Sandown Guineas





Taking place during the Zipping Classic Race Day, the Sandown Guineas is a Group 2 mile race.

Lead in races include the VRC Carbine Club Stakes, taking place just a few days earlier and as the same distance. Another race is the Coolmore Stud Stakes, two weeks earlier, with a 1200 metre race length, but having near identical weights and age restrictions.

Originally a race for fillies, since 1968 the race has been open to any sex, as long as they are a three year old. Group 2 status was obtained in 1979.

Sandown Guineas 2018 – Quick Information

  • Race Day: Saturday, November 7th, 2018
  • Track Location: Sandown Racecourse
  • Track Surface: Turf
  • Track Direction: Left-handed
  • Race Distance: 1,600 metres
  • Weight Conditions: Set weights (colt and geldings: 57 kg, fillies: 55 kg)
  • Qualification: Three year olds
  • Type: Thoroughbred
  • Grade: Group 2
  • Operator: Melbourne Racing Club
  • Prize Purse: $250,000
  • Inaugural Race: 1957

Sandown Guineas Betting

There are many differents ways to bet on the Sandown Guineas, we’ve included some of the most popular options below:

Bet Type How To Place This Type Of Bet In This Year’s Sandown Guineas
Place Bet B on the horse you think will place within  the top three finishers at this year’s Sandown Guineas. Pays less than a win bet, but offers safer odds.
Each-Way Bet If your runner finishes 1st in the Sandown Guineas, you will collect both the Win and the Place dividend. If your horse finishes 2nd or 3rd you will collect the Place dividend.
Quinella Bet You must select the runners that finish 1st and 2nd in any order, within the Sandown Guineas, in order to win the Quinella.
Exacta Bet You must select the runners that finish 1st and 2nd in the correct order, within the Sandown Guineas to win the Exacta.
Trifecta Bet You must select runners to finish 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the correct order, within the Sandown Guineas to win the Trifecta.
First Four You must select runners that finish 1st, 2nd ,3rd and 4th in the correct order, within the Sandown Guineas to win the First 4.
Quadrella Bet (Quaddie) You must select the winners of four nominated races to win the Quaddie. This means you would have to select three other races apart from the Sandown Guineas, in order to be eligible to place a Quaddie.

How To Bet On The Sandown Guineas

  1. Join up at
  2. Make a deposit, using your credit card, PayPal or other safe electronic method
  3. Make sure to check out form guide, once it’s released
  4. Decide what kind of bet you’re going to place (Win, Place, Each-Way, Trifecta + more betting options, please read our section on Sandown Guineas Betting above).
  5. Select the horse(s) for the race.

Sandown Guineas 2018 Odds

Early market odds for the top forty-eight prospective runners are displayed below. If you would like to know the current odds, you can check our live market for the 2018 edition of the Sandown Guineas here.

(Please note that the odds below are from 13/09/2018, after nominations, but prior to acceptances).

Horse Win Odds Place Odds

Sandown Guineas 2017 Results

The top four finishers of 2017’s Sandown Guineas are displayed in the table below:

Finishing Order Horse No. Horse Name Trainer Name Jockey Name
1 9 Villermont Aaron Purcell Luke Nolen
2 10 Peaceful State Darren Weir John Allen
3 3 Black Sail Aaron Purcell Mark Zahra
4 2 Beau Geste James Cummings Damian Lane

Which Horse Will Win The Sandown Guineas

One of the best ways to pick who will win the Sandown Guineas is to take into account the form, assess the barriers, consider the weight the horse will carry, among other factors.

Additional factors to take into considerations are as follows:

  • Previous start – A lot of winners of this race have just come off of contesting the Melbourne Cup.
  • Jockeys – The field will often feature jockeys that have ridden the winning horse in previous years.
  • Course – Not a lot of major races take place at Sandown Racecourse, so it’s hard to look for horses that do well. Instead give an advantage to horses that do well on more popular Victorian race tracks.

Sandown Guineas Favourites

Early favourites include TBA #1, TBA #2, TBA #3 and TBA #4.

Sandown Guineas 2018 Field

Once nominations have been released, we will display the most likely runners in the table below.

Horse Age Sex Past Winnings Trainer


Sandown Guineas 2018 Tips

Favourite: TBC #1.

Best Bet: TBC #2.

