Stewards Work Overtime To Decide Outcome Of French 1000 Guineas.
It is difficult to believe that after three runs this season the Criquette Head-Maarek trained Special Duty has yet to pass the post in front, but has somehow managed to bag two Classics.
Awarded the StanJames.com 1000 Guineas at Newmarket after the disqualification of Jacqueline Quest, Special Duty was just touched off in another photo, this time by Liliside, the mount of Jean-Bernard Eyquem.
After a stewards enquiry lasting well over an hour, the winner was placed last having caused interference when moving off the rail to mount her challenge inside the last two furlongs.
Several horses suffered from the manoeuvre and with the French stewards being renowned for their strictness regarding the rules, it seemed a formality that an amended result was inevitable.
Head-Maarek believed her horse was the moral victor and said: " What do you do when you’re drawn 10 and you don’t want to go in front?
" I think she was the best filly in the race and if she had got a better draw, she would have been very close to the winner."
After claiming two Classics connections are aiming to give the filly a deserved break before bringing her back to Deauville in August.
The Poule D’Essai Des Poulains ( French 2000 Guineas ) produced another race full of trouble with the Andre Fabre trained Lope De Vega coming home in front, after a clear passage on the outside under Maxime Guyon.
The Richard Hannon trained Dick Turpin upheld the Newmarket 2000 Guineas form by once again finishing second, but the hard luck story of the race was Siyouni.
The Aga Khan’s colt went off a warm favourite but was denied any sort of run. Always faced with a wall of horses, Christophe-Patrice Lemaire’s mount finished the race full of running and should leave the form behind, possibly in Ascot’s St James’s Palace Stakes.