New Zealand 1000 Guineas
|Group I race|
|New Zealand 1000 Guineas|
Christchurch, New Zealand
|Race type||Thoroughbred - Flat racing|
|Distance||1600m (1 mile)|
The 1000 Guineas is a set-weights Thoroughbred horse race for three-year-old fillies run over a distance of 1600 m at Riccarton Park in Christchurch, New Zealand. As of 2009, it is held on the final Saturday of Christchurch's famous New Zealand Cup Week in November, which centres around the New Zealand Trotting Cup at Addington Raceway on the Tuesday. Riccarton's other major races during the week include the Coupland's Bakeries Mile on the Wednesday, the New Zealand 2000 Guineas on the first Saturday and the thoroughbred equivalent of the New Zealand Cup, also on the final Saturday.
The 1000 Guineas is currently run for a purse of NZ$325,000.
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, and the 1000 Guineas routinely attracts all of the country's leading fillies and, as a crucial race in the Filly Of The Year series, is regularly taken out by the eventual winner of that title.
Recent Winners of the New Zealand 1000 Guineas
|2009||Katie Lee||Opie Bosson||Graeme & Debbie Rogerson||Sir Patrick & Lady Hogan|
|2008||Daffodil||Hayden Tinsley||Kevin Gray||G J & M J Chittick|
|2007||Insouciant||Michael Walker||Mark Walker||P. & P. Vela|
|2006||Dorabella||Jamie Bullard||Howie & Lorraine Mathews||Mrs NF & PE Izzett|
|2005||Seachange||Gavin McKeon||Ralph Manning||Karreman Bloodstock Ltd.|
|2004||Justa Tad||Vinny Colgan||Rudy Liefting||RP Liefting|
|2003||Taatletail||Michael Walker||Graeme Rogerson||PR Dickinson et al.|
|2002||The Jewel||Jason Laking||H & S Anderton||Dennis Bros.|
|2001||Final Destination||Gary Grylls||Wayne & Vannessa Hillis||T Van Beurden|
|2000||Elevenses||Mark Sweeney||G & D Sanders||Elevenses Syndicate|
|1999||Ad Alta||Leith Innes||Tony Gillies||P A & Mrs P A Payne|
|1998||Pace Invader||David Walsh||Alvin Clark||P R Dickinson, A R & E J Johnson & C T Wintle|
|1997||Tycoon Lil||Chris Johnson||Colin Jillings & Richard Yuill||P J Walker|
|1995||Clear Rose||Noel Harris|
|1994||Tartan Tights||Chris Johnson|
|1991||Merry Maiden||David Walsh|
|1989||Phillipa Rush||Chris Johnson|
|1988||Olga's Pal||Lance O'Sullivan|
|1985||Imperial Angel||Jim Collett|
|1984||Canterbury Belle||Chris Johnson|
|1982||Our Flight||Maurice Campbell|
|1981||Noble Heights||Gary Phillips|