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The 2010 Stan James 2,000 and 1,000 Guineas Festival of Racing — 1st and 2nd May, 2010

Racing fans across the world are gearing up for two of the year’s flagship events, the Stan James 2,000 and 1,000 Guineas Festival of Racing. Returning to its traditional home at Newmarket’s Rowley Mile Course, the Guineas Festival of Racing is slated to take place on the weekend of Saturday and Sunday, 1st and 2nd May, 2010.

The Guineas Festival is one of the most important events in the racing calendar and features a series of events that tests the abilities of the world’s premier jockeys and race horses. It has traditionally taken place on the first May Bank Holiday, providing punters and racing enthusiasts alike with a great way to spend off their long weekend.

The Festival is a highlight of Newmarket life, the population embracing the hordes of fans that come to watch events take place at the historic Rowley Mile Course. For more than three centuries the Rowley Mile Course (named after Charles II and his favourite horse’s nickname) has seen British and international competitors trying their skill against a unique and exciting track. The Stan James 2,000 and 1,000 Guineas Festival of Racing give jockeys the chance to make a name for themselves by running over a mile of terrain, establishing their reputation before going on to compete in the Investec Derby, Investec Oaks and Ladbrokes St. Leger later in the season.

Saturday 1st May sees the Stan James 2,000 Guineas kicking off the weekend. Named for its original prize money, the 2,000 has since gone on to offer racers a much larger purse for their wins (the 2009 Stan James 2,000 Guineas featured a total prize amount of £400,000). A clear favourite has yet to be found for the 2,000 races (although Ballydoyle’s St. Nicholas Abbey is still notable), a fact that should make the events even more exciting for spectators.

On Sunday 2nd May, spectators and punters will be able to enjoy the Stan James 1,000 Guineas. This event (also named after the amount of its inaugural prize money) is the climax of the festival and sets the stage for much of the following racing season. Jockeys and horses that do well at the Stan James 1,000 Guineas are the ones to watch for in the coming months. Currently, Special Duty looks to be a serious contender for the 1,000 event with Lilly Langtry and Seta coming in behind on odds.