2018 Newmarket 2000 Guineas Ante-Post Betting Preview

We already have a live ante-post market, for the 2018 renewal of the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket. Here are 3 horses that are attracting early bets…

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Masar (IRE)

Age: 2 (Foaled April 16th, 2015)

Sex: Chestnut Colt

Breeding: New Approach (IRE) – Khawlah (IRE) (Cape Cross (IRE)

Trainer: C Appleby

Owner: Godolphin

Charlie Appleby’s charge went off as the slight favourite, on debut at Goodwood and betting lines appeared to be about right as 2nd favourite Invincible Army was beaten by just a short-head. Masar did find a little trouble in-running, though. Masar finished 3rd in the Chesham Stakes, rallying at the finish after looking a little one-paced with a furlong left to travel. The race was won by September, already tipped by some to win the Oaks.

De Bruyne Horse

Age: 2 (Foaled February 26th, 2015)

Sex: Bay Colt

Breeding: Showcasing – Right Rave (IRE) (Soviet Star (USA)

Trainer: R Hannon

Owner: Middleham Park Racing Lxv & K Sohi

Richard Hannon’s colt now has 4 races under his belt and a brace of victories. Following a poor debut at Headquarters, he looked a very different animal at Ripon where he beat Way Of Wisdom by 7 lengths (making all). He dwelt at Epsom, but eventually secured another commanding win in the Woodcote Stakes. 8th place in the Coventry Stakes will probably be seen as a step backwards by connections, however.

Declarationofpeace (USA)

Age: 2 (Foaled April 16th, 2015)

Sex: Bay Colt

Breeding: War Front (USA) – Serena’s Cat (USA) (Storm Cat (USA)

Trainer: A P O’Brien

Owner: Mrs John Magnier,Mr M Tabor & Mr D Smi

The name should be enough to tell you that this one is a War Front colt and, at this early stage, he looks like Aidan O’Brien’s most obvious Guineas hope. He shed his maiden tag in a 5f encounter at Dundalk, where odds-on status was fully justified – Treasuring was beaten by 7 lengths. In the Windsor Castle Stakes, Ryan Moore quickly realised that all was not well and eased his mount home in last place. Remains a contender, if that was just a bad day at the office.

Others attracting bets include Brother Bear, Verbal Dexterity, Rajasinghe, Gustav Klimt. Denaar, True Blue Moon, Finniston Farm and Beckford – a horse trained by jumps maestro Gordon Elliott.

Racing At Newmarket

Newmarket race course, which is often referred to as ‘Headquarters’, is nestled in the Suffolk countryside. Around the course are a great many respected yards. You will meet many people involved with various aspects of the equine industry, if you spend a significant amount of time in the town of Newmarket. This is a flat race course, so you will not find any National Hunt racing taking place here.

History of Newmarket Race Course

This is a very historic racing venue and equine racing can be traced all the way back to the time of King James the First. It wasn’t long before two very valuable races were established – the King’s Plate and the Town Plate.  By the middle of the nineteenth century, several regular festivals had been established. The Craven meeting, the First Spring meeting and the Second Spring meeting all took place around Easter. Not a great deal happened in summer, other than a short July meeting. Newmarket became busy again in the autumn, with two October meetings and the Houghton Meeting.

There are actually still two distinct courses at Headquarters. The Rowley Mile Course is over one mile and two furlongs. The course is straight, though it does undulate to some extent.  It is on this course that the famous ‘Bushes’ are passed, by the runners.  The July Course (sometimes, this is referred to as the Summer Course) is one mile in length. Some still call this the Bunbury Mile.

Guineas Races

The 1000 Guineas is a race for fillies, aged three years only. This takes place in the spring and is over a distance of one mile. You will find that some of the best fillies in the World will be competing in this race. There is a purse of four hundred thousand pounds, of which nearly three-quarters of a million pounds will go to the winning owner. Famous winners of this race include Oh So Sharp,  Cape Verdi, Virginia Waters, Special Duty, Minding and the 2017 champion Winter.

The 2000 Guineas is open to colts and fillies aged three years. This race is also run over one mile. The purse is slightly less, at three hundred and fifty thousand pounds. Fillies get a three pounds allowance, for this race. Notable winners include Brigadier Gerard, Nashwan, Zafonic, Rock Of Gibraltar, Sea The Stars, Frankel and the current champion, Churchill.

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