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Homecoming Queen Blasts Home in QIPCO 1000 Guineas 06/05/12
Aidan O'Brien landed his second Classic of the weekend as Homecoming Queen sprang a 25-1 shock in the Qipco 1000 Guineas at Newmarket.

Camelot Fulfils Promise in 2000 Guineas 05/05/12
Camelot provided 18-year-old Joseph O’Brien with his first British Classic success when obliging as the 15/8 favourite in the QIPCO 2000 Guineas.

2000 Guineas Trends 01/05/12
The race has been dominated by Irish-trained runners in recent years with 6 of the last 10 going to horses from across the Irish Sea.

Fencing on Course for QIPCO 2000 Guineas 26/04/12
Racing Post Trophy third Fencing is on schedule to make the line-up for the £350,000 Group One QIPCO 2000 Guineas at Newmarket on Saturday, May 5, despite missing an intended reappearance at the Craven meeting last week.

Maybe Heads 24 Acceptors in QIPCO 1000 Guineas
Maybe is one of 24 fillies going forward in the QIPCO 1000 Guineas, run on Sunday, May 6, following the April 24 scratchings’ deadline.

Trumpet Major's Odds Cut for Guineas Following Craven Victory 20/04/12
Having landed the Nell Gwyn Stakes on Wednesday, the Richard Hannon team made it Guineas trial a double on Thursday by landing the Craven Stakes with the very impressive Trumpet Major.

Gamble on 2000 Guineas hope Most Improved Continues 16/04/12
The Brian Meehan-trained Most Improved, a 20/1 shot in the ante-post market in Qipco 2000 Guineas betting, just two weeks ago, is now a general 5/1 second favourite as money continues to pour in for the son of Lawman.

Camelot Holds Court in 2000 Guineas
Aidan O'Brien's Camelot is the star name among 63 entries for the Qipco 2000 Guineas at Newmarket on May 5.

Big Two Swamp 1000 Guineas Entries 07/03/12
Trainer Aidan O'Brien and the Godolphin team dominate a cosmopolitan 70-strong entry for the Qipco 1000 Guineas at Newmarket on May 6.

Top Rated Colts Head Classic Betting 11/01/12
Camelot is the 4-1 favourite with Coral for the Qipco 2,000 Guineas, and 3- 1 market leader for the Investec Derby, after the Racing Post Trophy winner was rated the joint-top two-year-old in the World Thoroughbred Rankings.

Born To Sea Eased for Guineas After Leopardstown Reverse31/10/11
Coral has eased Born To Sea to 10-1 (from 7-1) for next year's Qipco 2,000 Guineas, after the half-brother to Sea The Stars lost his unbeaten record at Leopardstown this afternoon. His conqueror at the Irish track, Nephrite, is also 10-1 for the colts' Classsic.

Frankel's Brother Sunk by Swedish Sailor 25/10/11
Noble Mission performed with plenty of credit on his much-anticipated debut at Yarmouth to finish second to Godolphin newcomer Swedish Sailor.

No More this Season for 1000 Guineas Favourite Maybe 12/10/11
The unbeaten juvenile filly Maybe, currently 5/1 favourite for next season's 1000 Guineas, will not run again this season, returning next term to bid for the first fillies' classic of 2012.

Wading Storms to Rockfel Triumph 08/10/11
Aidan O’Brien has another exciting Classic prospect on his hands in the form of the blue-blooded Wading, who stormed to a two-length triumph in the Group Two Rockfel Stakes.

Samitar Shows Guineas Promise in Tattersalls 01/10/11
Samitar landed the big pot she richly deserved in the £300,000 Tattersalls Millions 2yo Fillies' Trophy on Saturday 1st October.

Lyric Of Light Cut for 1,000 Guineas 23/09/11
Lyric Of Light is 8-1 (from 10-1) with Coral for next year's Qipco 1,000 Guineas, and 10-1 (from 16-1) for the Investec Oaks, following her victory in the Shadwell Fillies' Mile at Newmarket.

Maybe Confirms Guineas Favouritism with Moyglare Success 29/08/11
Maybe stretched her unbeaten record to five with a thoroughly professional performance in the Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh.

Impressive Deauville Winner Gets 14-1 Guineas Quote 21/08/11
Coral has introduced Dabirsim into their Qipco 2,000 Guineas betting at 14- 1, after the colt maintained his unbeaten record in this afternoon's Prix Morny at Deauville.

