05/23/2003 11:00PM

Indian Haven gets his Guineas win

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Indian Haven, unlucky in the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket, England, earlier this month, made amends in good style in the Irish 2,000 Guineas at The Curragh on Saturday afternoon.

Coming from off the pace set by Great Pyramid, Indian Haven and jockey John Egan made the decisive move at the furlong pole and won by a length over France.

France was one of five runners from the Aidan O'Brien stable. O'Brien also saddled favored Tomahawk, who finished 11th of 16 in the one-mile race under Michael Kinane.

Tout Seul rallied to finish third to improve upon his fourth in the English Guineas. Zafeen, second at Newmarket, faded badly in the final furlong and finished 14th.

The connections of Indian Haven had felt strongly that their colt would have played a part in the finish at Newmarket had he not suffered serious interference. They supplemented Indian Haven to the Irish 2,000 Guineas for about $47,000 and he earned $270,000 from the purse of about $473,000.

Indian Haven, sent off at 8-1 in the Group 1 race for colts and fillies, covered the mile in 1:41.50 on soft turf.

Winning trainer Paul d'Arcy said: "We had a terrible run at Newmarket in our 2,000 Guineas, but Indian Haven has always been a horse with a terrific turn of foot and he proved it today. I'm absolutely thrilled with the victory."