Last weekend saw the highly-anticipated Guineas Festival at Newmarket Racecourses’ Rowley Mile. This fantastic meeting is the first Classic race meeting of the season and brought with it plenty of excitement.
Saturday saw a record crowd of nearly 20,000 people who flocked to watch the famous 2,000 Guineas Stakes. This Group 1 flat race is the opening leg of the Triple Crown and was first run in 1809. The race is open to three-year-old thoroughbred colts and fillies and takes its name from its original prize fund.
The big winner on the day was Churchill, riding under Ryan Moore and trained by Aidan O’Brien out of Ireland. However, there was plenty of local success across the day’s seven races with winners for Newmarket-based trainers Sir Mark Prescott, Sir Michael Stoute and Michael Bell.
The second day of the Guineas Festival is all about the 1,000 Guineas Stakes and took place on Sunday. This Group 1 race follows exactly the same format as Saturday’s 2,000 Guineas, however, it is only open to three-year-old fillies. It is the second of Britain’s five Classic races and forms the first leg of the Fillies’ Triple Crown. It was first run in 1814 for a total prize fund of 1,000 Guineas (hence its name).
Irish trainer Aidan O’Brien made it a double across the Guineas Festival weekend with his filly, Winter, taking first place, ridden by Wayne Lordan. Not only that, he also enjoyed second place with Rhododendron, ridden by Ryan Moore.
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