Sport Horse Racing

Tuesday 10 December 2019

Doyle hails 'Ferrari' speed of Kingman

James Doyle riding Kingman win The AON Greenham Stakes at Newbury racecourse
James Doyle riding Kingman win The AON Greenham Stakes at Newbury racecourse

Jockey James Doyle compared riding English 2,000 Guineas favourite Kingman to driving a Ferrari following his scintillating victory in the Greenham Stakes at Newbury.

John Gosden's colt, which carries the Khalid Abdullah silks of the mighty Frankel, rocketed to the top of ante-post lists for the first Classic of the season after pulling four and a half lengths clear without being extended.

Plenty of talented opponents will be lying in wait on the Rowley Mile on May 3, with Aidan O'Brien's much-vaunted Australia rated his biggest threat at this stage, but Doyle is quietly confident Kingman will come out on top.

"I was never really worried (during the race) – his work has been very good," said Doyle. "When I rode him in a piece of work, in two strides I was on top of the lead-horse so I was never concerned.

"He has got fantastic cruising speed, like Mr Gosden said. At the furlong pole when I asked him to go about his business, he dropped down a gear and got lower to the ground and picked up very well.

"It's like being in a Ferrari, coming around a bend and dropping down a gear. The closer to the line we got, the more he was drawing away. Good ground will be perfect for him (at Newmarket)."

Meanwhile, Peter Chapple-Hyam's Epsom Derby entry Arod landed yesterday's 10-furlong maiden at Windsor in style.

Sent off the 4/5 favourite on the back of a promising debut last November, he was in front sooner than jockey Jamie Spencer would have liked but none of his rivals could ever get close and Arod finished five lengths clear.

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