Qipco 2000 Guineas
|Group 1, Newmarket
1m, Class 1
|Saturday 3rd May 2014|
Kingman Heads 73 for 2000 Guineas
Ante-post favourite Kingman features among 73 initial entries for the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket on May 3.
Jockey James Doyle compared riding Kingman to driving a Ferrari following his scintillating display in the Greenham Stakes at Newbury on April 12.
John Gosden's colt, who carries the Khalid Abdullah silks of the mighty Frankel, rocketed to the top of ante-posts lists for the first Classic of the season with a brilliant display, pulling four and a half lengths clear without being extended.
Plenty of talented opponents will be lying in wait on the Rowley Mile on May 3, with the much-vaunted Australia rated his biggest threat at this stage, but Doyle is quietly confident Kingman will come out on top.
He said: "He has got fantastic cruising speed, like Mr Gosden said. At the furlong pole when I asked him to go about his business, he dropped down a gear and got lower to the ground and picked up very well.
"It's like being in a Ferrari, coming around a bend and dropping down a gear.
"The closer to the line we got, the more he was drawing away.
"Proper good ground will be perfect for him (at Newmarket).
"You'd have to question whether one would be good enough to go past him (in the Guineas)."
Kingston Hill could be taken to Newmarket racecourse this week - though not for a prep run before the Qipco 2000 Guineas.
Trainer Roger Varian is keen to reacclimatise the Racing Post Trophy winner with Headquarters before he contests the colts' Classic on May 3.
Varian said: "We took him for a gallop at Newbury last Sunday and it's all going well. He might just go to Newmarket this week before racing for a look around but he's where I want him at the moment."
The unbeaten son of Mastercraftsman also holds an entry in the Investec Derby and is around the 9-1 mark for the Guineas.
Saeed bin Suroor said: "I have liked Be Ready since he was a yearling.
"Be Ready, from the way he worked, showed he had class for the future. I ran him in a Listed race first time out at Newbury (August 17, 2013) and he finished second. He then won a Listed race at Doncaster impressively.
"He may go the Greenham at Newbury (April 12) and we will see how he gets on. Then he will be targeted at either the 2000 Guineas or the Derby. I like him a lot."
Qipco 2000 Guineas Stakes (206th Running)
(British Champions Series) (Group 1)
£450,000 added, 3yo only, 1m, Class 1
|1-||Adelaide||3||9-0||A P O'Brien|
|1-||Age Of Innocence||3||9-0||A Fabre|
|1-||Agena||3||9-0||A P O'Brien|
|16111-||Astaire (IRE)||3||9-0||K A Ryan|
|211-||Australia||3||9-0||A P O'Brien|
|21-||Baarez (USA)||3||9-0||R Varian|
|125-||Barley Mow (IRE)||3||9-0||R Hannon|
|21-||Be Ready (IRE)||3||9-0||Saeed bin Suroor|
|24-||Beaumontel (FR)||3||9-0||E Lellouche|
|311-||Berkshire (IRE)||3||9-0||P F I Cole|
|122-||Big Time||3||9-0||John Joseph Murphy|
|1-||Bookrunner (USA)||3||9-0||M Delzangles|
|124322-||Cable Bay (IRE)||3||9-0||C Hills|
|213-||Charm Spirit (IRE)||3||9-0||F Head|
|14-||Due Diligence||3||9-0||A P O'Brien|
|1-||Ebanoran (IRE)||3||9-0||J M Oxx|
|4-||Elusive Guest (FR)||3||9-0||G G Margarson|
|1222-12||Emirates Flyer||3||9-0||Saeed bin Suroor|
|1-||End of Line||3||9-0||A M Balding|
|21-||Ertijaal (IRE)||3||9-0||W J Haggas|
|Fog of War||3||9-0||G M Lyons|
|11-||Geoffrey Chaucer (USA)||3||9-0||A P O'Brien|
|1312-||Giovanni Boldini (USA)||3||9-0||A P O'Brien|
|154-||God Willing||3||9-0||E A L Dunlop|
|41-||Golden Town (IRE)||3||9-0||Saeed bin Suroor|
|12-||Hors De Combat||3||9-0||J R Fanshawe|
|Idea (USA)||3||9-0||Sir Michael Stoute|
|1-||Indy (IRE)||3||9-0||T D Barron|
|1202-||Invincible Strike (IRE)||3||9-0||J Tate|
|422-||Johann Strauss||3||9-0||A P O'Brien|
|1211-||Karakontie (JPN)||3||9-0||J E Pease|
|11-||Kingman||3||9-0||J H M Gosden|
|111-||Kingston Hill||3||9-0||R Varian|
|2111-||Kiram (FR)||3||9-0||J C Rouget|
|1-||Lat Hawill (IRE)||3||9-0||M Botti|
|1-||Lightning Spear||3||9-0||R M Beckett|
|21-||Madeed||3||9-0||B J Meehan|
|251-||Master The World (IRE)||3||9-0||D R C Elsworth|
|212-||Michaelmas (USA)||3||9-0||A P O'Brien|
|111001-||Miracle of Medinah||3||9-0||M D I Usher|
|412-||Mustajeeb||3||9-0||D K Weld|
|2-||Mutakayyef||3||9-0||W J Haggas|
|1-||Muwaary||3||9-0||J H M Gosden|
|01-||Naadirr (IRE)||3||9-0||M Botti|
|11-||Night Of Thunder (IRE)||3||9-0||R Hannon|
|21320-||No Leaf Clover (IRE)||3||9-0||Ollie Pears|
|1112-||Noozhoh Canarias (SPA)||3||9-0||E leon Penate|
|1-||Obliterator (IRE)||3||9-0||G M Lyons|
|612212-||Oklahoma City||3||9-0||A P O'Brien|
|1233-||Parbold (IRE)||3||9-0||R A Fahey|
|1-||Patentar (FR)||3||9-0||M Botti|
|512-||Postponed (IRE)||3||9-0||L M Cumani|
|31-||Scotland (GER)||3||9-0||A M Balding|
|10-||Shankly||3||9-0||C G Cox|
|11-||Shifting Power||3||9-0||R Hannon|
|1343-||Sir John Hawkins (USA)||3||9-0||A P O'Brien|
|31-||Snow Trouble (USA)||3||9-0||M P Tregoning|
|142120-||Somewhat (USA)||3||9-0||M Johnston|
|42135-||Stormardal (IRE)||3||9-0||I Mohammed|
|311125-||Sudirman (USA)||3||9-0||David Wachman|
|2-||Sufranel (IRE)||3||9-0||M Botti|
|1220-||The Grey Gatsby (IRE)||3||9-0||K A Ryan|
|5211-||Toast Of New York (USA)||3||9-0||J A Osborne|
|111-||Toormore (IRE)||3||9-0||R Hannon|
|21-||True Story||3||9-0||Saeed bin Suroor|
|313-||Voice of A Leader (IRE)||3||9-0||P W Chapple-Hyam|
|11311-||War Command (USA)||3||9-0||A P O'Brien|
|21-||Windfast (IRE)||3||9-0||B J Meehan|
|112312-||Rizeena (IRE)||3||8-11||C E Brittain|
Christophe Soumillon has been booked to ride Noozhoh Canarias on May 3.
