Most racing fans fall into one of two camps. They either love National Hunt racing (jumps) or they love flat racing.
Of course, some people love both, but you’ll find that it’s usually one or the other.
While flat racing has its mega-rich races, such as the Saudi Cup, the Breeders Cup, etc…, closer to home, there are still some incredibly prestigious flat races to be won in the UK.
Case in point at the 2000 Guineas Stakes which is held at Newmarket Racecourse every year. For 2024, it is scheduled to be held on May 4th, and already the ante-post markets are shaping up for quite the showdown.
The 2000 Guineas Stakes is a Group 1 race open to three-year-old thoroughbred colts and fillies.
It is the first of the five Classic races, followed by the Epsom Derby, the Epsom Oaks, the St Leger Stakes, and the 1000 Guineas Stakes, with the latter being exclusively for fillies and taking place the following day at the same venue.
Run over a distance of 1 mile (1,609 meters) on the Rowley Mile course, the 2000 Guineas Stakes was first run in 1809.
With over 200 years of history, those that win the Guineas are joining an illustrious list that includes the likes of Nijinsky, Frankel, and Sea The Stars.
And who wouldn’t want that?
For now, though, let’s look ahead at what this year’s race has in store for us. You can also check out the Punters Page guide for more information on betting in this market as the race draws nearer.
2024 2000 Guineas Stakes Contenders
At the time of writing, it is too soon to provide a list of official entries for the 2024 2000 Guineas Stakes.
Instead, we have decided to look at the current ante-post betting market to see who the bookies think is in with the best chance of winning, should they run.
|City Of Troy
Who Has The Best Chance Of Winning?
City of Troy – Aidan O’Brien
If there’s one man who knows how to train a winner, then it’s Aidan O’Brien.
Having already won this race a staggering TEN times, he knows what it takes to get into the winner’s enclosure at Newmarket.
His big hope for 2024 is City of Troy, and given his pedigree, it’s no wonder he’s already the odds-on favourite.
Sired by US Triple Crown winner, Justify, City of Troy has had three flat turf starts, winning all of them.
He started his career in July 2023, first winning at the Curragh before heading to Newmarket to win the Superlative Stakes, followed by the Grade 1 Dewhurst Stakes in October.
That last win significantly boosted his earnings to the tune of £300,000.
He is already entered into the Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas and the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby (both at the Curragh) in May and June 2024.
So now the question is will we see him back at Newmarket first? And will he win the 2000 Guineas Stakes?
Henry Longfellow – Aidan O’Brien
While all the talk may be about City of Troy, O’Brien also has Henry Longfellow in the mix.
Owned by Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith & Mrs. John Magnier, he too has a three-from-three winning streak, including the Group 1 Goffs Vincent O’Brien National Stakes last time out.
Both horses have only ever won at 7f, just shy of the mile that is the 2000 Guineas, so what gives City of Troy the edge?
They are both trained by Aidan O’Brien, both have the exact same owners (though the silks are different), both have won three from three over the same distance, and both are Group 1 winners.
However, City of Troy has the edge in that he has already won at Newmarket twice, has a better Official Rating, and, on balance, has a slightly better top speed.
So can Henry Longfellow take the prize in the Guineas? Time will tell.
Rosallion – Richard Hannon
Not trained by Aidan O’Brien, but by the equally brilliant Richard Hannon is Rosallion.
Owned by Sheikh Mohammed Obaid al Maktoum (cousin of Godolphin’s Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum), Rosallion doesn’t have quite the same clean sweep as his rivals further up in the betting.
With four turf starts, he has returned three wins including the Group 1 Qatar Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere, last time out in October at Longchamps.
The reality is that although he certainly has a chance, when it comes to speed, Rosallion just lags behind his rivals.
But there is time, and he can certainly produce the goods on the day. Whether or not he has a real chance will depend on who he is up against.
Most Famous Horses To Win The 2000 Guineas Stakes
Nijinsky, trained by Vincent O’Brien and ridden by Lester Piggott, is one of the most celebrated racehorses in history.
Winning the 2000 Guineas as part of his Triple Crown achievement in 1970 (the 2000 Guineas, The Derby, and the St Leger Stakes), Nijinsky remains the last horse to secure the English Triple Crown, a testament to his extraordinary talent and versatility.
His performances captivated the racing world, and his legacy lives on through his significant impact on the breeding line.
Trained by Sir Henry Cecil and unbeaten in his racing career, Frankel is often regarded as one of the greatest racehorses of all time.
His victory in the 2000 Guineas was breathtaking, winning by 6 lengths, a margin that visually and statistically emphasised his dominance over his contemporaries.
Frankel retired unbeaten after 14 starts, and his performances, especially in the 2000 Guineas, have left an indelible mark on horse racing history.
Sea The Stars (2009)
Trained by John Oxx and ridden by Mick Kinane, Sea The Stars is notable for winning the 2000 Guineas and then going on to achieve an exceptional three-year-old campaign, including victories in the Epsom Derby and the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.
His achievements in 2009, winning six Group 1 races in six months, including the 2000 Guineas, marked him as one of the greatest racehorses of his generation and secured his legacy in the sport.