Timeform: King will reign
Timeform fully expect Kingman to avenge his 2000 Guineas defeat at the hooves of Night of Thunder when the pair clash again in Tuesday’s St James’s Palace Stakes.
The Halifax-based firm have the subsequent Irish Guineas hero two pounds clear of his Newmarket conqueror going into the Group One contest and expect him to run out an authoritative winner.
Timeform Chief Correspondent Jamie Lynch csaid: “It may be 1-1 in their match-ups so far, but as far as we’re concerned Kingman is the better horse, with the potential to take his place amongst the great milers of any era.
“The tactical nuances of the Guineas saw Night of Thunder come out on top at Newmarket, but either side of that Kingman has looked something special, and we fully expect him to prove the point in this decider.”
The card opens with another red-hot favourite, Toronado in the Queen Anne Stakes, and Timeform rate him one of their bankers of the week.
Lynch said: “Toronado fully deserved his title of Timeform’s top-rated European miler last year, and if he brings his A-Game first time out then the rest are going to struggle to lay a glove on him.
“Verrazano is an intriguing project for Aidan O’Brien to work with, but even his best in America is a fair way behind Toronado’s level, likewise the South Africa representative Soft Falling Rain. If he’s ready to roll – and his record in previous seasons suggests he will be – then Toronado looks one of the bankers of the week.”
The other Group One highlight on Tuesday is the King’s Stand Stakes and Lynch feels it could see a significant changing of the guard among the sprinters when last year’s first and second, Sole Power and Shea Shea, meet three-year-old speedball Hot Streak.
“It’s a long time since Britain has produced a sprinter as electric as Hot Streak is proving to be. His performances in the Cornwallis Stakes last autumn and the Temple Stakes this spring were little short of awesome, with the timefigures to match. The older guard of Sole Power and Shea Shea will do well to catch Hot Streak, Britain’s new sprinting sensation,” he predicted.
Timeform St James’s Palace Stakes (all ratings weight-adjusted): 143p Kingman, 141 Night Of Thunder, 135 Toomore, 134 War Command, 130 Outstrip
Queen Anne Stakes: 147 Toronado, 141 Soft Falling Rain, 139 Tullius, 137+ Verrazano, 136 Mull Of Killough, 135 Slide Glance, Anodin
King’s Stand Stakes: 140p Hot Streat, 137 Shea She, 135 Sole Power, 134 Peal Secret, 133 Ahtoug, Steps, Jack Dexter, 132p Guerre