The 2000 Guineas Meeting At Newmarket.

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Today we have two of the Big Races of the year over the next two days………

The 2000 Guineas and the 1000 Guineas tomorrow, are the first two Classics of the British Flat Season and are arguably the most important spring races in Europe.

You may all remember that Frankel won the 2000 Guineas 2011, and this year he will concentrating on trying to win over a longer distance. This years race is up for grabs to some more young guns, but they would be doing well to win so convincingly as Frankel did.

So everything is all a bit Newmarket-y today, and here is a race-by-race breakdown of the main events on the card.

The Palace House Stakes is open to horses aged three years plus, over a distance of 5 furlongs, on the Rowley course. This race was first ran in 1961, and is named after Palace House, a in Newmarket, and was a Royal residence before the current building stood there.

This years race is ‘a bit of a unit’, with quite a few horses on a first run, or not quite ‘on the boil’ yet. I have a selection that should like the trip, and has started the season well. A toughie…

The Newmarket Stakes is open to three-year-old colts and geldings, over a distance of 1 mile and 2 furlongs, on the Rowley course.

There is one obvious star in this race, and that is Noble Mission, Frankel‘s brother. He put in a good run last time out, but does take a huge jump in class today, as a few others in the race do.

Will he come up to scratch?

This is why he is a good price, and Swedish Sailor beat him first time out. This should be a cracking race for all the horses have a shout.

The Jockey Club Stakes is open to horses aged four years plus, over a distance of 1 mile and 4 furlongs, on the Rowley course. This is a fairly old race, which the Jockey Club first ran in 1894, but it was originally run over a shorter trip of 1 mile and 2 furlongs, later in the year. This can be a prep race for the Coronation Cup, and other longer flat races over the season.

This years race is wonderfully difficult, and I have a horse in the Premium/Text tips that should put in a fighting run.

The 2,000 Guineas Stakes is open to three-year-old colts and fillies (not many fillies enter at all), over a distance of 1 mile, on the Rowley course. This race really has some history behind it, having been first run in 1809, and is five years older than the girls version on Sunday, (the 1000 Guineas).

This race was also organised by a chap who has a race named after him in later in the year, run on the July Course, and a fav race of mine -The Bunbury Cup!

Sir Charles Bunbury, who also ‘invented’ the Derby at Epsom, named this race after the original prize fund – 2000 Guineas! (A guinea is £1.05 in new money, the 5p was generally a commission charge.)

Many other countries have a version of this race – The Mehl-Mülhens-Rennen (German), the Poule d’Essai des Poulains (French) and the Premio Parioli. (Italian), and the easier to notice….Irish 2,000 Guineas!

The Japanese equivalent of the English 2,000 Guineas is the Satsuki Sho, but it is two furlongs longer, so is not really an exact match, but some horses do try to win the Derby as well, which is a trip of 1 mile and 4 furlongs.

The race is also the first leg of the Triple Crown, then followed by the Derby and the St Leger, each race over longer trips, but rarely tried. This is also the first of Britain’s five Classic races:- 2,000 Guineas Stakes, 1,000 Guineas Stakes, Epsom Oaks, Epsom Derby and the St. Leger Stakes

Again, a healthy field for this years race, with plenty of high class runners, the tip for the race……Is a Premium/Text tip!

Whatta good card at Newmarket!

Other Meetings – Goodwood hold a nice opening card, with two stakes races of note – Daisy Warwick Fillies’ Stakes & Conqueror Stakes.

Doncaster have some ‘crooning’ after racing, with big-band-swing and Rat Pack classics.

“Fly me to the moon………….” All sing along!

The Jag.

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