Newmarket

  • 15:35 Qipco 2000 Guineas Stakes 1m

  • Winner £283,550 2nd £107,500 3rd £53,800 4th £26,800
  • Going: Good to Firm
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 1m 36.61s
  • Off time: 15:39:42
15:35 Newmarket Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Churchill (IRE) 6/4
2nd Barney Roy 7/2
3rd Al Wukair (IRE) 11/2

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Sky Bet
1 (7) 11-1 Silver, gold braid, maroon cap, gold tassel Al Wukair (IRE) 26
Distance Winner
3 9-0 A Fabre Gregory Benoist 1001
2 (5) 1-1 Royal blue Barney Roy 14
Distance Winner
3 9-0 R Hannon James Doyle 115 1001
3 (3) 311111- Royal blue, orange disc, striped sleeves and cap Churchill (IRE) 210
Course Winner
3 9-0 A P O'Brien R L Moore 122 1001
4 (10) 12 Royal blue, white cap Dream Castle 14
Beaten Favourite
3 9-0 h S bin Suroor S De Sousa 110 1001
5 (2) 1-1 Royal Blue, White hoops, Grey sleeves, Royal Blue and White quartered cap Eminent (IRE) 16
Course and Distance Winner
3 9-0 M Meade Jim Crowley 111 1001
6 (4) 14522-4 Royal blue, orange disc, striped sleeves, royal blue cap Lancaster Bomber (USA) 42
3 9-0 A P O'Brien D O'Brien 117 1001
7 (6) 131-5 Red, white sash, royal blue cap Larchmont Lad (IRE) 16
Course Winner
3 9-0 R Hannon W Buick 110 1001
8 (1) 1583-13 White, Red sash, Red and White striped cap Law And Order (IRE) 18
Distance Winner
3 9-0 J Tate W M Lordan 104 1001
9 (8) 312-8 PURPLE, white seams, striped sleeves, purple cap Spirit of Valor (USA) 42
3 9-0 bt A P O'Brien J A Heffernan 102 1001
10 (9) 32-3110 Royal Blue, Red cap Top Score 42
3 9-0 S bin Suroor J Fanning 108 1001

Verdict

Aidan O’Brien has won this first classic seven times but his odds-on favourite only beat one home last year. Churchill was beaten on his debut last year but then reeled off five victories on the spin, including the Dewhurst here in October which is usually a good trial for this. Stablemate Lancaster Bomber was second that day and ran well in Dubai on his reappearance while third Blue Point won a Group 3 at Ascot on Wednesday so the form looks solid. Al Wukair made it three from three when landing the odds in a Group 3 at Maisons-Lafitte last month and Andre Fabre’s raider shouldn’t be underestimated. Barney Roy easily beat Dream Castle in the Greenham at Newbury and is now Godolphin’s best hope of a first success since Night On Thunder in 2014 but this can go to EMINENT. Martyn Meade’s Frankel colt powered clear of Racing Post Trophy winner Rivet in the Craven Stakes here last month and that bodes well for his chances in what is always a strongly-run affair.