2014 Sandown Guineas Winner is Petrology

November 15th, 2014

Talented three-year-old Petrology has secured without doubt a career-best race victory this afternoon, saving himself from a post-season gelding in taking out the featured Group 2 Sandown Guineas (1600m).

Petrology has taken out the 2014 Sandown Guineas with relative ease. Photo: Sarah Ebbett

Petrology has taken out the 2014 Sandown Guineas with relative ease. Photo: Sarah Ebbett

Jumping from the gates only fairly, jockey Nick Hall was forced to settle Petrology at the rear of the field, allowing early leaders Seenan and Zululand to set a noticeably quick tempo over the back straight and rounding the bend.

Appearing to have too much to do and blocked for a run upon reaching the final straight, the Fastnet Rock colt quickly spooled up and exploded from the main pack, weaving through the field and poking clear with 200m to race and finding the line two lengths in the clear of closest rival Stratum Star; a brave Berisha running on for third.

Outlining a gelding as a viable option for the three-year-old after failing to find peak condition over his first four starts this time in, trainer David Hayes confirmed the procedure is no longer an option for Petrology who has now won back-to-back black type events having taken out the Listed TV Stakes (1800m) at Flemington on Crown Oaks Day last week.

“That was actually a win of a very good horse, a weight-for-age horse going forward I think so he’s certainly not getting gelded,” Hayes said

“I’m really excited about him – we’ll put him aside now, he’s stepped up on the big stage twice and he might be an Australian Guineas horse I think.”

2014 Sandown Guineas Results

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Starting Price
1 3 PETROLOGY David Hayes & Tom Dabernig Nicholas Hall 12 57kg $14
2 2 STRATUM STAR Darren Weir Kerrin McEvoy 2.25L 2 57kg $3.20F
3 10 BERISHA Murray Johnson Cory Parish 3.5L 11 57kg $101
4 13 UNGRATEFUL ELLEN Robert Smerdon Craig Williams 3.9L 10 55kg $61
5 4 LORD ASPEN Mick Huxtable Matthew Neilson 4L 5 57kg $4
6 9 REKINDLED POWER Paul Messara Dwayne Dunn 4.75L 9 57kg $5.50
7 7 DUCAL CASTLE Peter G Moody Daniel Stackhouse 5.5L 1 57kg $10
8 6 SEENAAN Mick Price Daniel Moor 6.75L 6 57kg $41
9 8 CHILL PARTY Tom Hughes Brian Werner 7.5L 7 57kg $26
10 5 CARELESS John O’Shea James McDonald 7.7L 4 57kg $9
11 11 MOTEL MEMORIES Ken Keys Ryan Maloney 8.95L 3 57kg $201
12 1 ZULULAND David Hayes & Tom Dabernig Stephen Baster 10.2L 8 57kg $41