Horse Racing

1000 Guineas Preview: Date, Time, Runners, and Riders for 2023

After the 2000 Guineas, comes a similarly high-class Group 1 race, run over a mile. It is of course the 1000 Guineas, which takes place a day after the 2000 Guineas and is run at the same venue of Newmarket Racecourse.

1000 Guineas Preview
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Run over the Rowley Mile just like the 2000 Guineas, the 1000 Guineas is for fillies only. Though not quite as old as the 2000 Guineas, this race, which was first run all the way back in 1809 is every bit as historic and prestigious.

This famous old race, which has been won by legendary horses such as Sun Chariot and Oh So Sharp, serves as the first leg of the Fillies’ Triple Crown, which also includes the Epsom Oaks, which is also only open to fillies, and the St Leger. The Fillies’ Triple Crown is rarely even attempted let alone won, with the aforementioned Oh So Sharp being the last horse to achieve the feat.

When will the 2023 renewal of 1000 Guineas be run?

The 1000 Guineas always take place the day after the 2000 Guineas. This means that the race is run on a Sunday. This year, the race will be run on Sunday May 7th. It will commence at 15:40 local time, which is an hour earlier than the 2000 Guineas, a race which has been moved back in a big to increase viewing figures on a busy Saturday of sport.

Runners and riders for the 1000 Guineas

This year, 20 horses have been declared to run in the 1000 Guineas, which was won last year by Cachet for James Doyle and George Boughey.

Caernarforn (ridden by C Beasley, trained by J Channon)

C&D winner, who picked up a second career success at Newmarket back in October. This is tougher and she’ll need to show improvement, though that’s not entirely out of the question.

Dance In The Grass (ridden by J Fanning, trained by C Johnston)

Two wins from four runs, but was outclassed in Group 2 company when last seen, finishing a length and a half behind the re-opposing Sweet Harmony. Will need more on that evidence.

Dream Of Love (ridden by W Buick, trained by C Appleby)

Thrice raced winner, who was far from disgraced when a close-up second in big race in Dubai back in late January. Very much in the frame on that evidence.

Embrace (ridden by D Muscutt, trained by O Burrows)

Won at the second time of asking at Wolverhampton last November, and wasn’t disgraced when finishing behind Remarquee on seasonal reappearance. Needs more, but could improve with that effort under her belt.

Fairy Cross (ridden by J Doyle, trained by C Appleby)

More experienced than most in here. Two wins and three places from six runs, she ran well in second behind Mammas Girl when last seen in Group 3 company. Further improvement not out of the question, while the step up to a mile is expected to suit.

Karsavina (ridden by R Ryan, trained by C Cox)

She won on debut at Newmarket, doing most of her best work late on. Ran well when not too far behind both Mammas Girl and Fairy Cross at that venue last time out. Another one who ought to appreciate the extra furlong.

Lezoo (ridden by L Dettori, trained by R M Beckett)

Already a prolific winner having won four out of five, including when running on strongly to win at Group 1 level back in September. Off since but remains with lots of potential now upped to a mile.

Mammas Girl (ridden by K Stott, trained by R Hannon)

Richard Hannon’s filly has impressed so far, winning each of her two races, and she looked ready for this sort of test when winning well in Group 3 company over seven furlongs at Newmarket three weeks ago. Beat a selection of these rivals on that occasion and could easily have more to offer. Big player.

Matilda Picotte (ridden by R P Whelan, trained by K Cotter)

Promising winner of a Newmarket Listed contest over six furlong last October. Returned with a promising second in a Leopardstown Group 3 recently. Steps up to a mile and cannot be completely ignored.

Mawj (ridden by O Murphy, trained by S bin Suroor)

Has more experience than most and arrives here with the taste for victory after winning twice in Dubai back in February. The form of her last win certainly gives her a chance for an owner and trainer that have won this race before.

Meditate (ridden by R Moore, trained by A P O’Brien)

Five wins from seven runs, this exciting filly is seemingly the stable first string with Ryan Moore in the saddle. Picked up a huge win in Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf back in November and if ready to go here after a break, she’s a serious contender for a trainer that has won five of the last seven renewals of this race.

Naomi Lapaglia (ridden by K Shoemark, trained by R Spencer)

She’s only raced once, but she got the job done, winning a shade cosily at Kempton over a mile back in November. This is just about the hottest race should could return in, though the fact she was put away for this after that debut win might speak volumes. Interesting contender.

Olivia Maralda (ridden by D Egan, trained by R Varian)

One win from six runs, this filly may just be a little out of her depth here. Found Group 2 company too hot to handle when last seen. Others make more appeal.

Polly Pott (ridden by J Crowley, trained B Pauling)

Won at the third time of asking last season, before looking very progressive, going on a four-race winning streak that culminated in a Group 2 triumph over a mile at Doncaster. Struggled in Group 1 company next time out, but may have more to give now that she’s older.

Powerdress (ridden by S M Levey, trained by R Hannon)

Debut winner at Newmarket, who was waited with for over a year before reappearing at Newmarket three weeks ago. Not disgraced on that occasion, staying on well in third, so this step up to a mile should suit. Would need to improve quite a bit, however.

Queen Me (ridden by M Barzalona, trained by K Ryan)

Maiden winner, who has twice placed a Group level. Interesting contender now upped to a mile, especially with top French jockey on board.

Remarquee (ridden by R Hornby, trained by R M Beckett)

Arrives here for an in-form trainer having won each of her two races. Returned with a decent win two weeks ago, beating some decent horses, despite looking green. Should be ready for a mile.

Stenton Glider (ridden by T Marquand, trained by H Palmer)

Chester novice winner, who returned for just her second run when a neck second behind Remarquee last time out. Stayed on strongly that day, so should relish this extra furlong. Holds each-way claims.

Sweet Harmony (ridden by B Loughnane, trained by R Spencer)

Arrives here having had more runs than most. Only one win to her name, and was behind a few of these in the race won by Mammas Girl at Newmarket last time out. Needs to improve quite a bit now trying a mile.

Tahiyra (ridden by C D Hayes, trained by D Weld)

Yet to lose having won at Galway on debut, before scoring readily in Group 1 company at the Curragh when last seen. Has been off for 238 days, but is clearly a big player on form now stepping up to a mile. Serious player for shrewd Irish trainer.

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