The 2,000 Guineas Stakes is one of the five Classics of British horse racing and traditionally leads up to the world-famous Royal Ascot race. The horse race also represents one jewel in the British Triple Crown of horse racing and fans always look forward to it in the springtime. Since it was first run in the early 1800s, the 2,000 Guineas Stakes has left race fans with countless memorable moments that are difficult to narrow down. Racing fans are gearing up for the five Classics of British horse racing in 2020 and the exciting race action that unfolds. Punters can get Royal Ascot sign up offers before the legendary race and bet on the horse they believe will win.
Some of horse racing’s most famous horses have competed at the 2,000 Guineas Stakes and left us with remarkable performances that won’t be forgotten anytime soon.
Frankel – 2011
Frankel achieved the No. 1 ranking in the world for thoroughbreds in 2011 and 2012, and is considered “the greatest race horse of all-time”. In 2011, the Henry Cecil trained horse smashed the competition in the 2,000 Guineas Stakes winning by six lengths. Frankel was so dominant in the race that he was 10 lengths ahead of the pack at the midpoint. Frankel achieved 14 wins from 14 starts recording a flawless race record. A year later, Frankel took home the Queen Anne Stakes during Royal Ascot.
Sea the Stars – 2009
Sea the Stars had a number of successes during his career, but winning the 2,000 Guineas Stakes kicked off the stallion’s list of great wins. Sea the Stars was 8/1 to win the 2,000 Guineas Stakes. The win was one of Sea the Stars incredible eight victories in eight starts. A few months later, Sea the Stars also won the Arc.
George Washington – 2006
George Washington scampered to victory at the 2006 edition of the race as a 6/4 favourite. The win at Newmarket came after successes at the Phoenix Stakes and National Stakes races. George Washington also ran to victory in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes just weeks later. After winning at Royal Ascot, George Washington went winless in his final five races. In his last career race, George Washington fractured and dislocated his right ankle ending his time on the racetrack.
Golan – 2001
Golan won just four times in 11 starts during his career. However, one of those victories was at the 2,000 Guineas Stakes. Trained by Sir Michael Stoute, Golan was sent into the highest level possible in his first race as a three-year-old. He started out at 25/1 but the price fell to 9/1 just before the race’s start. Punters who backed that 25/1 will have been happy as Golan ran to glory after a shaky start.
Nashwan – 1989
The 1989 race season was all about Nashwan. The stallion won the Guineas, Epsom Derby, Eclipse Stakes, and King George IV & Queen Elizabeth Stakes in one of the most impressive flat racing campaigns ever. Nashwan won by a length in the Guineas over Exbourne justifying his favourite’s tag of 3/1 before the race.