Qipco 2000 Guineas
|Group 1, Newmarket
1m, Class 1
|Saturday 3rd May 2014|
Kingman Heads Field for 2000 Guineas
Kingman and Toormore are among 27 horses in contention for the Qipco 2000 Guineas at Newmarket on Saturday week following the latest forfeit stage.
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)."
The trainer said: "He looks terrific. We took him to Newbury for a gallop a couple of Sundays ago and he went very well. Kingston Hill is a clear-winded horse who has done plenty of work so he will be ready on the day.
"I couldn't be more pleased with him. Good ground would be perfectly fine - he might even be better on it - and, although I would review his participation in the Guineas if the ground came up very quick, I think that is pretty unlikely."
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."
Aidan O'Brien is pleased with Australia ahead of the colt's intended seasonal debut on Saturday week.
Australia is currently second favourite behind Kingman for the Classic over the Rowley Mile and heads the ante-post market for the Investec Derby.
The son of Galileo, out of the brilliant mare Ouija Board, has always been held in very high regard at Ballydoyle.
He looked an exciting prospect when ending his two-year-old campaign with a six-length romp over Free Eagle in the Group Three ICON Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Trial Stakes at Leopardstown on September.
"We're happy with him and always have been. He's never done anything other than that for us," O'Brien told At The Races.
Australia could be accompanied in the Classic by his stablemate War Command, who wound up his juvenile season with victory in the Group One Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket in October.
"The plan was always to train both for it and then we'd see closer to the time," said O'Brien.
"It's very possible both will run, but the boys (owners) will decide that closer to the time."
Richard Hannon has confirmed he will be triple-handed in his bid to train a Classic winner in his own right at the first attempt with Night Of Thunder and Shifting Power joining leading light Toormore.
While success at the highest level is nothing new for a man who assisted his father Richard to three of the last four British titles, there is still high expectation ahead of the showdown with Kingman and Australia.
Last season's champion European juvenile Toormore, the scheduled mount of Richard Hughes, heads the team after extending his unbeaten record to four in the Craven Stakes over course and distance a few days ago.
Also undefeated is the strong chestnut Shifting Power, who Ryan Moore helped to prevail in a tight finish to last week's Free Handicap, while Night Of Thunder's unblemished record was ended by a hot Guineas favourite Kingman in the Greenham Stakes.
"I'm quite happy for all three of them to run, at the end of the day they are all owned by different people and they all want to have their go," said Hannon, who showed off the trio at a press morning at his Wiltshire stable on Tuesday.
"Hughesie will ride Toormore and we'd like Ryan to ride one, which depends on how many Aidan O'Brien runs. Then it will be the next best available on the other, depending what the owners want."
"I think they are three excellent chances," he said.
"Shifting Power is the dark horse. He'll be a lot more suited to a mile and going a bit quicker. He's something a bit out of the ordinary as he's quite big and obviously very good.
"Night Of Thunder will have improved for the run at Newbury. He went off a bit keen and has an excellent chance of getting closer (to Kingman than four and a half lengths)."
Toormore did not turn in a performance in the Craven to match Kingman's demolition job in the Greenham Stakes but Hannon said: "He's never been a flashy horse and we were delighted with him.
"He'll run a massive race in the Guineas. Ours need their first run and he can improve five or seven pounds for it. That will put him right in the mix."
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."
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