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Kingman quickens brilliantly to win Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood

Updated: Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 23:35 | Comments

Kingman's Sussex Stakes sectionals (in seconds): 16.14, 14.53, 13.93, 13.00, 11.85, 11.12, 10.23, 10.73
Kingman's Sussex Stakes sectionals (in seconds): 16.14, 14.53, 13.93, 13.00, 11.85, 11.12, 10.23, 10.73

Kingman (2-5 favourite) deployed his potent turn of foot to power past his rivals and win a fascinating renewal of the Qipco Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood.

Only four runners went to post for the Group One and it turned into the expected tactical affair with Aidan O'Brien's Darwin setting a desperately slow early pace.

The four-year-old Toronado, winner of the race 12 months ago, kicked clear under a canny ride from Richard Hughes and took two lengths out of Kingman with just under two furlongs to run in what appeared to be a potentially winning move.

However, James Doyle did not panic and John Gosden's three-year-old demonstrated fantastic acceleration to clock a scarcely-believable 10.23 seconds for the penultimate furlong as he coasted to a one-length victory, with Doyle barely having to resort to the whip.

Winning trainer Gosden said: "It was a very tactical affair, rather like the Olympic cycling races when they go round the velodrome.

"They went steady, steady and then at the two and a half it turned into a real sprint.

"It was a clever ploy and for a furlong and a half we had to get on an even keel, but in the last furlong his class came through.

"He could see, he switched leads and then got rolling. It was a clever way to try to beat him but his class shone through.

"He's like his uncle Oasis Dream. He has the speed to win a July Cup.

"He's improved, he's got wiser and cleverer, bigger and stronger.

"He's got a great constitution and a good mind on him."

Gosden said: "It was a very tactical affair, rather like the Olympic cycling races when they go round the velodrome. They do nothing for ages and then they go mad.

"It was a clever ploy and for a furlong and a half we had to get on an even keel, but in the last furlong his class came through.

"He could see, he switched leads and then got rolling. It was a clever way to try to beat him but his class shone through.

"Actually he has the class to do it under hands and heels. It reminds me I had him in the July Cup and if truth be known, he would have won it.

"That's not me being loud-mouthed after the event because I feel it was a statement of fact. I ran a lovely horse called Gregorian, who was unlucky not to be second, and I wouldn't put them in the same bit of work.

"Is he as quick as his uncle (July Cup winner) Oasis Dream? They are both equally fast."

Looking ahead, Gosden said: "He's in the Prix Jacques Le Marois, which comes up pretty quick on 17 August, but the QEII at Ascot has always been the big, big target, and we'll keep winding it back from there."

Owner Prince Khalid Abdullah chose to keep his previous superstar and Sussex winner, Frankel, in training at four, but no decisions have been made about Kingman.

"That's not my department," said Gosden. "I'm sure we'll all have lunch and discuss it in depth. It's up to the owner, but we know he's doing enough, and he's growing a lot.

"You are lucky to get two three-year-olds like this. Taghrooda has got bigger and stronger and he has done the same. It might never happen to me again, so you enjoy it."

Toronado's camp made no excuses, and Hughes said: "I hit the final two furlongs at full belt and I knew it would take a good one to get by me.

"I knew Kingman was brilliant the way he went by me (on Night Of Thunder) at Ascot. It was a different horse today, I got first run on him again off a slow pace and he has still beaten me."

In the end, Darwin was only a head behind Toronado, while Outstrip finished a length and three-quarters further back.

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