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Timeform Recap: 2017 Australian Guineas

Timeform recap the 2017 Australian Guineas won by Hey Doc for trainer Tony McEvoy and jockey Luke Currie.

Timeform Recap: 2017 Australian Guineas

Timeform recap the 2017 Australian Guineas won by Hey Doc for trainer Tony McEvoy and jockey Luke Currie.

Hey Doc races away with the 2017 Australian Guineas
Hey Doc races away with the 2017 Australian Guineas Picture:Racing and Sports

Much of the talk following the 2017 Australian Guineas won by Hey Doc Horseform has been focused on the track but the race itself should be of far more interest to punters.

The track was firm and fast, no doubt, and the times run on the day indicated that. Coincidentally the median Timeform value of the day's runners was 93 which matched the corresponding value from the Lightning meeting, so comparisons between the times are fairly straightforward, and they point to the track racing roughly five lengths faster on Guineas day.


Hey Doc's Guineas-winning time of 1:34.01 was the second fastest since the race became a mile contest in 2001 - Apache Cat was just 0.01 faster in 2006 - but his Timeform rating of 119 is below the winning average in that time, albeit only narrowly.

A rating of 119 is not a new peak for Hey Doc having also ran to a rating of 119 when third in the Caulfield Guineas back in the spring.

One record that the 2017 Australian Guineas can boast is that more horses ran to 110 or higher than in any edition in the race's relatively short history.

A genuinely run race resulted in a strong time figure for the race of 119, matching the form rating. A fast time is an obvious positive when assessing form but it can also be exposing. Given the tempo and the time it's hard to see where Hey Doc can make any major improvement but at 119 he's going to be competitive in most Winx-free races he contests.

Perhaps unfortunately for Hey Doc, though fortunately for racing fans, a duel with Winx Horseform is looking like the next assignment for Hey Doc with the George Ryder in two weeks time a perfect bridge between the Guineas and the Doncaster where handicap conditions should see Hey Doc well placed.

One record that the 2017 Australian Guineas can boast is that more horses ran to 110 or higher than in any edition in the race's relatively short history. A result of ideal conditions perhaps but it does suggest that the race will be a good form reference in the coming weeks.

The Derby winner from the spring, Prized Icon Horseform, ran a couple of lengths below his peak, at least in the view of Timeform, but his runner-up effort has him right on track to return to his peak rating of 120, and perhaps surpass it, in the weeks ahead.

Prized Icon has typically improved with racing, with his two Group 1 wins coming on seven-day turnarounds, and there are plenty of chances for that scenario to unfold again this autumn.

Divine Prophet Horseform and Seaburge Horseform, who had the narrow edge on Hey Doc in the Caulfield Guineas, had to settle for sixth and seventh at Flemington, but both where just second up and it's not quite time to send the jury out just yet. Further evidence at their next runs can be the key.

66-1 chance Snitzson and Oaks hopeful Harlow Gold were both able to work past the Caulfield Guineas 1-2 and return peak ratings. Harlow Gold is rated 110 which should have her at the forefront of ATC Oaks conversations, particularly given that she has already proven her wares over longer trips having run second in the VRC Oaks in the spring.

One who put a case forward to be a feature-race contender this autumn was Anaheim Horseform who ran the best 1200/1000/800 and 600 splits in the race.

Anaheim was rated 101p after winning at listed level back in the spring but is now rated 113? after his eye-catching Guineas fifth.

That's a big spike but his profile lends itself to that sort of leap and it he will get his chance to confirm himself at that level, or hopefully build on it, when he gets back out to 2000m and beyond.

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R7 FLEMINGTON 4 March 2017
Australian Guineas 3 , 1600m
Race Synopsis: Hey Doc was away well from his inside draw contesting the early lead before being restrained to settle down in fourth position on the fence. He got his head up a little in the middle stages when the leader Fuhryk eased the pace but was back on the bridle and travelling smoothly soon after. On turning for home Luke Currie aboard Hey Doc was searching for runs between horses before switching back to the fence quickening up well and hitting the front at the 300m before pulling away from the field. He was forced to commit early in the straight when the run appeared but he saw out the 1600m well to score a dominant victory. Prized Icon enjoyed a good run in the race sixth on the fence following the winner. He travelled particularly well into the race three back on the fence looking for runs at the top of the straight before switching back towards the inside following the winner who had taken inside runs. Forced to come between horses Prized Icon picked up really well once finally in the clear at the 250m to close strongly, taking ground of the winner late. It was a good effort second up and he will be improved by the run and a step up in trip. Snitzson raced in tenth position between runners. He was cluttered up looking for runs approaching the home turn with his rider electing to stay closer to the inside. He followed Prized Icon through gaining a tight gap at the 300m before switching off into the clear at the 200m. He finished on strongly for a good third. Harlow Gold was another horse to finish on well back towards the inside in the straight. Well back on turning for home on the inside of Snitzson she was held up for a run before coming between horses at the 250m. She responded to hard riding and battled on gamely against the colts to finish a good fourth. She will improve for the run and returning to her own sex. Anaheim put in an eye catching run closing strongly from well back in the field for a good fifth. He will improve for the run and a step up in trip.