La Collina Takes Flight in Phoenix Stakes 07/08/11
La Collina collared Power close home to land a 33-1 surprise success in the Group One Keeneland Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh.

Blue Bunting Flying High for Godolphin 01/05/11
Godolphin's Blue Bunting finished with a late surge to land the Qipco 1000 Guineas at Newmarket in the hands of Frankie Dettori.

Superhorse Frankel Destroys 2000 Guineas Field 30/04/11
Frankel took the QIPCO 2000 Guineas in devastating style as jockey Tom Queally blazed ahead of his rivals to eventually finish six lengths clear.

Broox Primed to Oppose Frankel in QIPCO 2000 Guineas 29/04/11
Eoghan O’Neill went close to 2000 Guineas glory four years ago when he saddled 33/1 shot Vital Equine to finish runner-up behind Cockney Rebel and the French-based Irishman has another talented outsider for this year’s running of the £350,000 Classic in the shape of Broox.

Frankel Now as Short as 1-2 for the 2,000 Guineas25/04/11
Frankel will face a maximum of 14 rivals when he puts his unbeaten status on the line in Saturday’s Qipco 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket.

Highclere Thoroughbred Racing Have High Hopes for Classic Success26/04/11
I Love Me, successful in a Tattersalls sales race on her debut last year, finished a close third behind Cape Dollar and Cochabamba in the seven-furlong Rockfel Stakes at Newmarket on October 16 last year and she will be returning to action in the QIPCO 1000 Guineas on Sunday, 1st May.

White Moonstone Out of 1000 Guineas 24/04/11
Leading fancy White Moonstone will not run in the Qipco 1000 Guineas after pulling up stiff in her work on Saturday morning.

Harrington’s QIPCO Guineas Raiders On Course for Newmarket 21/04/11
Jessica Harrington is poised to unleash the unbeaten Pathfork and leading contender Laughing Lashes in the first two Classics of he season at Newmarket.

Craven Winner Native Khan Could Bypass 2000 Guineas 15/04/11
Native Khan, trained by Ed Dunlop was the first of the 2000 Guineas contenders to strut his stuff this season, when he took on a competitive looking field in the Group Three, Craven Stakes over the eight furlongs of the Rowley Mile course at Newmarket earlier this week.

Nell Gwyn Fails to Provide Too Many 1,000 Guineas Clues 14/04/11
This year’s Nell Gwyn may well have lacked any mature principals for next month’s 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket but the winner always commands a consideration for the initial fillies classic and Barefoot Lady, trained by Richard Fahey, may be supplemented.

Fahey in Race Against Time to Have Bassett Ready for 2000 Guineas
Richard Fahey has issued a warning to punters considering backing his unbeaten Wootton Bassett for the Qipco 2000 Guineas on April 30, suggesting that his stable star is only 50-50 to make the line-up for the big race.

Frankel to Have Guineas Prep Race 21/03/11
Henry Cecil’s red-hot ante-post 2000 Guineas favourite Frankel looks almost certain to have a prep race before bidding to land a mass of long-range bets in the first colts’ classic of the season at Newmarket on April 30.

White Moonstone Among 79 Engaged for 1000 Guineas 07/03/11
There are 79 fillies (up from 71 in 2010) entered for the Group One 1000 Guineas at Newmarket on Sunday, 1st May, including Godolphin’s Group One Fillies’ Mile heroine White Moonstone.

Frankel and Dream Ahead Top 2000 Guineas Entries 07/03/11
Unbeaten colt Frankel heads a 52-strong entry for this year's Group One 2000 Guineas, which will mark the start of the inaugural British Champions' Series.

New Guineas Festival Sponsor Sought at Newmarket 02/07/10
After the completion of a five-year exclusive sponsorship agreement with for The Newmarket Guineas Festival, where the 2000 and 1000 Guineas are the world-class highlights of a 14-race programme, Newmarket Racecourse is now seeking a new commercial partner for the 2011 meeting.

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.

Two Thousand Guineas 2010

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. Guineas Festival
One Thousand Guineas 2010
French raider Special Duty won the 1000 Guineas in dramatic circumstances after being awarded the race following a stewards’ enquiry. Prince Khalid Abdulla’s Special Duty finished a nose behind 66/1 chance Jacqueline Quest, trained by Henry Cecil, but after an enquiry into interference she received the race.
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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