Kingman cruises to Guineas glory
Kingman cruised to victory in the Irish 2000 Guineas at the Curragh, putting in an impressive performance, proving that the hype that surrounded John Gosden’s charge was fully justified.
The Invincible Spirit colt had tasted defeat for the first time in what was a muddling English equivalent at Newmarket earlier in the month but was under no pressure to return to winning ways in the first Irish Classic of the season, travelling strongly under James Doyle before showing an impressive turn of foot to come home a 5 length winner.
Newmarket fourth, Shifting Power, lead the field along in the early stages, with a heavily sweated up Michaelmas keeping him company on the outside. Kingman in the mean time had switched off nicely having found plenty of cover and still full of running, cruised to join the leaders at the two pole, with Mustajeeb appearing to be the main danger.
Doyle would wait until entering the final furlong before he would press the go button and he received an instant reaction from his willing partner. Having made most of the running, Shifting Power showed plenty of toughness to stay on to fill the runner-up spot, with Mustajeeb a further 2 lengths back in third.
“The track’s in pristine condition and he handled it very well,” winning trainer Gosden said. “Two furlongs out, you could see he was cruising.
“He’s a very talented horse and it’s lovely to win a Guineas with him.
“This mile takes some getting in these conditions and he (Doyle) rode him beautifully.
“He’s a miler and it’s good fun because of Richard Hannon, who I’m very fond of.
“We’ve got some rivalry now as the score is 1-1 and he’ll go for the St James’s Palace now.”
By Kevin Walsh / Photo: Pat Healy/PA Wire
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