Richard Hughes landed his first British Classic as the champion jockey produced the 9/1 shot Sky Lantern in the dying strides to nail Just The Judge in the shadow of the post to land the 1000 Guineas for top trainer Richard Hannon in race that saw the market principles struggle to land a blow.
A furlong from home it had appeared that Jamie Spencer had the race at his mercy on board Just The Judge, but Hughes produced his mount with a staggering burst of pace to bag the prize, whilst Moth stayed on and could be one to watch for the Epsom Oaks in what was a cracking renewal of the fillies' Classic.
2013 1000 Guineas Result:
1. Sky Lantern (R Hughes) 9/1
2. Just The Judge (J Spencer) 7/1
3. Moth (J O'Brien) 9/1
The 1000 Guineas is a one mile flat race open only to three-year-old fillies and is one of the Classics of the British season, it is also the first leg of the Fillies Triple Crown along with Epsom Oaks and the St Leger at Doncaster. The 1000 Guineas is run early in May each flat season on the Rowley Mile at Newmarket and any horse wanting to pick up the win will need to combine speed with stamina. It is always a true test for the horses on the mile with plenty of undulations for the runners to deal with; the final furlong is uphill which can find out plenty of horses who perhaps are running out of steam.
The 1000 Guineas has a long and illustrious history having first been run in 1814 which was five years after the advent of the 2000 Guineas, and it has spawned several equivalent races around the world with 1000 Guineas races now taking place in France, Germany and the UAE among many others. It is a firm fixture on the calendar and gives punters the chance to see how the star two-year-old fillies have progressed over the winter into their classic season, a good run here can lead to a huge season including a possible tilt at the Oaks if they get the extra trip on offer at Epsom.
There are one or two trial races ahead of the 1000 Guineas for punters to take note of and they include the Nell Gwyn Stakes and the Fred Darling Stakes, however it is more common for the majority of runners to go straight to Newmarket after a winter break making it a tough one for punters to pick over. All of the major yards across the UK and Ireland will look to have a filly to aim towards the 1000 Guineas and in recent years the race has also attracted plenty of interest from French Trainers to bring an International feel to the race. In fact we have seen two French winners in recent years with Natagora winning in 2008 and Special Duty winning for Criquette Head-Maarek in 2010.
The record time for the 1000 Guineas on the straight mile was set by the excellent Ghanaati who clocked an impressive 1m 34.22s on the way to winning for Barry and Richard Hills in 2009. She was an excellent filly and by winning added her name to the illustrious list of winners of one of the most famous and historical races in the world of horse racing.
The 1000 Guineas is always a fantatsic betting race for punters and the race card and runners for the race will be available on the day. All the major online bookmakers will be having a full 1000 Guineas Betting market available and it will be featured for punters to take advantage of.