2,000 Guineas Stakes
What You Need to Know
- The 2,000 Guineas Stakes (often just called the 2,000 Guineas) is a top Group 1 flat horse race held at the Newmarket Racecourse each spring. This year it's starting on the 2nd of May.
- The race sees top thoroughbreds race for a prize fund of around £450,000, with around £250,000 going to the winner
- One of Britain's five Classics, the 2,000 Guineas is always hugely popular with the Newmarket crowds as well as with sports betting fans, both at the event and online
- Watching the action is very easy, since Newmarket is well-served by regular direct trains from London as well as by good road links
- If you are having a flutter on the race, remember some horses run in the Craven Stakes or the Greenham Stakes as a warm-up for the 2,000 Guineas. So, be sure to check out the results of these events
- However, for many horses, the 2,000 Guineas is the first race of the season, so you will need to make an extra effort when assessing the runners' form
- It's worth also bearing in mind that sometimes the winner of the 2,000 Guineas will go onto win the Derby. Camelot, for example, achieved this double in 2012
The 2,000 Guineas Stakes (often just called the 2,000 Guineas) is a leading Group 1 flat horse race taking place at the Newmarket Racecourse each spring.
One of Britain's five Classics, it's one of the most prestigious events on the UK racing calendar and always attracts the country's leading horses, jockeys and trainers. The event is also hugely popular with the Newmarket crowds as well as with sports betting fans, both at the event and online.
History of the 2,000 Guineas
The 2,000 Guineas is one of the oldest horse races in the world. It wad first held back in 1809, the brainchild of Sir Charles Bunbury, who also set up the Derby. As you might imagine, the prize on offer in the first few years was 2,000 Guineas, with the name still used to this day.
Within just a few decades, the race had grown to become the number one race for three-year-old horses, attracting the biggest trainers and owners to Newmarket. The prestige and popularity of the race continued to grow and, by the 1860s, the 2,000 Guineas was an established part of the famous Classics group of races. Over the years, the event has been copied around the world.
The Race Today
These days, the 2,000 Guineas is held at Newmarket in late April or early May. Just as it was back in 1809, the race is run along a mile-long straight track and is open to three-year-old thoroughbreds. The thoroughbreds race for a prize fund of around £450,000, with around £250,000 going to the winner.
Unsurprisingly, the race is a huge hit with the Newmarket crowds, with the event almost always selling out. It's also hugely popular with sports betting fans, especially now that online sports betting sites make it so easy to have a flutter on the action from the comfort of your own home.
Horses and Latest Odds for the 2015 Race
Betting on the 2,000 Guineas
Run over a single mile and over in less than a couple of minutes, the 2,000 Guineas is fast, furious, exciting and perfect for betting on. It's also a good race to have a flutter on if you're new to racing as most bookies will offer a wide selection of bets and helpful form guides. Some things to bear in mind when betting on the 2,000 Guineas include:
- For many horses, this is the first race of the season, so be sure to make an extra effort in your research as you won't be able to just have a quick look at the past few races
- However, some horses do run in the Craven Stakes or the Greenham Stakes as a warm-up for the 2,000 Guineas. So, be sure to check out the results of these events and use this information to make an informed bet
- You may also want to consider having a flutter on the Derby. Sometimes the winner of the 2,000 Guineas will go onto win the Derby. Camelot, for example, achieved this double in 2012.
If you are serious about betting on the 2,000 Guineas, then you should look into opening an online sports betting account. Going online means you not only have access to the widest range of betting markets, but you will also get the most competitive odds. Plus, some of the biggest sports betting sites have great introductory offers for new customers, so be sure to shop around and get the best possible deal.
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
- No modern-day jockey has come close to beating Jem Robinson's 2,000 Guineas record. Robinson rode nine winners between 1825 and 1848.
- You also have to go a long way back to find the race's top trainer. John Scott trained a record seven winners between 1842 and 1862.
- The favourites usually do well, but don't bet against the long-shots. After all, Rockavon won despite being a 66/1 shot ahead of the 1961 race.
- Mister Baileys holds the course record for this race. The thoroughbred won the 1994 race in one minute, 35 seconds, a time yet to be matched.
- 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