2,000 Guineas Stakes

4th May 2013

The 2,000 Guineas Stakes is restricted to three-year-old colts and is run at Newmarket Racecourse in late April or early May every year. The 2,000 Guineas is one of the five English Classic Races and together with the Epsom Derby and St Leger Stakes forms the Triple Crown. The last horse to complete the Triple Crown was Nijinsky in 1970 although Camelot went extremely close in 2012.

The 2,000 Guineas is the first English Classic race of the year and is always held the day before the 1,000 Guineas. The race was first conducted in 1809 and quickly became known as the most prestigious event for three-year-olds in the world. Although many other countries have adopted their own versions of the race the 2,000 Guineas still retains a special spot on the International racing calendar.

The most successful trainer in 2,000 Guineas history is John Scott who won the race on seven occasions from 1842 to 1862. Leading Irish trainer Aidan O’Brien has dominated the race in recent years and has won on six occasions since 1998 with his most recent success coming with Camelot in 2012.

The 2,000 Guineas has been won by some of the most famous horses in British racing history including Royal Palace (1967), Nijinsky (1970), Brigadier Gerard (1971), Dancing Brave (1986), Nashwan (1989), Rock of Gibraltar (2002), Sea the Stars (2009) and Frankel (2011). The 2,000 Guineas is an excellent betting race for punters as favourites have a strong record especially in recent years. Undefeated Godolphin superstar Dawn Approach is the clear favourite in the 2013 2,000 Guineas betting market, followed by Craven Stakes winner Toronado and the lightly raced Mars.

Recent Winners of the 2,000 Guineas Stakes:

Year Winner Jockey Trainer Time



Joseph O'Brien

Aidan O'Brien




Tom Queally

Henry Cecil




Christophe Lemaire

Mikel Delzangles



Sea The Stars

Michael Kinane

John Oxx



Henrythe navigator

Johnny Murtagh

Aidan O'Brien



Cockney Rebel

Olivier Peslier

Geoff Huffer



George Washington

Kieren Fallon

Aidan O'Brien



Footsteps inthesand

Kieren Fallon

Aidan O'Brien


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