Casual observers of flat racing could have been forgiven for thinking they were watching a replay of the imperious Frankel such was the nature of Kingman’s performance in the Greenham Stakes.
Juddmonte’s new permanent rider James Doyle was motionless on the son of Invincible Spirit until challenging the lead and accelerating away in the same emphatically breathless style last seen by the horse that remained unbeaten in the same colours.
Khalid Abdullah will no doubt be looking forward to the future debuts of his dual world champion’s progeny but in the meantime the prolific owner has lots to look forward to and enjoy.
Kingman came into Newbury’s Group 3 contest disputing second-favouritism for the 2000 Guineas but left Berkshire the clear favourite.
Currently evens, John Gosden’s star is likely to go off even shorter by the time Classics weekend swings around, especially considering that his main rival in the market, Australia, now 5/2, is set to go straight to Newmarket.
The Ballydoyle resident had been all the rage in the ante-post market forcing layers to slash their prices across the board but unlike his replacement at the head of the market he has yet to prove his real worth where it matters.
Punters won’t get a chance before Australia tackles the Rowley Mile to see what they’re buying with Aidan O’Brien’s beautifully bred son of Galileo and after Kingman’s clear advertisement this is going to result in one-way traffic for Abdullah’s new star.
Furthermore, there is no doubt over whether the Guineas trip is the optimum one for Gosden’s hope, conversely Australia has been billed as a Derby horse for later in the season.
Gosden said: “Without doubt he has the highest cruising speed of any I’ve trained over this trip. A mile will be his distance though.”
Another positive can be found in the performance of the runner-up at Newbury which gives the form a sturdiness that Australia’s has been accused of lacking
Richard Hannon Jnr’s Night Of Thunder (25/1) was also putting his unbeaten record on the line and the fact he was beaten a generous four and a half lengths can only encourage Kingman supporters further.
Enthusiasm is dampened only by comments after the race from Gosden that stated the team would have no concerns in missing the Guineas if the ground was too firm as it was “a long season” and they wouldn’t want to risk an injury.
Enthusiasm for the most exciting three-year-old in training is not in short supply, however.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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