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Special Duty Wins 1000 Guineas After Enquiry 02/05/10
French raider Special Duty won the 1000 Guineas in dramatic circumstances after being awarded the race following a stewards’ enquiry.

Makfi Springs 33/1 Surprise in 2000 Guineas 01/05/10
All the talk before today’s 2000 Guineas was of St Nicholas Abbey, who was sent off Evens favourite for the Classic, but he could finish only sixth as a new star emerged on the Rowley Mile in French raider Makfi who stormed to a length and a quarter victory at odds of 33/1.

Inler Excites Best 28/04/10
Kent-based trainer John Best has not yet tasted Classic success but has a live contender for Saturday’s 2000 Guineas at Newmarket in the shape of Inler.

Gold, Tregoning, Fallon, Grimthorpe Talk About Their Guineas Hopes 27/04/10
Connections of several leading contenders for both the 2000 Guineas and the 1000 Guineas were present at a media event held at Lord’s cricket ground in London yesterday, which was organised by Newmarket Racecourses.

Balding Pair On Course for Guineas Festival 22/04/10
Trainer Andrew Balding is weighing up a possible double Classic raid at Newmarket next weekend with recent Listed scorer Lord Zenith aiming for glory in the 2000 Guineas on Saturday, 1st May, and progressive filly Pipette being considered for the 1000 Guineas the following day.

Lady Darshaan Pleases Moore Ahead of 1000 Guineas 21/04/10
Stan Moore believes that his Group One Fillies’ Mile runner-up Lady Darshaan is “the forgotten horse” ahead of the £400,000 1000 Guineas, staged over a mile at Newmarket on Sunday, 2nd May.

Arcano Puts Classic Credentials on the Line 14/04/10
With the exception of the brilliant St Nicholas Abbey, currently 9/4 favourite for the 2,000 Guineas, Arcano was arguably the most impressive juvenile colt of the 2009 season.

Special Duty Heads 71 in 1000 Guineas 05/02/10
French trainer Criquette Head-Maarek has landed the 1000 Guineas on three occasions this year has entered Special Duty, the clear 7/2 favourite with Stan James for the first fillies’ Classic of the season for which there are 71 entries, six more than last year.

Bumper Entries for 2000 Guineas 05/02/10
Xtension has already exhibited top-class form on Newmarket’s Rowley Mile course and last season’s Group One Jumeirah Dewhurst Stakes third has pleased trainer Clive Cox with the progress he has made this winter ahead of a planned tilt at the 2000 Guineas.

Channon to Fine Tune Music Show in Leslie Harrison Memorial Nell Gwyn 13/04/10
Mick Channon believes that his Group One 1000 Guineas hope Music Show will come on for her seasonal reappearance in the £65,000 Group Three Leslie Harrison Memorial Nell Gwyn Stakes (4.10pm) at Newmarket on Wednesday, April 14th.

Knight Positive About Eolith’s Prospects 25/03/10 1000 Guineas entry Eolith can already include a Group 1 and Group 2 winner among her victims and her trainer William Knight is hoping she can further enhance her credentials in 2010.

Duty Continues to Look Special Ahead of 1000 Guineas 04/02/10
Special Duty, winter favourite for the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket on May 2nd, has been pleasing her Chantilly-based trainer Criquette Head-Maarek ahead of a return to full training this season.

Lillie Langtry Back to Form 03/10/09
Lillie Langtry stormed back to form with victory in the Tattersalls Timeform Fillies’ 800 to leave connections looking at a return to the Rowley Mile in May for the Stan James-sponsored 1000 Guineas next May.

Sea The New Star 02/05/09
Sea The Stars lit up the Rowley Mile to land the 2009 2000 Guineas in spectacular style.

Ghanaati Crowns Excellent Start to the Season for Hills 03/05/09
Ridden by Hills’s son Richard, Ghanaati was sent off at 20/1 and returned triumphant by a length and a half from Irish raider Cuis Ghaire.

Natagora Stays All The Way to 1000 Guineas Triumph 04/05/08
Any fears that the speedy Natagora would not stay the mile test of the 1000 Guineas were firmly rebuffed when the statuesque grey filly made all to claim victory.

Henry Navigates to 2000 Guineas Victory 03/05/08
Trainer Aidan O’Brien landed his fifth 2000 Guineas when winning the 200th running of the Classic after Henrythenavigator battled to beat the 11/8 favourite New Approach by a nose.

Largely Drying Day Leaves Good Guineas Ground at Newmarket 01/05/08
Michael Prosser, Director of Racing at Newmarket, has this afternoon changed The NatWest Rowley Mile official going description after an upturn in the weather.

New Approach On Course for Guineas 21/04/08
Trainer Jim Bolger today expressed his confidence ahead of ante-post favourite New Approach’s bid for Classic glory in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket on Saturday, May 3.

30 Go Forward for 2000 Guineas 23/04/08
Stimulation is one of 30 horses going forward after yesterday’s forfeit stage for what promises to be a fantastic renewal of the £375,000 2000 Guineas at Newmarket on Saturday, May 3, and trainer Hughie Morrison believes there is more to come from the Choisir colt.

Raymi Coya Among 28 Hopefuls for the 1000 Guineas 23/04/08
Chelsea FC’s Peruvian striker Claudio Pizarro could have his first runner in an English Classic with Raymi Coya, who is among 28 fillies remaining in the £375,000 1000 Guineas, which takes place on Sunday, May 4, at the forfeit stage.

Finsceal Beo in 1000 Guineas Masterclass
Finsceal Beo looked different class to her rivals with a brilliant victory in the Stan James 1000 Guineas at Newmarket.

Cockney Rebel Rocks in 2000 Guineas
Cockney Rebel sprang a 25/1 surprise in the Group 1 Stan James 2000 Guineas when coming home a length and a half clear of Vital Equine to give his veteran local trainer Geoff Huffer the biggest success of his career.

Two Thousand Guineas 2009

Sea The Stars lit up the Rowley Mile to land the 2009 2000 Guineas in spectacular style. Always travelling supremely well on the stands’ side, the Cape Cross colt ran on strongly to record a length and a half victory over 3/1 favourite Delegator. Guineas Festival
One Thousand Guineas 2009
Five years ago, Barry Hills and Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum teamed up for 2000 Guineas glory with Haafhd and they returned to lift the 1000 Guineas trophy with Ghanaati to continue an outstanding start to the season for the veteran trainer, who recently celebrated his 3000th winner and his 300th success at Newmarket.
Kieren Fallon and Russian Rhythm took the 2003 1,000 Guineas
1000 Guineas Stakes History
The Rowley Mile Course has been home to the first two of the five great "classic" Races, the One Thousand Guineas and the Two Thousand Guineas, since 1814 and 1809 respectively.
2000 Guineas Stakes
2000 Guineas Stakes History
The Guineas meeting, held at the historic Newmarket course, hosts the first Classics of the Flat season. The 2,000 Guineas is for three-year-old colts and fillies and is run on the famous Rowley Mile course.
Newmarket Racecourse
Newmarket Racecourse
Newmarket has been recognised as the Headquarters of Racing for over 300 years. Some 3000 horses are in training in the immediate vicinity of this unique racing town, set in the heart of East Anglia, yet only sixty minutes from London by road or rail.
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