1000 and 2000 Guineas Betting

Last Updated 7 Jan 2020 | Commercial content | 18+

At the start of May each year, all eyes are on the Newmarket racecourse in Newmarket, Suffolk, when the Guineas betting ramps up several notches.

The 1000 and 2000 Guineas betting markets are the main two races over the two-day Newmarket Guineas festival – both races are run over a trip of one mile. The Newmarket Racecourse is a British Thoroughbred horse racing venue, comprising two individual racecourses: the Rowley Mile and the July Course.

In 2020 the 2000 Guineas, which is the first of the five British Classic races each season, will be run on Saturday May 2nd, while the 1000 Guineas – the second Classic, will be staged the following day on Sunday May 3rd. Be sure to mark the two races in your horse racing calendar.

Guineas Festival Odds

Most of the leading bookmakers will have 1000 Guineas odds, plus 2000 Guineas odds in their ante-post betting sectioned pretty much all-year-round.

With both the 1000 and 2000 Guineas being for 3 year-olds only, the Guineas Festival odds are always impacted by the best 2 year-olds races the previous season – like the Dewhurst Stakes and the Vertem Futurity Trophy.

Leading Irish trainer – Aidan O’Brien – has a cracking record in both the 1000 and 2000 Guineas – he’s won the 1000 Guineas five times and the 2000 Guineas ten times. Therefore, any 2 year-old that has shown a decent level of form the previous season will always figure high up in the Guineas betting markets.

The current 1000 Guineas betting favourite is the Roger Charlton-trained Quadrilateral, while the ante-post 2000 Guineas odds see the Godolphin runner – Pinatubo – heading the 2000 Guineas betting.

Guineas Festival Betting

Autumn race at Newmarket Racecourse. Photo Credit: Anonymous. Flickr. CC BY 2.0

Guineas Festival Runners

In 2019 it was another clean sweep for the powerful Aidan O’Brien yard as his Hermosa defied his 14/1 1000 Guineas betting odds to win the race. While O’Brien also found the winner of the 2000 Guineas the day before when his Magna Grecia won the race at 2000 Guineas betting odds of 11/2.

The current 1000 Guineas betting favourite is the Roger Charlton-trained Quadrilateral, while the ante-post 2000 Guineas odds see the Godolphin runner – Pinatubo – heading the 2000 Guineas betting.

Winners of the 2000 Guineas are then often targeted at the Epsom Derby, while winners of the 1000 Guineas will have the Epsom Oaks in their sights.

Guineas Festival Tips

Over the winter months there are several Guineas Festival tips with all the leading 2 year-olds from the previous season heading the Guineas betting market.

However, the Guineas betting gets a lot more popular during April after a few key trial races at the Newmarket Craven Meeting have been run. The Nell Gwyn Stakes and the Craven Stakes often attract 1000 Guineas runners and 2000 Guineas runners, while any horses that perform well in these races will see their Guineas Festival odds shorten.

Other Guineas Festival tips to note is that the powerful Aidan O’Brien yard often target several runners at both races – any Guineas runners they have should always be respected.

Guineas Festival Betting Trends

There are many Guineas Festival betting trends to apply to both the 1000 and 2000 Guineas.

Once the final Guineas runners are out for each race – 48 hours before – then horse racing fans often apply the best Guineas Festival betting trends to the field.

We’ve listed some of the best 1000 Guineas trends and 2000 Guineas trends below – use these to whittle down the Guineas runners and find the best profiles of past winners of both the 1000 and 2000 Guineas.

1000 Guineas trends

Recent 1,000 Guineas Winners

  • 2019 – Hermosa (14/1)
  • 2018 – Billesdon Brook (66/1)
  • 2017 – Winter (9/1)
  • 2016 – Minding (11/10 fav)
  • 2015 – Legatissimo (13/2)
  • 2014 – Miss France (7/1)
  • 2013 – Sky Lantern (9/1)
  • 2012 – Homecoming Queen (25/1)
  • 2011 – Blue Bunting (16/1)
  • 2010 – Special Duty (9/2 fav)
  • 2009 – Ghanaati (20/1)
  • 2008 – Natagora (11/4 fav)
  • 2007 – Finsceal Beo (5/4 fav)
  • 2006 – Speciosa (10/1)
  • 2005 – Virginia Waters (12/1)
  • 2004 – Attraction (11/2)
  • 2003 – Russian Rhythm (12/1)
  • 2002 – Kazzia (14/1)

