1000 Guineas Tips
Get ready for the second classic of 2019 with our experts tips ahead of the 2019 1000 Guineas Stakes, on Sunday 5th of May.
1000 Guineas Tips
|Jon’s Ante-Post Picks||FAIRYLAND e/w||GET 7/1 HERE|
|STAR TERMS e/w||GET 25/1 HERE|
2019 1000 Guineas Preview
Skitter Scatter progressed brilliantly during 2018 and the Moyglare Stud Stakes winner will take some beating, should the newly formed team of John Oxx and Kevin Prendergast head to Newmarket instead of the Curragh. Just Wonderful is my fancy for the Oaks and could run her way into contention at the weekend, but the Ballydoyle runner I’ve pinned my colours to in the Guineas is FAIRYLAND.
I love any horse shows they have the stomach for a fight and Fairyland did plenty of battling at the top table last term. Aidan O’Brien’s filly had to work really hard to see off The Mackem Bullet in both the Lowther Stakes and the Cheveley Park, doing just enough to win on both occasions and the runner-up has gone on to prove herself a fairly decent yardstick.
The only time Fairyland lost last season was in the Albany Stakes, where she found herself on the slowest portion of the track and was still on beaten a length. Kodiac may be better known for producing sprinters, but I have no fears Fairyland won’t see out the trip on the Rowley Mile. She could be a very exciting filly moving forwards.
2019 1000 Guineas Final Field
*Number) NAME (draw) rating, jockey, trainer, current odds with Unibet*
1) ANGEL’S HIDEAWAY (7) 105, Rober Havlin, John Gosden, 25/1
2) DANDHU (14) 108, Gerald Mosse, David Elsworth, 9/1
3) FAIRYLAND (1), 112, Frankie Dettori, Aidan O’Brien, 7/1
4) FLEETING (12), 106, Seamie Heffernan, Aidan O’Brien, 25/1
5) GARREL GLEN (13), – , John Egan, Mark Tompkins, 66/1
6) HERMOSA (4), 110, Wayne Lordan, Aidan O’Brien, 20/1
7) ICONIC CHOICE (9), 107, Richard Kingscote, Tom Dascombe, 20/1
8) IRIDESSA (3), 112, Donnacha O’Brien, Joseph O’Brien, 7/1
9) JUST WONDERFUL (15), 111, Ryan Moore, Aidan O’Brien, 7/1
10) LADY KAYA (8), 110, Robbie Colgan, Sheila Lavery, 14/1
11) LOOK AROUND (10), 98, Oisin Murphy, Andrew Balding, 33/1
12) MOT JUSTE (2), 103, William Buick, Roger Varian, 10/1
13) QABALA (6), 109, David Egan, Roger Varian, 11/4
14) SKITTER SCATTER (11), 114, Ronan Whelan, John Oxx, 6/1
15) STAR TERMS (5) 107, James Doyle, Richard Hannon, 25/1
1000 Guineas Stakes
Like its companion race and before the 2000 Guineas came the 1000 Guineas, also – obviously – named after the initial prize fund. The 1000 Guineas only precedes the 2000 Guineas by five years, and is also run on the Rowley Mile course at Newmarket, and the prize pot has swollen over the years to half a million pounds. While not quite attracting the interest of the 2000 Guineas, the 1000 Guineas remains one of the most keenly-anticipated races in the UK event calendar.
Race Two of the British Classics
There are five races in the UK racing calendar that have become, collectively, known as the ‘British Classics’ – these races are the 2000 Guineas, the 1000 Guineas (both run at Newmarket), the Epsom Derby, the Epsom Oaks and the St Leger (run at Doncaster). These are the five leading Group 1 races run every year in Britain, and each has one of the biggest prize pots to boot.
Rowley Mile Racecourse
There are two racecourses at Newmarket – the more-used Rowley Mile and the ‘July Course’ which is primarily used for summer races. The 1000 Guineas is run over the Rowley Mile course. Newmarket Racecourse has long been considered the home of UK flat racing, having been founded by royal decree as long ago as 1667. Newmarket hosts one quarter of the UK’s leading flat racing events.
Famous 1000 Guineas Winners
The 1000 Guineas is for three-year-old fillies only. The course record of 1m 34.22s was set in 2009 by the Barry Hills-trained Ghanaati. This was nearly beaten in 2015 by Legatissimo (1m 34.60s), trained by David Wachman. In the same year Legatissimo went on to win the Nassau Stakes and the Matron Stakes.