Last weekend (5-6 May) marked the beginning of the 2012 QIPCO British Champions Series, when the first two Classics of the Flat season were contested at Newmarket's Rowley Mile.
Race favourite Camelot stormed home in the QIPCO 2000 Guineas, a race for three-year-old colts, while the QIPCO 1000 Guineas (for three-year-old fillies) was won by outsider Homecoming Queen. Both were trained by Ballydoyle's Aidan O'Brien.
The races were the first in this year's British Champions Series, which will take place throughout the season across 28 racedays. The country's leading racecourses will all play host to races in the series, including Ascot, Doncaster, Epsom Downs, Goodwood, Haydock Park, Newbury, Newmarket’s July Course, Newmarket’s Rowley Mile, Sandown Park and York.
The Series features 35 races in five different championship categories - Sprint, Mile, Middle Distance, Long Distance and Fillies & Mares.
The next meeting in the series will be the Investec Derby Festival at Epsom in June.