By Simon Jackson.
The prospect of a rematch between Sussex Stakes winner Kingman and runner-up Toronado remains alive as both sets of connections target the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot in October.
Kingman and James Doyle were far too good for their three rivals in a tactical contest on the second day of Glorious Goodwood, where they trailed the field for the bulk of the journey.
The John Gosden-trained colt was still more than a length behind inside the last furlong but produced a scintillating turn of foot to win eased down by a length from last year’s winner, Toronado.
“This horse gets the mile well, and, while it was a tactical affair, luckily he had the toe to win,” Gosden said of the victory that followed an impressive success in the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot.
“His balance won on this track. Having walked it twice you have to remind yourself it’s downhill, it goes uphill, it switches, it cambers away and then runs downhill to the two-and-a-half furlong marker, which is why a lot of horses get unbalanced.
“A lot of horses come late on the outside to win, because they are just getting the momentum and balance, and he’s no different to that.
“He’s in the Prix Jacques Le Marois which comes up pretty quick on August 17, but the QEII has always been the big, big target and that remains the plan.
“So we will keep winding it back from there. I’m not keen on the Prix du Moulin, so he could go straight to the QEII.”
The Hannon stable won the Queen Elizabeth II last year with Olympic Glory and are set to be represented there again.
“Toronado ran a magnificent race in the Sussex, and he has been beaten by an exceptional colt in Kingman,” Richard Hannon said on his website.
“Hughesie tried to nick it at the two-pole, but Kingman still had the answers and all credit to him. He was very impressive.
“However, Toronado lost nothing in defeat. There are still plenty of good races for him between now and the end of the season, and either him or Olympic Glory will take on Kingman again in the QEII, but it is too early to make firm plans.”
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