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2000 Guineas: Dates, TV schedule, odds and records

The 2000 Guineas is one of the most anticipated events on the racing calendar and here is everything you need to know about one of Britain's five Classic races.

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What is the 2000 Guineas?

The 2000 Guineas is a flat race contested over 1m on the Rowley Mile at Newmarket and it is one of Britain's five Classic races - the others being the 1000 Guineas, The Oaks, The Derby and the St Leger.

It also acts as the opening leg of the Triple Crown - The Derby and the St Leger are the other two - and attempting to win the trio is something that has rarely been attempted in recent decades.

When is the 2000 Guineas?

The race is scheduled to take place at the beginning of May each year, making it the first Classic of the flat season. 

The 2024 edition of the 2000 Guineas is on Saturday, 4th May, with a provisional start time of 3.40.

Where is the 2000 Guineas?

The 2000 Guineas takes place at Newmarket racecourse in Suffolk, which is often referred to as the headquarters of British horse racing.

Along with the 2000 Guineas, the course also stages the 1000 Guineas, which takes place the following day.

In total, the track stages nine of British racing's 36 annual Group 1 races.

What are the qualification criteria for the 2000 Guineas?

The race is open to three-year-old thoroughbred colts and fillies. 

A maximum number of 25 runners are allowed to take part in the contest.

Can I watch the 2000 Guineas?

Yes. You can follow all the action on bet365's Sports Live Streaming, while it is also due to be broadcast on ITV and Racing TV.

Who is the reigning 2000 Guineas champion?

Chaldean was the winner of the 2023 Classic – a fairy-tale finish for Frankie Dettori, with the jockey taking part in his final 2000 Guineas. 

The win was Andrew Balding’s second success in the race and his second in four years, after training Kameko to victory in 2020. 

Hi Royal, who went off a massive 125/1, finished one-and-three-quarter-lengths behind Chaldean in second, whilst Royal Scotsman was a further half length back in third.

Which trainer has won the 2000 Guineas the most?

Irish maestro Aidan O'Brien has won the 2000 Guineas a record 10 times, having first picked up the coveted prize in 1998 with King of Kings, who was ridden by Michael Kinane.

Rock of Gibraltar (2002), Footstepsinthesand (2005), George Washington (2006), Henrythenavigator (2008), Camelot (2012), Gleneagles (2015), Churchill (2017), Saxon Warrior (2018) and Magna Grecia (2019) are the Irishman's other wins.

Which jockey has won the 2000 Guineas the most?

The late Jem Robinson holds the record for the most 2000 Guineas victories as a jockey.

He claimed the spoils for first of nine times in 1825 when aboard Enamel. Further victories came with Cadland (1828), Riddlesworth (1831), Clearwell (1833), Glencoe (1834), Ibrahim (1835), Bay Middleton (1836), Conyngham (1847) and Flatcatcher (1848).

Who is the leading owner in the 2000 Guineas?

John Magnier has managed a terrific 11 victories in the 2000 Guineas as an owner, his first coming in 1997 with the Michael Stoute-trained Entrepreneur.

King of Kings (1998), Rock of Gibraltar (2002), Footstepsinthesand (2005), George Washington (2006), Henrythenavigator (2008), Camelot (2012), Gleneagles (2015), Churchill (2017), Saxon Warrior (2018) and Magna Grecia (2019) are the wins since.

What is the biggest SP of a 2000 Guineas winner?

Rockavon holds the record for winning the 2000 Guineas at the biggest odds, having gone off at 66/1 when triumphing in 1961 for trainer George Boyd.

What is the shortest SP of a 2000 Guineas winner?

You have to go all the way back to 1896 to find the shortest odds winner of this race, with St Frusquin going off at 12/100 when claiming the spoils.

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