1000 Guineas Preview: Tips, Betting Offers and Odds, 3.35 at Newmarket, Sunday 5 May 2019
The second Classic of the British flat racing season comes with the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket. Read on for our betting tips and a selection of the best odds and offers surrounding this great race.
Along with The Oaks at Epsom this one mile contest over the Rowley Mile at Newmarket is one of only two Classic races restricted to three year old fillies. First run in 1814 there is now a total of £500,000 up for grabs in this Group 1 affair and our betting tips and offers should help you to a tidy profit.
1000 Guineas Betting Tips 2019
Odds correct at the time of writing and are subject to change.
- Qabala to win at 3/1 with Ladbrokes
- Dhandu each way at 10/1 with BetVictor
1000 Guineas Betting Offers
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1000 Guineas Tips and Betting Offers, 3:35 at Newmarket, 5 May 2019
24 hours after the 2000 Guineas kicked the Classic season off in style it’s time for the fillies to take centre stage with the 1000 Guineas. Also run over 1 mile, the 1000 Guineas is a Group 1 race which has crowned some incredibly high class winners but also provided several shocks, none more so than Billesdon Brook who became the biggest longshot winner in the history of the 1000 Guineas.
Course Form Increasingly Vital
The Fillies’ Mile has long been an important race in the build up to the 1000 Guineas. The Group 1 race for two-year-olds was switched from Ascot to Newmarket in 2011 and ever since has given many key pointers for the first fillies’ Classic of the year.
Minding won both races to solidify the thought that previous strong form at Newmarket is very important for horses with genuine 1000 Guineas hopes. The Fillies’ Mile is not the only key trial that takes place at Newmarket. The Cheveley Park Stakes, Rockfel Stakes and the Oh So Sharp Stakes have all provided winners and key contenders for the 1000 Guineas in the last 15 years or so, so it makes sense to side with horses who competed at Newmarket during their juvenile campaign.
Qabala’s Competition Has Melted Away
Qabala has only made two appearances thus far in her career but that’s enough for many punters to side with her for 1000 Guineas success. Crucially, both of those wins came at Newmarket and after justifying her favouritism in a fairly strong maiden she did likewise in the Group 3 Nell Gwyn Stakes.
The way that she quickened up in the latter stages of the Nell Gwyn showed that she has the turn of foot required whilst the manner of her performances over 7 furlongs suggests she’ll have no trouble stepping up to 1 mile.
The main concern over Qabala’s chances was her lack of experience relative to many of those at the head of the market but her leading contenders have almost all been pulled out of the running in the weeks leading up to the race. She will still need a high class performance to get the better of the likes of Skitter Scatter, Fairyland and Iridessa but Qabala has had some luck already and can grab this opportunity by winning at 3/1 with Ladbrokes.
Qabala looks a fair favourite for the 1000 Guineas and although those towards the top of the betting have done well in recent years, longer odds horses have also run well so it’s the sort of race for which it pays to have more than one option.
In that regard a bet on Dhandu at 10/1 with BetVictor may well return handsomely. Guided by veteran trainer David Elsworth, Dhandu took a little while to look comfortable on a racecourse but she eventually found her stride by winning on the all weather at Kempton before making a big step up in class for the Group 2 Rockfel Stakes. Rather than looking out of place, she rose to the challenge and with even more to come from this promising filly, a place is by no means out of the question at a generous price.
- 2018 – Billesdon Brook – jockey Sean Levey, trainer Richard Hannon Jr
- 2017 – Winter – jockey Wayne Lordan, trainer Aidan O’Brien
- 2016 – Minding – jockey Ryan Moore, trainer Aidan O’Brien
- 2015 – Legatissimo – jockey Ryan Moore, trainer David Wachman
- 2014 – Miss France – jockey Maxime Guyon, trainer Andre Fabre
- 2013 – Sky Lantern – jockey Richard Hughes, trainer Richard Hannon, Sr.
- 2012 – Homecoming Queen – Ryan Moore, trainer Aidan O’Brien
- 2011 – Blue Bunting – jockey Frankie Dettori, trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni
- 2010 – Special Duty – jockey Stéphane Pasquier , trainer Criquette Head-Maarek
- 2009 – Ghanaati – jockey Richard Hills, trainer Barry Hills
- 2008 – Natagora – jockey Christophe Lemaire, trainer Pascal Bary
- 2007 – Finsceal Beo – jockey Kevin Manning, trainer Jim Bolger
- 2006 – Speciosa – jockey Michael Fenton, trainer Pam Sly
1000 Guineas History
Hot on the heels of the 2000 Guineas which was first run in 1809, came this fillies only race over the same course and distance. The 1000 Guineas of the title stems from the initial prize fund for the race. For the curious amongst you, one guinea equates to approximately £1.05. The contest has certainly grown in terms of both prestige and value since its initial running over 200 years ago.
Some top class performers have landed this prize over the years. Sun Chariot, Pretty Polly, Diadem, Rockfel and Musidora all took this in the first half of the 20th Century and are held in such regard they all now have races named in their honour.
1985 heroine Pebbles is worthy of a special mention, not only was she the first filly to win the Eclipse Stakes at Sandown, she also became the first British trained runner to win a Breeders’ Cup contest when landing the Breeders’ Cup Turf.
More Breeders’ Cup history was made by Freddy Head’s 1987 1000 Guineas winner, Miesque. In taking the Breeders’ Cup Mile in 1987 and 1988, she became the first horse to win two consecutive Breeder’s Cup contests.
One of the most memorable winners of the 21st Century to date was the 2004 victor Attraction. Born with crooked legs, she had one of the most unusual running actions in memory. How she looked mattered not to connections however as she became the first horse to win both the English and Irish 1000 Guineas.
One of the signatures of the late Sir Henry Cecil’s training brilliance was the deft touch he displayed with fillies. A talent he utilised to good effect in this race, winning it six times in total. The best of these came in 1985 with the brilliant Oh So Sharp, who added successes in The Oaks and St Leger to claim the fillies’ Triple Crown.
Cecil’s achievements aren’t enough to see him top the list of trainers here though. That honour belongs to Robert Robson who won nine of ten renewals between the years of 1818 and 1827. The fact that no one at all turned up to take on his 1925 “winner” Tontine does however suggest that competition wasn’t quite as hot in those days.
We also have to trawl a fair way back through the history books to find the most successful rider here. George Fordham tops this list having come home in front seven times between the years of 1859 and 1883.