2000 Guineas Betting

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Established in 1809, the 2000 Guineas is a Group 1 flat race for 3-year-old Thoroughbreds. It was originally open only to colts, which led to the creation of the 1000 Guineas for 3-year-old fillies five years later. Nowadays, the 2000 Guineas is open to both, although no filly has entered since 1944.

The 2000 Guineas has the distinction of being the first race of the season among the five English Classics. Each spring, it is conducted over a distance of one mile on the turf of the Rowley Mile at Newmarket Racecourse, “The Home of Racing.”

Like the 1000 Guineas, the event was organised by the Jockey Club led by Sir Charles Bunbury, co-founder of the Epsom Derby. The event’s name comes from the prize money that was put up for the inaugural running. In the early 19th century, a Guinea was worth 21 shillings or £1.05. By 2009, the prize fund had reached £400,000. The share claimed by 2010’s winner, the undefeated Makfi, was over £220,000.

Followed by the Derby, the 2000 Guineas is the first leg of the so-called “Triple crown,” which is completed by the classic St. Leger Stakes. In the history of the events, fifteen horses have claimed victory in all three, the most recent coming in 1970 from Canada’s Nijinsky.

Among other notable runners in the 2000 Guineas, Wizard was the very first winner in 1809, Pastille was the first successful filly in 1822 while Garden Patch was the most recent in 1944, and 2008’s Henrythenavigator was the first horse to win a British Classic by a nose, just a few months after the new minimum winning distance was introduced. The fastest horse ever to run this mile was Mister Baileys in 1994 with a time of 1:35.08. The record for the most runners was 28 in 1930, and the fewest came in 1829 and 1830, with just two.

Many the turf’s biggest names have won the 2000 Guineas. The 1840 winner, a filly named Crucifix, was never defeated in 12 starts, although one finish was declared a dead heat. She was especially rare in that she also won the 1000 Guineas that very same week. More recently, the 2009 winner Sea The Stars, who started his unbeaten run as a 3-year-old here, and the went on to make horse racing news worldwide by winning the Derby, the Eclipse, the Juddmonte International, the Irish Champion Stakes, and France’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.

The 2000 Guineas format has been a model for the Poule d’Essai des Pouliches in France, the Irish 2000 Guineas, the Mehl-Mülhens-Rennen in Germany, and Italy’s Premio Parioli. There are also a several trial races for 3-year-olds to use as tune-ups, such as the Craven Stakes and the Greenham Stakes in mid-April, but many of the entrants in the 2000 Guineas go without a start after the preceding autumn, making it a difficult race to handicap.

The events surrounding the race are known as the Guineas Festival, and the current sponsor is stanjames.com. Ante post betting starts immediately following the conclusion of the previous year’s running, so it is important to keep abreast of the results of races for 2-year-olds.

Some online bookmakers, such as ladbrokes and paddy Power, offer free bets of from £25 to £100 on the 2000 Guineas. These types of promotions are typically offered only to new online customers, and they usually require staking an amount equal to the free bet. Forms and tips for the 2000 Guineas are broadly available, and ever-changing odds are constantly updated on the Internet.

Straight bets are the most common wagers made—“win” to come in 1st, “place” for 2nd, and “show” for 3rd. All bookies and online race books offers these markets. More exotic wagers, such as Exacta or Perfecta for 1st & 2nd in order, Trifecta for predicting 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in order, or Quinella for the first two runners in either order, have significantly longer odds with minimums starting at as little as 10p.

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