Marois-bound Kingman never been better says Gosden

Kingman (James Doyle,right) beats Toronado and Darwin

Kingman (right) beats Toronado and Darwin in the Sussex Stakes

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JOHN GOSDEN on Wednesday said he felt that Kingman is “in better shape than ever” as the star three-year-old prepares for a fourth straight Group 1 win in the Prix Jacques Le Marois at Deauville on Sunday.

Khalid Abdullah’s Classic winner sailed through his latest workout on the newly-reopened Limekilns short gallop in Newmarket when covering five furlongs under regular work partner Rab Havlin.

Only a fortnight after his latest devastating display when overcoming Toronado in the Sussex Stakes, the son of Invincible Spirit looked none the worse for his Goodwood exertions when booting six lengths clear of regular lead horse Dick Doughtywylie.

Watched by Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager for Khalid Abdullah, Kingman is an “intended runner” in France according to Gosden, who will make sure the ground is suitable at Deauville in the coming days when he saddles other runners  including Western Hymn in the Group 2 Prix Guillaume d’Ornano on Friday.

Speaking on Wednesday morning, Gosden said: “Kingman is in better shape than ever and Rab said he gave him the best feel he’s ever done this morning.

“He’s only a three-year-old and is getting stronger as the season goes on and the plan is to run in the Jacques Le Marois.”

He added: “Hopefully the ground won’t be as testing as it was there last weekend and I’ll have a look when I’m over there in the next few days.”


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