2021 SANDOWN GUINEAS - RACE HISTORY AND BACKGROUND
The Sandown Guineas is a Group 2 race run under Set Weights conditions for three year olds at Caulfield conducted by the Melbourne Racing Club.
The Sandown Guineas is run over 1600m. It was first run in 1957 and was won by Orient.
For the first decade, the race was only available for fillies to run in.
The Sandown Guineas was a Principal Race until 1979 then Group 2.
When the male 3yos were able to run, the race was over 2100m but after two years quickly came back to a mile.
The best guide to the Guineas is usually the Carbine Club Stakes at Flemington on the first day of the carnival.
1999 winner Over would win the Doncaster Mile in his next preparation beating the great mare Sunline in the last few strides.
In the Spring of 1973, Bart Cummings had Taj Rossi win the Cox Plate, Victoria Derby, George Adams (G1 Mile) and the Sandown Guineas in consecutive weeks. So Called and Abdul also won Cox Plates.
They ran the race at Caulfield in 2013 but other runnings of the Sandown Guineas were at Sandown. It is back at Caulfield in 2021.
The last filly to win before Pretty Brazen in 2019 was Cayambe in 2005.
The Sandown Guineas was worth $300,000 in 2021.
Notable winners of the Sandown Guineas include Ringerdingding (2018), Pressday (2010), Kidnapped (2009), Scenic Warrior (2000), Over (1999), Special Dane (1997), Peep On The Sly (1995), Baryshnikov (1994), Navy Seal (1992), Durbridge (1990), Stargazer (1989), Shankhill Lass (1985), Cossack Prince (1982), So Called (1977), Taj Rossi (1973) and Abdul (1970).
The 2020 Sandown Guineas was won by Allibor from Sweet Reply and Valanetti.