Kingman heads Guineas entry
Trainer Roger Varian is looking forward to saddling Kingston Hill in the QIPCO 2000 Guineas – the first race of the 2014 QIPCO British Champions Series – at Newmarket’s Rowley Mile Racecourse on Saturday May 3.
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The unbeaten Racing Post Trophy winner is reported to be in fine form by his handler.
“He looks terrific,” Varian said of the son of Mastercraftsman. “We took him to Newbury for a gallop a couple of Sundays ago and he went very well.
“Kingston Hill is a clear-winded horse who has done plenty of work so he will be ready on the day. We hope that he will have a busy season and, with one eye on the Derby a month later, we just thought that a prep run before the Guineas might have been one race that he didn’t need.
“I couldn’t be more pleased with him. Good ground would be perfectly fine – he might even be better on it – and, although I would review his participation in the Guineas if the ground came up very quick, I think that is pretty unlikely.”
The 27 engaged in the QIPCO 2000 Guineas after Tuesday’s forfeit stage are topped by two unbeaten colts with recent victories to their names – Kingman, runaway winner of the Greenham Stakes, and Toormore, successful in the Novae Bloodstock Insurance Craven Stakes.
There are nine international contenders remaining, notably Australia and War Command from Ireland, Charm Spirit from France and Noozhoh Canarias from Spain, while True Story, the most impressive scorer at last week’s two-day Craven Meeting, is one of three representatives from the Godolphin stable.