Friday 29 April - Sunday 1 May 2022
the season hits top gear at the home of horseracing
The QIPCO Guineas Festival is all about world-class flat racing.
The Rowley Mile will play host to three days of the highest quality Flat racing kick-starting on Friday 29 April, new for 2022. Followed by the first two Classics of the season – the 2000 Guineas (Saturday) and 1000 Guineas (Sunday).
Few races in world horseracing are as prestigious as the QIPCO 2000 and 1000 Guineas. Dating back to the 19th century, the contests are steeped in history and crown the Flat racing season’s first Classic winners.
Held over the first weekend in May, the QIPCO Guineas Festival at the Rowley Mile celebrates the best new crop of three year old equine superstars and the sport’s best trainers and jockeys.
Saturday is headlined by the Group One QIPCO 2000 Guineas. Run over a mile, the opening Classic of the season for three year old colts has been won by some of the greatest Thoroughbreds to walk planet earth, including Nijinsky (1970), Nashwan (1989), Dancing Brave (1986), Sea The Stars (2009) and the modern day sensation Frankel (2011).
Guineas winners often go on to line up in the biggest races of the rest of the campaign and the fillies’ equivalent, the QIPCO 1000 Guineas, headlines Sunday’s action.
Both races form the first leg of the Triple Crown, followed by the Cazoo Derby at Epsom Downs and the St Leger for colts and the Cazoo Oaks at Epsom Downs and the St Leger for fillies - a format which has been replicated all over the world.
The supporting cards across both days are packed with quality contests, including the Group Two Jockey Club Stakes over a mile and a half and the Group Two Dahlia Stakes for fillies and mares over nine furlongs.
And while the action on the track is among the very best on offer anywhere in world horseracing, there is top class food and entertainment to match with a range of music, refreshments and dining options to suit all tastes and budgets.
Don’t miss out on the biggest weekend of racing in Newmarket all year!