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Guineas Festival: Kameko and Love superior in Classics

Newmarket brought a thrilling Guineas Festival as Kameko won the 2000 Guineas in record time. We review the action from Suffolk, including the big upset on Day 3.

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Coronation Cup success for Charles Appleby

Ghaiyyath (ridden by William Buick) wins the 2020 Guineas Festival Coronation Cup race on Friday.

The exciting seven-horse race featured the likes of Defoe and Stradivarius, but favourite Ghaiyyath clinched victory on Friday. Jockey William Buick rode clear however had to see of a late charge from Ryan Moore and the 8/1 priced Anthony van Dyck. The headline G1 race on Day 2 of the Festival saw contenders Stradivarius and Defoe finish third and fifth.

That was the second win of the year for the five-year-old who sealed first in February at Meydan racecourse in Dubai.

Record-time smashed in the 2000 Guineas

Kameko (ridden by Oisin Murphy) wins the 2020 Guineas Festival 2000 Guineas race on Saturday.

A shock result as odds-on favourite Pinatubo suffered defeat the Kameko in the 2000 Guineas Classic on Saturday. It was the first time the best-ranked Juvenile in over 20 years had tasted defeat. The late arriving three-year-old Kameko pipped Frankie Dettori and Wichita by a neck as Pinatubo and William Buick settled for third place.

That was the first win of the year for the Andrew Balding trained horse, whose last appearance came in a win at Newcastle in November.

A lot of love for Love in the 1000 Guineas

Love (ridden by Ryan Moore) wins the 2020 Guineas Festival 1000 Guineas race on Sunday.

Aidan O’Brien secured another win despite only sending one horse before the Irish Guineas this weekend. Ryan Moore rode the Irish filly to finish over four lengths clear as the latest winner in the 1000 Guineas Classic at 4/1. Favourite Quadrilateral was a keen starter, but had to settle for third place behind Cloak Of Spirits. Love is now a favourite for the Epsom Oaks next month.

That was the first win of the year for the three-year-old, whose last appearance also came at Newmarket last October, finishing third.

Next up on the UK racing schedule

  • Royal Ascot (June 16th-20th)
  • Southwell Jump Racing (July 1st)
  • Epsom Derby and Oaks (July 4th)
  • Eclipse Stakes at Sandown (July 5th)
  • July 25: King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (July 25th)

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