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Awesome Kingman reigns in France

Updated: Sunday, 17 Aug 2014 18:04 | Comments

Decision was left late on whether Kingman would run at Deauville
Decision was left late on whether Kingman would run at Deauville

Champions Day at Ascot looks like being the next port of call for Kingman after the exceptional three-year-old made it four Group Ones in a row in the Prix Jacques Le Marois at Deauville on Sunday.

Trainer John Gosden revealed it was only a request from Kingman's owner Khalid Abdullah that ensured he participated at the Normandy course, with worries over the ground being too soft.

It was a tactical five-runner affair which developed into a sprint, but just as he had shown in the Irish Guineas, St James's Palace Stakes and Sussex Stakes, Kingman can produce incredible speed and with a flicker of effort from jockey James Doyle, he burst two and a half lengths away from Anodin.

Frankie Dettori was always hard at work on last year's runner-up Olympic Glory and never looked likely to trouble Kingman, eventually settling for third, while Clive Brittain's Rizeena just sneaked fourth.

Gosden said: "It was a 50-50 (to run) in my mind, and a very sporting gesture by the Prince.

"I didn't think he was entirely in love with the ground - it was different to anything else he had faced - but he's got a wonderful temperament and showed he can cope with anything.

"You had to be impressed with the way he went and won his race - the good thing was that he completely switched off.

"The plan is now the QEII (Ascot, 18 October), which has always been his end-of-year objective."

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