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2000 Guineas Betting 2018
3.35pm Newmarket, May 5 2018; click best odds in bold; Each-Way Place Terms: Bet365 1/4 odds 1,2,3; Others: 1/5 odds 1,2,3.
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How To Profit From 2000 Guineas Odds
The 2000 Guineas betting is an interesting and potentially rewarding challenge for punters. Held very early in May or very late in April, the 2000 Guineas over a straight mile is the first classic of the season, and the odds are keen.
The total prize fund of around £400,000 inevitably attracts the top trainers and provides the first momentous clash of the top class thoroughbred talent in Europe each year.
Followers of Sea the Stars in 2009 will remember fondly that it was the only time they managed to make spectacular returns on him without placing a substantial stake. He started at 8-1 in the race and, excluding his subsequent outing at the Epsom Derby at a starting price of 11-4, was never offered at odds against again.
The 2000 Guineas is run at Newmarket on the Rowley Mile and is open to three year old colts and fillies but do not expect to see too many fillies. They have been noticeable by their absence which is no surprise as they have their own equivalent race the following day, the 1000 Guineas. The last filly to triumph did so back in 1944. She was called Garden Path and partnered by Harry Wragg. Typically, her owner was as well bred as she was as she belonged to the 17th Earl of Derby.
Three year old form of questionable value in 2000 Guineas betting
Not only does the 2000 Guineas generally provide an unparalleled line up of talent that has never come together in the same race before but, for many of the participants, it will be their first appearance on a racecourse as a three year old.
Successful punters in the 2000 Guineas betting know all too well that, as some of the very top trainers will choose not to give their precious charges a prep run, the races that might otherwise be seen as helpful pointers to the outcome are of extremely limited value.
You may be encouraged by a great performance by a three year old at the Craven Meeting at Newmarket in mid April but the chances are that many of the top contenders for the 2000 Guineas will not be risked in pursuit of the smaller spoils on offer, and the prizemoney for the trials is pretty pathetic.
The Greenham Stakes held at Newbury is often viewed by both punters and bookmakers as a useful indicator for 2000 Guineas betting. This is the trial Frankel won before hacking up by half the length of the track in the big one in 2011. The Group 3 contest for colts and gelding is held over the slightly shorter distance of 7 furlongs but, once again, many of the big race protagonists will probably be safely left at home. They will be waiting to run for a prize worth winning and the prestige of winning a race that will also have a significant impact on their stud value once their racing career is over.
Both the Craven Meeting at Newmarket and the Greenham Stakes are held just two or three weeks before the 2000 Guineas, which comes way too early in the season. That means that there is little time for the winners or indeed the other runners to recover from the exertion of the race or any minor injuries incurred in the course of proceedings. Top trainers and owners have learnt that patience is a virtue if their equestrian ammunition is to be used to maximum effect.
Two year old form a good indicator
It definitely makes sense to look closely at two year old form instead to help you find the winner in the 2000 Guineas betting. An impressive win at the end of the season for a two year old has to be a good sign. It suggests that the horse has at least gone into the race without sustaining the damage that besets so many talented but delicate youngsters and should mean that the horse has had no reason to lose enthusiasm for racing.
Frankel, the runaway winner of the 2011 2000 Guineas had won all four of his two-year-old races. Crucially this included the Group 1 Dewhurst Stakes. Winners of the Dewhurst that have won or gone close in the Newmarket Classic also include Nijinsky, Mill Reef, El Gran Senor, Pennekamp, Rock of Gibraltar, Zafonic, Teofilo and others. So this is a race to keep on the right side of when looking at Guineas back form.
The Juddmonte, a Group 2 contest for two year olds that is run towards the end of the season in late September at the Curragh in Ireland is also a good place to look for the top performers for the next season.
The race yielded Sea the Stars, winner of the 2009 running of the 2000 Guineas. His victory was, fortunately for his followers, not sufficiently impressive to propel him instantly to favouritism in the ante post 2000 Guineas betting.
It was a stunning two year old season that made St Nicholas Abbey, the spectacular colt by Montjeu, a stand out ante post favourite in the betting for the 2010 running of the 2000 Guineas. The colt had carried the well known colours of Derrick Smith to victory in every one of his outings as a two year old. Not only did he win the Juddmonte with consummate ease but he followed up with another impressive victory in the Group 1 Racing Post trophy at Doncaster in late October to conclude his season.
Seven months later he re-emerged as a magnificent looking three year old and started the evens favourite in the 2000 Guineas betting in 2010. He finished some 20 lengths behind the winner in sixth place, a neck behind the strongly fancied Elusive Pimpernel, second favourite in the betting at 9-2. Subsequent veterinary examinations revealed that he was suffering from an injury and the horse was not seen on a racecourse again in 2010.
2000 Guineas betting tip
There is a major moral in this story for punters looking to profit from the 2000 Guineas. Beware short priced favourites. The Bolger trained two year old star, New Approach, also failed to deliver the goods on his debut as a three year old when starting the 11-8 favourite in the 2008 running of the race having enjoyed an unbeaten season as a two year old.
There are great opportunities for punters to profit but, the lack of meaningful recent form to evaluate combined with the inevitable question – will the two year old star performer carry that standard of form through into his three year old season – makes following short priced favourites a very bad idea if you want to come out on top in the 2000 Guineas betting.