Newmarket Racecourses welcomed 15,076 visitors through its gates on QIPCO 1000 Guineas day, a seven per cent increase on the same day last year and the best set of attendance figures for the Classic Sunday since 2003.
The QIPCO Guineas Festival as a whole saw a total attendance of 32,233, an increase of two per cent on 2015, when 31,690 customers came through the gates.
And they were treated to a piece of history, as Aidan O’Brien saddled the first three home in the feature race, the QIPCO 1000 Guineas.
Minding led home Ballydoyle and Alice Springs, to give O’Brien a momentous milestone of a 250th Group 1 winner.
Amy Starkey, Regional Director, Jockey Club Racecourses East, said: “The QIPCO Guineas Festival really has been a fantastic occasion.
“After local trainer Hugo Palmer gained his first Classic win on Saturday, the crowd were treated to another fantastic feature race today, with Aidan O’Brien saddling a 1-2-3 in the QIPCO 1000 Guineas.
“Minding looks a filly who may be able to take on the colts in the Investec Derby and the Coolmore team now appear to have a difficult decision to make with so many quality Classic fillies at their disposal.
“The superb attendance figures reflect the quality of the cards on both days as well as the customer offering and we recorded the best figures in 13 years.
“The prize money injection for the Classics, with over £500,000 guaranteed for each, reflects a further commitment and investment to racing by QIPCO and we are extremely grateful for their continued support.
“We look forward to a further four racedays on the Rowley Mile before switching to the Adnams July Course on Friday, 17th June whereby racing will be followed by our first Newmarket Night act, The Corrs.”
The three-day Spring festival at Newmarket’s Rowley Mile Racecourse starts tomorrow evening.