‘Rain Almost Chased Us Away’

Trainer tells how Kingman's win almost never happened

Kingman shows he is top class with a facile Gr1 victory

Kingman shows he is top class with a facile Gr1 victory

Kingman brought enlightenment to a rain-soaked afternoon at the Curragh on Saturday with a spectacular victory in the Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas.

Trainer John Gosden revealed he had come “quite close” to taking the colt out of the Classic after a sustained spell of heavy showers had left conditions very testing.

Luckily for his army of followers, Kingman was allowed to seize the opportunity with a performance which bristled with authority and class.

Beaten into second in the Newmarket equivalent earlier this month, his backers never really had an anxious moment on this occasion as he travelled powerfully throughout in the hands of James Doyle.

Kingman moved smoothly into contention from his early position in mid-division as the runners came over towards the near rail in the straight, and the response was immediate when Doyle pressed the button a furlong out.

Sent off the 4-5 favourite, the son of Invincible Spirit powered through the mud to record a five-length verdict over the supplemented Shifting Power, trained by Richard Hannon.

Mustajeeb finished third, another two lengths behind the exceptional winner, who will now renew rivalry with Hannon’s Newmarket Guineas winner Night Of Thunder in the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Gosden said: “The track’s in pristine condition and he handled it very well.

“Two (furlongs) out, you could see he was cruising.

“He’s a very talented horse and it’s lovely to win a Guineas with him.

“This mile takes some getting in these conditions and he (Doyle) rode him beautifully.

“He’s a miler and it’s good fun because of Richard Hannon, who I’m very fond of.

“We’ve got some rivalry now as the score is 1-1 and he’ll go for the St James’s Palace (Royal Ascot) now.”

Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager for Kingman’s owner Khalid Abdullah, said: “He travelled really well in the race and did it pretty comfortably.

“You want good horses to have a bit of spirit.

“Prince Khalid said we have to make this horse a Classic winner. This is a hugely important race for us.

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