Kingman: registered a fourth Group 1 success at Deauville on Sunday PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Report: Deauville, Sunday
Prix Du Haras De Fresnay-Le-Buffard – Jacques Le Marois (Group 1) 1m, 3yo+
KINGMAN continued his reign at the top of the European miling division with a comfortable victory in the Prix Jacques Le Marois, allaying any fears about the suitability of the testing surface by thwarting his four rivals with his customary brilliant turn of foot.
John Gosden’s ace, whose participation was only confirmed this morning following a dry night in Deauville, supplemented his brilliant Sussex Stakes success with a ready defeat over 18-1 chance Anodin, notching his fourth Group 1 of the summer on his second foray into open-age company.
In what was a steadily-run affair, the free-going Red Dubawi took the quintet along for most of the journey as all five jockeys appeared reluctant to lead in the early stages.
James Doyle had Kingman anchored at the rear of the field as they approached half way, slipstreaming market rival and last year’s runner-up Olympic Glory in the hands of Frankie Dettori.
Dettori stole numerous looks between his legs as the race began to unfold, but his mount did not quicken as readily as he would have hoped, with the Ryan Moore-ridden Rizeena looming large on the stands’ rail.
She eventually finished fourth as the ground seemed to take hold in the closing stages but, despite all five proving within striking distance over a furlong out, Kingman soon put the contest to bed once asked, with the 2-7 shot quickening clear to score by two and a half lengths over Freddy Head’s charge. Olympic Glory was back in third.
The Khalid Abduallah-owned colt, who registered the slowest winning time in the Group 1 showpiece since Dubai Millennium triumphed in 1999, remains an unchanged 4-7 chance with Paddy Power for the QEII Stakes on British Champions Day at Ascot.
“It was Prince Khalid’s decision to run which made it pretty easy for me,” Gosden said in the aftermath. “I thought he quickened well because it’s very difficult to get out of this ground. He wasn’t in love with the ground but his class showed.
“He’s got a wonderful mind, he came back here and stood, almost went to sleep. He wasn’t bothered by anything. The jockey said they were going so slow that he just wanted to go. He wasn’t fighting he just thought ‘when can I get on with it.
“James has a cool head on young shoulders and when you have a horse with all those gears I suppose you can ride with confidence. I told him just one thing – don’t get boxed in drawn one. Don’t go to the rail because Frankie will put you on the rail and Olivier [Peslier] will put you in the box and then we’ll be in trouble.”
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