2000 Guineas: Tips, Runners & Odds

Pinatubo (William Buick) beats Arizona in the Dewhurst Stakes

The first classic of the season is run on Saturday afternoon at 3.35 pm, the 2000 Guineas. A race that has been dominated by Aidan O’Brien in recent years. He won his first in 1998 and has claimed four of the last five renewals.

2000 Guineas Runners

Pinatubo is the only place to start, the winner of all six of his juvenile starts. A string of breathtaking performances had superlatives dripping from the pens of every scribe. If that Pinatubo turns up, the comparisons with Frankel will gather pace. That’s always a big if with a three-year-old on their return, however.

His vanquished foe on more than one occasion last season was Arizona. A wide draw was his undoing at the Breeders’ Cup but he handles fast turf, a question yet to be asked of the favourite.

Soft ground was against Wichita when he chased home the above pair in the Dewhurst. He shaped as if a mile was well within his compass on that occasion, this surface looking more favourable for him.

A first UK Group 1 on Tapeta was won by Kameko in November. That was visually impressive but it was such a big step up on his turf form that he has to prove that he’s just as capable back on the grass. Kinross was behind him on that occasion but had excuses. He might be the forgotten horse to reverse that form.

2000 Guineas Odds

No surprise to see the unbeaten Pinatubo heading the market at 5/6, Arizona chased him home twice as a two-year-old, the market suggesting he’ll do so again at 6/1. Kameko is the only other one at single-figure odds at 7/1.

Our 2000 Guineas racecard has all the runners, odds, and key information you need.

2000 Guineas Tips

It would be no surprise to see Pinatubo extend his unbeaten record to seven. He wouldn’t be the first superstar two-year-old to struggle in his sophomore year, however, so the value lies elsewhere.

Kinross was sent off favourite for the Group 1 Vertem Futurity Trophy on just his second start. That suggests he is held in some regard, the market heavily supporting him that day. He found trouble out the stalls, ran green and didn’t look in love with the Tapeta surface so that’s easy to excuse.

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