MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 13: James McDonald riding The Autumn Sun heads to the start before winning Race 9, Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas during Melbourne Racing at Caulfield Racecourse on October 13, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Vince Caligiuri/Getty Images)

The Australian Guineas are on the horizon and there are several horses that have the quality to win the event to make a statement in their fledgling careers.

Last year’s event was won by the New Zealand thoroughbred Grunt, who also won the Makybe Diva Stakes. The next batch of three-year-old competitors will be hopeful of emulating Mick Price’s charge to win one of the most lucrative meets in Australian horse racing.

Two horses have not been able to be separated in the horse racing betting odds ahead of the event. Mystic Journey and The Autumn Sun have performed extremely well in the early stages of their respective careers. The Australian Guineas are a step up in quality and will provide a tougher test of their speed and mettle on the course when they compete at Flemington. We’ll now break down the form of the two horses and ahead of the race on March 2.

Mystic Journey

Adam Trinder’s charge has six races under her belt, but has rounded into form in his last two events to become one of the leading contenders for the Australian Guineas’ crown. She made her opening bow at Caulfield in a talented field in July 2018. The Australian-bred horse put forward a solid performance, but still finished off the pace of the winner Brutal.

Mystic Journey was a 10/1 outsider in her next outing at the MSC Signs Plate at Moonee Valley. The contest proved to be extremely down the stretch, although Sweet Rockette had enough to edge the victory. Mystic Journey down in fifth was only one-and-three-quarter lengths off the pace. The filly made her breakthrough in the Aquis Jim Moloney Stakes. Trinder’s charge was a complete outsider for the event amid a talented field.

However, she produced an outstanding performance to finish two-and-a-quarter lengths ahead of Spanish Whisper. The three-year-old’s display at Caulfield put the bookies on notice and she was established as the favourite for the Aquis Farm Fillies Classic. Mystic Journey was excellent again to finish two-and-a-quarter lengths ahead of Fundamentalist to take the crown. Victories have followed at Launceston and the Thomas Lyon Stakes - the latter seeing the filly launch a comeback to claim the win to enhance her credentials for the Guineas.

The Autumn Sun

The bay colt has also only had four races of experience, but has triumphed on three occasions, including his last two events. The Autumn Sun began his career at the J.J. Atkins Plate where he was considered the favourite in a wide field. He duly delivered on expectations, although he was pressed on the line.

Chris Waller’s charge had just enough to see off Zousain by a neck to claim the win. The three-year-old was unable to build on his performance in his next outing at the Stan Fox Stakes. On this occasion, Tarka had the pace to lead the field, with the bay colt being forced to settle for third place – one-and-a-quarter lengths behind the winner.

The Autumn Sun got back to winning ways with another battle against Zousain at Rosehill in the Golden Rose Stakes. He and his stable-mate duelled it out down the stretch, but Kerrin McEvoy guided his charge to the victory by a head. The bay colt made a statement at the Caulfield Guineas with a flawless performance. After being installed as the race favourite he laid down a surge and was able to claim a dominant victory by four-a-and-a-half lengths. He has the form and the results against good competition, therefore The Autumn Sun should be the pick for the Australian Guineas.