Enrique Leon's three-year-old will become the first Spanish-trained horse to run in a British Classic when he takes his chance on the Rowley Mile next month, earning his place with an impressive comeback victory in Madrid at the end of March.
Jose Luis Martinez has guided Noozhoh Canarias to each of his four career victories, but Soumillon, who was in the saddle when the colt suffered his only defeat in last October's Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere at Longchamp, will get back on board at HQ.
Leon said: "Everything is going very well and we are more or less where we want to be ahead of the Guineas.
The trainer admits he was blown away by the brilliant display of John Gosden's new Guineas favourite Kingman in Saturday's Greenham Stakes at Newbury.
"I watched the race and it really was amazing," said Leon.
"It was a beautiful performance and he looks a very good horse. We want to know where we are and we will find out at Newmarket."
Leading Irish trainer Aidan O’Brien has fuelled expectations ahead of the 2000 Guineas with high praise for his clot Australia. The chestnut son of Galileo has been rated the classiest flat horse that O’Brien has trained and is reported to be heading straight to the Guineas at Newmarket.
He beat the highly regarded Great Eagle by six lengths on his third and final start as a juvenile.
Toormore is set to warm up in the Craven Stakes over the Classic course and distance of the Rowley Mile.
Connections of last season's champion European two-year-old are leaning towards the Group Three at Newmarket on April 17 rather than the Greenham Stakes at Newbury the previous Saturday.
Plans for the unbeaten colt were discussed when owners Middleham Park Racing saw Toormore work at the stables of Richard Hannon in Wiltshire.
"The Craven is the plan. We were at the Hannons on Saturday with all our owners to see the horses out," said Middleham Park's racing manager Tim Palin.
"He did a piece of work with Annunciation and Anjaal. Everything went fine, and Richard Hughes described it as a good exercise gallop."
Appleby said: "Outstrip has wintered in England and I am very pleased with the way he looks. He has grown and strengthened. The aim will be to take him straight to the Guineas if it is good ground or better, and use that race as a stepping stone. He needs genuine good ground or quicker, especially over the Rowley Mile at Newmarket. The dip on that course caught him out on soft ground in the Dubai Dewhurst Stakes last year. He is an athletic horse and on decent ground should cope with the undulations but not on soft ground. You can see in the Dewhurst how he lost his action. He is an exciting horse to have for the summer. He travels well in his races and picks up well so we will be looking at the top mile events in the first half of the season and then take it from there. There is a chance he could stretch to nine or 10 furlongs come the end of the year."
War Command gave Aidan O'Brien a belated first two-year-old Group One triumph of the season when lifting the Dubai Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket.
War Command, the 10-11 favourite, was hard ridden by Joseph O'Brien to hold 20-1 shot Cable Bay by a length and a quarter, with Outstrip third and Anjaal fourth.
The winning jockey told Channel 4 Racing: "The ground was plenty slow for him. When he got to the front he was idling like mad. He was waiting for a horse to come to him, but did enough. I think he's getting more professional with each race.
"He's definitely a Guineas type. I think he will have no trouble getting a mile and I think the faster the ground, the better he will be."
A French challenge is also possible as trainer Elie Lellouche confirmed Group One Criterium International winner Ectot will be entered in the colts' Classic.
He said: "We are leaning towards running Ectot in the Poule d'Essai des Poulains (French 2000 Guineas) following a prep race in the Prix de Fontainebleau, but he will be entered in both the 2000 Guineas and the Derby."
Berkshire has the Newmarket Classic on May 3 as his major target.
"We are very happy with Berkshire and are hoping for big things," said Oliver Cole, assistant to his father, trainer Paul Cole.
"When he won the Royal Lodge he did it the hard way as he was coming back from three months away, he pulled hard and he was out on his own in the middle of the track. His toughness saw it out. He is the type of horse that one would expect to get better and better with every race and he is still relatively inexperienced compared with many of his rivals.
"We have had a lot of very serious horses over the years but this horse is an exception in terms of his height and his strength. He has thickened and furnished a lot and is a bigger, stronger horse so I would hope that there is much more improvement to come. We haven't ruled out the possibility of a prep race before the Guineas. It would be either at Newbury (Greenham Stakes), which is just up the road from us, or Newmarket (Craven Stakes)."
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