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Kameko delivers in the QIPCO 2000 Guineas to give Oisin Murphy a first British Classic

6 Jun 2020

Qatar Racing star stays on best in the re-scheduled Classic to claim glory behind-closed-doors

Champion Jockey Oisin Murphy claimed his firs British Classic win as Kameko stayed on best to claim a scintillating QIPCO 2000 Guineas.

It was a poignant victory for the 24-year-old rider; winning for the trainer who took him on as an apprentice, Andrew Balding, and wearing the Qatar Racing silks for his long-term supporter HH Sheikh Fahad bin Abdullah Al Thani.

Settled in midfield early on by Murphy, Kameko stalked the leading group for the opening stages before making a move two-and-a-half furlongs out. Murphy then switched him outside in a decisive move as Wichita and hot-favourite Pinatubo took to the front.

It was Kameko however who began to stay on much the best in the final furlong, despite getting a little boxed in, drawing alongside Wichita before hanging right slightly in the closing stages. However he was not to be denied, just prevailing ahead of Frankie Dettori and Wichita. Pinatubo finished a length-and-a-half down in third.

Despite there being no crowd there to celebrate, Murphy was clearly delighted in the aftermath. Speaking to ITV after the race he said, “It means the world…I started my career with Andrew Balding, to ride a Classic winner, my first one, in these colours… is incredible. The stuff of dreams.”

Kameko has now been instilled as the Antepost favourite for the Investec Derby in July.