Kinane hoping for fifth King George victory on Grandera

MICHAEL KINANE will bid to improve on his already impressive tally in the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes when he partners Grandera in tomorrow's showpiece at Ascot.

The Irish jockey, who will be having his eighth ride in the race, has won the prestigious contest in the past on Belmez (1990), King’s Theatre (1994), Montjeu (2000) and Galileo (2001).

Godolphin’s racing manager Simon Crisford confirmed that Jamie Spencer would ride Leadership, with Frankie Dettori on Sulamani.

“We will put cheek pieces on Grandera. His last two runs have been disappointing but he’s well in himself.

“Sulamani obviously doesn’t show a lot at home. He is not a robust horse that requires a lot of hard work going into a race.

“Obviously it was a great performance in Dubai but we came back to Newmarket and we took our time with him because we knew the races for him were in the second half of the season.”

Sulamani finished a below-par fifth (promoted to fourth) in the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud in his European comeback race at the end of last month.

Godolphin will not be running a confirmed pacemaker. “Looking at the way the race is shaping up right now, it looks like the pace is going to be on,” Crisford went on.

In contrast to Kinane, Darryll Holland will be having his first ride in the great race when he renews his partnership with Falbrav, on whom he won the Coral-Eclipse Stakes at Sandown.

Pat Eddery is due to ride Millenary, winner of the Princess Of Wales’s Stakes at Newmarket last time, and the 11-time champion jockey will be riding in his final King George after announcing his retirement from the saddle at the end of this season.

“My horse has got great form this year,” he said. “He’s run three times, won twice (although he was once later placed second after causing interference), and just been beaten by Warrsan giving 3lb at Newmarket on his other run.

“He’s got solid form and on that he has to be thereabouts.”

Mamool and Narrative were the only two withdrawals at the final declaration stage leaving 14 runners, the largest field since Ile De Bourbon beat 13 rivals in 1978.

Alamshar along with Vodafone Derby hero Kris Kin and Tote Dante Stakes winner Magistretti represent the Classic generation.

Kris Kin will bid to become the third Derby winner in the last 10 years to go on to success in the King George.

Lammtarra followed up his Epsom triumph with victory in 1995 while Galileo achieved the feat two years ago.

Kieren Fallon, who won the King George last year on Golan, will ride Kris Kin for Michael Stoute.

“We think he’s doing all right. He doesn’t show anything at all at home. He sweats quite a bit and we’d be worried if he didn’t,” said Bruce Raymond, assistant manager to owner Saeed Suhail.

“He’s very lazy but he breezed out OK over four furlongs this morning, so we are hopeful.

“I think he’s OK on good to firm ground. He won the Derby on that ground.

“Everybody is going to fancy their horses. It’s going to be a good race. I think with Falbrav he has to get the distance which is not a problem for Kris Kin.

“We have beaten Alamshar once and people lose their money backing third horses to beat the one that finished in front of them, so I see no reason why we shouldn’t beat Alamshar again.”

Cashmans bet: 11/4 Alamshar, 9/2 Kris Kin, 9/2 Sulamani, 5/1 Nayef, 7/1 Falbrav, 10/1 Victory Moon, 16/1 Millenary, 18/1 Indian Creek, 18/1 Warrsan, 22/1 Bollin Eric, 28/1 Leadership, 28/1 Grandera, 50/1 Magistretti, 150/1 Izdihim.

Ladbrokes: 11-4 Alamshar, 4-1 Nayef, 9-2 Kris Kin, 5-1 Sulamani, 8-1 Falbrav, 10-1 Victory Moon, 16-1 Millenary, Indian Creek, Warrsan, Bollin Eric, 20-1 Leadership, 28-1 Grandera, 50-1 Magistretti, 100-1 Izdiham.

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