1000 & 2000 Guineas: Betting Tips, Stats & History

Newmarket Rowley Mile Grandstand

The 1000 and 2000 Guineas are two of the oldest and most important races in the world. They been about since 1809 and 1814 respectively, making them over 200 years old. 

The importance of the races lies in their history as much as anything else and with it have seen some of the finest flat racehorses to have ever graced this planet. Both are run on the Rowley Mile at Newmarket racecourse, known by many as headquarters, every year in either late April or early May.

The races make up part of the five classics, contests run exclusively for three year old horses, known as the classic generation. They are the opening legs of British racing's Triple Crown and Fillies' Triple Crown, followed later on in the season by the Oaks and Derby at Epsom and the St Ledger from Doncaster.

2000 & 1000 Guineas Betting Tips For 2018

Having been simmering along for a few weeks now, this weekend sees the 2018 Flat season really move up a gear with Newmarket’s excellent Guineas meeting. The two star races are the 2000 Guineas on Saturday May 5th and the 1000 Guineas the following day. Below are our tips for the two contests.

RaceTimeDay & DateTip
2000 Guineas 15:35 Saturday May 5th 2018 Elarqam
1000 Guineas 15:35 Sunday May 6th 2018 Happily

Course

Newmarket is one of the mist iconic racing venues anywhere in the world. Based out of Suffolk, England, the county is often referred to as the headquarters of British Horse Racing. The site is able to host over 45,000 fans, making it one of the biggest, but Newmarket is also famous for having more horse racing stables per square meter than anywhere else in the UK, hence why it’s been able to receive its name of the HUB of horse racing.

The course has been open in some form since 1667 and is one of the oldest racing clubs in the UK. The sheers size of the play means that Newmarket are actually able to host a number of different course layouts within their grounds, including The Rowley Mile Course, The July Course and the Round Course, although the latter is only used once a year for the Newmarket Town Plate. 

The Rowley Mile

Newmarket Rowley Mile Track

Both the 1000 and 2000 Guineas are run on the Rowley Mile Course, which offers a 1mile straight. The course has actually become quite famous over the years and whilst the official racing length is 1 mile, it actually measures 1 mile, 2 furlongs, with the final two furlongs leading to the bushes at the back of the racecourse, meaning horses do need to pull up relatively quickly to ensure they stop. 

Another little quirk regarding the track is the now very famous dip. The course is actually downhill for the second to last furlong and then up hill for the last furlong. This may not sound like a huge difference given how relatively short the incline and decline is, but it has a huge effect on the horses. You see, as the decline is pretty gradual, you would be forgiven in thinking that there is little to no drop, but then the last furlong has a fairly sharp incline, which often catches horses off-guard, so it’s up to the jockey to plan for this. 

Interestingly, the Rowley Mile is often used as a grass strip landing zone for aircrafts in the RAF from the neighbouring RAF Newmarket!

2000 Guineas

First run in 1809, the 2000 Guineas is about as important a horse race as you will find, and one of the oldest as well. The race is a Group 1 outing for three-year-old thoroughbred colts and fillies, excluding geldings. 

As a Group 1 race, the prizes that are on offer are extensive, with a prize pot of £500,000 reported in 2017. The winner is able to pick up a cheque worth a cool £283,550, one of the biggest in UK horse racing. 

The 2,000 does have a number of trail races in the form of the Caravan Stakes and the Greenham Stakes, but as the race comes very early in the season, for many horses the 2,000 Guineas will be the first race of the season, so they often come in fresh, with fast times to highlight that. Interestingly, many see the 2,000 Guineas as a trial for the Derby, but many fanatics think that this degrades the stature and history of the 2,000 Guineas. 

Race

Winner

Suffolk stakes (Spring Lodge Stakes)

Playful Sound 10/1

Longholes Palace House Stakes

Marsha 8/1

Dunaden Jockey Club Stakes

Seventh Heaven 4/7f

2,000 Guineas 

Churchill 6/4f

Hot Streaks Handicap

Danielsflyer 25/1

Havana Gold Newmarket Stakes

Permian 5/2

Racing Welfare Handicap 

Ronald R 14/1

1000 Guineas

The 1,0000 Guineas came in just 5 years later than the 2000, in 1814. The race was set up to be targeted at just fillies, and so only fillies are able to enter this race. It takes place the day after the 2,000 Guineas, but both on the same course and over the same distance. 

