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2020 Guineas Festival Preview – Full schedule for Newmarket’s three-day meeting

  • The 2000 and 1000 Guineas prizes will be up for grabs this weekend
  • Day one features the historic Coronation Cup
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Guineas Festival Preview

Traditionally staged during the first weekend of May, Newmarket’s Guineas Festival is an eagerly awaited event for all fans of flat racing. Over the course of the two days, plenty of prize money will be handed out. There’s also the small matter of the first two Classics of the season to take in, with the 2000 Guineas and 1000 Guineas headlining the weekend’s action.

The COVID-19 pandemic brought the sporting world to a stand-still during the spring of 2020, meaning both the original Guineas, and the Epsom Derby Festivals were cancelled. Thankfully, organisers have managed to push the meeting back to June and Newmarket have even picked up some prestigious races which were due to be staged at other venues, before the virus hit.

Guineas Festival Day One Schedule

For the first time in a number of years, the Guineas Festival will start on a Friday. Day Ones card is headlined by the Coronation Cup Stakes, which is traditionally held on Oaks day at Epsom. 

Newmarket has managed to attract a stellar field for the rescheduled running of this Grade One, with big-race winners like Ghaiyyath, Anthony Van Dyck, Defoe and Stradivarius pencilled in to make their first starts of the new season on Friday.

The Abernant Stakes, usually staged during the Craven Meeting in April, and the Paradise Stakes precede the Coronation Cup on Friday’s card. Day One punters also have a couple of interesting handicaps and a couple of novice stakes to take in on the opening afternoon of the Guineas Festival at Newmarket.

Guineas Festival Day One Card (Friday 5th June)

Race No.
Race Name
1Maiden Fillies' Stakes (7f)
2Handicap (6f)
3Abernant Stakes (G3) (6f)
4Paradise Stakes (Listed) (1m)
5Coronation Cup (G1) (1m4f)
6Handicap (1m4f)
7Fillies' Novice Stakes (1m4f)
8Maiden Fillies Stakes (7f)
9Handicap (Div1)(6f)
10Handicap (Div2)(6f)

Guineas Festival Day Two Schedule

Saturday at the Guineas Festival means just one thing, the 2000 Guineas. For two centuries, the finest colts in the business have battled it out on the Rowley Mile to see who’s the best of their generation. 

Pinatubo is the hot-favourite for this year’s renewal of the 2000 Guineas, but the likes of Arizona and Kameko will be out to make sure Charlie Appleby’s colt doesn’t have everything his own way.

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The traditional weekend cards at Newmarket have been shuffled around to accommodate some late editions in 2020. So, before we reach that fabled Classic, punters will enjoy the Group Two Dahlia Stakes, the Listed Newmarket Stakes, and the thrilling Palace House Stakes sprint. 

Guineas Festival Day Two Card (Saturday 6th June)

Race No.
Race Name
1Handicap (5f)
2Palace House Stakes (G3) (5f)
3Dahlia Stakes (G2) (1m2f)
4Newmarket Stakes (Listed) (1m2f)
52000 Guineas (1m)
6Handicap (1m)
7Handicap (7f)
8Burwell Handicap (6f)
9Handicap (1m4f)

Guineas Festival Day Three Schedule

The fillies pick up where the colts left off on the third and final day of the Guineas Festival, with a strong field set to line up in the 1000 Guineas

Quadrilateral shot straight to the head of the betting for this historic Classic after winning the Fillies’ Mile in the autumn. Aidan O’Brien’s Love has also been popular in the betting, with the top two from the 2019 Cheveley Park Stakes, Millisle and Raffle Prize snapping at their heels.

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Fillies will also have their chance to shine over a slightly longer trip in the Pretty Polly Stakes on Sunday. Day Three’s card also features the Listed Buckhounds Stakes and a coup-le of hhugely competitive handicaps.

Guineas Festival Day Three Card (Sunday 7th June)

Race No.
Race Name
1Maiden Stakes (6f)
2Buckhounds Stakes (Listed) (1m4f)
3Handicap (1m2f)
4Pretty Polly Stakes (Listed) (1m2f)
51000 Guineas (1m)
6Ashley Handicap (1m)
7Novice Stakes (1m)
8Handicap (1m2f)
9Handicap (5f)

Guineas Festival Live Streaming

The ITV Cameras will capture the best of the action on all three days of the 2020 Guineas Festival. If you would rather watch every race on your mobile and tablet, check out our Live Streaming page for more information.

2020 Guineas Festival FAQs

Where does the Guineas Festival take place?

The Guineas Festival is run at Newmarket, on the Rowley Mile racecourse.

How many days does the Guineas Festival last?

Usually, the Guineas Festival is only a two-day meeting, taking place on Saturday and Sunday. In 2020, a third day has been added, with day one's card take place on Friday 5th June.

How many Group Ones are run during the Guineas Festival?

The two feature races during the Guineas Festival are the 2000 Guineas and the 1000 Guineas. This year, the Group One Coronation Cup has been moved from Epsom to Newmarket, making it the third Group One of the meeting.

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