By Simon Jackson.
John Gosden believes there is still more improvement to come from Kingman, the 6-4 favourite for the QIPCO 2000 Guineas at Newmarket on Saturday.
The son of Invincible Spirit blew away his nine opponents to score by four and a half lengths in the Group 3 Greenham Stakes at Newbury, at his last start on April 12.
Kingman’s supporters had little cause for concern throughout the seven furlong contest as he tracked the leaders under James Doyle before taking it up at the furlong and easing to an impressive victory.
The emphatic success was his third in as many starts and followed on from victories at Newmarket and Sandown last season.
“He’s been in good form since the Greenham,” Gosden said. “I have been pleased with him between his races.
“He’s a very genuine, honest horse who gives you everything he’s got. So there should be some improvement [from his run in the Greenham]. He just wants good ground.
“As far as staying the mile is concerned, you cannot realistically stage a strongly-run Guineas at home so we will only find out when he races. But he gives us every indication that he will stay.
“His draw in stall one is not a help. I would have preferred to be drawn in the middle or higher. Raven’s Pass [who finished fourth in 2008] was also badly drawn and never got cover so we will just have to see how it pans out.”
“It’s an important race but you have to have the right type of horse,” he added.
Meanwhile Clive Brittain is similarly positive about the wellbeing of QIPCO 1000 Guineas favourite Rizeena, who heads the market at 7-2 for the feature race at Newmarket on Sunday.
“Rizeena proved last year she was top class and shows all signs that she’s improved from two to three just like [1984 and 1993 1000 Guineas winners] Pebbles & Sayyedati,” Brittain told Great British Racing.
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