Guineas Festival

The QIPCO Guineas Festival at the Rowley Mile celebrates the best new crop of three-year-old equine superstars.

The Newmarket Guineas Festival is a three-day meeting from Friday 29th April to Sunday 1st May which features the first two Classic races of the new turf season. Both races take place over the Rowley Mile on Newmarket Racecourse; the 2000 Guineas and 1000 Guineas.

The 2000 Guineas is open to three-year-old colts and fillies, although it is rare for a filly to take part.

The 1000 Guineas Stakes is restricted to three-year-old fillies.

Check out the Guineas Festival Tips for each of the 3 days.

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Guineas Festival

Qipco Guineas Festival Day 1

The main races on the first day of the Guineas Festival are the below:

British EBF Maiden Fillies Stakes

The 1:15 race is the 5f sprint British EBF Maiden Fillies’ Stakes for two-year-olds.

Newmarket Stakes Listed Race

The 1:50 is the 1m2f Newmarket Stakes Listed Race for three-year-olds.

King Charles II Stakes Listed Race

The 2:25 is the 7f King Charles II Stakes Listed Race for three-year-olds.

Discover Newmarket Handicap

The 3:00 is the 7f Discover Newmarket Handicap Race for horses aged 4yo+.

Jockey Club Stakes

The 3:35 is the 1m4f Jockey Club Stakes Group 2 Race for horses aged 4yo+.

Home Of Racing Maiden Fillies’ Stakes

The 4:10 is the 1m2f Home Of Racing Maiden Fillies’ Stakes Race for three-year-olds.

newmarketracecourses.co.uk Handicap

The 4:45 is the 1m newmarketracecourses.co.uk Handicap Race for horses aged 4yo+.

Qipco Guineas Festival Day 2

The main races on the second day of the Guineas Festival are the below:

Betfair British EBF Kilvington Stakes Listed Race

The 1:15 race is the 6f Read Ryan Moore On Betting. Betfair British EBF Kilvington Stakes (Listed Race) for horses aged 3yo+.

My Odds Boost On Betfair Handicap

The 1:50 is the 6f My Odds Boost On Betfair Handicap (Heritage Handicap) for horses aged 4yo+.

Betfair Daily Rewards Suffolk Handicap

The 2:25 is the 1m1f Betfair Daily Rewards Suffolk Handicap for horses aged 3yo+.

Palace House Stakes

The 3:00 is the 5f Betfair Palace House Stakes Group 3 Race for horses aged 3yo+.

The supporting card on day 2 includes the Group 3 Race Palace House Stakes over five furlongs.

This is one of the first important sprint races of the season and often pinpoints likely challengers for Group 1 honours in the summer.

Notable past winners include Lochsong (1994), Avonbridge (2005), Mayson (2012) and Sole Power (2013, 2014).

The 2000 Guineas

The 3:40 is the 1m Qipco 2000 Guineas Stakes Group 1 race for three-year-olds.

The Group 1 2000 Guineas is the highlight of the second day of the meeting.

Read Tony Calvin’s Tips On Betting Betfair Handicap

The 4:15 is the 1m4f Read Tony Calvin’s Tips On Betting Betfair Handicap race for horses aged 4yo+.

Betfair Exchange Handicap

The 4:50 is the 1m Betfair Exchange Handicap for three-year-olds.

Betfair Weighed-In Podcast Handicap

The 5:25 is the 6f Betfair Weighed-In Podcast Handicap for 3yo horses.

Qipco Guineas Festival Day 3

The main races on the third day of the Guineas Festival are the below:

Best Odds On The Betfair Exchange British EBF Maiden Stakes

The 1:15 is the 5f Best Odds On The Betfair Exchange British EBF Maiden Stakes for 2yo horses.

Betfair Daily Rewards Handicap

The 1:50 is the 1m6f Betfair Daily Rewards Handicap for 4-year-old plus horses.

Betfair Pretty Polly Stakes Listed Race

The 2:25 is the 1m2f Betfair Pretty Polly Stakes Listed Race for 3yo horses.

The Pretty Polly Stakes is a listed race for three-year-olds over ten furlongs and a significant trial for the Epsom Oaks.

It is named after the 1904 fillies’ Triple Crown winner.

Ouija Board (2004) and Taghrooda (2014) both won this race and went on to win the Epsom Classic. John Gosden has been the trainer to follow in the Pretty Polly with six victories since 2009.

Dahlia Fillies’ Stakes

The 3:00 is the 1m1f Betfair Exchange Dahlia Stakes Group 2 race for 4yo plus horses.

The Group 2 Dahlia Stakes is for fillies and mares aged four and upwards over an extended mile.

It is named after the brilliant globetrotting mare who won over $1.4m in prize money between 1972 and 1976.

Sir Michael Stoute and Ryan Moore have each won this race six times, including twice with Heaven Sent (2008, 2009).

The 1000 Guineas

The 3:40 is the 1m Qipco 1000 Guineas Stakes Group 1 race for 3-year-old horses.

The 1000 Guineas is the first fillies’ Classic of the season and the feature race on the second day of the festival.

Read Kevin Blake’s Tips On Betting Betfair Handicap

The 4:15 is the 1m2f Read Kevin Blake’s Tips On Betting Betfair Handicap for 3yo horses.

Betfair Racing Only Bettor Podcast “Confined” Handicap

The 4:50 is the 7f Betfair Racing Only Bettor Podcast “Confined” Handicap for 3yo horses.

Best Trainers & Jockeys at The Qipco Guineas Festival

Aidan O’Brien is the leading trainer in the history of the 2000 Guineas. He notched a tenth victory with Magna Grecia in 2019.

Owner Sue Magnier has been involved in eleven 2000 Guineas winners including Rock Of Gibraltar (2008), Camelot (2012), Gleneagles (2015) and Churchill (2017).

O’Brien has recently taken a stranglehold on the 1000 Guineas with victories for Minding (2016), Winter (2017), Hermosa (2019) and Love (2020). His tally now stands at six, still three short of the record set by Robert Robson (1818-1827).

Jem Robinson is the most successful jockey in the history of the 2000 Guineas with nine winners (1825-1848).

George Fordham retains the record of riding seven 1000 Guineas winners between 1859 and 1883. Ryan Moore has ridden the winner four times but often faces the unenviable task of deciding which of the O’Brien runners to ride.

Betting on Qipco Guineas Festival 2023

The ante-post markets on the 1000 Guineas and 2000 Guineas run all year round.

The betting fluctuates wildly as the top two-year-olds lay down their marker for the following season.

The market really hots up in the spring at the Newmarket Craven meeting although the recent trend has been to go for the Guineas without a previous race.

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Summary of The Qipco Guineas Festival

The Quipco Guineas Festival at Newmarket ran on the Rowley mile course, kick-starts the Classic season with many of last season’s top juveniles reappearing.

Many champion two-year-olds have been unable to confirm their superiority after the winter break as new stars appear on the scene.

The Guineas also ignite the ante-post betting on the Derby and Oaks. It is one of the most eagerly awaited meetings of the flat racing season.

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