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1000 Guineas - 4th May, 2013

Clive Brittain's Rizeena was one of the star juvenile fillies last season and the classy performer will look to sparkle on the big stage once more on Sunday afternoon as she lines up in what is a wide open renewal of the 1000 Guineas in which a plethora of classy three-year-olds will line up in the one-mile event.

Propelling into the limelight when landing the Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot, she then landed more success when winning the Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh and if she can produce her best then will be a tough nut to crack on a superb Sunday card that follows the 2000 Guineas the day previously.

Andre Fabre's Miss France was a fine winner of the Oh So Sharp Stakes at Newmarket and will strip fitter for a run a few weeks ago and she could spearhead the European challenge, whilst Vorda could be another making the trip over and should be respected.

Aidan O'Brien landed this race two years ago with Homecoming Queen and the Ballydoyle maestro will saddle Tapestry, who was just beaten by Rizeena in the aforementioned Moygalre Stud Stakes, whilst the Godolphin team could be represented by Ihtimal, with Lucky Kristale just another top class challenger who adds great depth to the event.

Charlie Hills's Kiyoshi has form to find with Rizeena and Vorda from her juvenile days, but she could be a genuine each-way contender, with Bracelet another one who could make the frame for the aforementioned O'Brien in what is a fascinating renewal of the second Classic.

Latest Betting for 2014 1000 Guineas

7/2 Rizeena

7/1 Tapestry

8/1 Lucky Kristale

8/1 Miss France

10/1 Ihtimal

10/1 Bracelet

12/1 Vorda

14/1 Kiyoshi

16/1 Sandiva

16/1 Euro Charline

20/1 Joyeuse

25/1 Princess Noor

25/1 Lightning Thunder

33/1 Betimes

33/1 Majeyda

50/1 Manderley

66/1 Lamar

66/1 Lady Lara

66/1 Alutiq

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1000 Guineas History

The 1000 Guineas is a one mile flat race open only to three-year-old fillies and is one of the Classics of the British season, it is also the first leg of the Fillies Triple Crown along with Epsom Oaks and the St Leger at Doncaster.  The 1000 Guineas is run early in May each flat season on the Rowley Mile at Newmarket and any horse wanting to pick up the win will need to combine speed with stamina.  It is always a true test for the horses on the mile with plenty of undulations for the runners to deal with; the final furlong is uphill which can find out plenty of horses who perhaps are running out of steam.

The 1000 Guineas has a long and illustrious history having first been run in 1814 which was five years after the advent of the 2000 Guineas, and it has spawned several equivalent races around the world with 1000 Guineas races now taking place in France, Germany and the UAE among many others. It is a firm fixture on the calendar and gives punters the chance to see how the star two-year-old fillies have progressed over the winter into their classic season, a good run here can lead to a huge season including a possible tilt at the Oaks if they get the extra trip on offer at Epsom.

There are one or two trial races ahead of the 1000 Guineas for punters to take note of and they include the Nell Gwyn Stakes and the Fred Darling Stakes, however it is more common for the majority of runners to go straight to Newmarket after a winter break making it a tough one for punters to pick over. All of the major yards across the UK and Ireland will look to have a filly to aim towards the 1000 Guineas and in recent years the race has also attracted plenty of interest from French Trainers to bring an International feel to the race. In fact we have seen two French winners in recent years with Natagora winning in 2008 and Special Duty winning for Criquette Head-Maarek in 2010.

The record time for the 1000 Guineas on the straight mile was set by the excellent Ghanaati who clocked an impressive 1m 34.22s on the way to winning for Barry and Richard Hills in 2009. She was an excellent filly and by winning added her name to the illustrious list of winners of one of the most famous and historical races in the world of horse racing.

1000 Guineas Tips and Betting Guide

The 1000 Guineas is always a fantatsic betting race for punters and the race card and runners for the race will be available on the day. All the major online bookmakers will be having a full 1000 Guineas Betting market available and it will be featured for punters to take advantage of.

Recent Winners of the 1000 Guineas

  •     2000 - Lahan
  •     2001 - Ameerat
  •     2002 - Kazzia
  •     2003 - Russian Rhythm
  •     2004 - Attraction
  •     2005 - Virginia Waters
  •     2006 - Speciosa
  •     2007 - Finsceal Beo
  •     2008 - Natagora
  •     2009 - Ghanaati
  •     2010 - Special Duty
  •     2011 - Blue Bunting
  •     2012 - Homecoming Queen
  •     2013 - Sky Lantern
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