Since 2001 the prizemoney for both the 1000 and 2000 Guineas has been the same. The race has constantly been able to evolve and it was reported that in 2012 the prize fund was £350,000, seeing a £150,000 increase to the current day. 

Just like the 2,000 Guineas, the 1,000 has several trail races which include the Nell Gwyn Stakes and the Fred Darling Stakes. Again, the 1,000 is often referred as a trail race of its own, this time for the Oaks. 

Race

Winner

Qatar Racing Handicap

Frontiersman 5/2f

Charm Spring Dahlia Stakes

Somehow 13/8f

Longholes Handicap

Mr Lupton 10/1

1,000 Guineas 

Winter 9/1

Havana Gold Maiden Stakes

Way Of Wisdom 5/1

Tweenhills Pretty Polly Stakes

Horseplay 11/2

British Racing Handicap 

Leshlaa 16/1

Statistics

A race that is over 200 years is going to create a heck of a lot of history within the horse racing industry, and the 1,000 & 2,000 Guineas is no different. With the 2,000 Guineas, the most successful trainer is that of Aiden O’Brien, who has had 8 winners over the years, with his first coming on King of Kings back in 1997. What’s quite remarkable about this is that all of his winners have been with different horses, highlighting just how good he is at getting horses prepared for this race. 

The leading jockey is that of Jem Robinson, who’s rode 9 winners in total, mainly coming from the early to mid 19thcentury. In more recent times the likes of Frankie Dettori, Kieran Fallon, Ryan Moore, Pat Eddery, Willie Carson and Lester Piggott have all had success within the 2,000 Guineas. 

Some more stats for the 2,000 Guineas:

  • Fastest Winning Time: Mister Baileys, 1994, 1m 35.08 sec
  • Longest Odds Winner: Rockavon (1961), 66/1
  • Shortest Odds Winner: St Frusquin (1896) 12/100

The 1,000 Guineas has also seen a host of different winners, with the most successful jockey being that of George Fordham, with his winners coming between 1859 and 1883. The most successful trainer in the race is that of Robert Robson, with the majority of his wins coming in the early 19thcentury. What’s probably most remarkable about Robson is that his 9 winners came within a 10 year span, in the early years of the race. In fact, with each race that we won he did it with a different horse each time!

Again, more modern times have seen the likes of jockeys such as Frankie Dettori, Ryan Moore, Kieran Fallon and many others see success from this race. 

  • Fastest Winning Time: Ghanaati (2009) 1m 34.22s
  • Longest Odds Winner: Ferry (1918) 50/1
  • Shortest Odds Winner: Crucifix (1840) 1/10

Last 10 2,000 Guineas Winners

Year

Horse

Trainer

Jockey

2017

Churchill

Aiden O’Brien

Ryan Moore

2016 

Galileo Gold 

Hugo Palmer

Frankie Dettori

2015

Gleneagles

Aiden O’Brien

Ryan Moore

2014

Night of thunder

Richard Hannon Jr.

Kieren Fallon

2013

Dawn Approach

Jim Bolger

Kevin Manning

2012

Camelot

Aiden O’Brien

Joseph O’Brien

2011

Frankel 

Henry Cecil

Tom Queally

2010

Makfi

Mikel Delzangles

Christohpe Lamaire

2009

Sea The Stars

John Oxx

Michaal Kinane

2008

Henrythenavigator

Aiden O’Brien

Johnny Murtagh

Last 10 1,000 Guineas Winners 

Year

Horse

Trainer

Jockey 

2017

Winter

Aiden O’Brien

Wayne London

2016

Minding

Aiden O’Brien

Ryan Moore

2015 

Legatissimo

David Wachman

Ryan Moore

2014

Miss France

Andre Fabre

Maime Guyon

2013

Sky Lantern

Richard Hannon Sr.

