2021 Newmarket Pattern and Listed Races

FOREWORD 2021 Welcome to the 2021 edition of the Newmarket Racecourses Pattern and Listed Race guide. As we enter the final stages of preparation for what will be another thrilling season at the Home of Horseracing, it is only right to reflect on an extraordinary campaign in 2020. We have been fortunate to witness many chapters of racing history being written in Newmarket, but few seasons will be as indelibly etched on our memories as that which took place last year. With the QIPC0 1000 and 2000 Guineas run in June for the first time in their history and not a single racegoer welcomed through the turnstiles, the quality of racing on show was a reassuringly familiar constant in an otherwise unrecognisable racing landscape. Across 31 fixtures there was a mix of familiar success from some of the powerhouses of global racing as well as new names being added to our illustrious rolls of honour. Andrew Balding and Oisin Murphy landed their first QIPCO 2000 Guineas courtesy of a stunning performance by Kameko, delivering a first Classic success for owner and race sponsor Sheikh Fahad Al-Thani. The QIPCO 1000 Guineas saw Aidan O’Brien claim a third-successive victory with the hugely impressive Love, taking his overall tally in the race to seven and launching an unbeaten three-year- old season for this hugely exciting daughter of Galileo. As the action moved to the July Course Oxted followed up his success in the Abernant Stakes by landing a heartwarming success in The Darley July Cup, delivering a first Group 1 victory for Roger Teal and rising star of the weighing room Cieren Fallon Jr. The Moët & Chandon July Festival also saw a pulsating finish to the Tattersalls Falmouth Stakes as Nazeef fought out the finish with 2018 Guineas heroine Billesdon Brook to triumph for Jim Crowley and John Gosden and keep the prize within Newmarket once again. The Newmarket Gold Season aims to highlight future stars of the turf and 2020 proved no exception, as the action returned to the Rowley Mile to see Supremacy live up to his name in the Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes with an authoritative performance. Alcohol Free came out on top in the Juddmonte Cheveley Park Stakes, giving Champion Jockey Oisin Murphy and Trainer Andrew Balding a second Group 1 success at the track in 2020. As the focus switched to the Dubai Future Champions Festival it proved another memorable meeting for the O’Briens as St Mark’s Basilica triumphed in the Darley Dewhurst Stakes for Aidan, and Pretty Gorgeous claimed the bet365 Fillies Mile Crown for Joseph and rider Shane Crosse. Both winners topped their respective sexes in the 2020 two-year-old classification and have given us plenty to look forward to as we begin to look towards the first classics of the season in May. May I take this opportunity to wish you the very best of luck for the forthcoming campaign. The team across Newmarket racecourses are looking forward to welcoming you back on course, and in time returning to the more familiar sights and sounds of a thrilling period of racing.

Michael Prosser Head of Racing, Jockey Club Racecourses East Region

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