Thousands of people descend on Newmarket for QIPCO Guineas Festival

Saxon Warrior ridden by Donnacha O'Brien wins the Qipco 2000 Guineas Stakes during day one of the QI

Saxon Warrior ridden by Donnacha O'Brien wins the Qipco 2000 Guineas Stakes during day one of the QIPCO Guineas Festival at Newmarket Racecourse. Picture: JOE GIDDENS/PA WIRE - Credit: PA

Thousands of people descended on Newmarket to experience glorious weather on the first day of the QIPCO Guineas Festival today.

Racegoers during day one of the QIPCO Guineas Festival at Newmarket Racecourse. Picture: JOE GIDDENS

Racegoers during day one of the QIPCO Guineas Festival at Newmarket Racecourse. Picture: JOE GIDDENS/PA WIRE - Credit: PA

The meet attracts people from all over the world with a whole host of activities and entertainment to enjoy.

The feature race – The QIPCO 2000 Guineas – was won by Saxon Warrior (3-1) and gave trainer Aiden O’Brien a ninth victory over the Rowley Mile.

Racegoers during day one of the QIPCO Guineas Festival at Newmarket Racecourse. Picture: JOE GIDDENS

Racegoers during day one of the QIPCO Guineas Festival at Newmarket Racecourse. Picture: JOE GIDDENS/PA WIRE - Credit: PA

O’Brien’s son, Donnacha, rode the horse to victory, defeating 50-1 shot Tip Two Win by a length and a half, with favourite Masar a further head adrift in third.

The 19-year-old winning rider said: “It’s very special, I’ve got to say a huge thanks to dad and the owners for giving me the chance to sit on him and hopefully I didn’t mess up today.

Racegoers during day one of the QIPCO Guineas Festival at Newmarket Racecourse. Picture: JOE GIDDENS

Racegoers during day one of the QIPCO Guineas Festival at Newmarket Racecourse. Picture: JOE GIDDENS/PA WIRE - Credit: PA


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“He’s an absolute monster of a horse so you never know, he could improve again.

“I was very impressed, I thought he was a very good horse even on his homework, we’ve made no secret of it, and I think he’s very, very good.”

Racegoers carry drinks during day one of the QIPCO Guineas Festival at Newmarket Racecourse. Picture

Racegoers carry drinks during day one of the QIPCO Guineas Festival at Newmarket Racecourse. Picture: JOE GIDDENS/PA WIRE - Credit: PA

Racegoers enjoy drinks during day one of the QIPCO Guineas Festival at Newmarket Racecourse. Picture

Racegoers enjoy drinks during day one of the QIPCO Guineas Festival at Newmarket Racecourse. Picture: JOE GIDDENS/PA WIRE - Credit: PA

Racegoers take a selfie during day one of the QIPCO Guineas Festival at Newmarket Racecourse. Pictur

Racegoers take a selfie during day one of the QIPCO Guineas Festival at Newmarket Racecourse. Picture: JOE GIDDENS/PA WIRE - Credit: PA

Saxon Warrior ridden by Donnacha O'Brien after winning the the Qipco 2000 Guineas Stakes during day

Saxon Warrior ridden by Donnacha O'Brien after winning the the Qipco 2000 Guineas Stakes during day one of the QIPCO Guineas Festival at Newmarket Racecourse. Picture: JOE GIDDENS/PA WIRE - Credit: PA

Symbolization ridden by William Buick (centre) wins the Qipco Racing Welfare Handicap during day one

Symbolization ridden by William Buick (centre) wins the Qipco Racing Welfare Handicap during day one of the QIPCO Guineas Festival at Newmarket Racecourse. Picture: JOE GIDDENS/PA WIRE - Credit: PA

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