Refuse To Bend Takes English 2,000 Guineas

Refuse To Bend remained unbeaten in four starts after taking the English 2,000 Guineas(Eng-I) today at Newmarket over Zafeen and Norse Dancer.

The Sadler's Wells colt, trained by Dermot Weld, may start next in the Vodafone Derby (Eng-I). Refuse To Bend was installed co-favorite for the Derby with Alamshar.

"That was absolutely brilliant," winning jockey Pat Smullen said. "We've always held this horse in high regard and it was a little bit of a hard call whether to go the Derby route or come here but he worked so well last Tuesday morning we had to come."

"He ran a super race. He got a great ride from Pat Smullen. I told Pat to go out there and ride him like a champion and that's what he did," Weld said.

"I was pleased with his work on Tuesday morning and the ground was perfect for him. His blood was right, he scoped good and he worked super.

"This is a special day because nowadays with the strength of Godolphin and Ballydoyle my team by some standards is very small compared with theirs."

Godolphin hope Lateen Sails proved a big disappointment and trailed home last of the 20-strong field.

Out of the Gulch mare Market Slide, Refuse to Bend is a homebred racing for Moyglare Stud.

(Chart, Sporting Life)