The Group 1 Rosehill Guineas is a 2000-metre race run by three-year-old horses competing under set weight conditions at Rosehill Racecourse during March.
The race offers $600,000 in prize money. The most recent winner of the race, following the 2023 jump was Lindermann, a son of Lonhro that collected the $343,000 top prize, plus a bonus to increase his haul for winning the race to a cool, even, $350,000.
Rosehill Guineas Race Details
Race Distance: 2000m
Prize Money: $600,000
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When Is The Rosehill Guineas Stakes: 23/3/24
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Lindermann works for Chris Wallers and has to this point made 12 jumps for three wins and four placings. His earnings to date are a respectable $719,000. His last jump was the Group 1 Doncaster Handicap, where he had a bad day and finished 17th.
More Details About The Rosehill Guineas
The Rosehill Guineas jumps at a March Rosehill meeting that features four other Group 1 races – the Golden Slipper Stakes, the Ranvet Stakes and the George Ryder Stakes. There are three Group 3 races and one Listed race staged at the meeting. It would seem that they could scare up a Group 2 race or two, but that is not the case.
The set weight conditions of the race dictate that colts and geldings receive 56-1/2 kilograms, while the fillies carry 54-1/2 kg.
An added attraction of the Rosehill Guineas is that the winner receives an exemption from balloting for the Group 1 Australian Derby, a rich three-year-old race that follows the Rosehill Guineas by a fortnight.
Only seven gallopers have managed to win the Australian Derby coming off a victory in the Rosehill Guineas. The most recent was Criterion (2014). Others to fill the double include Innocent King (1993), Octagonal (1996), Shy Heights (1999), Eremein (2005) and Dundeel (2013).
For a race that dates back to 1910, it is remarkable that only eight fillies have won the Rosehill Guineas. Those were Carlita (1914), Furious (1921), Tea Rose (1944), Questing (1945), Wenona Girl (1960), Deck The Hall (1981), Spirit of Kingston (1985) and Riverina Charm (1989).
History of the Rosehill Guineas
The race was first run in 1910.
It has always been the Rosehill Guineas for the race name, although we assume that various sponsors have attached their name to the through the years. The most recent jump of the race saw the race going as the Sky Racing Rosehill Guineas.
There has been only one change to the grade of the race. It was considered Principal grade from 1910 through 1979. When the Group classification system came into use, the race was immediately declared Group 1 grade.
The trip for the race has changed three times. The first five jumps were 1400 metres, and then from 1915 through 1947, the race was 1800 metres. It has been 2000 metres since 1948, although in the days before metrication the trip was given as 1-1/4 miles. The differences are negligible, unless it is your punt that finishes a nose out.
The biggest change for the Rosehill Guineas, though, is that it was a spring race until it was moved to autumn, skipping the 1978 jump to resume in a new slot in 1979.
Venue for the Rosehill Guineas
The race has always been run at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse in Sydney.
Rosehill had its first racing in 1885.
The track has fairly standard metro racecourse dimensions, with a circumference of 2048 metres and a 408-metre home straight.
Rosehill holds nine Group 1 races per year, so having five of them at one meeting and two more a fortnight later is solid evidence that autumn racing is the big thing at Rosehill.
The marquee race held at Rosehill is the Golden Slipper Stakes, so the Rosehill Guineas shares the stage with a big star. In 2019, Rosehill started holding the Golden Eagle, a special conditions race for four-year-olds that carries a $10 million prize pool.
A 2000-metre race such as the Rosehill Guineas requires just under one complete circuit of the track.
Racing History of the Rosehill Guineas
With the three-year age restriction, no horse has ever won the race more than once, but the list of winners is a Who’s Who of Australian Thoroughbreds.
We will focus mainly on the more notable winners and also look for winners that might have lower name recognition, but must still have been good gallopers to win a major race where it can be assumed that there have always been strong runners fielded.
The first winner in 1910 was named Electric Wire.
To win, Electric Wire had to beat Desert Rose and Beverage. The interesting aspect of the win is that all three had the same sire, an Australian stallion named Malister.
The 1911 winner was Woolerina, an undistinguished horse that we investigated only because it seemed logical that the name was that of a filly or mare. Woolerina, though, was indeed a male horse.
The first mare to win the race, one of a small, select group that we listed earlier, was 1914’s Carlita.
She was categorized as a Kiwi, because of her dam Couronne.
