As the first two Classics of the season, the 2000 and 1000 QIPCO Guineas are among some of the most famous Flat races anywhere in the world.
Run over a mile at Newmarket’s Rowley Mile racecourse, the 2000 Guineas is contested by colts and the 1000 Guineas by fillies. The two races are limited to three-year-old Thoroughbreds only, with total prize money for each race now at more than £500,000.
The 2000 Guineas was first run in 1809, while the inaugural 1000 Guineas was staged five years later. Both races were established by The Jockey Club and were the brainchild of Sir Charles Bunbury, who also co-founded the Derby at Epsom Downs. At the time the races were named after the prize money given to the winner of each – with one guinea amounting to 21 shillings or £1.05.
By the 1860s the Guineas were considered to be two of the most significant races in the UK for three-year-olds and today attract the very best horses of their age in Europe. Often the races highlight potential contenders and winners of the third and fourth Classics of each year, the Investec Derby and Investec Oaks staged at Epsom Downs.
Here, we’ve picked out some of the very best 2000 and 1000 Guineas from our archives, putting them in one place for you to watch from start to finish.