Best Roughie: TBC #3.

Sandown Guineas Race Day

Race day takes place on Saturday, the 17th of November, 2018.

Sandown Guineas Barrier Draw

2018’s Sandown Guineas barrier draw will be released to the public on the Wednesday prior to the race.

Sandown Guineas Nominations

Nominations close 12 PM, Monday the 12th of November, 2018.

Sandown Guineas Weights

Set weights conditions apply to this race. Weights will be declared by 4 PM, Monday, the 12th of November, 2018.

Sandown Guineas Acceptances

Acceptances must be declared before 9:30 AM on Wednesday, the 14th of November, 2018.

Sandown Guineas Riders Announcement

Riders must be declared by 1 PM Wednesday, the 14th of November, 2018.

Sandown Guineas Scratchings

Scratchings close at 7:30 AM on Saturday, the 17th of November, 2018.

Sandown Guineas Prize Money

2018’s Sandown Guineas prize purse is worth $250,000 in total, distributed from places first through to eighth.

Place Prize Money
1st $150,000
2nd $45,000
3rd $22,500
4th $11,250
5th $6,250
6th $5,000
7th $5,000
8th $5,000

Sandown Guineas Race Number

The Sandown Guineas is race number 2 on the 6th of November, 2018 part of the Zipping Classic Day. There are ten races in total that day at Sandown Racecourse.

Sandown Guineas Form Guide

Final form guide will be available the week of the race. You can check our full form guide closer to race day to see if the form guide for 2018’s Sandown Guineas has been released.

Sandown Guineas Live

Tune into the 2018’s race live, across the following mediums.

Pay television: Sky Racing 1 (channel 526 on Foxtel)

Radio: Radio Sport National

Streaming: 7Live

Sandown Guineas Tickets

Tickets for the 2018 Zipping Classic Day are available for $20 in advance through the Melbourne Racing Club. Tickets are also available for $25 on the gate.

Sandown Guineas Race List

Race Number Race Name Prize Purse Distance
1 Merson Cooper Stakes $120,000 1000 metres
2 Sandown Guineas $250,000 1600 metres
3 Twilight Glow Stakes $120,000 1400 metres
4 Doveton Stakes $120,000 1000 metres
5 Kevin Heffernan Stakes $150,000 1000 metres
6 Sandown Stakes $150,000 1500 metres
7 Eclipse Stakes $150,000 1800 metres
8 Zipping Classic $300,000 2400 metres
9 Sandown Cup $150,000 3200 metres
10 Summoned Stakes $150,000 1500 metres


Sandown Guineas Winners

Winners for the past eighteen years are displayed in the table below. If you would like to view the full list of Sandown Guineas winners, going all the way back to 1861, please visit our Sandown Guineas Winners page.

Year Winner Trainer Jockey Weight Time
2017 Villermont Aaron Purcell Luke Nolen 57kg 1:37.53
2016 Morton’s Fork John O’Shea Craig Williams 57kg 1:40.05
2015 Mahuta Darren Weir Brad Rawiller 57kg 1:35.98
2014 Petrology David Hayes Nicholas Hall 57kg 1:36.74
2013 Paximadia Peter Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 56.5kg 1:37.39
2012 Tatra Peter Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 56.5kg 1:36.77
2011 So Swift Bill Wilde Craig Williams 56.5kg 1:38.84
2010 Pressday Chris Waller Nash Rawiller 55.5kg 1:42.71
2009 Kidnapped Peter Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 55.5kg 1:36.27
2008 Caymans Peter Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 55.5kg 1:38.04
2007 Schilling Mick Price Damien Oliver 55.5kg 1:38.69
2006 Sender(Nz) Rodney Douglas Darren Gauci 55.5kg 1:34.87
2005 Cayambe David Hayes Dwayne Dunn 53kg 1:39.47
2004 Binding John Hawkes Corey Brown 55.5kg 1:42.54
2003 Pay Keys John Hickmott Brett Prebble 55.5kg 1:36.18
2002 Dextrous John Hawkes Darren Gauci 53kg 1:35.51
2001 Moon Dragon Lee Freedman Damien Oliver 53kg 1:35.80
2000 Scenic Warrior Lee Freedman Damien Oliver 55.5kg 1:34.60
1999 Over John Hawkes Darren Gauci 55.5kg 1:35.80