The Gold Coast Guineas is a Group 3 sprint of 1200 metres run under set weight conditions by three-year-olds at Gold Coast Racecourse in Queensland during the winter racing carnival, usually in the first half of May.
Prize money for the race in 2023 was $200,000. Yellow Brick, a gelding by The Mission (Group 1 Champagne Stakes – Randwick), collected $126,000 for the win. He has turned 12 jumps for 6 wins and five placings into $1.4 million in earnings.
The Gold Coast Guineas is his only Group win, but he picked up some nice money when he ran second in the Magic Million 3YO Guineas in January of 2023.
Gold Coast Guineas Race Details
Racecourse: Gold Coast Racecourse
Race Distance: 1200m
Prize Money: $150,000
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When Is The Gold Coast Guineas: 11/5/24
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More Details about the Gold Coast Guineas
The race is part of a meeting that offers the Group 2 A. D. Hollindale Stakes, the Group 3 Ken Russel Memorial Classic, and three Listed Grade races.
We typically associate the Magic Million Carnival with the Gold Coast Racecourse, but there is apparently other racing held there, of which the Gold Coast Guineas is a part.
As a set weight race for three-year-olds, colts and geldings receive 57 kg., while fillies get an advantage of 55 kg.
History of the Gold Coast Guineas
This newer race jumped for the first time in 2000, which was either the last year of the 20th century or the first year of the 21st, depending on your perspective and your level of argumentativeness.
From inception through 2005, the race was run in March over a trip of 1400 metres. It was trimmed to 1200 metres in 2006 and is now part of the meeting called the Prime Minister’s Cup race card in May. There is a Listed grade race called the Prime Minister’s Cup at the meeting.
The Gold Coast Guineas was an unclassified race until the ARB made it a Listed grade race in 2006. It was lifted to Group 3 grade in 2008.
The race was run at Sunshine Coast Racecourse in 2023, but every other year has been at Gold Coast Racecourse.
There have been some good winners, including many that headed for Queensland to race following the autumn carnivals in Victoria and New South Wales.
Venue for the Gold Coast Guineas
Gold Course Racecourse is located in Surfers Paradise in Queensland, which sort of supplies several clues that the facility is hard on the beach, well, less than two kilometres to the official start of the Pacific Ocean. The Gold Coast Turf Club is in charge of the racing at the facility on the northern side of the city of Gold Coast.
Racing in Queensland is often dominated by the racing at Doomben and Eagle Farm, but there is good racing at Gold Coast all year.
The track is a tight oval with a circumference of 1885 metres, with a home straight of 400 metres. Races at the course range from 900 to 3200 metres.
The date given for the establishment of Gold Coast Racecourse is 1946, but there has been racing in Queensland for as long as British colonists have been showing up and history of the area mentions that there was racing nearby the present-day site of the course as early as the 1890s.
The marquee meeting at the track is the Magic Millions Carnival in January, where fields are restricted to only horses that have made their way onto the track as part of the Magic Millions auction.
The Bat Out of Hell is a 900 metre race, but the claim is that the prize money is the best of any 900 metre race in Australia, for what that is worth.
The highest graded race held at Gold Coast Racecourse is the Group 2 A.D. Hollindale Stakes, run at the same meeting as the Gold Coast Guineas.
Racing in Queensland is clockwise. For a 1200 metre race, there is a diagonal chute midway down the back straight that leaves a short run to the first turn. The oval shape of the course means that the racers continue to turn as they hit the home straight and finish in front of the grandstands on the west side of the course.
Racing History of the Gold Coast Guineas
Since the race has only been contested since 2000, there is not an extensive history, which actually affords us the opportunity to look at every winner.
For a Group 3 race that jumps in winter, when all the important racing is during autumn and spring, and being a Group 3 race in Queensland, we would not expect to find anything exceptional on the winners list.
We will examine each winner of the Gold Coast Guineas and look for better types that earned good money by racing, won major races, beat better horses or contributed as breeders.
A gelding by the Canadian sire Canadian Silver, Make Mine Magic was a handy gelding that made 54 jumps for 14 wins, 8 placings and $942,000 in prize money. He won his first six races culminating with the victory in the Gold Coast Guineas.
In the GC Guineas, he was the favourite at 4-7, but we cannot help asking ourselves why this race was quoted like this, long after racing had begun to use decimal quotes. Make Mine Magic won by almost two lengths – something that the metric system has not been able to eliminate.
