Doyle in awe of 'Ferrari' Kingman

  • Last Updated: April 14 2014, 17:29 BST

Jockey James Doyle compared riding QIPCO 2000 Guineas favourite Kingman to driving a Ferrari following his scintillating display in the Greenham Stakes at Newbury on Saturday.

Kingman goes clear to score at Newbury
Kingman goes clear to score at Newbury

John Gosden's colt, who carries the Khalid Abdullah silks of the mighty Frankel, rocketed to the top of ante-posts lists for the first Classic of the season with a brilliant display, pulling four and a half lengths clear without being extended.

Plenty of talented opponents will be lying in wait on the Rowley Mile on May 3, with the much-vaunted Australia rated his biggest threat at this stage, but Doyle is quietly confident Kingman will come out on top.

He said: "It was a good performance. I was really pleased with him.

"His ability was not doubted, it was just a case of getting another run into him. That was a job well done.

"I was never really worried (during the race). His work has been very good. When I rode him in a piece of work, in two strides I was on top of the lead-horse so I was never concerned.

"He has got fantastic cruising speed, like Mr Gosden said. At the furlong pole when I asked him to go about his business, he dropped down a gear and got lower to the ground and picked up very well.

"It's like being in a Ferrari, coming around a bend and dropping down a gear. The closer to the line we got, the more he was drawing away.

"Proper good ground will be perfect for him (at Newmarket).

"You'd have to question whether one would be good enough to go past him (in the Guineas)."

Sky Bet make Kingman their 6/5 favourite for the 2000 Guineas, having originally offered 7/4 after Saturday's victory.


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