Group 1 Guineas In Two States

Hallowed Crown. Image courtesy of :
Hallowed Crown (red and black colours) is chasing the Randwick Guineas. Image courtesy of:

Another intriguing battle between classy three-year-olds Hallowed Crown , Shooting To Win and Sweynesse looms in Saturday’s Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m). The Bart and James Cummings trained Hallowed Crown took the honours in round one this campaign, winning the Group 2 Hobartville (1400m) a fortnight ago from Sweynesse, with Shooting To Win a close fourth. This time it’s a Group 1, with a winner’s purse of $360,000.




With a couple of runs under their belts already this campaign, classy mares Catkins and Cosmic Endeavour  hope to have a fitness edge on their male rivals in the Group 1 Canterbury Stakes (1300m). Most of the other runners in the $500,000 Group 1 are stayers or milers resuming. However with that said, Tiger Tees is a quality sprinter. Joe Pride's seven-year-old marvel has won five and finished second twice from seven first up starts.




At Flemington, a full field of 16 will contest the $500,000 Australian Guineas over 1600m. Scratched from the Randwick Guineas (to avoid the likes of Hallowed Crown, Shooting To Win and Sweynesse), Chris Waller’s Kermadec is the favourite. The son of Teofilo has won two of his five career starts, with a second and third as well. In fact, his worst effort was fourth in the Eskimo Prince first up this campaign. Kermadec followed that with a fast-finishing third behind Hallowed Crown and Sweynesse in the Hobartville, and don't forget, he won the Carbine Club Stakes over this track and distance back in the spring. Alpine Eagle , Stratum Star  and Wandjina all look each way hopes.




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