Kingman stakes 2000 Guineas claim with Greenham romp
Last Updated: 12/04/14 4:23pm
Kingman runs out a hugely impressive winner of the Greenham
Kingman staked his QIPCO 2000 Guineas claims in no uncertain style, running away with the Aon Greenham Stakes at Newbury.
The 15/8 favourite was always cantering under James Doyle and he sauntered to the front at the furlong pole.
The response once let down was fantastic, the son of Invincible Spirit bounding clear to score by four-and-a-half lengths and stretch his unbeaten record to three races.
Night Of Thunder (11/4) took the forecast spot ahead of 80/1 outsider Master Carpenter but this was a one-horse contest from some way out.
Trainer John Gosden said: "He's been in good order this spring and has worked well on the bridle. He's pleased me in everything he has done, we came here for a trial and he has passed his trial well.
"I was really happy with how he settled, and we were thrilled with how he picked up. Without doubt he has the highest cruising speed of any horse I've trained over this trip - seven furlongs and a mile.
"It's well documented that he got a chip in an ankle last year and to that extent, and so early in his three-year-old career, the last thing you want to do with a young horse would be to run on fast ground, but hopefully it will be good ground (at Newmarket) and we will be there.
"He's a proper horse, there's the Guineas and hopefully there's other races down the other road, I think we'll be staying at a mile. I couldn't be happier with him."
Doyle said: "It's great to have a horse like him to look forward to. It's brilliant for me and I'm enjoying the job (as retained rider to Abdullah) very much.
"People forget that at Sandown (Solario Stakes win) it was a small field and they didn't go very fast but he picked up really well. I've ridden him at home and that wasn't a surprise to me."
Richard Hannon said of Night Of Thunder: "He has beaten by a very good horse, but he has run a super race. You can't not go for a Guineas on the back of one horse, but the ground might suit him better in France, so he could go there."
Rod Millman was thrilled with 80-1 chance Master Carpenter's run in third, and said: "We rode him for a place and he has got one. He's not in the Guineas, I'll have to talk to Cheveley Park (joint-owners) and see what they want to do."
Kingman clocked a winning time two seconds faster than J Wonder in the Dubai Duty Free Stakes.
He is now Sky Bet's 7/4 favourite for the QIPCO 2000 Guineas (from 6/1), spokesman Michael Shinners saying: "We thought it was a red-hot Greenham before the stalls opened and that was some performance. The vibes for Australia have been very strong through the spring but he'll need to be every bit as good as they say to lower Kingman's colours at Newmarket."