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Kingman dominant in the Irish 2,000 Guineas


Kingman began what was to be a superb weekend at the Curragh for Juddmonte Farms, as he powered to an easy victory in the Irish 2,000 Guineas on Saturday.

Ridden by James Doyle, Kingman had been caught close to the line by Night of Thunder in the English equivalent of the race, but no colt could get close to the three year old son of Invicible Spirit on this occasion. Relishing the softened ground, Kingman took the race by the scruff of the neck with two furlongs to go and easily repelled the challenges of Shifting Power and Mustajeeb to power to a five lengths victory.

"The mile takes some getting in these conditions, and he [James Doyle] rode him beautifully," said winning trainer, John Gosden. "He's a very talented horse and it's lovely to win a Guineas with him."

Kingman is set to reignite his rivalry with old foe Night of Thunder in the St James' Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot in three weeks time.

The success of an Irish raid did not end there for Juddmonte Farms, however, who were rewarded with the first Group I success of Noble Mission's career in the Tattersalls Gold Cup on Sunday.

A horse who has been called many names, and very few of them complimentary, Noble Mission has been another horse completely since the decision to send him to the lead in his second race this season, and the full brother to Frankel is now on a three race winning streak.

Sent off the joint even money favourite with Breeders' Cup Turf winner Magician, Noble Mission again took this field of four wire-to-wire to give Lady Cecil her first ever Group I victory with James Doyle in the saddle.

"This is a very special win for us all," said Teddy Grimthorpe, Racing Manager to Prince Khalid Abdulla. "We fell upon the plan [front running] at Sandown because of needs, but then it worked for us again at Chester so we thought we must try it again here."

In the Irish 1,000 Guineas, Aidan O'Brien was rewarded with his first Classic victory of the season as Marvellous powered to victory, whilst also producing a significant Epsom Oaks trial in the process.

The three year old daughter of Galileo is now as short as 8-1 for the Epsom showpiece in just under two weeks time.


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