The time-honoured Australian Guineas 2024, a Group 1 $1 million race over the mile distance, takes centre stage at Flemington on Saturday.

Riff Rocket

Riff Rocket is tipped to pick up a second Group 1 as favourite in Saturday’s 2024 Australian Guineas at Flemington. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

A capacity field of talented three-year-olds has been assembled, with Chris Waller‘s Riff Rocket emerging as the clear favourite at $2.60 through Ladbrokes.

Riff Rocket, an American Pharoah gelding, boasts a consistent and versatile record.

He has won five of his eight career starts, with the highlight being his impressive victory in the Group 1 Victoria Derby last spring.

In his first run back from a break, he surprised many by winning the Group 3 CS Hayes Stakes over a shorter-than-ideal distance of 1400m.

He remains the short-priced favourite to complete the CS Hayes-Australian Guineas double.

Craig Williams stays aboard Riff Rocket for this challenge, aiming to deliver Waller his first victory in the Australian Guineas.

However, Riff Rocket faces stiff competition from a full field, with only two other runners currently under $10 for the win.

Veight, trained by Tony & Calvin McEvoy, is the early mover in the market, shortening from $7 to $5.50.

This Grunt colt seeks his fifth win in his tenth career start. He has been performing well this preparation, finishing second in the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas in the spring and showing promise in recent runs.

King Colorado, trained by Ciaron Maher, is another key contender at $7.

The Kingman colt has been consistent this season, securing back-to-back seconds in the Group 3 Manfred Stakes and CS Hayes Stakes.

Punters seeking value can find several interesting options at longer odds.

Southport Tycoon, trained by Maher, comes off a strong second-place finish in the Group 2 Autumn Stakes and is well-drawn for jockey Jamie Kah.

Snow Patrol, trained by Mick Price & Michael Kent Jnr, recently claimed victory in the Group 2 Autumn Stakes and cannot be ruled out.

Additionally, the same stable’s lightly-raced colt Otago, who finished fourth in the CS Hayes in just his third career start, has the potential to improve significantly.

The Australian Guineas promises to be an exciting race with a strong favourite facing several worthy challengers.

All eyes will be on Riff Rocket as he attempts to extend his winning streak and claim another Group 1 victory for Chris Waller.

2024 Australian Guineas Field

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 17x12121x1 RIFF ROCKET Chris Waller Craig Williams 9 57kg 107
2 14x1525x14 VEIGHT Tony & Calvin McEvoy Damian Lane 6 57kg 105
3 11x9740x22 KING COLORADO Ciaron Maher Mark Zahra 12 57kg 96
4 42x128412x APULIA Ben, Will & JD Hayes Luke Currie 15 57kg 100
5 43x11413x3 ZIPAWAY Neville Parnham Steven Parnham 10 57kg 100
6 335x9732x6 CAP FERRAT Chris Waller Joshua Parr 2 57kg 85
7 44×01112 THE PENDRAGON (NZ) Michael Moroney Jordan Childs 14 57kg 95
8 6111×9 RUN HARRY RUN Michael Moroney Daniel Stackhouse 16 57kg 88
9 x52512413x SUNSETS Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young John Allen 13 57kg 90
10 12625×3 VERDAD Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock Jye McNeil 3 57kg 81
11 134×1 SNOW PATROL (NZ) Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Blake Shinn 7 57kg 90
12 1129×22 SOUTHPORT TYCOON Ciaron Maher Ms Jamie Kah 4 57kg 90
13 114 OTAGO (NZ) Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Ben Melham 5 57kg 74
14 6086×11455 HEY FAT CAT Robbie Laing Ethan Brown 1 57kg 81
15 1x11x2214 QUINTESSA (NZ) Mark Walker Michael Dee 8 55kg 105
16 91908×3 VIESTE Benjamin Smith Brock Ryan 17 55kg 64
17e x5167669x2 MAH ALI Benjamin Smith Fred Kersley 11 55kg 63

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

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