1200 Guineas Stakes

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1200 Guineas Stakes
Horse race
Location Newmarket Racecourse
Newmarket, England
Inaugurated 1757
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Race information
Distance 3 miles 6½ furlongs
Surface Turf
Qualification Five-year-olds
Weight 9 st (57 kg)

The 1200 Guineas Stakes was a flat horse race in Great Britain open to thoroughbreds aged five years. It was run at Newmarket and was one of the most important races of the second half of the 18th century.


The 1200 Guineas was established in 1753 to be first run during Easter week of 1757. It was established by the Duke of Cumberland, 3rd Duke of Ancaster, 3rd Duke of Marlborough, 2nd Marquess of Rockingham, Marquess of Hartington, Marquess of Granby, 2nd Earl of Godolphin, 2nd Earl of Northumberland, 10th Earl of Eglinton, 3rd Duke of Richmond, 1st Earl of Gower and Thomas Duncombe. They agreed the race was to be run over the Beacon course at Newmarket and would be open to five-year-old horses and mares. They paid a 100 guineas subscription each to enter their horse and all runners would carry nine stone.[1]

The race was initially to be run for five consecutive years from 1757, but was subsequently renewed in 1762.[1]

Records to 1786[edit]

Leading owner (4 wins):

Winners to 1786[edit]

1757 Weasel 2nd Earl of Godolphin
1758 Turpin Marquess of Granby
1759 Indicus Thomas Duncombe
1760 Foxhunter 4th Duke of Devonshire
1761 Geres Thomas Duncombe
1762 Cadet 1st Baron Grosvenor
1763 Antinous 3rd Duke of Grafton
1764 Prig 3rd Duke of Ancaster
1765 Traction Sir James Lowther
1766 South East Sir John Moore
1767 Volpone 1st Duke of Northumberland
1768 Sheet-Anchor Sir John Moore
1769 Ancient Pistol 1st Baron Grosvenor
1770 Bay Halkin 1st Baron Grosvenor
1771 Charon 1st Earl of Farnham
1772 Amphion 2nd Viscount Bolingbroke
1773 Plato 1st Duke of Northumberland
1774 Pigeon 1st Baron Grosvenor
1775 Protector 2nd Viscount Bolingbroke
1776 Pillager 2nd Viscount Bolingbroke
1777 Planet 16th Earl of Ormonde
1778 Pot-8-Os 4th Earl of Abingdon
1779 Tickler 3rd Duke of Grafton
1780 Prince Ferdinand Sir Lawrence Dundas
1781 Turnus 16th Earl of Ormonde
1782 Emetic Mr Douglas
1783 King William 12th Earl of Derby
1784 Peru 12th Earl of Derby
1785 Volunteer Dennis O'Kelly
1786 Serjeant Dennis O'Kelly

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Pick, William; Johnson, R. (1803). The Turf Register (Vol. I). A. Bartholoman, High-Ousegate. 
  • Pick, William; Johnson, R. (1803). The Turf Register (Vol. I). A. Bartholoman, High-Ousegate. 
  • Pick, William; Johnson, R. (1805). The Turf Register (Vol. II). A. Bartholoman, High-Ousegate. 
  • Johnson, R. (1822). The Turf Register (Vol. III). A. Bartholoman, High-Ousegate.