French Joy In 1000 Guineas
By Dean Ryan / Picture Steve Parsons/PA Wire
It was a case of more French joy on Guineas Sunday at Newmarket as Miss France added to Natagoora and Special Duty’s victories with a third 1000 Guineas triumph for the French since 2008.
Never far off the pace, in what was not a break neck gallop for a Classic, that allowed Maxime Guyon to take an early burst for home aboard the Oh So Sharp winner from the Newmarket September meeting. It was a move that paid off and despite a waver on the undulations she was strong enough to last home and beat the same runner up from their September meeting, Lightening Thunder.
There was a large scale plunge on Aidan O’Brien’s Tapestry, who was sent off at 4/1f, but that was poor judgement in hindsight and in fact both of the O’Brien runners, Bracelet went off at 11/1, were eased off and ultimately running well below expectations.
Vorda another French raider was unhappy off a slow early pace and reportedly lost a shoe whilst the likes of well fancied Rizeena and Luck Kristale may have confirmed themselves as sprinters rather than top class milers and time will tell as the months progress this season.
It was to be Andre Fabre’s day having already landed the Dahlia Stakes on the card with Esoterique and with Maxime Guyon riding both it will be a long remembered double. On Miss France he was quick to praise his pilot who read the pace of the race rather than stick to pre race instructions. ” I was worried to see her so close to the pace” he explained, “Maxime gave her a fantastic ride because he didn’t listen to me!”
The runner up gave her all for trainer Olly Stevens and they will now hope to get a third crack at the winner in the Coronation Stakes although neither camp’s confirmed their respective plans from here. It was Godolphin who nabbed third spot in the race with a well supported Ihtimal and she appeared to run her perfect race but was just found out in the finish.
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