The QIPCO Guineas is a very special meeting as it marks the beginning of the season and the first two Classics for the three-year-olds, with the 2,000 Guineas for the colts on Saturday and the 1,000 Guineas for the fillies on Sunday. Establishing the best horses over these 4 days of racing make the Guineas one of the most exciting meetings across the world.
Despite the move to racing behind closed doors and the need to remain virtual, the 2020 QIPCO Guineas Festival, running from 4th-7th June, is no less of an occasion than in previous years. This year, the chance to enjoy the meeting from your own home and bring a touch of the Newmarket elegance and sophistication to your weekend is not to be missed.
Along with a plethora of ways to watch the races over the four days, The Wine Tipster here details how to celebrate the Guineas #AtHome as well as his 4 selections for Friday’s race card.
Newmarket’s Friday card is very classy, with the top race the Hurworth Bloodstock Coronation Cup Stakes (Group 1) at 3.35, which features stars like Stradivarius, Defoe and favourite Ghaiyyath. Ghaiyyath always look to head off in front and I wonder if 1 mile 4 furlongs is his best trip so the brilliant Stradivarius can come out on top here with Frankie Dettori in the plate.
1.50 Handicap (Class 2) 6f
Dazzling Dan 9/2 (nap) win with Unibet. Very progressive, won at Newmarket last season
3.00 Paradise Stakes (Listed Race) 1m
Momkin 9/1 each way with Unibet. Trip of one mile will suit, will love the ground.
3.35 Hurworth Bloodstock Coronation Cup Stakes (Group 1) 1m 4f
Stradivarius 11/4 win with Unibet
4.10 Heed Your Hunch Handicap (Class 3) 1m 4f
Chesterfield 16/1 each way with Unibet. Well known as a classy hurdler, runs occasionally on the flat. Will love the ground and trip. Won at Newmarket in 2012 as a two-year-old!
To hear The Wine Tipster’s selections for the Saturday and Sunday races, read his Unibet Racing Blog.
Stocking up your home bar for the weekend is a must, and The Wine Tipster has ideas on how to do so for every budget.
The Wine Tipster’s top fizz selections for celebrating wins or splashing out on a bit of the Newmarket luxury include the wonderful English wines of Coates and Seely, especially the Brut Reserve NV and the Rosé NV which are both listed at The Jockey Club.
A glass or two of the official champagne house of The Jockey Club racecourses, Moët and Chandon Rosé Impérial, or the wonderful Moët and Chandon Grand Vintage 2012 is another way The Wine Tipster will be celebrating the return of racing this weekend.
His selection of 6 wines under £10, as featured on The Jockey Club website, are a great way to get the weekend started, and include some fantastic wines that deliver on taste and experience despite their low price tags:
To pair with these wines and the weekend of racing, a delicious chocolate tart goes well with any selection, and a fabulous recipe is provided by Frazer Wilson, Director of Culinary at The Jockey Club. A perfect accompaniment for the races and wines.
For mains, the world famous Newmarket Pig sausages from Powters, who have supplied Newmarket for over 50 years, makes a great stew which The Wine Tipster will be enjoying between races.
Even though you won’t be at Newmarket in your best suit or dress, there’s no reason why you can’t still dress up for the event at home! The Wine Tipster will be enjoying the races from the safety of his sofa in a three piece suit from Clements and Church.
Some more ideas for enjoying the Guineas at home:
For more ideas and information for how to enjoy the Guineas Festival at home this year, explore The Jockey Club website.
RacingTV are offering a month’s free watching of over 80 live meetings, including the Guineas Festival, right to your phone, tablet or TV. If you miss any of the action, replays can also be watched on RacingTV Player.
Additionally, ITV Racing will be showing 21 races across 3 days this weekend so you can enjoy the festival from your sofa.
Keep up to date with exclusive content and the digital race card with the free The Jockey Club app.
For a detailed overview of how to watch racing at home, visit The Jockey Club website.
Don’t forget to keep up to date with The Wine Tipster on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Linked In throughout the festival as he shares his favourites from horses to wines, and share your experience of The Guineas At Home.
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