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&rsquo; Cup Mile.\r\nA Dubawi colt, Makfi most recently finished fifth behind Poet&rsquo;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&rsquo;s Group 1 Prix Jacques le Marois, defeating last year&rsquo;s champion grass mare and two-time Breeders&rsquo; Cup Mile winner, Goldikova, by 2 1/2 lengths. That was Goldikova&rsquo;s only defeat this year.\r\nShadwell-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.\r\n&ldquo;His owners wanted to see him race again, but he has been on the go nonstop for more than a year, and it&rsquo;s been a long season competing in top-class races,&rdquo; said David Redvers of Tweenhills Stud in England, where Makfi will stand at a fee of about $40,000. &ldquo;He now has a dose of ringworm, and while it will clear up quickly, there&rsquo;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.&rdquo;\r\nThe 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&rsquo;s Palace Stakes in June.\r\nMikel Delzangles trained Makfi.\r\nMakfi is the first foal out of unraced Dhelaal, by Green Desert, and is her first stakes-winner so far.