Kingman faces 13 in Guineas
Warm favourite Kingman will face a maximum of 13 rivals in the 2000 Guineas on Saturday, with John Gosden’s star included in the declarations for the first Classic of the season at Newmarket.
Kingman was installed as a short priced favourite after a very impressive display in the Greenham Stakes last month but drifted slightly yesterday as the going remains good to firm at headquarters, a surface that Gosden is not keen to run his budding star on. Main market rivals Australia and Toormore are also still standing in the field, as is last season’s Coventry Stakes and Dewhurst Stakes winner War Command.
Australia, who will be having his first start of this campaign on Saturday was an impressive winner of two of his three starts as a juvenile and will be partnered by trainer’s son Joseph, with Ryan Moore booked to ride War Command.
Last season’s Champion 2yo Toormore, one of three Richard Hannon trained entries, lines up off the back of a fine win over course and distance in the Craven and will be partnered by Champion jockey Richard Hughes. The unbeaten Shifting Power and Greenham runner-up Night Of Thunder will also represent Hannon and will be partnered by Frankie Dettori and Kieren Fallon respectively.
Probably the forgotten horse in the lead up to this weekend’s action is the Roger Varian trained Kingston Hill, who was a very impressive winner of the Racing Post Trophy at the end of last and also among the field is Breeder’s Cup Juvenile Turf winner Outstrip, the only Godolphin representative.
The field of 14 is completed by French raiders Bookrunner and Charm Spirit, Spanish raider Noozhoh Canarias, William Haggas’ Ertijaal and the outsiders of the field Master The World and The Grey Gatsby.
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