QIPCO 2000 Guineas Stakes (2021)

The QIPCO Guineas weekend is one that horse racing fans across Ireland and the United Kingdom look forward to each year. If you want to be highly entertained and experience a thrilling atmosphere, then this is the place to be. The Rowley Mile at Newmarket, Suffolk, England, will play host to two full days of high-quality Flat racing, starting on the 1st of May. This is where the first two classics of the season, the (2000 Guineas Stakes) and 1000 Guineas Stakes take place. The other three classics are Epsom Derby, Epsom Oaks, and the St. Leger Stakes. In this article, we are going to focus on the (2000 Guineas) and below you will find all you need to know about this prestigious race.

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2000 Guineas Betting: Runners and Odds

This 1-mile-long race is open to three-year-old colts and usually takes place on a Saturday somewhere at the end of April and the beginning of May. As mentioned in the introduction, in 2021 it is going to take place on the 1st of May. What makes this race such an entertaining one to watch is the fact that it attracts all of the best colts from the United Kingdom, Ireland, and far beyond.

In the table below, you can find the (2000 guineas runners) as well as the odds that some of the best bookmakers are currently giving them. Please remember that odds are changing all of the time, so there is a chance that the odds in the table will not reflect the odds that you find at the bookmaker when you go and check. As well as the odds, we have also included the trainer for each horse, as this is important to know when it comes to choosing a horse to bet on. Obviously, there are some trainers that have had a lot more success than others. A maximum of 25 horses can compete in this race, so the vast majority of those in the table will have to drop out. The ones in bold are the ones who still have a chance of competing.

RunnersWilliam HillBet365888 SportBetVictorBetitonTrainer
Wembley4/14/14/14/19/2A P O'Brien
Thunder Moon9/29/29/29/25/1Joseph O'Brien
One Ruler13/26/111/26/16/1Charlie Appleby
Mutasaabeq13/27/113/26/16/1Todd Pletcher
Master of the Seas15/27/111/27/17/1Charlie Appleby
St Marks Basilica7/16/16/16/16/1A P O'Brien
Battleground10/18/117/27/18/1A P O'Brien
Van Gogh11/111/111/110/110/1A P O'Brien
Chindit10/110/19/110/117/1Richard Hannon
Poetic Flare14/120/116/116/116/1J S Bolger
Lucky Vega20/120/118/116/118/1Mrs John Harrington
Mac Swiney25/125/122/125/128/1J S Bolger
Legion of Honour50/150/140/150/150/1Roger Varian
Naval Crown50/140/140/150/166/1Charlie Appleby
Military Style40/133/140/140/150/1A P O'Brien
Mystery Smiles66/166/166/166/180/1Andrew Balding
Devilwala66/166/166/166/1100/1Ralph Beckett
Albadri100/1100/1100/1100/1125/1 Jane Chapple-Hyam

Race Schedule

So, now that you have an idea as to the odds that the horses participating in the (Newmarket 2000 Guineas) have, we are going to provide you with the schedule for Day One. This will be helpful if you are looking to do a bit of (2000 Guineas betting) as you will be able to mark down the time that races are starting so you can remember to follow them if you have placed a bet.

Start TimeRaceDistance
1:15pmThe Read Ryan Moore on Betting Betfair Handicap Stakes6f
1:50pmThe "My Oddsboost" On Betfair Stakes9f
2:20pmThe The Betfair Palace House Stakes5f
2:55pmThe Betfair Exchange Jockey Club Stakes12f
3:35pmThe QIPCO 2000 Guineas8f
4:10pmThe Betfair Exchange Handicap Stakes6f
4:45pmThe Betfair Newmarket Stakes6f
1:15pmThe Betfair Weighed-in Podcast Handicap Stakes8f

2000 Guineas Tips

You can obviously just jump right in and bet on a horse because you like its name or you pulled it from a hat, but if you do this then your chances of winning will be pretty slim, to say the least. You will be relying totally on Lady Luck, and anyone who has been betting on horses for a while will know that it is not wise to rely on her to show up. Below you will find some (2000 Guineas tips) that we really do recommend you read carefully before you go ahead and place your money on a horse to win. These (Newmarket 2000 Guineas tips) have definitely served us well in the past, so let's get cracking.

