Curragh, Turf, 1,609m
24 May 2014

Juddmonte Farms’ Gr.3 Greenham Stakes winner Kingman (Invincible Spirit) may have suffered a reversal in the Gr.1 2000 Guineas three weeks ago but he ran out the very impressive winner of the Gr.1 Tattersalls Irish 2000 Guineas at the Curragh Saturday.

The Newmarket fourth, Shifting Power (Compton Place), took the field along at a steady pace until quickening two furlongs out, but the John Gosden-trained bay had a clear run on the outside and flew home by five lengths. Shifting Power kept on for second ahead of the staying-on Mustajeeb (Nayef), who had recently beaten his elders in the Gr.3 Amethyst Stakes. The well-fancied War Command (War Front) was one of three pulled out of the race due to the deteriorating ground.

The delighted winning trainer comented, “It was very heavy ground out there, but it was lovely fresh ground and the track was in pristine order. He is a very talented colt and it’s great to win a Guineas with him. He is a miler and it will be great fun taking on Richard Hannon’s horse again [Night Of Thunder], and hopefully they’ll both go for the St James’ Palace next.”

Kingman had given notice of his talent with a six-length debut win at Newmarket last June and followed up in the Gr.3 Solario Stakes at Sandown.

Saturday was a day when most of the major winners trace back to important families. Kingman himself was bred to be a Classic winner, being by the Irish National Stud’s Gr.1-winning sprinter Invincible Spirit, who sired a Classic winner in his first crop in the shape of Lawman.

He is out of Khalid Abdullah’s 2002 Gr.1 Poule d’Essai des Pouliches winner Zenda (Zamindar), whose dam is a full-sister to his 1993 Gr.1 Irish Oaks winner Wemyss Bight (Dancing Brave), while other Gr.1 winners in the immediate family range from the Champion Two-Year-Old and Sprinter Oasis Dream, through Beat Hollow, La Collina and the Queensland Derby victrix Dariana to the stayer Reefscape.

Extract from European Bloodstock News