Kingman set to reign
Dave Ord, Ben Linfoot and Richard Horner discuss the merits of Kingman's victory in Saturday's Solario Stakes.
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Kingman was a convincing winner of the Betfred Mobile Solario Stakes at Sandown on Saturday and was cut again for the QIPCO 2000 Guineas - to 5/1 favourite with Sky Bet.
But does he deserve to be so short? Here, our editor Dave Ord, Value Bet tipster Ben Linfoot and Sky Bet's Head Racing Compiler Richard Horner discuss the merit of his victory.
Dave Ord: "James Willoughby has added a new dimension to the Racing UK coverage over the last few days and it's hard to argue with his assertion that Kingman ran to a figure approaching 115 here. He was visually impressive when making his race-winning move in the red-hot heat of battle, at a time when the leaders were beginning to up the ante, and passed the post with any amount in hand. Emirates Flyer (official rating coming into the race of 100) and Music Theory (105) were at least one gear short of Kingman and it was seven lengths back to the 95-rated Rosso Corsa. Once again the numbers stack up for the ante-post QIPCO 2000 Guineas favourite. Visually he was very good, and while there are sterner tests that lie ahead, it will take a very good one to lower his colours in the Dewhurst."
Ben Linfoot: "It's my natural inclination to take on these kind of hotpots in the antepost markets. After all, we've fully nine months until the QIPCO 2,000 Guineas and we've plenty of top-quality juvenile events to see this autumn, notably the Dewhurst (in which Kingman may well turn up again) and the Racing Post Trophy. But this Invincible Spirit colt looks the real deal. Arguably, he was the 2000 Guineas favourite on reputation alone pre-Solario. You can talk all you like about times and how well his maiden form was working out, but the bare facts were he beat a rival who was last on debut and John Gosden himself was keen to play down the hype. He'll struggle to curb his enthusiasm for the half-brother to Remote now, though, after a very impressive win in the Solario. The most impressive aspect of his performance was the way he quickened when James Doyle asked him to and he swiftly put two good Godolphin yardsticks to the sword. It remains to be seen if we see anything as impressive between now and Kingman's next appearance, possibly in the Dewhurst, but my gut feeling is the 5/1 about him for the Guineas will have long gone by the time he lines up at Newmarket."
Richard Horner: "Kingman has now proved he deserves to be the current QIPCO 2000 Guineas favourite after an impressive victory at Sandown in the Solario Stakes. Music Theory is useful and had the run of the race from the front but Kingman brushed him aside with ease when James Doyle pushed the button. His next appearance in something like the Dewhurst may well see him going into the winter a very warm favourite with a similar performance and the current 5/1 will be a distant memory."