New Zealand 2000 Guineas

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New Zealand 2000 Guineas
Group I race
Location Riccarton Park
Christchurch, New Zealand
Inaugurated 1973
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website Riccarton Park
Race information
Distance 1600m (1 mile)
Surface Turf
Track Left-handed
Qualification Three-year-olds
Weight Set-Weights
Purse NZ$400,000

The 2000 Guineas is a set-weights Thoroughbred horse race for three-year-old horses run over a distance of 1600 m at Riccarton Park in Christchurch, New Zealand. As of 2009, it is held on the first day of Christchurch's famous New Zealand Cup Week, which is the Saturday following the Melbourne Cup in November.


Until 1973, both the New Zealand Oaks and the New Zealand Derby were run at Riccarton. When those races were moved to Trentham and Ellerslie respectively, Riccarton was awarded two new classic races, the 1000 and 2000 Guineas over 1600m. These races are based on those of the same name in the United Kingdom, run at Newmarket in the first weekend in May.

Both races have quickly established themselves on the New Zealand calendar. Among the best recent winners of the 2000 Guineas are Jimmy Choux, Katie Lee, Darci Brahma, King's Chapel and Veandercross. 2012 winner Sacred Falls went on to win Sydney's Doncaster Handicap in the autumn.

Jockey Opie Bosson has won the race a record six times with Danske (1998), Buzz Lightyear (1999), King's Chapel (2003), Katie Lee (2009), Atlante (2013) and Turn Me Loose (2014).

Winners of the New Zealand 2000 Guineas[edit]

2016 Ugo Foscolo Michael Coleman Stephen Marsh JML Bloodstock (Mgr: L Petagna), T Muollo, P W O'Rourke, Ms R Phillippo, T I Bawden & KJ Hickman 1:33.81
2015 Xtravagant Matt Cameron Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards Te Akau 2014 Breeding Syndicate 1:33.59
2014 Turn Me Loose Opie Bosson Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman S Brown, L de Souza, T Hartley, J Lark, D Painter, J Robertson & P Vawdrey 1:35.00
2013 Atlante Opie Bosson Murray Baker Ms. R. Phillippo 1:36.47
2012 Sacred Falls Leith Innes T Pike & M Donoghue Raffles Dancers Ltd 1:34.95
2011 Rock 'n' Pop Jamie Bullard Jason Bridgman Te Akau Rock 'n' Pop Syndicate 1:35.62
2010 Jimmy Choux Jonathan Riddell John Bary Chouxmaani Investments Ltd. 1:39.46
2009 Katie Lee Opie Bosson G & D Rogerson Sir Patrick & Lady Hogan 1:34.91
2008 Tell A Tale Troy Harris Mark Walker Fortuna (No 5) Syndicate 1:34.28
2007 The Pooka Lisa Cropp John Wheeler Markwood Lodge 1:35.18
2006 Magic Cape Patrick Holmes Shaune Ritchie PC Alexandre et al. 1:38.08
2005 Darci Brahma Michael Walker Mark Walker Te Akau Stud 1:37.35
2004 Clean Sweep Michael Coleman M Moroney & A Scott MP Brown et al. 1:34.92
2003 King's Chapel Opie Bosson Mark Walker Tauranga Syndicate 1:36.34
2002 Hustler Noel Harris Paul Harris PW Jolly & JP Reid 1:35.64
2001 Master Belt Brian Hibberd Kevin Gray K & KA Gray 1:34.61
2000 Tit For Taat Hayden Tinsley W & A Herbert RI & WS Scott 1:37.37
1999 Buzz Lightyear Opie Bosson Robert Priscott TW, MT & CE Jarvis 1:35.09
1998 Danske Opie Bosson 1:34.41
1997 Foxwood Bruce Herd Roger James 1:34.24
1996 Hero Catherine Treymane Jim Campin 1:34.79
1995 Be Boss Robert Vance Jenny Vance 1:36.02
1994 Avedon Darryl Bradley 1:36.71
1993 Facing The Music Chris Johnson Mike Ingram Mike Ingram 1:35.69
1992 Hulastrike Lance O'Sullivan 1:34.14
1991 Veandercross Jim Walker 1:35.78
1990 Surfers Paradise D Lang Dave O'Sullivan 1:34.12
1989 Finnegan Fox Larry Cassidy 1:36.20
1988 Krona Peter Tims 1:34.53
1987 Weston Lea Tony Allan 1:35.54
1986 Steely Dan Gary Grylls 1:36.85
1985 Random Chance Shane Anderton Brian Anderton 1:35.48
1984 Kingdom Bay Noel Harris 1:34.64
1983 Gaffa Grant Cooksley 1:35.42
1982 Clansman A Robinson 1:38.84
1981 Altitude Stephen Autridge 1:36.05
1980 Sir Avon 1:41.69
1979 Little Brown Jug
1978 Teddy Doon
1977 Uncle Remus Robert Vance Colin Jillings K F Clotworthy & Mrs G M Donaldson
1976 Vice Regal
1975 Balmerino Maurice Campbell Brian Smith Ralph K Stuart
1974 Persuasian
1973 Furys Order Brent Thomson