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New Zealand 1000 Guineas

Group I race
New Zealand 1000 Guineas
Location Riccarton Park
Christchurch, New Zealand
Inaugurated 1973
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website Riccarton Park
Race information
Distance 1600m (1 mile)
Track Turf, left-handed
Qualification Three-year-old fillies
Weight Set-Weights
Purse NZ$325,000

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.

Among the best recent winners are Katie Lee, Seachange, the brilliant but ill-fated Taatletail and Tycoon Lil.

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
1996 Emerald Catherine Treymane
1995 Clear Rose Noel Harris
1994 Tartan Tights Chris Johnson
1993 Snap Lance O'Sullivan
1992 Nimue Lance O'Sullivan
1991 Merry Maiden David Walsh
1990 Plume R MacKay
1989 Phillipa Rush Chris Johnson
1988 Olga's Pal Lance O'Sullivan
1987 Candide Ross Elliot
1986 Cure Grant Cooksley
1985 Imperial Angel Jim Collett
1984 Canterbury Belle Chris Johnson
1983 Burletta Jim Cassidy
1982 Our Flight Maurice Campbell
1981 Noble Heights Gary Phillips


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