2,000 Guineas Facts

30 APR 1994: MISTER BAILEY's, RIDDEN BY J. WEAVER (RIGHT), BEATS GRAND LODGE, RIDDEN BY L. DETTORI, TO THE FINISH LINE IN THE 2000 GUINEAS AT NEWMARKET. Chris Cole/ALLSPORT
The 2,000 Guineas is a Group 1 rated thoroughbred race run at Newmarket Racecourse at the start of the flat racing season. Entry to the race is restricted to 3-year-old thoroughbred racehorses with both colts and fillies eligible to participate. While fillies can enter the race, in practice they are usually run in the 1,000 Guineas the following day.

2,000 Guineas Records

  • The most successful 2,000 Guineas jockey in history was Jem Robinson, who rode a total of nine horses to victory in the race. The most successful trainer, with seven wins, was John Scott. As owners, both the 4th Duke of Grafton and the 5th Earl of Jersey share the record, with five wins each.
  • In 1947, the horse Tudor set the record for the widest winning margin in the 2,000 Guineas. He won the race by a full seven lengths.
  • Lester Piggott, possibly the greatest of all UK jockeys, secured a total of 30 wins in the British Classic races, including 7 wins in the Guineas races. He was awarded the title of British Champion Jockey a total of 11 times. Lester Piggott currently lives in Newmarket.
  • In 1970, Nijinsky – ridden by Lester Piggott – won the Triple Crown of the British Classic races, with a victory in the 2,000 Guineas followed by wins at the Epsom Derby and St Leger. No other horse has secured the Triple Crown since then.
  • 34 horses in all have won the 2,000 Guineas and the Epsom Derby in the same year. The last horse to secure a 2,000 Guineas-Derby double in the British Classic races was Nashwan, in 1989.
  • In 1994, Mister Baileys – with trainer and jockey – set the fastest winning time for the 2,000 Guineas, at 1m 35.08s.