The rematch is on….
The eagerly anticipated rematch between Night Of Thunder and Kingman is on for next Tuesday, as the pair are set to renew rivalries in the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot.
It will be the third meeting of the season between the Richard Hannon and John Gosden trained pair, with the score currently standing at one a piece. Kingman struck the first blow with a devastating victory in the Greenham at Newbury, but Night Of Thunder took revenge on the bigger stage when wandering home ahead in the Investec 2000 Guineas a month later.
Since then Kingman has went on to capture a Classic of his own with a facile victory in the Irish equivalent, whilst Night Of Thunder has been held back for a crack at Tuesday’s Group 1 contest. Kingman, as he was before the Epsom showpiece, currently heads the market but the pair will not have it all to themselves, as a quality field awaits them.
Among the competition is Night Of Thunder’s stablemate and last year’s Champion 2yo Toormore, who was only beaten 4 lengths in the Guineas, having previously won the Craven on his reappearance, a race that the form of has worked out very well. Aidan O’Brien, a winner of three of the last seven renewals of the race, sends out War Command who took the Coventry Stakes at last year’s meeting but put in a poor performance at Epsom on his reappearance.
Godolphin, owners of last year’s victor Dawn Approach, will be represented by Breeders Cup Juvenile Turf winner Outstrip, who was very disappointing the 2000 Guineas, with the unexposed pair of Prince Of All and Yuften complete the seven runner field.
By Kevin Walsh / Photo: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
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