Make Mine Magic won twice at Group 2 level. In the 2000 QTC Grand Prix Stakes, he beat three-time Group 1 winner Freemason into second place and three-time Group 1 winner Fairway into third place. Those two gallopers accounted for about $6 million in prize money, which gives some indication of Make Mine Magic’s ability.
He made a few jumps in Group 1 races, never finishing better than fourth, with some races where he was almost in the following race.
The next winner in 2001 was a gelding by the New Zealand sire Toy Pindarri.
His name was Ceffyl and he worked like a Kiwi, even if his mum was the Aussie mare Silver Sails.
Ceffyl made 108 jumps – good for instant induction into the imaginary Pro Group Racing Hall of Fame. He won 16 races and placed in 14, but he still fell short of $500,000 in winnings.
Like Make Mine Magic, Ceffyl made some Group 1 jumps, but that is what horses in Queensland do. With only so many races from which to choose, gallopers that lack the ability to travel and compete in NSW and Victoria take their chances in whichever races in which they can gain a barrier.
His last win was the 2006 Stryker Medical Handicap, a race for horses that qualify by having one metro win in the prior year. He made 17 more jumps without placing.
A 1998 filly by Danzero named Miss Bussell was the winner in 2002.
She seemed targeted for the breeding sheds, as she made only 14 jumps to win 4 and place in four while earning $405,000.
She was good at running third, as that is where she finished when she tried the Group 1 Queensland Derby in 2002 and the Group 1 Champagne Stakes. She also ran third in the 2001 Magic Millions 2YO Classic.
After racing, four of her seven foals were by Hussonet, including the best of her output, a 2005 filly named Miss Darcey that won almost $300,000.
The 2003 winner was an average gelding named Tahitian Star that made just 17 jumps for 6 wins and 2 placings. The Gold Coast Guineas was his best win. He raced subsequently and placed, but never again won a race.
Next, the 2004 winner was an actual stallion named King's Chapel.
His 23 jumps returned 10 wins and 3 placings for $819,000, which is pretty good for this race and this place. His first metro start was the Group 3 BTC Classic at Doomben, where he ran fourth before winning the Gold Coast Guineas next up. He won Group 1 races in New Zealand, but we generally don’t equate Group 1 races in New Zealand with Group 1 races in Australia.
He was good enough to finish top races around such competition as Grand Armee, but he could not beat them.
The list of King's Chapel offspring is quite long.
Most did their racing in New Zealand, with some in South Africa. Forty-two won money racing and one won in double figures with 12 race wins.
The final year before the Gold Coast Guineas gained the legitimacy of a Listed grade, 2005, the race was won by Eremein.
Eremein, we feel, will be our answer to “What was this horse doing in this race?”
A gelding by the U.S. sire Timber Country, Eremein needed just 27 jumps to win 12 races and place in 9 for $4.2 million in prize money.
Eremein posted five Group 1 wins – the 2005 AJC Derby, the 2005 Rosehill Guineas, and in 2006 – The Ranvet Stakes, The BMW and the Queen Elizabeth Stakes.
He had the ability to beat the likes of Desert Wars, Railings and Outback Prince – sometimes – so trainer Allan Denham had the right to boast that his racer had beaten the racers of Gai Watehouse and Anthony Cummings.
A better mare named Fashions Afield was the 2006 winner, the first year that the Gold Cost Guineas had achieved Listed grade.
Twenty-two jumps for 6 wins and 9 placings brought Fashions Afield just under $2 million in prize money. He big wins were the 2005 Group 1 Flight Stakes and the 2005 Group 1 Sires’ Produce Stakes at Randwick. She was second in the 2005 Golden Slipper Stakes, so this 2002 filly by Redoute’s Choice did not disgrace her ancestors.
Served by good stallions such as Encosta De Lago, Medaglia D’ Oro and others, she supplied two colts and six fillies. Her best was Kiss And Make Up, a 2013 colt by More Than Ready that won $215,000. Four others from the total of eight foals won some money by racing.
A three million dollar winner, Gold Edition was the winner in 2007.
This filly by Lion Hunter made 37 jumps for 17 wins and 13 placings for prize money of $3.1 million. Her two best wins were the Group 1 Ascot Vale Stakes in 2006 and the Group 1 Manikato Stakes in 2007.
She beat some good horses, but the likes of Takeover Target and Miss Andretti had just a bit too much class for Gold Edition.
She was limited to three foals at stud, but Written Tycoon, Snitzel and Encosta De Lago got nothing from her. We would be content with the $3 million in prize money, but we are easy to please.
A gelding named El Cambio was the winner in 2008, the first year the Gold Cost Guineas claimed Group 3 grade.
