Dawn Approach produced a scintillating performance to bag the 2013 2000 Guineas, as the well-backed 11/8 favourite produced a searing turn of foot to propel clear of his rivals and bag Classic glory for Jim Bolger and Kevin Manning.
Glory Awaits set a fierce gallop from the outset, but Manning was always travelling smoothly in behind alongside market rival Toronado, but as Dawn Approach quickened in taking fashion, Richard Hannon's raider struggled to go with him and Manning duly pulled clear to win by five lengths.
150/1 outsider Glory Awaits held on for second, whilst Van Der Neer completed the placings, but it was all about one horse as Dawn Approach was duly cut into a short-priced favourite for the 2013 Epsom Derby.
2013 2000 Guineas Result:
1. Dawn Approach (K Manning) 11/8 Fav
2. Glory Awaits (J Spencer) 150/1
3. Van Der Neer (W Buick) 20/1
The 2000 Guineas is of course one of the classics of British flat Racing and it is one of the most exciting races of the season with the very best three year-olds battling over the straight course on the Rowley Mile at Newmarket. The race tends to take place at the start of May each season and it gives punters the chance to run the rule over the stars of the season as we see many of them for the first time as three-year-old horses. The list of winners of the 2000 Guineas really are the cream of the crop, and it opens the way to potential runs in the Epsom Derby as well as big races at Royal Ascot and Glorious Goodwood so it really is a race to get involved with each season.
The 2000 Guineas is the first leg of the Triple Crown along with the Derby and the St Leger so it can be the start of the a magic season for the winner of the race, the last horse to capture the Triple Crown was Nijinksy in 1970 and he will be remembered as a great 2000 Guineas winner. There have been a number since then as well with all of the top yards sending their big guns to Newmarket at the start of each season, with the likes of Saeed Bin Suroor, Sir Michael Stoute and Aidan O’Brien all having multiple winners of the race over the past 10 to 15 years. The Guineas is one of the most prestigious flat races in the world and connections are always eager to get their horses to the race fit and well to see how their star juveniles have progressed over the winter ahead of the all-important three-year-old season.
Since the turn of the 21st Century we have seen some of the best winners of the race with household names like Rock Of Gibraltar in 2002, George Washington in 2006, Henrythenavigator in 2008 and of course the great Sea The Stars in 2009 winning the race in recent times. We all remember Sea the Stars going through a perfect season as a three-year-old but the 2000 Guineas was the race where he served notice of his brilliance, he followed the race win at Newmarket up with wins in the Epsom Derby, the Coral Eclipse and the Arc among others. The 2000 Guineas is always an exciting race with the runners taking on the straight mile and the draw can prove important to a horses chances, the course staff will always try to even out the draw bias but inevitably there is some advantages that show out over the two days of the Guineas meeting.