LONDON, ENGLAND -- Saturday the 3rd of May marks the commencement of England's summer flat racing season. With the 2007/2008 national hunt season laid to rest at Punchestown last weekend, racing fans are free to focus their attention on the running of the first of the English Classics - the 2000 Guineas.
The 2000 Guineas Stakes, run by three year old thoroughbreds, is one of the most prestigious races on the international racing calendar, and attracts thoroughbred entries from around the world. The race dates back to 1809, making the 2000 Guineas Stakes one of the oldest races in the United Kingdom.
Tipsters are predicting that this year's winner is likely to originate from the stables of John Gosden. The flat racing fraternity is abuzz with speculation that Gosden will not only win the 2000 Guineas 2008 with 3/1 priced Raven's Pass, but will also go on to achieve the first ever clean sweep of the Classics.
However, Gosden will first have to negate the imposing presence of the Godolphin stud. Fronted by Saeed bin Suroor, Godolphin have entered three thoroughbreds into the 2000 Guineas 2008, including 11/2 priced Ibn Khaldun.
Jim Bolger will also want to throw a spanner into the works of Gosden's plans for Classics dominance, with said spanner coming in the form of 2000 Guineas race favourite New Approach. Bolger has never won the race, but will be fancying his chances to put matters to rights with New Approach, priced at 7/4 by William Hill.
Punters won't be discounting Barbadian trainer Sir Michael Stout in the race either. The racing legend has confirmed that Prefect Stride will be given a run in the 2000 Guineas 2008 after overcoming a minor injury that saw him miss out on a trial run at the Craven Stakes.
Newmarket Racecourse is likely to be packed to capacity this weekend, with many of the punters betting on the 2000 Guineas also looking to the second leg of the event, Sunday's 1,000 Guineas, to nudge up the odds by using accumulator bets.
About the 2000 Guineas Stakes
The 2000 Guineas site is dedicated to the excitement, history and grandeur of the season's first Classic. 2000 Guineas is packed with essential information on racetrack facilities, history, betting and all the major players participating in the race.
This detailed guide to the 2000 Guineas race also offers racing fans an in-depth look at the trends in the race over recent seasons, as well as travel and ticket information for those travelling to Newmarket over the weekend.
2000 Guineas is the official partner of William Hill, England's most reputable bookmaker. To celebrate the start of the summer flat racing season William Hill are offering all racing fans who visit the 2000 Guineas 2008 site a free £25 matched bet on the race.