Carlita surprised us a bit because we found a complete form line for her, something that is not always available for a race from that pre-World War I era. She made 48 jumps for 13 wins and 18 placings, which earned her the considerable sum of $35,000.
She won other major races and seemed to have an affinity for races offering plates to the winner. Thus, she won the Craven Plate, the Randwick Plate and the C.B. Fisher Plate. She ran third in the 1915 Melbourne Cup won by Patrobas.
The first true notable to win the race was Amounis in 1925.
He was a versatile racer that won sprints and staying races of up to 2400 metres. Racing as a gelding, he made 79 jumps for 33 wins and 10 placings. He won the Epsom Handicap twice, the Cantala Stakes twice and the Linlithgow Stakes three times.
Foaled in 1922, Amounis won the Cox Plate in 1927 and he was still a force with which to be reckoned in 1930, when he won the St. Geroge Stakes, the Futurity Stakes, the C. M. Lloyd Stakes, All Aged Stakes, Warwick Stakes, October Stakes, Caulfield Stakes and most importantly, the Caulfield Cup.
Amounis beat Phar Lap and Nightmarch tow win the 1930 Warwick Stakes. Phar Lap returned the favour by beating Amounis in the 1930 Chipping Norton Stakes.
We would have made Amounis the first inductee into the Pro Group Racing Hall of Fame for his 79 jumps – we like the working types – if the PGR Racing Hall of Fame was a real thing. As it is, we did not think much of the Australian Racing Hall of Fame waiting for five years after it was established to induct Amounis.
Phar Lap won the race in 1929.
We will not say much about him in this article, other than to say he is quite possibly the most famous Australian galloper, until, at least, Makybe Diva, Black Caviar and Winx get their own movies. We will mention that he won the 1930 Melbourne Cup, with two Cox Plate wins in 1930 and 1931.
We skip ahead to 1937 now, the year the Rosehill Guineas was won by Ajax.
Ajax was by Heroic, a highly competent racer that won the Cox Plate in 1926. He waited for the third class before being inducted to the Australian Racing Hall of Fame, so ditto what we said about Amounis.
Ajax raced against and beat the likes of Hua and High Caste and when he tried the 1940 Cox Plate, it required the best out of Beau Vite to beat him.
Unlike Amounis, though, Ajax was kept whole and enjoyed a productive, if not prolific, stud career. He produced some durable offspring, including one that made 121 jumps and two that made over 80 jumps each.
Just two years later, High Caste won the Rosehill Guineas in 1939.
High Caste was Kiwi bred and he made 72 jumps for 35 wins and 26 placings. That is a gelding form line, by High Caste kept his equipment despite making 21 jumps as a three-year-old.
He was not a great sire, even if it is allowed that great racers often do not make great progeny. He was sire to some winners of races that would eventually be graded as Group 1.
We jumped over some good racers, but that is the only way we will have space for the true notable winners, such as the 1951 winner, Hydrogen.
Hydrogen was another entire that raced as though gelded, with 60 jumps for 26 wins and 17 placings.
Like earlier Rosehill Guineas winners, Hydrogen was a winner in the Hobartville Stakes. He won the Craven Plate twice. He won the Cox Plate twice, along with many other major race wins.
Hydrogen was at best an average sire, despite having a pedigree that would have led to elevated expectations.
Just a few years later, in 1957, the Rosehill Guineas was won by Tulloch.
Tulloch made 53 jumps for 36 wins and 16 placings. He won the Queen Elizabeth Stakes in 1958, 1960 and 1961. He had a win in the 1960 Cox Plate after winning the Caulfield Cup the same year he won the Rosehill Guineas.
He was considered a New Zealand bred horse, although aside from his Kiwi dam Florida and a few others from New Zealand, his lines were almost entirely northern hemisphere.
Tulloch beat a great racer in the 1957 AJC Sires’ Produce Stakes when he finished ahead of Todman. Todman extracted revenge the same year by beating Tulloch is the Champagne Stakes.
One of Tulloch’s offspring was a filly from 1966 named Tullglen, the dam of which was Glenray by Star Kingdom.
The 1960 winner was Wenona Girl. Wenona Girl was the winner of everything in 1960 to the extent that it almost seems as though she won the Grand Finals in Australian Rules and Rugby.
We have written extensively of Wenona Girl, so here we will just mention her form line of 68 jumps for 27 wins and 16 placings. We have to mention that she beat Sky High in the 1960 Hobartville Stakes.
