1,000 Guineas Stakes
What You Need to Know
- The 1,000 Guineas Stakes is a prestigious Group 1 flat that takes place at Newmarket in late April or early May. This year it will start on the 3rd of May.
- As one of the UK's oldest races, it boasts a fascinating history and is one of the highlights of the British flat racing calendar
- The race is open to three-year-old fillies and is run along a straight, one-mile turf track. It also offers a large cash prize, meaning it always attracts the very best thoroughbreds and jockeys
- Unsurprisingly, the excitement of the race makes it a big hit with sports betting fans. To enjoy a flutter on the action, you should sign up for an online betting account and place a wager from the comfort of your own home
- Generally speaking, the favourites always do well and often win; underdog victories are very rare, though they have happened in the past
- The Nell Gwyn Stakes and the Fred Darling Stakes are used by trainers as warm-up events for the 1,000 Guineas, so check out the results of these events before placing your bet
- The 1,000 Guineas is itself often seen as a trail for the Oaks. So, if your horse comes in at Newmarket, consider backing them later in the season at the Oaks
The 1,000 Guineas Stakes is a prestigious Group 1 flat horse race taking place at the famous Newmarket Racecourse each spring.
One of Britain's oldest races, the 1,000 Guineas is also the second of the five Classic Races, though one of just two events open to just fillies. The prestige and the history of the event means it always attracts a large crowd, with the top jockeys and trainers taking part and bookies enjoying a bumper few days as sports betting fans have a flutter on the action.
History of the 1,000 Guineas
The 1,000 Guineas dates back to the year 1814, just five years after the first 2,000 Guineas was run. As you might expect, the Jockey Club, which organised both races, named them after the size of the prizes originally on offer.
Within just a few years, the race had become one of the biggest events on the British racing calendar and had become one of five Classics. Over the decades, it has continued to grow in both prestige and popularity, attracting the biggest trainers and owners and bringing sell-out crowds to Newmarket.
The Race Today
The modern-day 1,000 Guineas Stakes is almost identical to the race as it was 200 years ago. Just as it was at the start, the race is open to three-year-old fillies and is run along a straight, one-mile turf track at Newmarket.
These days, the event is scheduled to take place in late April or early May, shortly after the 2,000 Guineas has been run. Unsurprisingly, it always brings big crowds to Newmarket and is also popular with both TV viewers and sports betting fans right around the world, especially now that online betting makes it easy to have a flutter from the comfort of your own home.
Betting on the 1,000 Guineas
The 1,000 Guineas Stakes is a great race to bet on, regardless of whether you're a complete novice or an experienced sports gambler. Not only is it fast, furious and very exciting, it's also quite an open event as, for many horses, it's the first race of the season.
Some things to bear in mind if you're considering having a wager on the action, include:
- The Nell Gwyn Stakes and the Fred Darling Stakes are often used by trainers as warm-up events for the 1,000 Guineas. So, follow these events and use them as guidelines for how the big race might go.
- In the same way, the 1,000 Guineas is often seen as a trail for the Oaks. So, if your horse comes in at Newmarket, consider backing them later in the season at the Oaks.
If you're serious about trying to make money on the 1,000 Guineas, you should go online and open an online sports betting account. This way you get instant access to the very best odds and the widest range of betting markets. What's more, many of the best sports betting sites also have some great introductory offers for new customers, including up to £200 in cashback. see our top 10 UK betting sites opening offers.
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Getting to the Race
If you want to watch the 1,000 Guineas in person, then the good news is that it's very easy to get to the race. Newmarket is well-connected by roads and by public transport and can be easily reached from most major cities.
- By car, the racecourse is best reached from the A11 or the A14, with these main roads offering good links from Cambridge, London and most of East Anglia. If you have a SatNav system, simply type in the postcode CB8 0TF and this will lead you there.
- If you're travelling by train, then Newmarket is served by regular services from London Kings Cross and Liverpool Street stations, as well as from Cambridge and Ipswich. On big race days, shuttle buses run from Newmarket train station to the racecourse.
Facts and Records
- While it has produced a few modern legends, no jockey has been able to match George Fordham's record in the race. He won it an incredible seven times between 1859 and 1883.
- The leading owner in the race is the Duke of Grafton, who owned eight winners. His victors raced between 1819 and 1827.
- You don't have to go that far back to find the record for the fastest winner, however. Ghanaato crossed the line in 1 minute, 34.22 seconds in 2009, breaking the race record.
- A horse called Ferry holds the record for being the longest-odds winner in the history of the 1,000 Guineas. He was a 50/1 outsider going into the 1918 event.
- The prize money for the 1,000 Guineas has matched that on offer for the winner of the 2,000 Guineas ever since the 2002 race.
- Fancy watching the action in person? Check out the official website of the Newmarket Racecourse and plan your visit
- If you want to have a bet on the action, you should be sure you know what you're doing. Become an instant expert with the help of this guide to betting on horses