Kazzia Wins 1,000 Guineas for Godolphin
Date Posted: 5/5/2002 1:29:34 PM

Godolphin's German-bred Kazzia resisted a late challenge from 28-1 longshot Snowfire to win Sunday's Sagitta One Thousand Guineas (Eng-I) by a neck at Newmarket. Under Frankie Dettori, Kazzia completed the mile in 1:37.85 on good to firm ground to keep her perfect record intact.

Alasha finished third, another neck behind the runner-up. Dolores was fourth of 17. Favored Gossamer finished eighth, with early wagering favorite Queen's Logic scratched after being found lame on the eve of the race.

"I came back with a bit of a cold after my trip to Kentucky and it is a bitterly cold day here, but now all I feel is warm," said Dettori. "She really wants more than a mile, and I felt that if I could get her up in the front and then stretch them from the three furlong pole, then they would have to quicken to get to me and then they would have to quicken again to get past. They just could not do that. She is a really tough and brave filly and, though she did not have the best of trips over from Dubai, she has certainly put that behind her with this."

Kazzia won both her starts as a juvenile while trained by Andreas Wohler, including a 2 ¼-length win in the Premio Dormello (Ity-III).

"Sheikh Mohammed was very impressed with the filly and liked her a lot, so he made an offer to the owners which they accepted and she came to us," said Simon Crisford, Godolphin's racing manager. "She has done very well through the winter in Dubai, where she was beaten just a head in her trial race and she is a very brave, tough and resolute filly."

Crisford said Kazzia would run next in the Epsom Oaks (Eng-I) and he is hoping for softer ground for the 1 ½-mile classic.

"Over a mile and a half on soft ground at Epsom, I think she can gallop them into the ground," Crisford said. "That is where she will go next. At one time we were thinking of the Italian Oaks but it is definitely Epsom for her now."

Kazzia (Zinaad -- Khoruna, by Lagunas) was bred by R Grunewald and is currently trained by Saeed bin Suroor.


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