33-1 shot wins 2000 Guineas
NEWMARKET, England (AP):
French-trained Makfi upstaged favourite St Nicholas Abbey to win the English 2,000 Guineas yesterday at odds of 33-1.
Ridden by Christophe Lemaire and trained by Mikel Delzangles, Makfi charged through a gap in the 19-strong field at Newmarket to win the first classic of the English season - a straight 1-mile (1.6 kilometre) race - by 1 1/4 lengths.
"He travelled very well all the way," Lemaire said. "When we had a gap he really kicked and had a very good turn of foot."
Dick Turpin was second and Canford Cliffs took third. Both of them are trained by Richard Hannon.
A strong favourite after winning three races as a juvenile, St Nicholas Abbey in his first race as a 3-year-old, failed to find any speed in the last 400 metres and finished well behind the winner in sixth place.
Trainer Aiden O'Brien, who has saddled five winners in the race, said the slow, early pace didn't help St Nicholas Abbey.
"They cantered until halfway," he said. "Ideally for him, he wanted an evenly run mile as we were using this as a stepping stone to the (June 5) Derby at Epsom."