Kingman ready for Guineas glory
John Gosden has expressed his delight with Kingman as the pair continue preparations for a tilt at the Irish 2000 Guineas at the Curragh on Saturday. The highly touted son of Invincible Spirit could only fill the runner-up spot in the Newmarket equivalent earlier in the month, finding the vastly improved Night Of Thunder too good, despite having dealt with Richard Hannon’s charge in convincing fashion just a month earlier in the Greenham Stakes at Newbury.
Connections, including owner Khalid Abdullah, are now set to raid the first Irish Classic of the season this weekend as they look for some redemption and with Newmarket conqueror Night Of Thunder instead being prepped for Royal Ascot, Kingman is as short as 8/11 to take tomorrow’s feature.
“He’s in good form, he went nicely on Saturday and I’m happy with him now,” Gosden said of his star 3yo.
“We’d like to run on good ground – that’s what everyone is looking for so you can show a turn of foot. We don’t want it fast for him, but it might go the other way.
“He’s in good order, he came out of his race well and I couldn’t be happier.”
Kingman will face a total of 13 rivals at the Curragh with Mustajeeb, War Command and Shifting Power the main market rivals to the odds on jolly.
By Kevin Walsh / Photo: Tim Ireland/PA Wire
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