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  • Kingman Crowned At The Curragh

Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas (Group 1) 1m

  • (3yo, 1m, Class 1, 11 runners)
  • Winner €174,000 2nd €57,000 3rd €27,000 4th €9,000 5th €6,000 6th €3,000
  • Going: Soft (Soft to Heavy on round course)
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 1m 47.29s
  • Off time: 15:21:03
  • Last Updated: May 24 2014, 17:22 BST

John Gosden's Kingman ran out an easy winner of the Tattersalls Irish 2000 Guineas under James Doyle at the Curragh.

Kingman wins at the Curragh
Kingman wins at the Curragh

Runner-up behind Night Of Thunder in the QIPCO 2000 Guineas at Newmarket, Kingman went one better in Ireland with a dominant display.

The Invincible Spirit colt cruised up on the outside of long-time leader Shifting Power inside the final furlong and powered clear in the heavy ground for a five-length success.

Shifting Power stuck on for second with Mustajeeb third.

Gosden said: "The track's in pristine condition and he handled it very well. Two (furlongs) out, you could see he was cruising.

"He's a very talented horse and it's lovely to win a Guineas with him.

"This mile takes some getting in these conditions and he (Doyle) rode him beautifully.

"He's a miler and it's good fun because of Richard Hannon (trainer of Night Of Thunder), who I'm very fond of. We've got some rivalry now as the score is 1-1 and he'll go for the St James's Palace (Royal Ascot) now."

Sky Bet offer even money about Kingman for that race, with Night Of Thunder a 5/2 chance to confirm the Newmarket form.

Teddy Grimthorpe, raicng manager for Kingman's owner Khalid Abdullah, added: "He travelled really well in the race and did it pretty comfortably.

"You want good horses to have a bit of spirit. Prince Khalid said we have to make this horse a Classic winner. This is a hugely important race for us.

"I would think we would be still thinking about the QEII (Ascot) at the end of the year, but we've a few little obstacles to get past then."

Gosden had walked the course before giving Kingman the all-clear. Asked how close he had come to taking the son of Invincible Spirit out, Gosden said: "I was quite close, I walked the whole track and it was very debatable. The groundsman has done a fantastic job.

"If they'd had a big handicap over that ground first I probably wouldn't have run, they stayed just off the rail where they had raced in the sprint. It's good track management and important when trying to run a Classic.

"He's won on good to firm, good to soft and now soft to heavy, so he's covered all dimensions.

"Drawn number one in a normal race you'd be concerned about getting boxed in, so when they came across it left him with a clear run and able to relax and come when he wanted.

"I was talking to Frankie (Dettori) and James this morning and I told him to sit chilly and wait and wait."