Qipco 1000 Guineas
Group 1, Newmarket
£410,000 added,
3yo only,
1m, Class 1
Sunday 4th May 2014

1 Miss France 7/1
2 Lightning Thunder 14/1
3 Ihtimal 7/1
4 Manderley 100/1
NR: Alutiq (IRE), Kiyoshi
17 ran Distances: nk, ½l, ¾l
TIME 1m 37.40s (slow by 2.30s)

French maestro Andre Fabre and jockey Maxime Guyon completed a a double on the day as Miss France held on in a thrilling finish to win the Qipco 1000 Guineas at Newmarket.

Lightning Thunder & Ihtimal, both winners at the Ladbrokes St Leger Festival last year, filled the placings.

Miss France
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Miss France

A disappointing sixth on her return to action in the Prix Imprudence at Maisons-Laffitte, Miss France had been removed from the betting for the Classic by some bookmakers, but confidence returned in recent days.

Maxime Guyon sat just off the pace before kicking on before the dip and she just held off the Olly Stevens-trained Lightning Thunder - the filly she beat in the Oh So Sharp Stakes at Newmarket in September - by a neck. Saeed bin Suroor's Ihtimal was third.

Richard Hannon's Manderley defied her huge odds, and having set the pace the 100-1 chance was still in front with a furlong to run before finishing fourth, while Euro Charline turned the tables on her Nell Gwyn conqueror Sandiva and ran a big race just out of the frame.

There was huge market confidence behind Aidan O'Brien's Tapestry, who was sent off the favourite but was virtually pulled up, while Lucky Kristale was far too keen for her own good. Rizeena was not disgraced, coming home just behind the leaders.

Fabre, completing a full house of British Classic successes, said: "This means a lot, I trained the dam of the filly and I could not be more delighted. It was not the way I wanted her ridden, but it worked.

"She will get further, that is not a problem. She'll go for the Prix de Diane next, her dam won over a mile and a half."

Stevens said of the runner-up: "We're thrilled, this is childhood dream stuff, to be here with a horse of this quality. She's in the Irish Guineas, but she'd have to really bounce out of this to go on the ferry. She goes well fresh so it's more than likely that we'll save her for the Coronation Stakes at Ascot."

The winning time was 1m 37.40s with the going for the turf contest described as good to firm.

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Ihtimal
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Ihtimal
The Shamardal filly Ihtimal, partnered by Silvestre de Sousa, ran well to take third.

Saeed bin Suroor said: "Ihtimal ran a good race but a mile and a half is the best trip for her. She has come to win her race and was staying on well, but the winner is a miler.

"She has worked well and came here ready to run her race. She ran well and I am pleased with her.

"She will head to the Oaks (Epsom Downs, Friday, June 6) now. She will go straight there."

Qipco 1000 Guineas Stakes (201st Running)
(British Champions Series) (Fillies' Group 1)
£410,000 added, 3yo only, 1m, Class 1
17 ran

Going: Good to Firm


Horse
Trainer
Jockey
Weight
SP
Distance
1
Miss France
A Fabre
M Guyon
9st 0lbs
7 - 1
Winner
2
Lightning Thunder
O Stevens
Harry Bentley
9st 0lbs
14 - 1
Neck
3
Ihtimal
S bin Suroor
S De Sousa
9st 0lbs
7 - 1
1/2 length
4
Manderley
R Hannon
P J Dobbs
9st 0lbs
100 - 1
3/4 length
5
Euro Charline
M Botti
A Kirby
9st 0lbs
14 - 1
1 1/2 length
6
Majeyda
C Appleby
M Barzalona
9st 0lbs
33 - 1
1 1/4 length
7
Rizeena
C E Brittain
R Hughes
9st 0lbs
9 - 2
Neck
8
Vorda
P Sogorb
C P Lemaire
9st 0lbs
14 - 1
Short Head
9
Sandiva
R A Fahey
L Dettori
9st 0lbs
16 - 1
1 length
10
Lamar
J Tate
Luke Morris
9st 0lbs
100 - 1
1/2 length
11
Joyeuse
Lady Cecil
James Doyle
9st 0lbs
16 - 1
3/4 length
12
Princess Noor
R Varian
Andrea Atzeni
9st 0lbs
25 - 1
Neck
13
Lady Lara
A P Jarvis
K Fallon
9st 0lbs
40 - 1
1 1/2 length
14
Bracelet
A P O'Brien
R L Moore
9st 0lbs
11 - 1
1 1/2 length
15
Betimes
J H M Gosden
W Buick
9st 0lbs
25 - 1
6 lengths
16
Lucky Kristale
G G Margarson
T P Queally
9st 0lbs
14 - 1
13 lengths
17
Tapestry
A P O'Brien
J P O'Brien
9st 0lbs
4 - 1
1 length
NR
Alutiq
Eve Johnson Houghton
Non Runner
9st 0lbs
-
NR
Kiyoshi
C Hills
Non Runner
9st 0lbs
-
       

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