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The QIPCO 1000 Guineas Stakes

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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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2017 Race

Aidan O’Brien capped another glorious weekend when Winter led home a stable one-two in the QIPCO 1000 Guineas at Newmarket on Sunday.

The market had been dominated by last year’s Fillies’ Mile winner Rhododendron but Ryan Moore’s mount found trouble in running while stablemate Winter powered up the middle of the track to land the second race of this year’s QIPCO British Champions.

Winter, who had been trained by David Wachman last year, has been partnered by Wayne Lordan on all five career starts and she provided the pilot with his first Classic winner on the Rowley Mile.

“It was a very strong field but she was staying on strongly when second in the Leopardstown trial last year so I was looking forward to her going up to a mile,” he said. “I thought I had a good chance of her going well and I think there is every chance she will get a mile and a quarter, but after that I don’t know.

“Any time you win a Classic it is very special and this is my first at Newmarket so it’s very enjoyable and I’m glad that I could get the job done.”
Aidan O’Brien had saddled the winner of the QIPCO 2000 Guineas the previous day with Churchill and his grip in QIPCO British Champions Series races seems stronger than ever. Last year, he enjoyed ten triumphs in the series.

He said: “David [Wachman] thought the world of her last year, he thought that she was a Classic filly for this year and she had a lovely run first time for us at Leopardstown, where Wayne, who know her form last year, gave her a great ride.

“She’s a big powerful filly and obviously she gets a mile very well. I think she’ll almost certainly get a mile and a quarter and after that we’ll have to see.”

Winter was subsequently installed 3-1 market leader for the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot, while Rhododendron was cut into 5-2 favourite for the Oaks at Epsom.

Those races, run next month, also form part of the QIPCO British Champions Series.

Of the runner-up, O’Brien said: “Rhododendron didn’t get a clear run but it doesn’t always work out.

She came home well and you would have to be delighted with her run even though she got beat. We always thought she would get further than a mile.”

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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.

Getting there

Newmarket Racecourses,
Westfield House,
The Links,
Newmarket,
Suffolk,
CB8 0TG

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