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