Kingman: favourite to win the Prix Jacques Le Marois at Deauville
PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
KINGMAN has been confirmed as a runner in the Group 1 Prix Jacques Le Marois at Deauville on Sunday after connections declared themselves happy with the ground.
Deauville missed the overnight rain and clerk of the course Olivier Louit changed the ground on Sunday morning to soft from very soft overnight.
Trainer John Gosden and Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager to Kingman’s owner Khalid Abdullah, were up early and inspected the track.
Speaking on Sunday afternoon, Grimthorpe said: “Yes, he runs.”
Gosden had expressed some concerns about the ground for Kingman, who is the 1-3 favourite for the Deauville contest, and added that a shower would aid in making the ground less sticky.
He said on Sunday: “At the moment he runs. The ground is very gluey and we could really do with a shower to loosen it up; it is not often you are in the position of praying for rain in this part of the world.
“I couldn’t get the mud off my stick when I walked the course”
He added: “I’m happy with the horse, he has travelled over fine. That side is all good.”
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