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The QIPCO 1000 Guineas Stakes

3.00pm Newmarket

  • Distance 1m
  • Class 1
  • Group 1
  • Prize money £500,000


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, 5 wins (2005, 2012, 2016, 2017, 2019)

Previous winners

Year Horse Jockey Trainer Owner Prize money




No/Draw Horse/Jockey Age Form/Type BHA Rating Weight Trainer Odds


Love conquers all to win the QIPCO 1000 Guineas

Aidan O’Brien made up for a narrow 2nd in the QIPCO 2000 Guineas yesterday by going one better in the first fillies’ Classic of the season – as Love produced a sublime performance to win the QIPCO 1000 Guineas at Newmarket.  It was a sixth win in the race for the master trainer and a fourth for jockey Ryan Moore.

Coming into the race Love had something to find from last season with favourite Quadrilateral on their bet365 Fillies’ Mile form. However Love eclipsed that rival today by winning with plenty to spare at the finish. Quadrilateral finished narrowly in third behind Cloak Of Spirits.

In-running Love was always prominent, choosing to race on the outside throughout the early stages. It was almost four in a line two furlongs out with Love, Final Song, Quadrilateral and Cloak Of Spirits seemingly having the race between them.

It was Love however who began to power her way to the front when asked for extra effort by pilot Ryan Moore, eventually scoring by a wide margin of four-and-a-quarter lengths.

After the race jockey Ryan Moore told ITV, “She’s a very uncomplicated filly. We’ve always thought an awful lot of her.She’s a typical Galileo filly. She was in control of the race from a long way out and won as she liked, really.”

Bookmakers have instilled her as the hot favourite for the 2nd fillies’ Classic of the season, the Investec Oaks at Epsom next month.


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The Course

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

  • Course plan
  • Course Intro

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,

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QUIZ TIME! Can you name all 10, yes 10, of Aidan O'Brien's QIPCO 2000 Guineas winners?