2000 & 1000 Guineas Festival Betting Offers & Free Bets – 3rd, 4th & 5th May 2024

Fast Facts

  • When: 3rd, 4th & 5th May 2024
  • Where: Rowley Mile Racecourse, Rowley Mile Drive, Newmarket CB8 0TF
  • Watch: Major races live on ITV Racing
  • Official Website: Newmarket Racecourse

The 1000 and 2000 Guineas are two of the most iconic flat races in the world and are the first of the five British Classics. Both are Group 1 races for three-year-old horses run over 1 mile at Newmarket’s Rowley Mile course.

Where they differ is that the 2000 Guineas is open to colts and fillies whereas the 1000 Guineas is restricted to fillies only. As a result you will generally find that the 2000 is the colts’ race, with the 1000 the fillies’ race.

The names of the races reflect the amount that could be won when they were first raced. One guinea equalled 1 pound and 1 shilling, about £1.05 in today’s money signifying just how lucrative they were back then, never mind currently. Today equality rules supreme with the same half a million pound purse available in both contests.

The Guineas Festival is one of Newmarket’s first big meetings of the season with the 2000 and 1000 Guineas the true stars of the show. The pair of British Classics have been injecting adrenaline into the veins of spectators at the ‘Home of Horseracing’ for over two centuries now and we’ll show all the best offers on the meeting below when available.

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2000 Guineas Entrants (2024)

Horse Trainer Jockey Odds Runs Wins Earnings
City Of Troy Aidan O’Brien Ryan Moore 4/6 3 3 £367k
Rosallion Richard Hannon Sean Levey 5/1 4 3 £249k
Notable Speech Charlie Appleby William Buick 10/1 3 3 £50k
Ghostwriter Clive Cox Richard Kingscote 16/1 3 3 £91k
Night Raider Karl Burke Daniel Tudhope 16/1 2 2 £10k
Alyanaabi Owen Burrows Jim Crowley 18/1 4 2 £156k
Task Force Ralph Beckett Rossa Ryan 18/1 3 2 £90k
Iberian Charles Hills Tom Marquand 25/1 4 2 £121k
Haatem Richard Hannon James Doyle 28/1 10 3 £208k
Inisherin Kevin Ryan Tom Eaves 40/1 2 1 £9k
Ten Bob Tony Ed Walker Saffie Osborne 50/1 5 2 £22k
Information correct as of 03/05/2024, odds are a guide only

1000 Guineas Entrants (2024)

Horse Trainer Jockey Odds Runs Wins Earnings
Fallen Angel Karl Burke Daniel Tudhope 11/4 4 3 £257k
Ylang Ylang Aidan O’Brien Ryan Moore 7/2 5 3 £332k
Dance Sequence Charlie Appleby William Buick 5/1 3 2 £58k
Ramatuelle Christopher Head Aurelien Lemaitre 8/1 6 3 £214k
See The Fire Andrew Balding Oisin Murphy 9/1 3 1 £95k
Porta Fortuna Donnacha O’Brien Tom Marquand 14/1 7 4 £473k
Pretty Crystal Richard Fahey Oisin Orr 14/1 6 2 £75k
Cinderella’s Dream Charlie Appleby Mickael Barzalona 16/1 4 4 £175k
Star Style Richard Hannon Pat Dobbs 25/1 1 1 £6k
Elmalka Roger Varian Silvestre De Sousa 33/1 4 2 £45k
Regal Jubilee J & T Gosden Kieran Shoemark 33/1 4 2 £45k
Darnation Karl Burke Clifford Lee 40/1 5 3 £130k
Sacred Angel Charlie Johnston Jason Hart 50/1 5 2 £99k
Tamfana David Menuisier Jamie Spencer 50/1 4 2 £50k
Rolica J Chapple-Hyam Hollie Doyle 66/1 2 1 £11k
Star Music Richard Hughes Jim Crowley 66/1 5 1 £16k
Information correct as of 03/05/2024, odds are a guide only


Friday 3rd May 2024 – Guineas Friday

  • 1:50 – Darley Maiden Fillies’ Stakes (Class 2) – 1m 2f
  • 2:25 – Newmarket Stakes (Listed) – 1m 2f
  • 3:00 – William Hill Epic Boost Handicap (Class 2) – 7f
  • 3:35 – King Charles II Stakes (Listed) – 7f
  • 4:10 – Jockey Club Stakes (Group 2) – 1m 4f
  • 4:45 – William Hill Extra Place Races Handicap (Class 3) – 1m

Saturday 4th May 2024 – 2000 Guineas Day

  • 1:10 – Ellen Chaloner Stakes (Listed) – 6f
  • 1:45 – William Hill Extra Place Races Handicap (Class 2) – 6f
  • 2:20 – Suffolk Stakes (Class 2) – 1m 1f
  • 2:55 – Palace House Stakes (Group 3) – 5f
  • 3:35 – QIPCO 2000 Guineas Stakes (Group 1) – 1m
  • 4:10 – William Hill Epic Boost Handicap (Class 2) – 1m 4f
  • 4:45 – William Hill Bet In-Running Handicap (Class 2) – 6f
  • 5:15 – William Hill Keep Your Raceday Positive Handicap (Class 4) – 7f
  • 5:50 – HKJC World Pool Handicap (Class 4) – 7f

