2000 Guineas - History

2000 Guineas HistoryThe history of the 2000 Guineas is a long one, the race has been around for a staggering 200 years.

The name of this race derives from the fact that a prize of 2000 Guineas was originally guaranteed to the winner, irrespective of the number of subscribers. The inaugural race in 1809 was won by a horse called Wizard who belonged to Christopher Wilson who was for many years the senior member of the Jockey Club. The first horse to complete the double was Smolensko in 1813.

The race has glittering roll of honour, past winners have included the likes of Crepello. Royal Palace, Brigadier Gerard, Sir Ivor, Nijinsky, Dancing Brave, Nashwan, All these great horses went onto bigger and better things and all were household names in their prime

For many the greatest race of them all came in 1971, when Brigadier won from Mill Reef and My Swallow. Such was Brigadiers ability that it is hard to believe that Mill Reef, went on to win both the Epsom Derby and the Prix de’L’Arc de Triomphe and was never beaten again. Brigadier Gerard went on to win seventeen of eighteen races in his career and was given a rating of 144 the second highest rating ever given.

Over recent times the race has been dominated by the Aiden O’Brien Ballydoyle stable, who have won the race four time sin the last seven running’s. The Sir Michael Stoute yard has also had much recent success, winning in 1997, 2000 and 2001

Jockey, Lester Piggott, won the race five times, amazingly over a time span of 37 years. He first won Crepello in 1957 and last won in 1992 on Rodrigo De Triano.