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Horse
Age & Sex
Trainer
Jockey
WT
SP
 
1st  
4. HEY DOC (AUS)
4yo Gelding
TONY MC EVOY
LUKE CURRIE
56.5
$3.50
 
DUPORTH (AUS) - HEYINGTON HONEY (AUS)
Mrs A F Ramsay, A C Hall, Mrs P M George, M J Davidson, Ms D M Mahony, G S Tucker, J W & Mrs J F Higgins, M F & Mrs A J James, B S Evans, Ms J Tynan, Mrs J Harvey, D P Smith, Mrs R Smith, Mrs S R Smith, P H Smith, G C Babich, Dr N J Babich & Lucky Fifteen (Mgr: C Bracken)
2nd  
1. PRIZED ICON (AUS)
4yo H
JAMES CUMMINGS
DEAN YENDALL
56.5
$8.00
 
MORE THAN READY (USA) - TROPICAL AFFAIR (AUS)
Gooree Stud (Mgr: E M Cojuangco)
Apr 15, 2015 Australian Easter Yearling Sale, Widden Valley NSW, Passed $250,000 Reserve $300,000
 
3rd  
12. SNITZSON (AUS)
4yo H
D & B HAYES & T DABERNIG
ANDREW MALLYON
56.5
$67.00
 
SNITZEL (AUS) - SHOCK PAK (AUS)
D M & Mrs J Taylor, G R Taylor, Miss T Moonlao, S D Crow, P D Harding, L I Sampson, G E Aitken, P T Heinz, C F Kerr, A C Lloyd & Werrett Bloodstock Pty Ltd Syndicate (Mgr: N R J Werrett)
 Apr 15, 2015 Australian Easter Yearling Sale, Scone, $60000, LINDSAY PARK RACING PTY LIMITED, SA
 
4th  14. HARLOW GOLD (NZ)
4yo Mare
D & B HAYES & T DABERNIG
REGAN BAYLISS
54.5
$21.00
5th  9. ANAHEIM (AUS)
4yo H
TRENT BUSUTTIN & NATALIE YOUNG
NOEL CALLOW
56.5
$31.00
6th  3. SEABURGE (AUS)
4yo H
D & B HAYES & T DABERNIG
MARK ZAHRA
56.5
$16.00
7th  2. DIVINE PROPHET (AUS)
4yo H
MICHAEL & WAYNE & JOHN HAWKES
DWAYNE DUNN
56.5
$9.00
8th  13. LAND OF PLENTY (AUS)
4yo H
GRAHAME BEGG
STEVE ARNOLD
56.5
$21.00
9th  7. OAK DOOR (AUS)
4yo H
ROBERT SMERDON
DAMIAN LANE
56.5
$21.00
10th  8. SO SI BON (AUS)
4yo H
ROBBIE LAING
DAMIEN OLIVER
56.5
$31.00
11th  5. MORTON'S FORK (AUS)
4yo Gelding
JOHN O'SHEA
CRAIG WILLIAMS
56.5
$13.00
12th  16. FUHRYK (AUS)
4yo Mare
D & B HAYES & T DABERNIG
COREY PARISH
54.5
$11.00
13th  6. ATTENTION (AUS)
4yo H
P & P SNOWDEN
BRETT PREBBLE
56.5
$13.00
14th  11. INSIDE AGENT (NZ)
4yo H
NIGEL BLACKISTON
BRAD RAWILLER
56.5
$31.00
15th  10. THROSSELL (AUS)
4yo Gelding
CIARON MAHER
LINDA MEECH
56.5
$41.00
16th  15. LEGLESS VEUVE (NZ)
4yo Mare
STUART WEBB
KATELYN MALLYON
54.5
$26.00


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