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Dominic Beirne's Australian Guineas Review

"To look at it another way, had Ferlax raced in Sydney he would have finished third."

It was wet in Sydney and Flemington was missing its drawcard in All Too Hard, but what can we take from Saturday's three-year-old races? Find out in Dominic Beirne's weekend review.

All attention yesterday was focused on the three-year-old features, the Australian Guineas at Flemington and the Hobartville Stakes at Rosehill.

Despite the higher grading of the Guineas being a Group One rather than the Group Two grading of the Hobartville, the Sydney race rated two lengths higher than the Melbourne one.

To look at it another way, had Ferlax raced in Sydney he would have finished third.

With the shock withdrawal of All Too Hard, the Guineas looked more like a Group Three race on Saturday morning and the post-race analysis calculated it at Group Two standard.

For the future, it was great to see the quality rise to the top in Sydney, with the race finish order mirroring the marketplace betting ranking.

I thought It's a Dundeel ran a great race, rating exactly where you'd like him to rate, en route to the ATC Derby. 

Pierro may need time to recover from his tough first-up run, so I wouldn't be surprised if we don't see him again until after Easter, which falls early this year. The George Ryder is in five weeks and would fit perfectly for the Doncaster a fortnight later.

Rebel Dane will meet Pierro favourably under handicap conditions in the Doncaster. 

Proisir battled strongly and will make his mark this Autumn.

In Melbourne, Ferlax surprised my pre-race analysis, leapfrogging a bunch of higher-rated performers at his first start on a metropolitan track. But the eye-catching run came from Philippi, who has oodles of upside. 


Dominic Beirne will return on Friday morning with a preview of Super Saturday at Flemington.

Head to Betfair for great odds on the Newmarket Handicap and the Australian Cup.



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