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The QIPCO 1000 Guineas Stakes

Mother Earth wins the QIPCO 1000 Guineas under Frankie Dettori for Aidan O'Brien
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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.

Trial races are run in mid-April, but many contenders head for the 1000 Guineas without a run since the previous autumn.

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 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 Dettori level with Richard Hills on three victories in the race, just behind Kieren Fallon on four.

Record-breaking trainer Aidan O’Brien enjoyed a fourth win in the race via Winter in 2017, but still trails the late Sir Henry Cecil by two wins.

The biggest surprise came in 2018, when Billesdon Brook won at 66-1. The smallest surprise? Tontine’s victory in 1825, when she was the only runner.

Current leading jockey: Ryan Moore, 3 wins (2012, 2015, 2016)
Current leading trainer: Aidan O’Brien, 7 wins (2005, 2012, 2016, 2017, 2019, 2020, 2021)

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Mother Earth out of this world in 1000 Guineas

It was a familiar story in the 2021 QIPCO 1000 Guineas as Aidan O’Brien secured his fifth win in the last six renewals. The stable second string, Mother Earth was too good under a masterclass Frankie Dettori ride.

Coming into the race all the talk was around Santa Barbara. The filly had received large amounts of betting market support in the build-up. However, it was Aidan’s supposed less-fancied runner Mother Earth who came home best on the Rowley Mile.

Racing mid-division for much of the race, pilot Frankie Dettori made a decisive move on the far side and broke cover. Mother Earth responded to her jockey’s urgings. She duly obliged by breezing past stablemate Santa Barbara going inside the final furlong.

For a brief moment, the race looked wide-open in the final stages. However, when Mother Earth hit the front she never looked like being caught, despite fast finishes from Saffron Beach and Fev Rover.

The result gave evergreen Frankie Dettori his 4th QIPCO 1000 Guineas at 50 years of age. He first won the race back in 1998 on Cape Verdi. For trainer Aidan O’Brien it was his 7th win in the race and fifth in the last six years.

The Classic train now rolls on to Epsom for the Cazoo Derby and Oaks. The Dettori masterclass in the 2021 QIPCO 1000 Guineas won’t be easily forgotten though.


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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,
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