He was by Commands, with lines to Danehill and Danzig, while his dam Chaparra was by Canny Lad.
Twenty-one jumps resulted in 6 wins and 7 placings and $802,000 in earnings. He cantered to a three length win in the Gold Coast Guineas. He won other Group 3 races and a couple of Group 2s. His best result in a Group 1 race was fifth.
The mare Chakvetadze that won in 2009 made only 11 jumps but managed to win $359,000 by winning 8 times and placing twice.
None of her five foals, four by All Too Hard, amounted to much as racers.
Another mare, Beethog, was the winner in 2010. She beat Temple Of Boom to win the Gold Coast Guineas. She only supplied three foals, but a 2018 filly by Zoustar won $302,000.
A mare by General Nediym named Military Rose was the winner in 2011.
She was the winner of 6 races with one placing from 13 jumps to earn $1.6 million. Most of that money came from her win in the 2009 Magic Millions 2YO Classic. She had a Group 2 win in the 2010 Reisling Stakes, but her only Group 1 start in the Golden Slipper Stakes in 2010 resulted in 11th place.
As a breeder, she supplied seven foals. The best was a filly by Street Cry named In Times Of War that won $205,000.
Florentina, another Redoute’s Choice offspring, won the race in 2012.
She was limited to eight jumps for two wins and four placings for insignificant prize money.
Her significance grew when she dropped a British foal name In Italian that won over $2.1 million in prize money.
The gelding Academus by Lonhro was the winner of the Gold Coast Guineas in 2013.
Academus jumped 12 times for 4 wins, 6 placings and just below $600,000 in earnings. He beat Lucky Hussler into thread in the 2013 BRC Daybreak Lover Stakes.
The good gelding Dothraki was the winner of the Gold Coast Guineas in 2014. He earned above $1.6 million from 61 jumps, 8 wins and 24 placings.
A stallion named Nostradamus was the winner in 2015.
Twenty jumps supplied 4 wins and 2 placings for $404,000.
Nostradamus was a fair foal getter. His top earner was a 2017 gelding named In The Boat that won $656,000 and a 2017 filly named Clairvoyance won $375,000, so over $1 million from two offspring sounds okay.
Takedown was a 2012 gelding by Stratum with Redoute’s Choice as grandsire that won the race in 2016.
He made 39 jumps for 7 wins, 7 placings and $1.6 million in earnings.
He won at Group 1 grade the same year when he won the Winterbottom Stakes, where he beat the better mare Sheidel, but Takedown was usually on the wrong side of the outcome when Voodoo Lad and Redzel were in the mix.
The mare Savanna Amour won in 2017. Her best win of 21 jumps was the Group 2 Angus Armanasco Stakes at Caulfield and her Gold Coast Guineas win saw her beating Heroic Valour.
She won $662,000 with seven wins and four placings.
One 2020 foal by Fastnet Rock is just getting started.
Champagne Cuddles won in 2018. She had three other wins and 13 placings from her 26 jumps. She was by Not A Single Doubt with Redoute’s Choice as grandsire. She earned $1.4 million.
She had to race better types, such as Mizzy, Impending, Santa Ana Lane, Alizee, Le Romain and Trapeze Artist.
She has not left a progeny record that is accessible to us.
Pennino was the 2019 winner.
She is listed as Active, but she has made 42 jumps for 6 wins and 9 placings for $645,000. She last raced in April of 2022 and she has not won since 2020.
A gelding named Hightail by Written Tycoon was the winner in 2020.
His career spanned 30 jumps for 5 wins, 7 placings and $954,000.
Another mare, this one Marboosha, was the winner in 2021.
Her form line of 17 jumps for 4 wins, 6 placings and $410,000 is okay for a breeder. She has yet to supply a foal.
The 2022 winner was Prince Of Boom.
The 2018 son of two time Group 1 winner Spirit Of Boom, Prince Of Boom is listed as Active with 17 jumps for 8 wins, one placing and $1.1 million in prize money. One of his wins in 2021 was the BRC Spirit Of Boom Classic, the race that is run in honour of his dad.
His last jump was for a win in the June 2023 Group 3 W.J. Healy Stakes at Eagle Farm.
We found better winners than we had expected.
There were some multiple Group 1 winners, of which Eremein leads the pack.
There were more mares than we expected and some of those supplied good offspring, so we may have to revise our opinion of the race.
Gold Coast Guineas Past Winners
|2022||Prince Of Boom|
|2000||Make Mine Magic|