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The QIPCO 1000 Guineas Stakes

Minding 1000 Guineas win
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The second Classic of the British Flat season, the QIPCO 1000 Guineas is open to three-year-old fillies. It’s run on the Rowley Mile course at Newmarket, over one mile (1,600 metres) in late April or early May.

The 2010 running was won by French jockey Stéphane Pasquier on Special Duty following a stewards’ inquiry which resulted in the disqualification of first-past-the-post Jacqueline Quest who was deemed to have bumped into her rival. Extraordinarily, Special Duty won the French 1000 Guineas later in the same month – also after a stewards’ inquiry.

In 2011 Frankie Dettori and Godolphin teamed up for their third triumph in the race thanks to Blue Bunting, who came from nearly last to first to win going away and lead Frankie to one of his trademark flying dismounts in the winner’s enclosure afterwards.

That victory put Frankie level with Richard Hills on three victories in the race, just behind Kieren Fallon on four.  The late Sir Henry Cecil led the way with six victories, but the best current trainer’s record is now held by French trainer Criquette Head-Marrek with four wins. Trial races are run in mid-April, but many contenders head for the 1000 Guineas without a run since the previous autumn.

In 2013, champion jockey Richard Hughes secured his first British Classic when getting up on Sky Lantern well inside the final furlong while in 2014 it was French star Miss France who triumphed, giving Andre Fabre his full set of British Classics.

The QIPCO 1000 Guineas dates back to 1814 – it celebrated its 200th running in 2013 – five years after the introduction of the 2000 Guineas, an equivalent race open to both colts and fillies.

The biggest surprise came in 1918, when Ferry won at odds of 50-1. The smallest surprise? Tontine’s victory in 1825 – she was the only runner.

Current leading jockey: Kieren Fallon, 4 wins (1997, 1999, 2003, 2005)
Current leading trainer: Criquette Head-Maarek, 4 wins (1983, 1988, 1992, 2010)

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2016 Race

Minding was a breathtaking three and a half length winner of the QIPCO 1000 Guineas at Newmarket as Aidan O’Brien enjoyed a fabulous 1-2-3 in the fillies’ Classic.

O’Brien had been left mystified by the flop of Air Force Blue in the QIPCO 2000 Guineas yesterday but his domination 24 hours later was absolute. It was a sparkling way to chalk up his 250th Group 1 winner, 24 of which have been in British Classics.

Minding, the 11-10 favourite, was in a different league to her 15 rivals and, having travelled powerfully throughout up near the pace, sauntered clear under Ryan Moore in the second race of the QIPCO British Champions Series.

Behind her, Ballydoyle did not enjoy a clear passage on the stands’ rail but she kept on valiantly without ever looking like being able to land a blow.

And also keeping on stoutly was the stable’s “third string”Alice Springs, who fended off Fireglow to claim third.

“We were delighted with them all,” a jubilant O’Brien said. “They are three top-class fillies. It’s a big team effort so it’s great for everybody. It was marvellous.

“We thought she was a very nice filly, but a lot of hard work goes in by a lot of people.

“We’ve always thought she’d stay but obviously we’ll talk about the Oaks, as you would. She’s something to look forward to.”

Remarkably, the trio had finished in the same order when contesting the Group 1 Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh in September.

On that occasion Minding prevailed by three quarters of a length but her subsequent runaway win in the Fillies’ Mile showed she had progressed.

Nathra, who had won the Nell Gwyn Stakes on her return, was a creditable fifth, with Turret Rocks, winner of the May Hill in 2015, sixth.

The big disappointment was Lumiere, the Cheveley Park winner who had been the subject of upbeat bulletins all spring. She forced the  early pace but folded tamely and trailed home last.



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The Course

Newmarket is known as the “Home of Racing” - and who would argue?

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Certainly not James I, the first notable fan who built a palace in the Suffolk town in 1605. Racing fanatic Charles II followed suit, establishing the first horse race ever run in Britain under written rules. The Rowley Mile Racecourse, indeed – one of two at Newmarket, the other being the July Course – is named after his favourite hack, Old Rowley.

Today, Newmarket is horseracing’s centre of the Universe, with 2,500 thoroughbreds in training, shared by 75 licensed trainers and spread out over 2,800 acres of training grounds. Oh, and there’s also enough space left over for 65 stud farms, including the National Stud, and Tattersalls, the biggest horse sales company in Europe.

The QIPCO 2000 Guineas, one of Britain’s five Classics, is hosted by Newmarket. The race was first run in 1809. The venue also stages the QIPCO 1000 Guineas.

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Newmarket Racecourses,
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