She produced seven foals – two colts and five fillies. Three were by Todman and one was by Star Kingdom, but in this instance, Star Kingdom failed where he so often succeeded.
Moving on, we find Dulcify winning in 1979.
Dulcify was another New Zealand bred racer with lines to Todman on his dam’s side. He was gelded to improve his demeanour, but he made just 21 jumps. He won 10 and placed in five others. He had seven major wins in 1979, the best of which was the Cox Plate, which he won by seven lengths.
There is no telling what Dulcify might have done had he not broken down in the 1979 Melbourne Cup and had to be put down.
That is speculation of course, but Dulcify did beat Manikato AND Family Of Man to win the 1979 Australian Cup.
The next year, 1980, found Kingston Town finishing ahead of the rest.
Here, we will just say that Kingston Town was one of the best Australian turf horses in the history of Australian turf racing. He won the Warwick Stakes and the Cox Plate each three times in 1980 – 1982.
The three Cox Plate wins would remain the record until Winx won four times from 2015 – 2018, a span of 33 years between Kingston Town’s last and Winx’s first Cox Plate win.
Kingston Town was sired by the champion Bletchingly, with Biscay as grandsire, meaning another connection to Star Kingdom.
With the lines Kingston Town displayed and the racing ability. It is a shame that he was gelded, but that is more speculation by us for the same reason mentioned earlier.
The Rosehill Guineas has produced so many great winners that we actually have to skip Isle Of Man (1982) and Strawberry Road (1983) while mentioning that those two, back-to-back as they were, represent the type of quality jumping in the race.
We also have to skip some gallopers that we have often mentioned in our previous articles.
Those are Naturalism (1992), Danewin (1995), Octagonal (1996), Jimmy Choux (2011), It’s A Dundeel (2013) and Tarzino (2016).
The 2020 winner was Castelvecchio.
He was one of those of the modern era that was retired from racing rather than risk his stud income. His 13 jumps for four wins and four placings brought in just a smidge below $3 million in prize money.
Risking him on the track did not seem a wise path for Castelvecchio’s connections, as he was sired by Dundeel and the remarkable Irish stallion High Chaparral was grandsire. The line on the sire side of the table also includes Zabeel, Sir Tristam and the famous Canadians Northern Dancer and Nearctic, amongst others.
On the side of dam St. Therese, there was Dehere and the remarkable U.S. Triple Crown winner Secretariat.
Castelvecchio is now standing stud as a six-year-old. He has sired three foals so far, the first in 2019, with others following in 2021 and 2022.
The 2021 winner was yet another Kiwi product, Mo'unga.
Mo'unga is spelling, as of late May 2023, having last jumped in April to run second to Dubai Honour in the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes.
Thus far, he has made 26 jumps for 5 wins and 11 placings for close to $4 million in earnings.
He won the Group 1 Winx Stakes from Veery Elleegant just before running second in the in the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes.
The very good Anamoe won in 2022. Racing Tips Horse
Just four years of age as of this writing, Anamoe has been retired to serve a higher purpose, or at least, to serve without regard to the ranking of the service.
His 25 jumps for 14 wins and 8 placings are almost too good to be true. Add in the $12.1 million in prize money and it seems that too good can be a little better.
He ran second in the 2021 Golden Slipper following high finishes in the Blue Diamond Prelude and the Blue Diamond Stakes. Those runs were followed by a win in the Sires’ Produce Stakes at Randwick, a second to State Of Rest in the 2021 Cox Plate and a win over I’m Thunderstruck in the 2022 Cox Plate.
Anamoe had other Group 1 wins in major prize money races, but it is still surprising that none of his wins were in any of the mega-money special conditions races.
The trip, the history, the prestige, if not the prizemoney, has always meant that the Rosehill Guineas was fielding the royalty of Australian Thoroughbred heraldry.
There were many winners of New Zealand origin and many seemed to have been products of shuttle stallion breeding practices that brought much valuable northern hemisphere blood into the mix.
Rosehill Guineas Past Winners
|Year||Rosehill Guineas Winners|
|2019||The Autumn Sun|
|2013||It's A Dundeel|
|2007||He's No Pie Eater|
|2001||Sale Of Century|
|1998||Tie The Knot|
|1994||Star Of Maple|
|1985||Spirit Of Kingston|
|1982||Isle Of Man|
|1981||Deck The Halls|
|1954||Pride Of Egypt|