Kingman and Night Of Thunder may meet again at Goodwood
Another tantalizing battle between this season’s leading 3yo’s Kingman and Night Of Thunder may again be on the cards, with both being among the entries for the Qipco Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood.
Kingman came out on top in the first match up between the pair in the Greenham Stakes at Newbury in April, only to have that form reversed in dramatic style in the Qipco 2000 Guineas just a month later. Kingman has since grabbed a classic victory of his own with a bloodless effort in the Irish 2000 Guineas last weekend and although a St. James Palace battle at Royal Ascot is next up on both horses’ agenda, Glorious Goodwood and the Group 1 Sussex Stakes may see the pair go toe to toe once again.
Bruce Raymond, racing manager to Night Of Thunder’s owner Saeed Manana, said: “As soon as we get over Royal Ascot we will see what happens, but I’m sure the QIPCO Sussex Stakes is a race we will be looking at for Night Of Thunder.
“He has been going very, very well since Newmarket. He has not done much galloping because he is a horse who doesn’t require a lot of work, but we are very happy with his progress. We thought he was a good horse before Newmarket and he has now proved that he is a good horse. The result in Ireland at the weekend with Kingman and Shifting Power only makes his form look stronger.
“The rivalry between Night Of Thunder and Kingman is exciting and you have to take on good horses if you want to win good races. Night Of Thunder has got a favourite’s or second favourite’s chance at Ascot and I don’t think he will be going off at 40/1 anymore – those days are long gone!
“I think the ground might be more important to Kingman than it is to us, but then again John Gosden would probably say that’s not the case. It’s a good talking point but we will only know after the race.”
By Kevin Walsh
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