Horse racing has made its way out of lockdown in time for one of the calendar's biggest events - the 200 Guineas at Newmarket race course. Read on to find out how live stream the 2000 Guineas for free and no matter where you are in the world.
With the sport resuming in the UK earlier this week after a 76-day absence following the coronavirus pandemic, the sport's first big meeting of the flat season has now arrived.
This year's 2000 Guineas will this year take place behind closed doors at Rowley Mile, Newmarket. Coverage starts at 1.25pm BST on ITV on Saturday, June 6 with the race set to get underway at 3.30pm - that's 10.30am ET, 7.30am PT in the US and Canada, and 12.30am AEST late Saturday night or early Sunday morning in Australia.
Open to three-year-old thoroughbred colts and fillies, the 2000 Guineas Stakes is a one mile, Group 1 flat horse race which takes place annually at Rowley Mile in Newmarket. One of Britain's five Classic races, it serves as the opening leg of the Triple Crown, followed by the Derby and the St Leger.
The betting for this year's race is lead by some margin by Pinatubo, who is looking in good shape ahead of the run with star jockey William Buick onboard the Charlie Appleby trained horse.
Despite Pinatubo's odds-on backing, tipsters are expecting the race to be a very open affair with none of the field having seen much in the way of action these past few weeks,
Read on to find out how to watch all the action from Newmarket and live stream the 2000 Guineas, no matter where in the world you are.
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How to watch the 2000 Guineas Stakes: free UK stream
If you’re in the UK and you have a TV license, then ITV will be broadcasting from Newmarket from 1.25pm, with the main event set to take place at 3.35pm.
The other way to watch ITV online is to go via TVPlayer.com - we actually prefer this option as the stream tends to be better quality and more robust! It's also a faster site, more responsive and with all the Freeview channels in one place. It's still free, too.
Watch 2000 Guineas online from abroad
If you do happen to be away from the UK for whatever reason, don’t worry. You can still tune in to ITV's coverage of the 2000 Guineas Stakes live from anywhere in the world.
The secret is to download and install a VPN , which will let you change your IP address to one in the UK and head over to ITV’s website or a streaming site like TVPlayer.com. Here's how to watch a 2000 Guineas live stream using a VPN in three simple steps.
1. Download and install a VPN
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Once downloaded, search for the location of your home country or select it from the pre-defined list. Click connect, grab the popcorn and get ready to watch all the drama unfold.
2. Connect to the appropriate server location
Simply open the VPN app, hit 'choose location' and select the appropriate location - it's super easy to do. Choose UK to stream the 2000 Guineas on ITV (use the links below).
Qipco 2000 Guineas Stakes 2020 runners and riders
As we've said, Pinatubo is the clear favourite to win Saturday's big race. Any Second Now is also heavily fancied and looks decent value for an each-way bet.
Rangy colt Arizona looks to be Pinatubo’s main threat according to punters, with the Coventry Stakes winner nestling in as second favourite, while the Andrew Balding-trained Kameko is also fancied having ended last season strongly.
1. Al Suhail | J: James Doyle | T: Charlie Appleby
2. Arizona | J: Ryan Moore | T: Aidan O'Brien, Ireland
3. Cepheus | J: Jim Crowley | T: Brian Meehan
4. Juan Elcano | J: Andrea Atzeni | T: Kevin Ryan
5. Kameko | J: Oisin Murphy | T: Andrew Balding
6. Kenzai Warrior | J: Jason Watson | T: Roger Teal
7. Kinross | J: Harry Bentley | T: Ralph Beckett
8. Military March | J: Hector Crouch | T: Saeed bin Suroor
9. Mums Tipple | J: Sean Levey | T: Richard Hannon
10. New World Tapestry | J: Adam Kirby | T: Aidan O'Brien, Ireland
11. Persuasion | J: Kieran Shoemark | T: Charles Hills
12. Pinatubo | J: William Buick | T: Charlie Appleby
13. Royal Dornoch | J: Tom Marquand | T: Aidan O'Brien, Ireland
14. Starcat | J: P. J. McDonald | T: Hughie Morrison
15. Wichita | J: Frankie Dettori | T: Aidan O'Brien, Ireland