2000 Guineas Predictions & Betting Tips (Newmarket - 1st May 2021)

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2000 Guineas Predictions & Betting Tips (Newmarket - 1st May 2021)
The first Classic of the British flat racing season will hit our screens this weekend. This year we should be in for a terrific race with strong English representation and a powerful Irish challenge. Will Wembley justify favoritism? Read here our 2000 Guineas betting preview, including expert predictions, best odds and free bets.

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    WEMBLEY is the increasingly popular choice with his price shortening over the past week ahead of the race. The Aidan O’Brien-trained horse is now a 9/2 favourite. He recorded a second-place finish behind St Mark’s Basilica in the Group 1 Dewhurst Stakes here in November. That day, Wembley was running on strongly from near the back of the field, and he was finishing with real purpose. Prior to the Dewhurst, Wembley finished  second to Mac Swinery and Thunder Moon. He's the only son of Galileo in the picture

    THUNDER MOON was an impressive winner of the National Stakes at the Curragh on just his second public appearance and finished third behind Wembley in the Dewhurst Stakes, but the conditions weren’t ideal for him either. He has raced solely over seven furlongs as a juvenile.

    MUTASAABEEQ made an excellent impression in winning both his starts in 7f minor events at Newmarket. He has had a reappearance run already this season, showing up back here at the venue three weeks ago. Mutasaabeq bolted up in that to score by a wide margin at the 7f distance.

    VAN GOGH beat a solid yardstick in Colour Sergeant at the Curragh and then ran really well to finish second to One Ruler in the Autumn Stakes over this course and distance. He won the Criterium International at Saint-Cloud on heavy ground on his final start and looks a serious contender.

    Frankie Dettori gets the ride on BATTLEGROUND, a horse who had some impressive wins last summer, getting victories at the Chesham Stakes at Ascot and the Vintage Stakes at Goodwood. On his latest outing - the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf event at the 1m trip - he finished runner up, 3 lengths behind the winner Fire At Will. He looks the type to improve this year.

    ONE RULER was the winner of last season’s Autumn Stakes at Newmarket - beating Van Gogh that day. He was unable to end last season on a winning note when finishing second in the Vertem Futurity Trophy at Doncaster - beaten three quarters of a length by Mac Swiney. He is a great-looking stayer

    MASTER OF THE SEASON landed his first two starts at Newmarket last summer, including the Superlative Stakes on the July Course. He finished 4th to Thunder Moon in the National Stakes and was second behind stablemate Navan Crown in Meydan.  He now lines up on the back of a fine win in the Craven Stakes at Newmarket in early April.

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    Dark horses?

    LUCKY VEGA for Jessica Harrington and Shane Foley showed plenty of speed last term, with his Group 1  Phoenix Stakes win at Curragh win coming over 6f in August. He was beaten half a length by Supremacy in the Middle Park Stakes but disappointed when fifth in the National Stakes at the Curragh over 7f. The stamina is the big question mark over Lucky Vega but he carries a very good cruising speed.

    POETIC FLARE has no such stamina concerns and he stuck to his guns really well when winning the 2000 Guineas Trial at Leopardstown recently, beating a couple of fair yardsticks in the process. he was below par in the Dewhurst Stakes but that race came on the back of a lengthy layoff. He then won a Group Three contest only seven days later.  Given Jim Bolger’s record in this race, he rates a live player for anyone looking for an each-way bet at big odds.

    The section below contains the most backed entries at the moment:

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    • BetVictor Betting BonusThunder Moon   11/2Bet
    • Bet365 Betting BonusMutasaabeq 6/1Bet
    • 888 Sport Betting BonusBattleground 6/1Bet
    • Unibet Betting BonusOne Ruler 17/2Bet
    • parimatch free betMaster Of The Seas  9/1Bet
    • William Hill Betting BonusVan Gogh 10/1Bet
    • Betfred Betting BonusPoetic Flare 12/1Bet
    • BetVictor Betting BonusChindit 12/1Bet


    Check out below our expert picks on the 2000 Guineas 2021. Feel free to copy our free betting tips and get the highest prices available on the market by clicking the 'Bet' button! Plus, we suggest you to visit our Enhanced Odds section to claim boosted prices.

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    Last 10 Winners

    Master trainer Aidan O’Brien has won five of the last 10 renewals but Andrew Balding came out on top in last year’s rescheduled race as his runner Kameko was first past the post with Oisin Murphy in the saddle. We have rounded up the winning horses, jockeys and trainers for the last 10 years.

    • 2020 – Kameko, Oisin Murphy, Andrew Balding
    • 2019 – Magna Grecia, Donnacha O’Brien, Aidan O’Brien
    • 2018 – Saxon Warrior, Donnacha O’Brien, Aidan O’Brien
    • 2017 – Churchill, Ryan Moore, Aidan O’Brien
    • 2016 – Galileo Gold, Frankie Dettori, Hugo Palmer
    • 2015 – Gleneagles, Ryan Moore, Aidan O’Brien
    • 2014 – Night Of Thunder, Kieran Fallon, Richard Hannon Jr
    • 2013 – Dawn Approach, Kevin Manning, Jim Bolger
    • 2012 – Camelot, Joseph O’Brien, Aidan O’Brien
    • 2011 – Frankel, Tom Queally, Henry Cecil

    2000 Guineas FAQs 

    What time is the 2000 Guineas?

    The 2000 Guineas is the first classic of the season. It is the feature race of the late April/early May meeting. This year it falls on Saturday May 1st, 2021 and the official starting time is 3:40pm.

    How many obstacles are jumped in the 2000 Guineas?

    It's a flat race. There are no obstacles to jump.

    What is the distance of the 2000 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 for the 2000 Guineas?

    The winner of the 2021 2,000 Guineas will take home £227,019.

    Who won the race last year?

    Last year's renewal was won by Kameko at SP of 10/1, trained by Andrew Balding and ridden by Osin Murphy.

    How can I watch the 2000 Guineas?

    ITV Racing will be showing the 2,000 Guineas live on the main ITV channel when the race gets underway 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?

    Aidan O’Brien has been the dominant trainer in this race since 2009, landing five of the 12 runnings of the Newmarket colts’ Classic during that period – no other trainer has won the race more than once since 2009

    Are UK bookmakers offering odds on Newmarket races?

    Yes, they are. You can place your bets with the most popular horse racing bookmakers such as Ladbrokes, William Hill, Coral, Paddy Power, Betvictor, Betfred, etc.. Choose your favorite bookie to back our horse racing predictions.

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