Do Not Pay Attention to Prep Runs

Successful (2000 Guineas ante-post) winners know that the best trainers will decide not to give their horses a prep run. Some will choose to do so, but the results of such races are of little value when it comes to looking at (English 2000 Guineas winners). You might be highly encouraged by a great run at the Craven Meeting in the middle of April, but it is more than likely that all of the top trainers for the 2000 Guineas will not have risked their horse for the small prize money that is on offer.

The Greenham Stakes at Newbury is seen by many horse racing punters and bookies as a good indicator of who will do well at the 2000 Guineas. However, once again, all of the big racehorses will likely be left in their stables as their trainers will be holding them back for the prestigious races that will increase their stud value once they have retired from racing.

The Craven Meeting and the Greenham Stakes take place just 2-3 weeks before the big 2000 Guineas, meaning that if a horse picks up an injury there is little chance that it will recover fully in time.

Take a Look at Two-Year-Old Form

To get an idea as to who stands a good chance of winning the 2000 Guineas, you should take a look at the two-year-old form. A big win for a two-year-old at the end of the season is a good sign as it is an indication that the horse went into the race without sustaining the injuries that happen to many talented youngsters and means that the horse should still have enthusiasm for running.

Frankel, who won the 2011 2000 Guineas with ease, won all 4 of his two-year-old races. This included the Dewhurst Stakes and winners of this race that have gone on to win or come close at the Newmarket classic includes the likes of Mill Reef, Nikinsky, Pennekamp, El Gran Senor, Zafonic, Rock of Gibraltar, and Teofilo. So, the Dewhurst Stakes is definitely a race you should take a look at when you are looking to back a horse to win the 2000 Guineas.

The Juddmonte, another race for two-year-olds, is run at the end of the season at the Curragh racetrack in Ireland and it is also another good race to predict top performers for the following season. Sea the Stars won this race in 2009 and then the following season he went on to win the 2000 Guineas.

We are now going to take a look at St Nicholas Abbey to highlight further why you should look at the form of a horse at 2-years-old. He won the Juddmonte with ease and then followed up his victory with another win in the Group 1 Racing Post trophy. Fast forward seven months, and he re-emerged as a stunning three-year-old and started the race as one of the favourites. Okay, he went on to finish sixth, but the fact that he started as one of the favourites after such a strong performance as a two-year-old is evidence that the form of a two-year-old is seen as a good indicator as to how well a horse will perform in the 2000 Guineas.

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Free Bets

So, now that we have given you some useful (2000 Guineas betting tips), we are now going to move on to take a look at free bets. The majority of bookmakers will offer new customers free bets as an incentive to open an account with them. In the table below, you will find what we believe to be the leading bookies based on the free bets they offer and their coverage of horse racing.

These free bets can be used on any horse racing event or any other sport, should you so wish. However, we recommend that you make use of them when the 2000 Guineas is on as there is plenty of room for profit.

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N.B. Bonuses are changing all of the time as bookies are always looking for ways to stay a step ahead of their closest rivals. Therefore, there is a chance that if you decide to visit the site of one of the aforementioned bookies, the bonuses on offer are slightly different to the ones that you can see in the table. This is not something that is within our control, but we do apologise for any inconvenience that it might cause. However, we guarantee that even if the bonuses have changed slightly by the time you come round to look at them, they will be just as good or even better than those mentioned in the table above.


Below you can find some of the latest news regarding the 2021 2000 Guineas race. Some of the news could even come in handy when it comes to you making a decision about who you are going to put your money on.

Nando Parrado Has Strengthened Over Winter

Nando Parrado, according to his trainer Clive Cox, has strengthened up over winter but the ground conditions will still dictate where (and if) he will have his warm-up races before the QIPCO 2000 Guineas. Nando Parrado grabbed all of the headlines last year when he won the Group Two Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot with odds of 150/1, making him the longest-priced winner at Royal Ascot ever.

