05/03/2004 12:00AM

Attraction wins Guineas


Attraction maintained her undefeated record with a game half-length victory in the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket on Sunday in her first start since July 8.

The victory of Attraction, a 6-for-6 crooked-leg daughter of Efisio, was all the more remarkable in that she had suffered a cracked bone in her foot in September. But trainer Mark Johnston had her ready. She led after the first furlong of the straight mile, and was ridden out to victory by Kevin Darley, holding safe the challenge of Sundrop, a Sunday Silence filly from the Godolphin stable.

Hathrah was another half-length back in third, while the 4-1 favorite, Red Bloom, finished 1 1/4 lengths farther back in fourth. The time was 1:36.78 on good ground.

Bred in Scotland by her owner, the Duke of Roxburghe, Attraction is the first European 2-year-old filly champion to win the 1000 Guineas since Shadayid in 1990. No plans were announced for her next race, but Godolphin said that Sundrop would run in the English Oaks on June 4.

* Execute scored a 22-1 upset in the Group 1 Prix Ganay at Longchamp on Sunday with a 1 1/2-length tally over Vespone. Trained by John Hammond and ridden by Thierry Gillet, the 7-year-old son of Suave Dancer covered the 1 5/16 miles on very soft ground in 2:14.60. Defending champ Fair Mix was third.