Richard Hughes

2012

Homecomming Queen

Aiden O’Brien

Ryan Moore

2011

Blue Bunting

Mahmood Al Zarooni

Frankie Dettori

2010 

Special duty

Criquette Head-Maarek

Stephane Pasquier

2009

Ghanaati

Barry Hills

Richard Hills

2008

Natagora

Pascal Barry

Christophe Lemaire 

About

The race was the brainchild of Sir Charles Bunbury, who was, back in 1809 when the 2,000 guineas first run, head of the Jockey Club. It was designed to be fast an exciting and also allow the race to attract some of the best sprinters and flat racing horses from across the world.

To lure punters the race needed a name and they opted for the 2,000 Guineas. The name actually reflects the prize money that was up for grabs at the time. Back then 1 Guinea was worth around £1.05 in modern money, making the total prize fund around £2,100. 

The first ever 2,000 Guineas, run in 809, was won by Wizard, who was trained by Tom Perren and rode by Bill Clift. 

The 1,000 Guineas came 5 years after the inaugural 2,000 event and again, was founded by Sir Charles Banbury. This time the race was aimed at fillies of 3 years and up, but obviously came as a half as much in prize money. The two races kept a distance between the overall amount of money for each race until 2001, where it was decided that both race should be equal given the following and stature they both has as two of the 5 Classics, 

The Triple Crown

The Triple Crown is seen as one of the pinnacle sin flat racing and has been achieved by just 15 horses over the last 160+ years. The 3 races include the 2,00 Guineas, The Derby and the St Leger Stakes, three of the UK’s most prestigious horse races. 

The feat is very rare and the last horse to compete it was that of Nijinsky in 1970. There have been several failed attempts throughout the years of horses winning both the 2,000 Guineas and The Derby, before losing out in the St Leger, with the most recent being that of Camelot in 2012, eventually finishing second in the St Leger to Encke. 

The Fillies Triple Crown includes having to win the 1,000 Guineas, Epsom Oaks and the St. Leger Stakes. Again, just as rare as the Triple Crown, with just 9 successful horses, the most recent coming in 1985 with Oh So Sharp. 

Pretty Polly

Pretty Polly is one of the most successful horses in British Racing history. Owned by Eustace Loder and trained by Peter Gilpin, Pretty Polly was able to win the 1,000 Guineas in 1904 and followed that with wins at the Epsom Oaks and the St Leger Stakes, to complete the Triple Crown.

Pretty Polly won a staggering 22 of the 24 races that she took part and at one point won 15 races from 15 starts in the 1904/05 season. 

Nijinsky

Born in 1967 in Canada, Nijinsky has become one of the most popular and successful horses in the world. One of the most exacting things about the horse was it’s raw pace and relentless stamina. It’s success came in the late sixties and early seventies, amassing an incredible $677,000 in prizemoney throughout his career.

The horse made history in 1970 when it became the first horse in 35 years to go on and win the illustrious Triple Crown. Bot only that, but the legendary Lester Piggott was on board for a ll three of these races, trained by Vincent O’Brien. 

The horse was so successful and so dominating that many regard Nijinsky as the greatest flat racing horse of the 20thCentury.

Frankel

Frankel is probably one of the best known racehorses in the world, even though he retired back in 2013. He’s set numerous records along the way and many had tipped the horse to be the one that broke the duck of no Triple Crown winners since 1970, but alas, it was not to be.

He did win the 2011 2000 Guineas though and in some style. In fact, it was so impressive that many pundits claimed the performance to be the best of all-time from any British flat racehorse. High praise indeed!

The horse went on to win 9 consecutive Group 1 races, a feat that has only been matched by American filly, Zenyatta in the history of the sport. In his retirement Frankle is now out to stud, where he commands a stud fee of £125,000. His first foal that was sold at auction was sold for an astonishing £1.15million. Due to continued success with his foals, the stud fee has now risen to £175,000! 

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