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'barns is king of doncaster

KINGSBARNS completed his rapid rise through the juvenile ranks at Ballydoyle when he emulated Camelot and won the Group One Racing Post Trophy impressively on Saturday.

On the same day that Joseph O'Brien's first Irish jockeys' title was confirmed, despite his absence, Kingsbarns sent the bookmakers running for cover at Doncaster as he gave trainer Aidan O'Brien a seventh win in the final big juvenile contest of the season on either side of the Irish Sea.

Earlier this month, the son of the all dominating sire Galileo was pretty much unheard of, but after an impressive winning debut at Navan a fortnight ago and a late supplementary entry to Saturday's Group One test, which he passed with flying colours, he completed the rise to the top of the promising youngsters at Ballydoyle.

Strictly on form, he has put himself above Battle Of Marengo in the pecking other with a line on Jim Bolger's Trading Leather, although there is probably little doubt that the Bolger colt underperformed on Saturday, so that judgment may still be a little premature.


Nevertheless, it was an extremely taken display by Kingsbarns.

Although he did not run out as visually impressive a winner as Camelot 12 months ago, it could be argued that he has beaten a stronger line-up than his stable companion and ensured we have a lot to look forward to in the coming year.

Already next year's Classic generation seem to be a notch above standard with Bolger's Dawn Approach a standout candidate for top honours, but Kingsbarns undoubtedly put himself into a similar bracket on Saturday.

According to Joseph O'Brien, like Camelot, he could well begin his 2013 campaign at Newmarket in the Quipco 2000 Guineas,

"It's obviously up to the owners and dad but I wouldn't be surprised to see him start off in the Guineas," said the youngster.

"He was very relaxed and travelled well and I don't think the ground will ever be an issue for him. He quickened up two out and then idled when he hit the front, as you'd expect from just his second run."

O'Brien senior was impressed with the colt's attitude, as being home bred, (by his wife, Ann-Marie) he had never so much as been away from home before his Navan win.

"He'll have learned a lot. He had never been to the sales, never been on a plane -- he'll have learned a lot.

"He won his maiden on easy ground and we were intent on leaving him off for the season but we gave him one bit of work and after that he was very fresh," explained the trainer.

"There was a big exam for this being set and he passed it with flying colours and all his figure stacked up."

O'Brien concluded: "He's very exciting."

The family could rejoice at Joseph's first championship-winning season as Pat Smullen, who currently trails by three, was forced to concede the title on Saturday at Leopardstown.

With just two meetings left in the season, neither of which Smullen will be at due to commitments at the Breeders' Cup and Melbourne Cup, there was no way for the Offaly native to close the gap.