Guineas Festival

Taking place at the home of flat racing, the Guineas Festival is a two-day event taking place at Newmarket Racecourse in late April or early May. The two feature races of the meeting are group one, 1000, and 2000 Guineas. The 2000 guineas take place on the opening day of the festival. The race, which is open tho three-year-old colts and fillies, is run on the Rowley Mile Course over one mile. Day two of the festival sees the 1000 Guineas take place. The race, open to three-year-old fillies, is again run over one mile on the Rowley Mile Course.
As well as the two classics on the card, three other races stand out at the festival. The group three Palace Stakes takes place on day one of the festivals, runs over five furlongs, and open to three-year-olds and over. The Jockey Club Stakes, run over a mile and a half and open to four-year-olds and over, is run on the same day. The second day of the meeting sees the group two Dahila Stakes take place. The fillies and mares race, run over one mile one furlong is open to four-year-olds and above.

Most Successful Horse

The 2000 Guineas is the first race in the Triple Crown. A fete rarely attempted these days. Consisting of three English classics, the 2000 Guineas, the Oaks, and the Epsom Derby. Only two horses have achieved this illustrious honor since 1930. In 1935 Bahram won the 2000 Guineas, then went on to win both St Leger and the Derby,
It was in 1970 that one of the most famous flat horses claimed his place in the history books. With Lester Piggot on board the Vincent O’Brien horse, Nijinsky got to the front a furlong and half from home, and was never in any danger, winning comfortably by two and a half lengths from Yellow God.
The horse that stands out in the 1000 Guineas is Oh So Sharp. The 1985 winner, ridden by Steve Cauthen and trained by Henry Cecil, snatched victory right on the line, winning by a short head. The horse then went on to win the fillies Triple Crown, consisting of the 1000 Guineas, the Oaks and St Leger.
Back to back wins for Sole Power in 2013 and 2014, and Mabs Cross in 2018 and 2019 in the Palace House Stakes make them the only horses ever to win the race twice. Heaven Sent gained back to back victories in 2008 and 2009, the only horse to win the Dahila Stakes on two occasions.
Greville Starkey guided Phardante to victory on two occasions in 1986 and 1987. The Guy Harwood trained horse is the only one to have won the Jockey Club Stakes twice.

Leading Jockey

Lester Piggot was retired before the first running of the Dhaila Stakes but still managed numerous other winners at the Guineas festival. Surprisingly only two 1000 guinea winners with Humble Duty and Fairy footsteps in 1970 and 1981, respectively. He achieved five successes in the 2000 Guineas. The first came in 1957 with Crepello, followed by probably one of his easiest classic winners, Sir Ivor, in 1968. Nijinsky came next in 1970, the final two coming in 1985 and 1982 with Shadeed and Rodrigo de Ditrano.
Several jockeys lay claim to two successes in the Palace House Stakes, Lester Piggot, not surprisingly being one of them. Communication in 1971 and Valeriga in 1980 gave Lester his only two wins in the race. With seven victories in the Jockey Club Stakes, between 1950 and 1982, the legendary jockey is out on his own.

Leading Trainer

Aidan O’Brien has had success in droves at the festival His five victories in the 1000 Guineas are surpassed by the incredible ten achieved in 2000. Virginia Waters in 2005 gave him his first 1000 Guineas winner, his latest one coming in 2019 with Hermosa. He chalked up his first 2000 Guineas winner with King of Kings in 1998, with nine more since, the latest being Magna Grecia in 2019.
Only the one victory in the Dahila with Somehow in 2017 and surprisingly drawing a blank in the Palace House Stakes, doesn’t take away the fact that Aidan O’Brien has a remarkable record at the Guineas festival.

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