The 2000 Guineas is the first Classic of the season and it takes place on Saturday 5th May 2012. It is a very important race for horse betting punters and one that is looked forward to by many.
Looking at a bit more information about this race, it is a Group 1 flat horse race, open to three-year-old thoroughbreds. Run over a distance of one mile at Newmarket, it is an explosive race and the opening of the world famous Triple Crown.
A race steeped in history, the 2000 Guineas was first run in 1809 and ever since it is a race which has seen its template used across the world. Along with the 1000 Guineas, it is the original of its type.
As far as betting goes for this race, it is often one of the hardest fields to judge as it is the first of the classic flat races this season. Therefore, form is a little bit more difficult to judge.
There are some of the leading thoroughbreds across Europe taking part in this race though, so you know who the leading contenders are going to be. The quality is high and it is an extremely competitive race.
Another problem when making a selection is that some of the candidates have never been run before so it is impossible to judge their form. Sometimes, you have to go on the reputation of the trainer and the potential of the horse.
Races such as the Dewhurst Stakes can be used as a guide though, affectively acting as trials for the 2000 Guineas event.
Referring specifically to 2012, Camelot is the current favourite and can be backed at 5/4. The potential of this horse cannot be underestimated. Another exciting prospect is Top offer who is a 5/1 shot for his race.
Born of the Sea and Trumpet Major are the next in line as far as the betting is concerned, with the two 8/1 shots having contrasting form. Born of the Sea has been quiet of late, while Trumpet Major had success at the Craven Stakes recently, so has form at Newmarket.
Overall, it should be a cracking race.