The Newmarket Guineas meeting hosts the first two of the seasons five Classics run on the flat. The meeting is held each spring in late April or early May.
The two-day ‘Festival’ is one of the highlights of the sporting calendar and is the biggest event held at Newmarket Racecourse, famously recognised as the Home of Racing. The world’s best jockeys and trainers compete for classic glory on the hallowed turf of Newmarket’s Rowley Mile course where the historic 1000 Guineas and 2000 Guineas Classic races are run.
The 2000 Guineas is the first of the season’s Classics and is run on the first day of Newmarket’s two-day Guineas meeting. The race took its name from its first running in 1809 when the prize was 2000 guineas.
Three-year-olds of both genders are eligible to enter the race which is run over the eight furlongs of the Rowley Mile. The 2000 Guineas is an important race for breeders of thorougbreds and male entries must be ‘entire’, meaning geldings are not allowed to enter. Fillies rarely enter the race these days although in times gone by, the 2000 Guineas has been won seven times by the ladies.
The 2000 Guineas is the first leg of the Triple Crown, a traditional series of three Classics run over increasing distances and represents the ultimate test for thoroughbred colts. The Triple Crown consists of the 2000 Guineas run over one mile in the Spring, followed by the Derby over one-and-a-half miles at Epsom in June and concludes with the St Leger over one-and-three-quarter miles at Doncaster in September.
One of the most celebrated horses of all time, the great Nijinsky was the last horse to achieve win the Triple Crown in 1970. Many horses have managed to win the first two legs, in fact 35 horses have been successfully completed the 2000 Guineas-Derby double ands the most recent winner was Sea The Stars in 2009.
The first horse to win the 2000 Guineas was Wizard in 1809, owned by Christopher Wilson, trained by Tom Perren and ridden by Bill Clift. The same connections were successful in winning the first running of the 1000 Guineas in 1814.
Garden Path was the last filly to win the 2000 Guineas in 1944, owned by the 17th Earl of Derby, trained by Walter Earl and ridden by Harry Wragg.
Brigadier Gerard’s 1971 victory over Mill Reef is generally accepted as the finest race in recent times while 1994 winner Mister Baileys can boast to be the fastest winner with the record time of 1:35.08.
2000 Guineas leading trainer is John Scott who won the race seven times in the 19th century, more recently Aiden O’Brien has dominated the race, saddling five winners since 1998. Record winning owner Sue Magnier, owned at least part of each of the O’Brien winners and had the first of her six winners in 1997 when Michael Stoute trained Entrepreneur. Stoute, who was awarded a knighthood for services to racing, won his fifth 2000 Guineas with Golan in 2001.
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