By Simon Jackson.
Paddy Power has cut the price of Kingman into 6-4 for the QIPCO 2000 Guineas after bullish comments from trainer John Gosden following an emphatic win in the Aon Greenham Stakes.
Kingman’s supporters had little cause for concern throughout the Group 3 contest at Newbury on Saturday, as Kingman tracked the leaders under James Doyle before taking it up at the furlong and easing to a four a half-length victory.
The emphatic success was the third in as many starts for the son of Invincible Spirit and Gosden was quick to heap praise on the Khalid Abdullah owned colt.
“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,” Gosden said.
“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 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 [for the 2000 Guineas on May 3] 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 added: “It’s great to have a horse like him to look forward to. People forget that at Sandown [when he won the Group 3 Solario Stakes] 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.”
Paddy Power said: “Punters have watched the reruns and read John Gosden’s comments about Kingman having the highest cruising speed of any horse he’s trained over 7f/1m and are backing him as if defeat is completely out of the question.”
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