas and All Star Mile.

It's not easy to go from winning a maiden three starts ago to winning an Australian Guineas but the well-bred son of Declaration of War looks destined to run at Group 1 level and 13.00 is a good price to find out how good he is.

2020 Australian Guineas Best Roughie - Long Leaf @ 26.00

Long Leaf couldn't score a big-name win in Australia for a long time and it wasn't until Lindsay Park lined the colt up across the Tasman that he scored that elusive third win.

It came in the Karaka Million 3YO at Ellerslie and it was a tough win. New Zealand has been known to produce good middle-distance age-group runners and Long Leaf made them look second rate.

The confidence he should gain from that run makes him a winning threat in the Australian Guineas.

Best Bet: Mystic Journey @ 5.00
Best Each Way: Declares War @ 13.00
Best Roughie: Long Leaf @ 26.00

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