(CNN) Kameko won the delayed first classic of the British horse racing season Saturday as the much-vaunted Pinatubo could only manage third place in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket.
Champion jockey Oisin Murphy drove the Andrew Balding-trained 10-1 shot into the lead in the final half furlong of the famous Rowley Mile to relegate Frankie Dettori on Wichita into second.
Charlie Appleby's Pinatubo, unbeaten in six races as a two-year-old and with a higher official rating than the legendary Frankel, had every chance under jockey William Buick, but could not find that extra gear when it mattered.
A fastest-ever Guineas 🥇The day belonged to Kameko who won the 2000 Guineas for Andrew Balding and Oisin Murphy.#ITVRacing pic.twitter.com/VIrYJlBywD — ITV Racing (@itvracing) June 6, 2020Murphy, winning his first classic, kept Wichita at bay with an impressive turn of foot, and his horse, owned by Qatari Sheikh Fahad al-Thani, has been installed as favorite for next month's Epsom Derby.
Balding, who had every confidence after Kameko's impressive performance in his last race as a two-year-old, is now eying the biggest prize in English flat racing.
Kameko, Oisin Murphy, Andrew Balding, Rowley, Frankie Dettori, Charlie Appleby's Pinatubo, Frankel, William Buick, Qatari Sheikh Fahad al-Thani
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