1,000 Guineas Betting Trends

  • 16/18 – Placed in the top 3 last time out
  • 14/18 – Had won between 2-3 times before
  • 13/18 – Had won a Group race before
  • 13/18 – Drawn between 2-13 (inc)
  • 11/18 – Won their previous race
  • 11/18 – Winning distance – 2 lengths or less
  • 11/18 – Came from outside the top 3 in the betting
  • 11/18 – Yet to win a race over a mile (or further)
  • 10/18 – Had raced at Newmarket (Rowley Mile) before
  • 9/18 – Returned a double-figure price
  • 8/18 – Ran at Newmarket last time out
  • 8/18 – Won on their seasonal reappearance
  • 7/18 – Had won at Newmarket (Rowley Mile) before
  • 7/18 – Favourites unplaced
  • 7/18 – Irish-trained winners
  • 6/18 – Drawn in stalls 7 or 8
  • 5/18 – Previous Group One winners
  • 5/18 – Went onto win the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot
  • 4/18 – Won by a US bred horse
  • 4/18 – Won by the favourite
  • 3/18 – French-trained winners
  • 3/18 – Went onto finish fourth in the Epsom Oaks
  • 3/18 – Ridden by Ryan Moore
  • 2/18 – Ridden by Frankie Dettori
  • 2/18 – Went onto win the Epsom Oaks (Kazzia 2002, Minding 2016)
  • Just one horse placed from stall 1 in the last 12 runnings
  • 9 of the last 12 winners came between stalls 2-8 (inc)
  • The average winning SP in the last 17 years is 13/1

1,000 Guineas Facts

  • Owner Hamdam Al Maktoum has won the race 5 times (1990, 1991, 1995, 2000 & 2009)
  • Frankie Dettori has ridden the ridden the winner 3 times (1998, 2002 & 2011)
  • Ryan Moore has ridden the winner 3 times (2012, 2015, 2016)
  • Godolphin have won the race 3 times (1998, 2002 & 2011)
  • Aidan O’Brien has trained five winners, Virginia Waters (1995), Homecoming Queen (2012), Minding (2016), Winter (2017), Hermosa (2019)

2000 Guineas Trends

Recent 2,000 Guineas Winners

  • 2019 – Magna Grecia (11/1)
  • 2018 – Saxon Warrior (3/1)
  • 2017 – Churchill (6/4 fav)
  • 2016 – Galileo Gold (14/1)
  • 2015 – Gleneagles (4/1 fav)
  • 2014 – Night Of Thunder (40/1)
  • 2013 – Dawn Approach (11/8 fav)
  • 2012 – Camelot (15/8 fav)
  • 2011 – Frankel (1/2 fav)
  • 2010 – Makfi (33/1)
  • 2009 – Sea The Stars (8/1)
  • 2008 – Henrythenavigator (11/1)
  • 2007 – Cockney Rebel (25/1)
  • 2006 – George Washington (6/4 fav)
  • 2005 – Footstepsinthesand (13/2)
  • 2004 – Haafhd (11/2)
  • 2003 – Refuse to Bend (9/2)
  • 2002 – Rock of Gibraltar (9/1)

Key 2,000 Guineas Trends & Stats

  • 18/18 – Finished in the top 3 last time out
  • 16/18 – Had won over at least 7f before
  • 16/18 – Had won a Group race before
  • 16/18 – Had won between 2-5 times before
  • 15/18 – Drawn in stall 12 or lower
  • 14/18 – Won last time out
  • 13/18 – Winning distance – less than 2 lengths
  • 13/18 – Having their first run of the season
  • 12/18 – Came from the top 3 in the betting
  • 11/18 – Placed favourites
  • 11/18 – Had won just 2 or 3 times in their career before
  • 11/18 – Won by an Irish-based yard
  • 10/18 – Irish bred
  • 9/18 – Won by trainer Aidan O’Brien (10 wins in total)
  • 7/18 – Drawn in stalls 1 or 3
  • 7/18 – Had won over a mile before
  • 6/18 – Winning favourites
  • 5/18 – Had won at Newmarket (Rowley) before
  • 4/18 – Went onto run in the Epsom Derby (2 winners)
  • 4/18 – Won the Dewhurst Stakes the previous season
  • 3/18 – Ran at the Curragh last time out
  • 6 of the last 10 winners came from stalls 6 or lower
  • The average winning SP in the last 18 years is 10/1

Other 2,000 Guineas Facts

  • Aidan O’Brien has won the race in 1998, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2012, 2015, 2017, 2018 & 2019
  • Frankie Dettori rode the winner in 1996, 1999 & 2016

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Guineas Festival Bookmakers

The Newmarket QIPCO Guineas meeting will be supported by all the main bookmakers, with most having Guineas Festival odds on offer for most of the year – despite the race being run in May.

QIPCO is the main sponsor of the Guineas Festival and has increased its support of both the 1000 and 2000 Guineas until the year 2024.

In the days leading up to the Guineas Festival then the leading bookmakers will also have more Guineas betting offers to attract business. Extra place terms are a common bookmaker Guineas offer ahead of the 2-day meeting.

Guineas Festival History

Both the 1000 and 2000 Guineas are run over a distance of one mile and both are also for 3 year-olds only. The 1000 Guineas is for fillies, while the 2000 Guineas is both both fillies and colts, but it’s rare that a filly will run in the 2000 Guineas, with the 1000 Guineas the preferred option.

The 2000 Guineas was first run in 1809, while the 1000 Guineas was staged first in 1814.

The first ever winner of the 2000 Guineas was a horse called Wizard, while the first 1000 Guineas winner was a filly called Charlotte.

Winners of the 2000 Guineas are then often targeted at the Epsom Derby, while winners of the 1000 Guineas will have the Epsom Oaks in their sights.