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12 runners are set to contest the 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket on Sunday with Santa Barbara heading the market. Will the 5/4 favourite give trainer Aidan O’Brien a fifth win in six years in the race? Let's take a look at the main contenders.
1000 Guineas Betting Tips
SANTA BARBARA made just one appearance as a juvenile, winning a maiden over a mile at the Curragh. Hence, her short price is based mainly on the words of her trainer Aidan O'Brien who waxed lyrical about this daughter of Camelot.
SACRED won the Nell Gwyn Stakes at Newmarket in mid-April in impressive fashion, beating Saffron Beach that day. William Haggas’ filly was campaigned exclusively over five and six furlongs last season and finished 2nd in the Lowther Stakes and second in the Flying Childers Stakes.
ALCOHOL FREE ended last season with a fine win in the Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket over 6 furlongs. Andrew Balding's mare built on that effort with a narrow success in the Fred Darling Stakes at Newbury over seven furlongs. The mile remains a question mark.
SAFFRON BEACH lost her unbeaten record when runner-up to Sacred in her trial - the Nell Gwyn Stakes. She’s only raced at the Rowley Mile so the local knowledge will come in handy. Furthermore, Her sire, New Bay excelled when stepped up beyond the mile.
FEV ROVER went down by a head to Dandalla at the July Meeting last year, but followed up with a victory over Dubai Fountain at Sandown. She also ran in France, beating the well-regarded Plainchant and finished fourth in the Group 1 Prix Marcel Boussac when things did not fall right. She could go well at an each-way price with conditions expected to suit.
MOTHER EARTH won once in eight juvenile starts, but she placed on her final two starts in Group Ones. She finished third in the Fillies' Mile at Newmarket, and was a gallant runner-up in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies' Turf on her last outing.
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STATEMENT has recorded one win and three seconds from her four career starts and was runner-up to Alcohol Free in the Fred Darling at Newbury and would have been in front with another stride. She looks a fascinating contender judged on that effort and should be monitored along with Vadream who was 3rd in that event.
LULLABY MOON has won three of four starts, including a Group 3 in France in October. She was also a good third behind Umm Kulthum in the Cheveley Park Stakes at Ayr in her only defeat. Her odds of 33/1 is very appealing.
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Last 10 Winners
Aidan O’Brien’s love affair with the race hit new heights in the cursed year that was 2020 when his horse named Love romped to victory making it five wins in the last 10 years for the master trainer. We have rounded up the triumphant horses, jockeys and trainers in that time.
- 2020 – Love, Ryan Moore, Aidan O’Brien
- 2019 – Hermosa, Wayne Lordan, Aidan O’Brien
- 2018 – Billesdon Brook, Sean Levey, Richard Hannon Jnr
- 2017 – Winter, Wayne Lordan, Aidan O’Brien
- 2016 – Minding, Ryan Moore, Aidan O’Brien
- 2015 – Legatissimo, Ryan Moore, David Wachman
- 2014 – Miss France, Maxime Guyon, André Fabre
- 2013 – Sky Lantern, Richard Hughes, Richard Hannon Snr
- 2012 – Homecoming Queen, Ryan Moore, Aidan O’Brien
- 2011 – Blue Bunting, Frankie Dettori, Mahmood Al Zarooni
2000 Guineas FAQs
What time is the 1000 Guineas?
The 2000 Guineas is the first classic of the season. It is the feature race of the Guineas Festival at Newmarket. This year it falls on Sunday May 1st, 2021 and the official starting time is 3:40pm.
The 2000 Guineas, which is for colts and fillies aged three, is run the day before.
What is the 1000 Guineas?
The 1000 Guineas is the second of Britain’s five Classics. It's a mile race run at Newmarket and is open to three-year-old fillies. Generally, this race takes place every year on the first Sunday of May, following the 2000 Guineas on the Rowley Mile. In 2020 the 1000 Guineas was postponed since June due to the coronavirus pandemic.
How many obstacles are jumped in the 1000 Guineas?
It's a flat race. There are no obstacles to jump.
What is the distance of the 1000 Guineas?
The race is run on the Rowley Mile at Newmarket over a distance of 1 mile (1,609 metres).
What is the prize money?
The 1000 Guineas has an equal prize pot as the 2000 Guineas so a tidy total of £212,663 will be handed over to winning connections.
Who won the race last year?
Last year's renewal was won by Love at SP of 7/2, trained by Aidan O'Brien and ridden by Ryan Moore.
How can I watch the race?
Coverage from Newmarket racecourse will be live on ITV from 1.30pm until 4pm. The 1000 Guineas will take place at 3.40pm.
Who is the leading jockey?
Since 2009 only Ryan Moore and Donnacha O’Brien have won this race more than once. Both riders have won it twice with all those successes coming when riding for Aidan O’Brien.
Who is the leading trainer?
The leading trainer in the Qipco 1000 Guineas over the last 20 renewals is A P O'Brien who has won the race 6 times.
What is the Course Record?
The course record of 1m 34.22s was set in 2009 by the Barry Hills-trained Ghanaati. This was nearly beaten in 2015 by Legatissimo (1m 34.60s), trained by David Wachman.
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