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Newmarket in Suffolk, England, is considered by most people as the birthplace of thoroughbred horseracing as we know it today. I had the pleasure of visiting the town for 4 days back in June last year whilst the Australian champion sprinter Black Caviar was stabled there before taking out the Group1 Diamond Jubilee at Royal Ascot.

Newmarket, at first glance, appears to be a typical English market town with its High Street but believe me there is so much action on the outskirts of the town with numerous stabling and galloping facilities for around 3,000 racehorses and employing some 5,000 people. I was also made most welcome at The Rutland Arms and struck a few friendships at the Waggon And Horses pub across the road. Make sure you visit the National Horseracing Museum, surely the best collection of thoroughbred horseracing artifacts, art and memorabilia in the world. Also, when attending the Guineas meetings walk from the town to the course, taking in past winners of both the 2,000 and 1,000 Guineas featured on pennants on poles on either side of the long driveway from the main road to the car-parks and course entrances.

Charles II, after the Restoration of the monarchy in 1660, could not have envisaged a better site for the home of ‘The Sport of Kings’ as established by his grandfather James 1 of England and V1 of Scotland as a staging post between England’s then second city Norwich and the capital London.

Newmarket is also the home of the first two Classic races of the five run in England each racing season. Firstly we have the Group1 QIPCO 2,000 Guineas Stakes open to three-year-old thoroughbred colts and fillies run on the Rowley Mile, one of two courses at Newmarket run over a distance of 1 mile (1,609 metres) scheduled to take place each year in late April or early May, Saturday May 4th this year . The other racetrack on Newmarket Heath is the July Course.

Being one of Britain's five Classic races the 2,000 Guineas also serves as the opening leg of the Triple Crown, followed by the Epsom Derby and the Doncaster St Leger, although the feat of winning all three has rarely been attempted in recent years with Aidan O’Brien’s champion Camelot running a length second to Godolphin’s Encke in the final leg in 2012.

The 2,000 Guineas was first run on 18 April 1809, and it preceded the introduction of a version for fillies only, the 1,000 Guineas, by five years. Both races were established by the Jockey Club under the direction of Sir Charles Bunbury, who had earlier co-founded the Derby at Epsom. Legend says Bunbury lost the naming of that great race on the toss of a coin with the Earl of Derby but it is probable that Bunbury, the Steward of the Jockey Club, deferred to his host, Derby, who was hosting a celebration of the running of The Oaks. However, Bunbury had the pleasure of winning the first running of the Derby Stakes, the Blue Riband of racing, with his colt Diomed.

The Guineas races were named according to their original prize funds (a guinea amounted to 21 shillings in 1809, or £1.05 in today’s currency).

By the mid-1860s, the 2,000 Guineas was regarded as one of Britain's most prestigious races for three-year-olds. The five leading events for this age group, characterised by increasing distances as the season progressed, began to be known as Classics. The concept was later adopted in many other countries as far afield as Australia and New Zealand.

The 2,000 Guineas is served by trial races such as the Group 3 Craven Stakes over the Rowley mile and the Group 3 Greenham Stakes over 7 furlongs at Newbury, but for some horses it is the first race of the season. The 2,000 Guineas itself can act as a trial for the Derby, and the last horse to win both was Coolmore’s Camelot in 2012.

Leading owner (7 wins): (includes part ownership)
Sue Magnier – Entrepreneur (1997), King of Kings (1998), Rock of Gibraltar (2002), Footstepsinthesand (2005), George Washington (2006), Henrythenavigator (2008), Camelot (2012)

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Leading contenders for 2013 2000 Guineas –

Dawn Approach (foaled 23 April 2010) is a chestnut colt with a white blaze and a long white sock on his right hind leg. He was bred by his Irish trainer Jim Bolger, and in the early part of his career he carried the colours of Bolger's wife, Jackie, who owned the horse in partnership with J. P. Spain before Godolphin bought in to the ownership. Dawn Approach is from the first crop of foals sired by New Approach a horse which won four Group One races including the Epsom Derby, and was the equal highest-rated thoroughbred in the world in 2008 when trained by Bolger in County Carlow.

In a racing career which began in March 2012 the colt has won all six of his races including the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot, the National Stakes at The Curragh and the Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket. He ended the European season as one of the year's most highly-rated two-year-old colts and is regarded as a leading contender for the 2013 classics. He has been ridden in all of his races to date by Kevin Manning and remains in training with Jim Bolger rather than a Godolphin trainer.

