2,000 Guineas Stakes
First run in 1809, won by the thoroughbred Wizard, the 2,000 Guineas Stakes has gone on to become one of the most prestigious flat horse races in the world. The very first race that needs to be won by any horse wishing to contest for the UK Triple Crown, this race is closely watched by everyone in the UK horse racing industry.
Aside from the UK Triple Crown, the 2,000 Guineas Stakes is also the first race in the series of British Classics. These five flat races are all restricted to three-year-olds, and only the three that comprise the Triple Crown are open to both colts and fillies, with the other two restricted to fillies alone.
The 2,000 Guineas Stakes is the shortest race of the Triple Crown at 1 mile. It is held at the Newmarket Racecourse on the Rowley Mile course each year in late April or the beginning of May. In previous times, the 2,000 Guineas Stakes was considered superior to the filly-only 1,000 Guineas Stakes, but as fewer and fewer fillies have been entered into the 2,000 Guineas Stakes, these races are considered to be more or less equivalent.
As is obvious, the 2,000 Guineas Stakes originally earned its name due to the prize on offer to the winner. This is no longer the case, due not only to the fact that guineas are no longer current, but also due to the fact that winners now get a much larger prize!
The 2009 2,000 Guineas Stakes will be run on Saturday 2 May during the Stan James Guineas Festival at the Newmarket Racecourse, as usual. Newmarket is considered the heart of English racing, so this event attracts a large turnout every year. Those interested in attending the 2,000 Guineas Stakes should book accommodation as far in advance as possible, due to the popularity of this major horse racing event.