A History Of The Belmont Guineas

18
Jun

Saturday at Belmont will feature the 39th running of the Listed Belmont Guineas. (1600m).

BACKGROUND

  • The Belmont Guineas was first staged in 1980 and won by Queen Inca, ridden by Mark Grisby and trained by Colin Webster. Elorance ran second and Given Vision placed third.
  • Queen Inca, who also won the Champion Fillies Stakes and the WA Oaks.
  • Queen Inca carried 54kg, ran 1.39.86sec for the 1600m, commenced from barrier nine in a field of 15 starters and was sent out as a 9/2 chance.

TRAINERS

  • Glenn Webster, Warren Jeffreys, Lou Luciani, Fred Kersley and Adam Durrant are two-time winners of the Belmont Guineas.
  • Jeffreys: Advise Me (1992) & Final Impact (1993). The first trainer to win back-to-back Belmont Guineas.
  • Luciani: Key Target (1997) & Lady Fidelia (2000).
  • Kersley: Mr Diagnosis (2006) & Grand Nirvana (2009).
  • Durrant: Summah’s Touch (2013) & Tick Tick Bloom (2014).
  • Webster: Executive Class (1986), Jungle Myth (1988).

JOCKEYS

  • Paul Harvey is the most successful rider in the Belmont Guineas with four winners: Just Jugah (1996), Siranto (1999), Mr Diagnosis (2006) & Cohort (2008).
  • WA Hall Of Fame inductee Rod Kemp, Peter Knuckey, William Pike and Glenn Smith are next with three wins apiece.
  • Kemp: Art Roy (1983), Concrete (1985) & Executive Class (1986).
  • Knuckey: Advise Me (1992), Lady Fidelia (2000) & Volition (2005).
  • Smith: Lady Knockout (2002), Coppertito (2004) & Rohan (2012).
  • Pike: The Underworld (2011) & Tick Tick Bloom (2014) and State Prosecutor (2018).
  • Stephen Miller has three wins in the Belmont Guineas. Twice as a jockey: Perfect Answer (1989) & Final Impact (1993). He also won it as a trainer with Variation (2017).

BARRIERS

  • Barrier nine: six wins
  • Barrier eleven: four wins
  • Barrier two: four wins
  • Barrier three: four wins.
  • Barriers seven, ten, twelve, fourteen, fifteen and sixteen have recorded one win each.

GENDER

  • Geldings have won 21 editions of the Belmont Guineas including the past four years.
  • Fillies have been successful on 12 occasions, the previous Tick Tick Bloom (2013).
  • Six colts have won the Belmont Guineas

FASTEST TIME

  • Jungle Myth: 1.35.78sec in 1988.

MOST SUCCESSFUL SIRE

  • Scenic: 2006-2008-2009

LEAD IN RACE

  • 16 of the past 20 winners have either won or were placed at their previous outings.
  • Summah’s Touch and Rohan won first-up.

LONGEST PRICED WINNERS

  • Lady Knockout (2002) 40 to 1
  • National Image (1981) 33 to 1

Julio Santarelli
www.rwwa.com.au