2,000 Guineas Trial Stakes

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For the 2,000 Guineas Stakes, see 2000 Guineas Stakes.
2,000 Guineas Trial Stakes
Group 3 race (discontinued)
Location Ascot / Salisbury
Last run 9 April 1986
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Race information
Distance 7f (1,408 metres)
Surface Turf
Qualification Three-year-old
colts and geldings
Purse £20,000 (1986)
1st: £14,104

The 2,000 Guineas Trial Stakes was a Group 3 flat horse race in Great Britain open to three-year-old thoroughbred colts and geldings. It was run over a distance of 7 furlongs (1,408 metres), and it was scheduled to take place each year in early April.


The event was originally held at Ascot.[1] The present grading system was introduced in 1971, and the race was classed at Group 3 level. It was staged at Newmarket in 1978,[2] and transferred to Salisbury in 1979.[3] It was discontinued after 1986.

The race served as a trial for the 2,000 Guineas Stakes. The last horse to win both events was Sir Ivor in 1968.

The equivalent race for fillies was the 1,000 Guineas Trial Stakes.


Leading jockey since 1968 (5 wins):

  • Greville StarkeyRecitation (1981), Hays (1982), Proclaim (1983), Rousillon (1984), Zahdam (1986)

Leading trainer since 1968 (5 wins):

  • Guy HarwoodRecitation (1981), Hays (1982), Proclaim (1983), Rousillon (1984), Zahdam (1986)

Winners since 1968[edit]

Year Winner Jockey Trainer
1968 Sir Ivor Lester Piggott Vincent O'Brien
1969 Ribofilio Joe Mercer Fulke Johnson Houghton
1970 Pithiviers J. J. Miller Paddy Prendergast
1971 Good Bond Jimmy Lindley Ryan Price
1972 Grey Mirage Richard Marshall Bill Marshall
1973 Midsummer Star Bill Williamson Mick Masson
1974 Habat Pat Eddery Peter Walwyn
1975 no race
1976 Relkino Joe Mercer Dick Hern
1977 The Minstrel Lester Piggott Vincent O'Brien
1978 Derrylin Eric Eldin Doug Smith
1979 Lake City Brian Taylor Ryan Price
1980 Poyle Crusher Taffy Thomas Eddie Reavey
1981 Recitation Greville Starkey Guy Harwood
1982 Hays Greville Starkey Guy Harwood
1983 Proclaim Greville Starkey Guy Harwood
1984 Rousillon Greville Starkey Guy Harwood
1985 Lidhame Willie Carson John Dunlop
1986 Zahdam Greville Starkey Guy Harwood

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Trial double?". Glasgow Herald. 2 April 1977. Retrieved 25 November 2012. 
  2. ^ "Today's tips". Glasgow Herald. 1 April 1978. Retrieved 25 November 2012. 
  3. ^ "Wonder boy will find it heavy going". Glasgow Herald. 7 April 1979. Retrieved 25 November 2012.