26th May 2014
Kingman reigned supreme in the 2000 Guineas at the Curragh on Saturday as he dispatched of his high class rivals with the greatest of ease. The field was brought along by Newmarket 2000 Guineas fourth Shifting Power while Kingman was waited with in mid-division. The Invincible Spirit colt out of French 1000 Guineas scorer, Zenda cruised into contention 2 furlongs from home and ran on to a five length victory from Shifting Power with the minimum of fuss.
James Doyle, who was riding a first Classic winner, said: “It is fantastic and I am delighted for the horse – he proved what a superstar he is today.”
The colt was adding to his sire’s Group 1 tally with Invincible Spirit now having sired 9 individual winners at the highest level, 74 Black type winners total.
Kingman was last seen surrendering his unbeaten record when a half-length runner up in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket. He had previously accounted for that winner Night of Thunder when brushing him aside to win the Greenham Stakes by 4 ½ lengths. The Newmarket Guineas is the only occasion when ‘impressive’ or ‘easily’ have not appeared in the colt’s race comments. Kingman looks set to put things right in a rematch with Night of Thunder in the St. James Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot.
All of us at the Irish National Stud would like to congratulate Kingman’s connections on his classic win and look forward to the rest of this exciting colt’s campaign.