Looking back at last season’s Classics winners
Racing fans have been left with little to sink their teeth into in recent weeks after the coronavirus outbreak put paid to the majority of sporting events in the UK. A time which is usually defined by the jumps season reaching its climax and the flat season beginning in earnest has this year been devoid of horse racing action.
However, with the sport beginning to get back underway in other countries, it’s hoped that the UK flat racing season will not be far behind and that we’ll soon have some live racing to watch on our TVs, with the races being held behind closed doors for the time being.
Most fans of the sport will be eagerly awaiting the five Classics of the flat racing season – the 2,000 Guineas, 1,000 Guineas, Epsom Oaks, Epsom Derby and St. Leger Stakes. When racing finally gets the green light to resume, punters will be eagerly examining the fast racing results from Betfair to help predict which horse could have the upper hand in the races to come. The five Classics are races that bring a huge audience and a great deal of interest across the sporting world. With this in mind, let’s take a look at how each of the races panned out last year.
2,000 Guineas, Winner: Magna Grecia
It was a father-son winning duo last year in the 2,000 Guineas as Magna Grecia, ridden by Donnacha O’Brien and trained by his father Aidan O’Brien, saw off King of Change and Skardu to land the victory. It was a sweet moment for the O’Briens – the second year in a row the father-son pairing had tasted victory in the 2,000 Guineas, and Aidan’s 10th success in the race as a trainer. Whenever the 2020 race is held, it will be a difficult challenge for anyone looking to usurp the O’Briens.
1,000 Guineas, Winner: Hermosa
O’Brien was also the winning trainer in the 1,000 Guineas, as Hermosa stole the show with a fine performance. It was jockey Wayne Lordan’s second win in the 1,000 Guineas in the space of three years, as he reclaimed the title he had won in 2017 on Winter. It was O’Brien’s fifth success in the race, further proof of his indomitable status when it comes to the Classics.
Epsom Oaks, Winner: Anapurna
The winner of the Epsom Oaks last year was Anapurna, ridden by sporting legend Frankie Dettori and trained by John Gosden. Similar to Hermosa’s victory in the 1,000 Guineas, Dettori’s win on Anapurna represented the jockey and trainer reclaiming the title they had won in 2017 with Enable. Dettori has won 19 Classics in total, and you can bet that he’ll be in the running again this year.
Epsom Derby, Winner: Anthony Van Dyck
The Derby is one of the most hotly anticipated races in the flat racing calendar, and last year it was Anthony Van Dyck who got the win along with jockey Seamie Heffernan. O’Brien was the winning trainer once more – his third Classic victory of the season – and it was a glorious moment for Heffernan, who recorded just his second Classic triumph in the saddle.
St. Leger Stakes, Winner: Logician
The St. Leger Stakes is usually the final Classic of the year, and in 2019 it was another win for Dettori and Gosden, as Logician claimed first place. The 4/5 favourite won by a commanding four lengths, seeing off the challenges of Sir Ron Priestly and Nayef Road. It was another memorable success for Dettori – a jockey whose talents seem to know no bounds.
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