04/20/2007 11:00PM

Pair of upsets in Guineas preps


Favorites took a hit in a pair of Guineas preps at Newbury on Saturday as Dutch Art fell to Major Cadeaux in the Greenham Stakes while Majestic Roi sprang a 25-1 upset over Indian Ink in the Fred Darling Stakes.

Dutch Art's ability to stay the mile of the 2000 Guineas must now be seriously called into question as he was outdueled at odds of 8-11 in the Group 3 Greenham by the 3-1 Major Cadeaux, who had not run since finishing second in the Group 2 Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot on June 20. They matched strides at the quarter pole, but in the end it was all Major Cadeaux as he strode clear by 3 1/2 lengths under Richard Hughes, getting the straight seven furlongs on good to firm ground in 1:23.66. Group 2 Superlative Stakes winner Halicarnassus was third, beaten 4 1/2 lengths by the winner.

Winning trainer Richard Hannon can look forward to the 2000 Guineas and a battle with Teofilo on May 5. Dutch Art's trainer, Peter Chapple-Hyam, said his charge will improve off this effort, but he has his work cut out in getting his two-time six-furlong Group 1 winner to stretch his speed to a mile.

Like Major Cadeaux, Majestic Roi was overcoming a long layoff to take the Group 3 Fred Darling. Absent since June 8, when she won a modest maiden at Hamilton in her second start, the Street Cry filly came from 12th of 13 to lead under Jamie Spencer approaching the sixteenth pole, clocking 1:23.67 for the seven furlongs.

Indian Ink, winner of the six-furlong Group 1 Cheveley Park Stakes in her most recent start on Sept. 29, was staying on at the end, and her chances against European 2-year-old filly champ Finsceal Beo in the 1000 Guineas on May 6 cannot be discounted.

Majestic Roi is not sure to run in the Guineas and may be aimed at the English Oaks instead.