Qipco 2000 Guineas
Group 1, Newmarket 15:35
£500,000 added,
3yo only,
1m, Class 1  
Saturday 4th May 2019

1 Magna Grecia 11/2
2 King Of Change 66/1
3 Skardu 8/1
19 ran Distances: 2½l, 1¾l, hd
Time: 1m 36.84s (slow by 1.84s)

Magna Grecia is the 2019 QIPCO 2000 Guineas champion

The 2,000 Guineas goes the way of Magna Grecia, who lands the season's first Classic for Aidan and Donnacha O'Brien.

It is 21 years since the Ballydoyle maestro first won the colts’ Classic with King Of Kings and he has since added to his tally with the likes of Rock Of Gibraltar (2002), George Washington (2006) and the last two winners in Churchill and Saxon Warrior.

This year O’Brien fired a formidable twin assault, with the previously unbeaten Middle Park winner Ten Sovereigns the well-supported favourite under Ryan Moore – and the Vertem Futurity Trophy hero Magna Grecia an 11-2 chance in the hands of the trainer’s son Donnacha.

The field split not long after the stalls opened and Magna Grecia was one of just three horses that raced close to the stands’ rail.

It was clear racing inside the final two furlongs that this trio had a significant advantage over their rivals and once asked to fully extend, Magna Grecia rocketed clear to seal a most impressive success.

King Of Change was the two-and-a-half-length runner-up at 66-1, with Craven winner Skardu (8-1) faring best of those that race in the middle of the track, beaten a length and three-quarters in third.

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Qipco 2000 Guineas Stakes
(British Champions Series) (Group 1)
£500,000 added, 3yo only, 1m, Class 1
19 ran

Going: Good

Pos Dr D Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st (17) Magna Grecia (IRE) 11/2 Donnacha O'Brien
9-0
A P O'Brien 3
2nd (19) King Of Change 66/1 S M Levey
9-0
R Hannon 3
3rd (3) Skardu 8/1 James Doyle
9-0
W J Haggas 3
4th (1) hd Madhmoon (IRE) 7/1 C D Hayes
9-0
K Prendergast 3
5th (5) hd Ten Sovereigns (IRE) 9/4f R L Moore
9-0
A P O'Brien 3
6th (18) ½ Shine So Bright 16/1 S De Sousa
9-0
A M Balding 3
7th (9) ½ Kick On 16/1 Oisin Murphy
9-0
J H M Gosden 3
8th (10) ¾ Urban Icon 33/1 Tom Marquand
9-0
R Hannon 3
9th (6) ½ Great Scot 25/1 R Kingscote
9-0
Tom Dascombe 3
10th (7) Momkin (IRE) 33/1 J A Heffernan
9-0
R Charlton 3
11th (15) nk Azano 66/1 R Havlin
9-0
J H M Gosden 3
12th (16) Dark Vision (IRE) 40/1 J Fanning
9-0
M Johnston 3
13th (11) Royal Marine (IRE) 16/1 C Soumillon
9-0
S bin Suroor 3
14th (4) Set Piece 40/1 Jim Crowley
9-0
H Palmer 3
15th (8) 1 Advertise 11/1 L Dettori
9-0
M Meade 3
16th (12) Al Hilalee 8/1 W Buick
9-0
C Appleby 3
17th (14) 8 Sporting Chance 100/1 P Cosgrave
9-0
S Crisford 3
18th (2) 2 Emaraaty Ana 66/1 David Egan
9-0
K A Ryan 3
19th (13) Name The Wind 66/1 P J McDonald
9-0
J Tate 3