New Zealand 1000 Guineas

The 1000 Guineas is a set-weights Thoroughbred horse race for three-year-old fillies run over a distance of 1600 metres (1 mile) at Riccarton Park in Christchurch, New Zealand.

New Zealand 1000 Guineas
Group I race
LocationRiccarton Park
Christchurch, New Zealand
Race typeThoroughbred - Flat racing
WebsiteRiccarton Park
Race information
Distance1600 metres (1 mile)
QualificationThree-year-old fillies
PurseNZ$300,000 (2021)

As of 2020, it is on the final Saturday of Christchurch's famous Christchurch "Cup Week" held in the second week of November, which includes the New Zealand Trotting Cup at Addington Raceway on the Tuesday.

Riccarton's other major thoroughbred races during the week include:


Until 1973, both the New Zealand Oaks and the New Zealand Derby were run at Riccarton. When those races were moved to Trentham and Ellerslie respectively, Riccarton was awarded two new classic races, the 1000 and 2000 Guineas over 1600 metres (1 mile). These races are based on those of the same name in the United Kingdom, run at Newmarket in the first weekend in May.

Both races have quickly established themselves on the New Zealand calendar, and the 1000 Guineas routinely attracts all of the country's leading fillies and, as a crucial race in the Filly Of The Year series, is regularly taken out by the eventual winner of that title.

Among the best recent winners are Katie Lee, Seachange, King's Rose, the brilliant but ill-fated Taatletail and Tycoon Lil.

The 1000 Guineas has been run for a total stake of:

  • 1975 - $20,000
  • 1986 - $100,000
  • 1994 - $100,000
  • 2003 - $275,000
  • 2007 - $325,000
  • 2019 - $300,000.

Recent Winners of the New Zealand 1000 GuineasEdit

2021 The Perfect Pink Opie Bosson Jamie Richards, Matamata A G, K J, M C & P R Dennis, G C Bennett, S P Christopher, C Lawrence & T V Rider
2020 Kahma Lass Opie Bosson Jamie Richards, Matamata Brendan Lindsay MNZM & Mrs JE Lindsay
2019 Loire Michael McNab Tony Pike, Cambridge Brent & Cherry Taylor & Kate Plaw
2018 Media Sensation Michael Coleman Peter & Dawn Williams, Byerley Park Barneswood Farm Ltd For S C Green & G C Beemsterboer
2017 Hasahalo 56.5 Sam Spratt Stephen McKee, Ardmore Go Racing Fright Night Breeding Partnership (Mgr Albert Bosma)
2016 La Diosa Racha Cuneen Mandy & Matt Brown Calder Bloodstock Ltd, G L Currie, Bruce Honeybone & Deborah Martin, M L Gibson, P B C Sipos & T W Archer Trust
2015 Risque Matthew Cameron Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards, Matamata The Oaks Stud
2014 Platinum Witness Darryl Bradley Lisa Latta, Awapuni Lincoln Farms & N J McAlister
2013 Costa Viva Leith Innes Jason Bridgman, Matamata Te Akau Racing
2012 Rollout The Carpet Mark Du Plessis Jeff McVean & Emma Browne, Cambridge J H, J R Cameron et al.
2011 Planet Rock Hayden Tinsley Dawn & Peter Williams, Byerley Park Barneswood Farm
2010 King's Rose Opie Bosson Jason Bridgman, Matamata G W Tsoi
2009 Katie Lee Opie Bosson Graeme & Debbie Rogerson Sir Patrick & Lady Hogan
2008 Daffodil Hayden Tinsley Kevin Gray, Coppet Belt Lodge G J & M J Chittick
2007 Insouciant Michael Walker Mark Walker, Matamata P J & P M Vela
2006 Dorabella Jamie Bullard Howie & Lorraine Mathews, Otaki Mrs NF & PE Izzett
2005 Seachange Gavin McKeon Ralph Manning, Cambridge Karreman Bloodstock Ltd.
2004 Justa Tad Vinny Colgan Rudy Liefting, Pukekohe RP Liefting
2003 Taatletail Michael Walker Graeme Rogerson PR Dickinson et al.
2002 The Jewel Jason Laking H & S Anderton Dennis Brothers
2001 Final Destination Gary Grylls Wayne & Vannessa Hillis, Matamata T Van Beurden
2000 Elevenses Mark Sweeney Graeme & Debbie Sanders, Te Awamutu Elevenses Syndicate
1999 Ad Alta Leith Innes Tony Gillies P A & Mrs P A Payne
1998 Pace Invader David Walsh Alvin Clark P R Dickinson, A R & E J Johnson & C T Wintle
1997 Tycoon Lil Chris Johnson Colin Jillings & Richard Yuill, Takanini P J Walker
1996 Emerald Catherine Treymane John Gudopp, Cambridge Jim Campin
1995 Clear Rose Noel Harris Laurie Laxon, Cambridge L K Laxon, CL Leung, PJ & PM Vela
1994 Tartan Tights Chris Johnson Ellis Winsloe, Gore G L Robertson
1993 Snap Lance O'Sullivan Dave & Paul O'Sullivan, Matamata Mrs L M A O'Sullivan & Lord Tavistock
1992 Nimue Lance O'Sullivan Dave & Paul O'Sullivan, Matamata RR Cheak & Windsor Park Stud
1991 Merry Maiden David Walsh Patrick Campbell, Awapuni PR Beamish & HBN & Mrs PE Williams
1990 Plume R B MacKay Patrick Busuttin, Foxton P M Busuttin, Fairdale Stud Ltd, A M MacRae & A C Wikeley
1989 Phillipa Rush Chris Johnson Jim Campin, Cambridge Jim Campin
1988 Olga's Pal Lance O'Sullivan Bob & Toby Autridge HJ Fleming
1987 Candide Ross Elliot Geoff Haigh Mr M & Mrs SA Joseph
1986 Cure Grant Cooksley Dave & Paul O'Sullivan, Matamata E P & T R Lowry, Mrs P G Marie & Estate M A Pinckney
1985 Imperial Angel Jim Collett Mike Moroney, Matamata JS Sheffield
1984 Canterbury Belle Chris Johnson David Kerr, Riccarton Mr & Mrs NG Wigley
1983 Burletta Jim Cassidy Patrick Campbell, Hastings RA Buchanan, TG Mulcaster, RR Randle & RC Spotswood
1982 Our Flight Maurice Campbell Errol Skelton JW Rusher
1981 Noble Heights Gary Phillips Laurie Laxon & P M Atwood PJ & PM Vela
1980 Powley M Casey Hec Anderton, Wingatui H A Anderton
1979 Orbit David Walsh Garth Ivil, Awapuni
1978 Tang Des Harris Charlie Cameron, Hastings
1977 Braless D Southworth Peter H Grieve, Te Awamutu
1976 Porsha Noel Harris Bill & Graeme Sanders, Te Awamutu
1975 Entice Gary Phillips T L Jennings, Opaki
1974 Princess Patrice Gary Phillips M C Conway, Avondale
1973 Battle Eve J Walker Ray Verner, Takanini

See alsoEdit