10/05/2010 12:18PM

Makfi retired from racing


English 2000 Guineas hero Makfi, who beat Goldikova in a French Group 1 this year, has been retired early at age 3 after contracting ringworm, according to Racing Post. Makfi had been considered a candidate for the Breeders’ Cup Mile.

A Dubawi colt, Makfi most recently finished fifth behind Poet’s Voice in the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot on Sept. 25. In his previous start, Makfi came away the winner of France’s Group 1 Prix Jacques le Marois, defeating last year’s champion grass mare and two-time Breeders’ Cup Mile winner, Goldikova, by 2 1/2 lengths. That was Goldikova’s only defeat this year.

Shadwell-bred Makfi is owned by a French trio led by Mathieu Offenstadt, who paid about $45,000 for him when Shadwell sold him last year. Makfi retires now with more than $867,000 in earnings.

“His owners wanted to see him race again, but he has been on the go nonstop for more than a year, and it’s been a long season competing in top-class races,” said David Redvers of Tweenhills Stud in England, where Makfi will stand at a fee of about $40,000. “He now has a dose of ringworm, and while it will clear up quickly, there’s no guarantee he will be 100 percent for his next race. At that level you have to be at the top of your game.”

The winner of a maiden race at 2, Makfi started his 3-year-old season with a three-length victory in the Group 3 Prix Djebel before shocking the 2000 Guineas field at 33-1 in May. From six lifetime starts, Makfi has won four times. His only other defeat came in the Group 1 St. James’s Palace Stakes in June.

Mikel Delzangles trained Makfi.

Makfi is the first foal out of unraced Dhelaal, by Green Desert, and is her first stakes-winner so far.