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King-maker James Doyle eager for Guineas weekend

Updated: Tuesday, 29 Apr 2014 07:56 | Comments

James Doyle and Kingman favourite for 1,000 Guineas
James Doyle and Kingman favourite for 1,000 Guineas

James Doyle has his best ever chance of landing his first British Classic on Saturday with the ride on Kingman in the Qipco 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket.

The John Gosden-trained colt was imperious in slamming a strong field in the Greenham at Newbury and is a short price to win the opening Classic of the season.

Doyle has only had the plum job of riding for leading owner Khalid Abdullah since halfway through last season and weeks like this are what it is all about for the well-respected jockey.

The Greenham was just the third race of Kingman's life, and Doyle felt everything went like clockwork in his trial.

"I'm looking forward to it," he told At The Races.

"I've not sat on him since the Greenham – Rab Havlin rides him in all his work and sits on him every day, there's no need for me to go there.

"I rode him at Sandown (Solario Stakes) and then went for a sit on him before the Greenham so I know him well enough now.

"He was very good at Newbury but his ability has never been in question, it was purely to get a run under his belt.

"It's all systems go."

Gosden has stated since the Greenham that Kingman would not run on unsuitably quick ground but that now looks unlikely after clerk of the course Michael Prosser applied five millimetres of water to the track on Monday.

There is also rain due in the area on Thursday, potentially anything between four to six millimetres. The going is currently described as good to firm.

All the big guns stood their ground among the 17 remaining possibles at the latest forfeit stage.

Aidan O'Brien's Australia had been winter favourite for the Classic but lost that position when Kingman reappeared.

The vibes coming out of Ballydoyle regarding the son of Galileo and Ouija Board, two of the best racehorses of modern times, have been strong for some time, and O'Brien can also still call on Dewhurst winner War Command, Giovanni Boldini and Oklahoma City.

O'Brien said: "We are happy with both Australia and War Command and it looks like both will run on Saturday."

Richard Hannon is another trainer with multiple chances, in what his first season holding a licence having taken over from his father.

The unbeaten Craven Stakes winner Toormore heads his team, ably supported by Night Of Thunder and Shifting Power.

Roger Varian's Racing Post Trophy hero Kingston Hill brings a solid profile to the table, while the William Haggas-trained Ertijaal, victorious on All-Weather Championships Finals Day at Lingfield on Good Friday, is another improver.

There is significant overseas interest, too, with Noozhoh Canarias, the first ever Spanish-trained contender, set to take his chance.

Freddy Head is bullish about Prix Djebel scorer Charm Spirit, a route taken a few years ago by Makfi, whose trainer Mikel Delzangles could run Bookrunner.

Godolphin's Breeders' Cup winner Outstrip, Kevin Ryan's The Grey Gatsby, David Elsworth's Master The World and Marco Botti's Lat Hawill are the other possibles.

Among those taken out were Berkshire, Be Ready, True Story and Sudirman.

Paddy Power make Kingman their 5-4 favourite.

Qipco 2000 Guineas - Paddy Power bet: 5-4 Kingman, 7-2 Australia, 7-1 Toormore, 10-1 Kingston Hill, 12-1 War Command, 16-1 Outstrip, Noozhoh Canarias, 20-1 Ertijaal, Charm Spirit, 25-1 Night Of Thunder, Lat Hawill, Shifting Power, Bookrunner, 33-1 Giovanni Boldini, Oklahoma City, 40-1 The Grey Gatsby, 50-1 Master The World.

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