Kingman puts the record straight

James Doyle placed a finger to his lips in silencing any remaining doubters as the scales of what was hoped to be a long-lasting racing rivalry turned emphatically in favour of Kingman after the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot yesterday.

Kingman puts the record straight

There had been no disgrace in finishing second to Night Of Thunder in a tactical 2000 Guineas, but the jockey clearly felt there was still a point to prove on the racecourse and the dispatch of his Richard Hannon-trained rival was as clinical as it had been on their earlier meeting in the Greenham Stakes.

Night Of Thunder surprisingly took the lead under Richard Hughes instead of stablemate Toormore, and while the 8-11 favourite Kingman had some ground to make up with a furlong remaining, he completed it so easily Doyle was looking over his shoulder crossing the line with two and a quarter lengths in hand.

Kingman also secured the Irish Guineas and now he will be raised to challenge older horses for overall supremacy of the mile division, he may find himself up against the Queen Anne winner Toronado rather than the Hannon stablemate.

“I probably shouldn’t have done that. I let my emotions go a bit but I got a lot of satisfaction from that,” said Doyle, when asked about making the signal.

“A lot of things were said after the Guineas and he’s proved he’s the best of the three-year-olds. We’ve put that behind us – it was annoying, he didn’t get beaten very far and everyone kind of thought he wasn’t a champion.

“It’s almost as if they can’t go quick enough for him, even when you go you feel like you’ve gone too soon.

“He’s got so much pace, he’s almost climbing over the back of them wanting them to go quicker.”

Winning trainer John Gosden said: “I sat down with James in the weighing room because I didn’t want to get confused with everyone else’s tactics in the parade ring. I said whatever they do, ride him cool.

“I’d like to freshen him up now as he’s had four races. We’ll think about races like the Sussex and the QEII.”

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