The historic QIPCO Guineas Festival at Newmarket sees a selection of Europe’s finest racehorses going head-to-head over the Rowley Mile in the famous 1,000 and 2,000 Guineas races, live on Channel 4 Racing.
This year’s festival is set to be even bigger than ever as the racecourse celebrates the 200th running of the 1,000 Guineas, one of British racing’s five Classics.
Providing the annual curtain raiser for the new Flat season, the 2,000 and 1,000 Guineas kicks off the 2013 QIPCO British Champions Series and represents a great opportunity to capitalise on the buzz of a new season.
Staged throughout the season at England’s major meetings, the series provides a unique platform for champions to emerge, such as the recently retired Frankel, the amazing winner of the 2011 renewal of the 2,000 Guineas.
The first English Classic of the season takes place on Saturday, May 4, when some of the best three-year-old milers in Europe contest the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket (3.50pm).
Dawn Approach, the winner of the Dewhurst Stakes last October, is a possible favourite for that one having been the subject of some bullish updates from his Irish trainer Jim Bolger.
The fact that he’s owned by the Godolphin operation will add a frisson of interest following the recent doping scandal that has rocked the sport in recent weeks.
Toronado, from Richard Hannon’s stable and a tidy winner of the Craven Stakes already this season, will head up the home challenge.
On Sunday (May 5), Sir Henry Cecil, a six-time winner of the 1,000 Guineas, saddles Hot Snap, who showed her well-being this season with an impressive success in Newmarket’s Nell Gwyn Stakes.
That race is also off at 3.50pm and Just The Judge and What A Name will be among those aiming to lower the Cecil flag.
Channel 4 has live coverage of both days of the 2013 QIPCO Guineas Festival meeting, the first high-profile flat meeting of the season.
Clare Balding introduces Channel 4 Racing on Saturday afternoon, featuring the 2,000 Guineas, alongside co-presenter Nick Luck.
Race commentary comes from Simon Holt, with analysis from the Channel 4 studio provided by Jim McGrath and Graham Cunningham.
Tanya Stevenson will relay all the latest news from the betting ring for armchair punters, while Emma Spencer provides roving reports and interviews from around the course.
With Balding committed to covering the Badminton Horse Trials for the BBC on Sunday, Luck will take over the anchor role for Channel 4’s live coverage of the 1,000 Guineas.
All the latest news, features and build-up to the Guineas Festival, as well as up-to-the-minute racecards and results, can be found via the new-look Channel 4 Racing website – channel4.com/racing.
Live streaming of Channel 4 Racing’s coverage is also available via the Channel 4 website.
Racing UK will have live coverage of all seven races on the Newmarket card on both Saturday on Sunday.
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The Channel 4 Racing team are on the famous Rowley Mile at Newmarket to bring you all the action and drama of the first Classic of the flat season – the 2,000 Guineas.
Can Jim Bolger’s Dawn Approach add his name to a hall of fame that stretches back for over 200 years?
Clare Balding and Nick Luck lead Channel 4’s live coverage of four races from Newmarket, plus two top quality races from Goodwood.2.00 – NMK: Makfi Suffolk Stakes
2.20 – GWD: Betfred The Bonus King EBF Daisy Warwick Stakes 2.35 – NMK: Pearl Bloodstock Palace House Stakes 2.55 – GWD: Betfred Mobile Lotto Stakes 3.10 – NMK: Qatar Bloodstock Jockey Club Stakes 3.50 – NMK: QIPCO 2000 GUINEAS The Morning Line: 7.55am-9.00am – Channel 4 Channel 4 Racing LIVE: 1.40pm-4.10pm – Channel 4
Today is the 200th running of the first fillies classic of the season, the 1,000 Guineas.
Can the great Sir Henry Cecil can land the race for a magnificent seventh time with Hot Snap, impressive winner of her trial in the Nell Gwyn Stakes?
Nick Luck leads the Channel 4 Racing team from Newmarket with four races from the famous course alongside one race from Salisbury.2.05 – NMK: QIPCO Supporting British Racing Stakes 2.20 – SAL: Betfred ‘City Bowl’ Handicap 2.35 – NMK: Qatar Bloodstock Dahlia Stakes 3.10 – NMK: Timeform – Harbour Watch Handicap 3.50 – NMK: QIPCO 1000 GUINEAS Channel 4 Racing LIVE: 1.50pm-4.10pm – Channel 4