Sunday 5th May 2024 – 1000 Guineas Day

  • 1:50 – Pretty Polly Stakes (Listed) – 1m 2f
  • 2:25 – Dahlia Stakes (Group 2) – 1m 1f
  • 3:00 – William Hill Handicap (Class 2) – 1m 6f
  • 3:40 – QIPCO 1000 Guineas Stakes (Group 1) – 1m
  • 4:15 – Tattersalls £40,000 EBF Fillies’ Novice Stakes (Class 2) – 5f
  • 4:50 – Tattersalls £40,000 EBF Novice Stakes (Class 2) – 5f
  • 5:25 – HKJC Riding High Together Handicap (Class 3) – 1m 2f

All race times and titles are subject to change.

About The 2000 & 1000 Guineas

Grand Stand at Newmarket Rowley Mile Racecourse

By Christoph Florian, Flickr

Both the 2000 Guineas and the 1000 Guineas are two of British horse racings ‘Classics’. There are five of them in total and they take place every year during the flat racing season. If you’re wondering, the Epsom Oaks and the Epsom Derby along with the St. Leger Stakes make up the other three. They are all restricted to three-year-olds and are considered by many to be the pinnacle of flat racing, mainly because it shows how well adept a horse is at handling a race against competitors in its own age range.

The races are pretty simple in that it’s a 1 mile contest over turf. Horses have often qualified for the race by winning or at least having good shows in feeder events such as the Nell Gwyn Stakes and Fred Darling Stakes for the 1000 Guineas, and the Craven Stakes and Greenham Stakes for the 2000 Guineas.

The prize fund for 2023 was set at £500,000 for both races. It is worth noting that prize money has already jumped from £350,000 in 2012 to their current level in 2016, an increase of £150,000 in just four years, highlighting both race’s importance.

No horse has won all five classics due to the fact that the Oaks and 1000 Guineas are restricted to fillies and the two Epsom and Newmarket races are run just a day apart from each other. One achievable feat is winning the Triple Crown or Fillies Triple Crown. This is where the two Guineas make up one leg, the Epsom races another and the St. Leger Stakes being the third. This remains a near impossible task with the three races in each triple crown run at very different distances. As a result, we may not see another triple crown winner.

About the 2000 Guineas

The Jockey Club in Newmarket

The Jockey Club, Newmarket Photo © Chris Holifield (cc-by-sa/2.0)

The 2000 Guineas was first raced five years before the 1000, in 1809. The race was open to three -year-old thoroughbred colts and fillies. The original races were set up by the Jockey Club, with Sir Charles Banbury leading the charge. It’s worth noting that Banbury had also founded The Derby, run at Epsom racecourse and another of the Classics, so by the time he introduced this one he was already held in high esteem within the racing community.

Perhaps somewhat unsurprisingly, the race was named after the prize fund available to the participants, with a guinea being worth twenty-one shillings or £1.05. Though it wasn’t initially loved by all in the racing community, it soon began to grasp the imagination and by the middle of the 1860s it was considered to be one of the most prestigious events in flat racing, particularly within that three-year-old age bracket.

In fact, such is the extent to which the race format is so well regarded, there are numerous versions of the 2,000 Guineas held around the world.

Worldwide Versions of the 2000 Guineas

Country Race Venue First Run
Britain 2000 Guineas Newmarket 1809
France Poule d’Essai des Poulains Longchamp, Paris 1840
Italy Premio Parioli Capannelle, Rome 1907
Germany Mehl-Mülhens-Rennen Weidenpesch, Cologne 1871
Ireland Irish 2,000 Guineas Curragh, Newbridge 1921
Japan Satsuki Shō Nakayama, Funabashi, Chiba 1939
Australia Australian Guineas Flemington, Melbourne 1986

The 2000 Guineas has trial races like the Craven Stakes and the Greenham Stakes, but most horses go into it having not raced anywhere else that season. That can make for an extraordinarily exciting race, with the participants opening their legs for the run for the first time in months on a competitive stage. It’s been known for horses that have done well in the 2000 Guineas to go on and win the Derby, as demonstrated by Camelot in 2012.

As mentioned previously. the race is part of the Triple Crown, which includes the Derby and the St Leger. No horse since Nijinsky in 1970 has been able to win the Triple Crown, highlighting just how tough and impressive a feat it is.

Interesting 2000 Guineas Facts

Race on Newmarket's Rowley Mile

By Florian Christoph, flickr

The 2000 Guineas has seen some of the best horses to have ever lived win the race, including the likes of Frankel, Sea The Stars, King Of Kings, Nijinsky and many, many more. The fastest time ever recorded in the race was 1 minute 34.72 seconds recorded by Kameko in 2020, though this race was run in June so quicker ground may have been a factor. Previously the record was the 1 minute 35.08 seconds by Mister Baileys in 1994. Since 1900, the widest winning margin achieved by a horse was the eight lengths that Tudor Minstrel managed in 1947.