As we said above, some trainers choose not to prep their horses before a prestigious race such as the 2000 Guineas, but Cox decided that it would be best for Nando Parrado to have a prep race. He had the choice of entering him in the Crave Stakes at Newmarket on the 15th of April or in the Greenham Stakes at Newbury on the 18th of April. In the end, he decided to opt for the latter. Cox is very confident that Nando Parrado will put in a strong showing at the 2000 Guineas on the 1st of May.

A P O'Brien Looks for More Success

Throughout his long career as a horse trainer, A P O'Brien has trained 10 (2000 Guineas winners), and in this year's event, he has 5 entries. The three favourites to win this race are Battleground, St Mark's Basilica, and Wembley, all three of which are trained by O'Brien, so it will not come as too much of a shock if he wins for the 11th time.

No Attendance This Year

Due to the current pandemic issues, there is no attendance allowed at Newmarket this year. While this is disappointing, there are still a number of ways that you can watch all of the action from your own living room.

Freeview: With fans unable to attend this year, the races will be available to watch on ITV. Head on over to their website to see when their live coverage of this big event will begin.

Racing TV: This is the premier horseracing TV channel in Britain and Ireland. It broadcasts in HD and covers events from the UK's top 35 racecourses and all 26 racecourses in Ireland. Each year, they show more than 8000 live races, with many of them being exclusive to Racing TV. This fantastic racing channel is available to Virgin Media and Sky customers in the UK and Virgin, Vodafone, and Sky customers in Ireland.

Bookmakers: Horse racing has become so popular that many bookmakers now offer live streams for all of the biggest races in the horse racing world. All of the big bookies will stream the 2000 Guineas, so just log into your account and watch from there.

A Look Back at the Previous Year

The (2000 Guineas 2020) victor was Kameko, who was being raced by Oisin Murphy and trained by Andrew Balding. He is also training three horses that are running in the 2021 2000 Guineas (King Vega, Youth Spirit, and Mystery Smiles), so you might want to take a closer look at these, although not many punters or bookies are backing them to do well. At the start of the race, Kameko had odds of 10/1, so lived up to his billing as one of the race favourites.

In the table below, you can find a detailed breakdown of the 2020 2000 Guineas:

Horses in Finishing OrderJockeyTrainerOdds
KamekoO MurphyA M Balding10/1
WichitaL DettoriA P O'Brien15/2
PinatuboW BuickCharlie Appleby5/6 F
Military MarchH CrouchS bin Suroor20/1
Juan ElcanoA AtzeniK A Ryan66/1
KinrossH BentleyR M Beckett20/1
StarcatP McDonaldH Morrison80/1
New World TapestryA KirbyA P O'Brien250/1
Kenzai WarriorJ WatsonR A TEal40/1
Royal DornochT MarquandA P O'Brien40/1
ArizonaR L MooreA P O'Brien9/1
CepheusJ CrowleyB J Meehan150/1
PersuasionK ShoemarkCharles Hills250/1
Al SuhailJ DoyleCharlie Appleby14/1
Mums TippleS M LeveyRichard Hannon22/1


What is the 2000 Guineas?

The 2000 Guineas is a Group 1 flat race that is open to 3-year-old thoroughbred fillies and colts. This is the first of the five classics and is raced on the Rowley Mile at Newmarket, Suffolk. The race is one-mile-long and takes place every year at the end of April or the beginning of May. It has a purse of more than £500,000.

When is the 2000 Guineas?

The 2000 Guineas is not on the same date every year, but it is raced at the same time of year, which is the end of April or the beginning of May. 2020 was an exception due to the current pandemic situation - it was raced on the 6th of June with no fans in attendance. The 2021 2000 Guineas will take place on the 1st of May.

At What Time is the 2000 Guineas Race?

The QIPCO Guineas Festival takes place over the course of two days, meaning that there are plenty of horse races for punters to enjoy. The 2000 Guineas race is on Day One, which starts at 1:15pm. The 2000 Guineas will be the fifth race of the day and is scheduled for 3:35pm.

Who Will Win the 2000 Guineas?

With so many horses participating, this is not an easy question to answer. Anything that can happen in a horse race, which is why it is such a popular sport to watch and bet on. Battleground, St Marks Basilica, and Wembley are the three favourites, and these have been trained by the highly successful trainer that is A P O'Brien. Therefore, we would not be too surprised if one of these horses went on to win.

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