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Classic recall; Tony Morris looks back at 200 years of the 2,000 Guineas.

Best performances

1 Ormonde (1886)

Ormonde's 16-race unbeaten career, over three seasons and at all distances between 6f and 1m6f, unquestionably made him the Horse of the 19th Century, and it was in the Guineas that his invincibility became evident.

Master trainer Mat Dawson believed that his Minting could not be beaten, and the public took the hint, backing him down to 11-10, but Ormonde treated his rival with disdain, streaking past him in the Dip to win by two easy lengths.

2 Brigadier Gerard (1971)

My Swallow and Mill Reef had been separated by only a short head in the Prix Robert Papin, and laterseason form confirmed them as the best European juveniles of 1970. It was the prospect of their rematch that drew the crowds to Newmarket the following spring, but it was Brigadier Gerard's display of exceptional brilliance, as he left that pair for dead in the last two furlongs, that sent them home in raptures.

3 Tudor Minstrel (1947)

There was never a more commanding winner of the 2,000 than Tudor Minstrel, who was already clear of his field after three furlongs and kept extending his advantage. Gordon Richards was patting him on the neck well before the finish, and the colt strolled home by eight lengths, the record margin of victory for the race.

The performance might have been rated even more highly but for the fact that his only worthy rival, Petition, had an uncharacteristic off-day.

4 Sir Ivor (1968)

A vintage renewal featured a clash between juvenile champions. Sir Ivor, ranked 8lb clear of his contemporaries in Ireland, was opposed by Petingo, unbeaten at two and rated 1lb higher than Vaguely Noble in England. Both colts had won their trials, Sir Ivor handily at Ascot, Petingo in breathtaking fashion at Newmarket. The predicted close contest failed to materialise, as Sir Ivor's phenomenal acceleration while still on a tight rein settled the issue a furlong from home.

5 El Gran Senor (1984)

The best-contested 2,000 since Brigadier Gerard's brought out the future impressive winners of the St James's Palace and Sussex Stakes (Chief Singer) and the Prix Jacques le Marois (Lear Fan), but the identity of the season's best miler was never in doubt after Newmarket, where El Gran Senor trounced the pair of them in devastating style. Always travelling smoothly, the Ballydoyle colt quickened clear up the hill for an emphatic victory.

6 Colorado (1926)

Coronach, the champion two-year-old of 1925, had returned to action with a smooth win at the Craven meeting, making the Guineas seem a formality for him. It was inconceivable that little Colorado, who had finished a poor fourth of five in a trial gallop at home six days before the race, could pose a threat. But the hot favourite had no answer when Lord Derby's colt ranged upsides, and the latter's powerful surge took him five lengths clear at the post.
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Apr 28, 2008
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