Punters will no doubt be interested to know the winning horse which has had the biggest start price. That honour goes to Rockavon, winning as a 66/1 outsider back in 1961. That was the only race of note that the horse won and though he went on to sire a number of minor winners, none of his sires outperformed him. Certainly bettors would’ve been happier to win their wager on him than on the shortest odds horse to win, with St Frusquin coming in at 12/100 in 1896.

The number of horses participating in the race has varied wildly over the years. In both 1829 and 1830, for example, just two horses ran. On hundred years later in 1930, on the other hand, the record for the most horses to compete was set when twenty-eight horses ran.

In terms of personal records, Jem Robinson is the 2000 Guineas Stakes most successful jockey thanks to his nine wins, dating from 1825 to 1848. Obviously, no horse has won it more than once on account of the fact that it’s only open to three-year-olds, but Aidan O’Brien certainly knows how to get the most out of them judging by his ten wins as a trainer. All of those wins came with horses owned in some part by Sue Magnier and she also had Entrepreneur who won in 1997, meaning that she’s the most successful owner in the race with eleven wins.

About the 1000 Guineas

Winner of the 1917 1,000 Guineas Diadem

1917 1000 Guineas Winner Diadem via Wikimedia Commons

The 1000 Guineas came about some five years after the inaugural 2000 Guineas and was specifically targeted at fillies, again aged three years. The reduced prize money on offer that gives the race its name meant for many years that it wasn’t as prestigious as the 2000. That soon changed however, and today the two races are widely regarded as top class contests in their own right. To highlight this fact further, in 2001 it was decided that both the 1000 and 2000 Guineas would have the same prize money though in 2021, the 1000 Guineas was worth slightly less with a £375k prize fund versus the £400k of the 2000 Guineas.

Part of the reason for this is that the races are practically identical, with both being run on Newmarket’s Rowley Mile over a distance of exactly one mile. The big difference between the two races is the sex of the horses participating in them, with the 1000 open exclusively to fillies and the 2000 for any horse other than geldings. Even the weight of nine stone is the same, though fillies get a three pound allowance when running in the 2000 Guineas.

The 1000 Guineas is also a part of its own Triple Crown, but this one is reserved for just races that include fillies. The other races are that of the Epsom Oaks and St Leger. Many people still consider the 1000 as a feeder race for the Epsom Oaks, such is the esteem in which the latter is held. The last horse that was able to win both the 1000 Guineas and the Oaks was Love in 2020. Such is the difficulty of the feat, it’s rare for horses to even attempt to win the Fillies Triple Crown.

As with the 2000 Guineas, the Group 1 race was the brainchild of Sir Charles Bunbury and came under the jurisdiction of the Jockey Club. The fact that the 1000 Guineas Stakes was restricted to fillies meant that it didn’t take long for it to become one of the most important events for them in the horse racing calendar. Nowadays it is served by trial races in the form of both the Nell Gwyn Stakes and the Fred Darling Stakes.

Much like with its 2000 Guineas alternative, this is often the first race of the entire season for some of the competitors that take part in it. It is also a race which is replicated across the globe.

Worldwide Versions of the 1000 Guineas

Country Race Venue First Run
Britain 1000 Guineas Newmarket 1814
France Poule d’Essai des Pouliches Longchamp, Paris 1883
Italy Premio Regina Elena Capannelle, Rome 1907
Germany German 1,000 Guineas Düsseldorf 1919
Ireland Irish 1,000 Guineas Curragh, Newbridge 1922
Japan Oka Sho Hanshin, Takarazuka, Hyogo 1939
Australia Thousand Guineas Caulfield, Melbourne 1946
New Zealand New Zealand 1000 Guineas Riccarton Park, Christchurch 1973

Interesting 1000 Guineas Facts

Newmarket Race with a Close Finish

By Florian Christoph, flickr

The 1000 Guineas has seen just as an impressive array as winners as its older brother, with the likes of Blue Bunting, Cape Verdi, Homecoming Queen and Russian Rhythm being victorious, to name just a few. The fastest time recorded in the race was in 2009, with Ghanaati winning in just 1 minute and 34.22 seconds, half a second faster than the quickest 2000 Guineas time.

The race’s most successful jockey to date is George Forham, who won seven times between 1859 and 1883. The leading owner is the 4th Duke of Grafton who had eight different winners between 1819 and 1827. They were all trained by Robert Robson who was also responsible for the 1818 win of Corinne, making him the most successful trainer in the race’s history.

George Fordham is not only the race’s most successful jockey but also the person who set the record for the widest winning margin. He raced home twenty lengths clear on the back of Mayonaise in 1859. Interestingly, the longest odds winner romped home with the same odds as the longest odds winner of the 2000 Guineas at 66/1. That was Billesdon Brook in 2018, pleasing her backers a lot more than the 1/10 that Crucifix returned in 1840.

As with the 2000 Guineas, it has seen participant numbers fluctuate over the years. The fewest competitors to take part in the 1000 Guineas is just one, with Tontine enjoying a walkover in 1825. In comparison, the most horses to join the race were the twenty-nine who did so in 1926.