Turffontein races
The Gauteng Guineas is a feature age-group race on the Tuffontein calendar. (Getty Images)

Gauteng Guineas Betting Tips, Best Bookmakers & Free Bets

The Gauteng Guineas is the first major race of the year in Joburg.

The Turffontein Grade 1 race is one of the age-group features of the South African calendar.

Held as a part of the Triple Crown, the Gauteng Guineas is a popular betting race. It's the first leg of the Triple Crown, which also features the SA Classic and SA Derby.

Gauteng Guineas history

The Gauteng Guineas was first run as the M.E.C Guineas (SA Horseracing) Guineas in 1993.

The stature of the race has soared since 1999 when it was included in Phumelela's SA Triple Crown and won by Fort Defiance, trained by Mike de Kock and ridden by Piere Strydom.

Initially, the first leg of the Triple Crown was either of two races, the Cape Guineas at Kenilworth or the Gauteng Guineas then run at Newmarket.

Fort Defiance's stablemate Horse Chestnut won the Cape first leg and went on to clinch the other two legs of the Triple Crown.

The race was switched to the Turffontein standside track in 2002 and since then it has been won by a number of top-class horses, including Grand Emporium, Hunting Tower and Imbongi, who all went on to race on the international stage.

Gauteng Guineas Day is always the first major raceday of the New Year in Johannesburg and the main event is backed by a strong supporting cast of feature events. 

The Gauteng Guineas is currently sponsored by Betting World.

Gauteng Guineas Betting Tips

We will have Gauteng Guineas betting tips available when the field is released.

Bookmakers always offer a wide-open market due to the popularity of the Turffontein race.

Gauteng Guineas Free Bets

Bookmakers often have free bets on offer for the Gauteng Guineas, which is a popular thoroughbred race at Turffontein in South Africa.

Check out our recommened bookmakers for the latest offers.

Live Streaming

Bettors can live stream the Gauteng Guineas at Bet365. They show most big South African races and all you need is an account and a bet on the race.

Many other horse racing authorities will stream Gauteng Guineas due to its big following.

Turffontein Track Info

Turf. 2700m oval track. Races up to 1160m straight course; beyond 1160m clockwise round turn with 800m run-in. Track rises 12m from 1600m to 800m marks, making it most testing circuit in SA.

Low-number draws favoured over 1400m and to a lesser extent over 1600m.

Inside track:

Turf. 2500m near oval circuit inside Standside Track with which it shares a common pull-up area. All races run clockwise round the turn with run-in of slightly less than 500m.

Track rises 10m from the 1400m to the 500m marks.

Low-number draws preferable over 1450m and 1600m.

Gauteng Guineas Field

We will have an updated Gauteng Guineas field when bookmakers release their odds. The field is made up of some of the best age-group stars in South Africa.

Gauteng Guineas Feature Races

The Gauteng Guineas is the feature race on the card, which also includes the Hawaii Stakes and Gauteng Fillies Guineas.

  • R1-million Betting World Gauteng Guineas (3-year-olds; Grade 2) 1600m – alt Leg 1 SA Triple Crown
  • R500,000 Wilgerbosdrift Gauteng Fillies’ Guineas (3-year-old fillies; Grade 2) 1600m – alt Leg 1 Wilgerbosdrift Triple Tiara
  • R400,000 Hawaii Stakes (Open; Grade 2) 1400m
  • R250,000 Acacia Handicap (Grade 3) 1600m
  • R150,000 Aquanaut Handicap (Open; Listed) 2450m

Gauteng Guineas past winners

2017Smiling Blue Eyes
2016Heaps of Fun
2015Siren's Call
2014Arcetri Pink
2013Cherry on the Top
2012Go Indigo
2007Dane Julia
2005Royal Approval