In November 2012, Dawn Approach was named European Champion two-year-old colt at the Cartier Racing Awards.

Kingsbarns won the Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster as trainer Aidan O'Brien claimed his seventh victory in the race. Trading Leather was first into the lead but Kingsbarns moved in front a furlong out and held off a late charge from Van Der Neer. The 15-8 favourite, ridden by his son Joseph O'Brien, won by a length and three-quarters. Winners of this race have gone on to win the following year's Epsom Derby four times since 2001 and Kingsbarns will be tipped to continue that record. Kingsbarns, who was supplemented to the field at a cost of £17,500, won his maiden race at Naven by a seven-length margin earlier this month.

The Group1 QIPCO 1,000 Guineas Stakes is open to three-year-old fillies on the Rowley Mile and it is scheduled to take place each year in late April or early May on the Sunday following the 2,000 guineas. It is the second of Britain's five Classics and the first of two restricted to fillies. It can also serve as the opening leg of the fillies’ Triple Crown, followed by the Oaks then the St Leger but is rarely attempted.

The 1,000 Guineas was first run on 28 April 1814, five years after the inaugural running of the equivalent race for both colts and fillies, the 2,000 Guineas. The two races were established by the Jockey Club under the direction of Sir Charles Bunbury. By the mid-1860s, the 1,000 Guineas had become one of Britain's most prestigious races for three-year-olds.

The 1,000 Guineas is served by trial races such as the Nell Gwynne Stakes and the Fred Darling Stakes but for some horses it is the first race of the season. The 1,000 Guineas itself can act as a trial for the Oaks, and the last horse to win both was Kazzia for Godolphin in 2002.

The prize money for the 1,000 Guineas has equalled that of the 2,000 Guineas since 2001. Each had a purse of £350,000 in 2012.

Leading contenders for 2013 1000 Guineas –

Certify was probably not seen at her best on Friday, but she still outclassed a good collection of juveniles in the Shadwell Fillies’ Mile at Newmarket and is now as low as 6-1 favourite for the 2013 Qipco 1,000 Guineas. Completing a hat-trick for Godolphin in this Group One race, she proved a cut above her rivals, and as long as she thrives during the winter, there is every chance she will be back on the Rowley Mile in the spring of 2013. Certify, who is by Elusive Quality, was four and a half lengths clear of Roz, with a length back to Amazonas in third, with rank outsider Masarah a head away in fourth. The time, 1 min 38.19 secs, was 2.69 secs slower than Racing Post standard. Unbeaten in four races, she is now set to take a well-earned break.

According to trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni, Certify had become uncharacteristically excitable before the race, and he seemed to view that as a sign she had done enough this campaign. “She is a lady we should look after,” he said. “She was still a little green at Doncaster [in the May Hill Stakes] last time, and was in front a long time today. “Lyric Of Light won this race last year, but I think that this filly has won the race better than she did. I cannot say 100 per cent definite that she is better than Lyric Of Light, but she has won by over four lengths and Lyric Of Light only won by a head.

Big Break, a full sister to Famous Name, hacked up in a good Leopardstown maiden last week; Dermot Weld said he thinks she could be a Guineas filly and once DK Weld says she’s a nice filly?

Mikel Delzangles will keep his promising juvenile What A Name on home soil rather than take in the Jaguar Cars Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket. Owned by the influential Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani, the chestnut has won two of her three starts, landing a conditions race at Deauville by seven lengths before being pitched up to Group level at Longchamp. The Prix la Rochette posed few problems either, as What A Name coasted almost two lengths clear. "She won't go to Newmarket, and might run in the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere instead," said Delzangles.

All winter, the racing world has been anticipating this historic meeting and the famous mile contests that are the QIPCO 2000 Guineas and QIPCO 1000 Guineas. Watch as Europe’s best jockeys and trainers compete for glory in front of the packed grandstands on the hallowed turf of Newmarket’s Rowley Mile, “Course of Champions”.

The QIPCO 2000 Guineas, for colts, will often bestow superstar status - past winners include the wonder horse that is Frankel, Camelot and Sea The Stars. The QIPCO 1000 Guineas, for fillies, has included past winners such as Blue Bunting, Special Duty and Russian Rhythm.

Come and see reputations being put on the line for superstar status - will the 2013 QIPCO Guineas Festival king and queen live up to the eminence of past winners? All will soon be revealed… Don’t miss it! I Won’t

"Carbine" (Andrew Beattie), who will be at Newmarket for both races.


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