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KING TO STAY

This years flat season hasn't been without it's headline names. We've had Sea The Moon in Germany, the filly Taghrooda certainly deserves a mention and we saw Australia in all his glory at York last week.

So far though the stand-out three-year-old for the campaign has been Kingman though and John Gosden gave only a small indication, but the biggest yet, that his four-time Group One winner could well be around to light up next summer as well.

Kingman is no Frankel, but as he runs in the same colours and at his best is just as visually impressive, you can't help but have comparisons bandied about and it wouldn't be entirely extreme to say that Kingman could end this season as the best we've seen since the great Frankel.

During his three-year-old season Frankel was never asked to go beyond a mile and it wasn't until his final two outings of the following season that he went 1m2f and proved he was just as good over that trip.

Kingman could follow a similar route according to his trainer John Gosden.

"Frankel obviously went mile, mile, mile and then he stepped up to a mile and a quarter at York (Juddmonte International) and again in the Champion (Stakes) at Ascot.

"If he (Kingman) stayed in training next year you have the options to do similar things, but at this stage, as a three-year-old, a mile is his trip."

At this stage of the season all racing enthusiasts want to see another clash between Kingman and Australia, a dual that, unlike the English 2,000 Guineas, would come to a satisfactory conclusion.

Gosden's comments above make it clear that if we get that clash it will be over a mile and therefore in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot.

Remember, Joseph O'Brien said at York last week that he'd prefer to be going a mile with Australia rather than a mile and a half again so our wish could well be getting closer to being granted although the dual Derby winner certainly has many options.

While the hint of Kingman remaining in training has been subtlety touted, don't expect any such forecasts from the Australia camp until at least after the Irish Champions Stakes in a fortnight and even at that, the prospect of Australia racing next year rather than passing on his Galileo like genes in the breeding shed is probably unlikely so all roads hopefully lead to the QEII.

Gosden added; "I don't think any decisions (about next year) will be made until the end of October. We'll sit down and discuss the matter thoroughly and see what's best and the final decision will very much rest with the owner."


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