1,000 Guineas Facts

Philip Robinson of Great Britain on Pebbles races past the crowds to win the 1,000 Guineas Stakes at Newmarket racecourse in Newmarket, England. Allsport UK
The 1,000 Guineas is the second of the five British Classic races to be run each racing season. It’s raced the day after the 2,000 Guineas, as part of a two-day festival – the Guineas Festival.

1,000 Guineas Prize Money

The first 1,000 Guineas was raced in 1814 at Newmarket, for a prize of 1,000 guineas. One guinea is roughly equal to £1.05 – so the prize on offer was a substantial one for the early 1800s.

Since 2001, the total prize fund for the 1,000 Guineas has been equal to that for the 2,000 Guineas. Currently, the prize money for each of the Guineas races in the Stan James Guineas Festival stands at a whopping £350,000.

The Stan James Guineas Festival includes 14 races, with total prize money for all the races at over £1.15 million.

1,000 Guineas Legends

The inaugural 2000 Guineas in 1809 was won by Wizard, owned by Christopher Wilson, trained by Tom Perren and ridden by Bill Clift. In 1814, the same owner, trainer and jockey won the first ever 1,000 Guineas, with a filly named Charlotte.

Racing legends who have won at the modern-day Guineas Festival include the likes of Nijinsky, Brigadier Gerard, Dancing Brave, Nashwan, Oh So Sharp, Pebbles and Miesque. Visit our 1,000 Guineas records for more.