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Kingman rules in Irish 2000 Guineas

Ridden by James Doyle he powered past Shifting Power in the final furlong.

James Doyle with Kingman in the parade ring after winning The Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas.
James Doyle with Kingman in the parade ring after winning The Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas.
Image: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

KINGMAN RAN OUT the impressive winner of the Irish 2000 Guineas at The Curragh today, the John Gosden-trained odds-on favourite gaining compensation after his narrow defeat in the English equivalent.

Thwarted by outsider Night of Thunder at Newmarket a fortnight ago Kingman made no mistake this time. Ridden by James Doyle he powered past Shifting Power in the final furlong to win the classic by five lengths. Mustajeeb took third.

Gosden told Channel 4 television: “It’s heavy ground but it was lovely fresh ground where they were running. You could see two out he was cruising and he’s a very talented horse.”

Owned by Saudi Prince Khalid Abdullah, Kingman is now expected to reappear at Royal Ascot next month where he may get the chance to turn the tables on his English 2000 Guineas conqueror Night of Thunder in the St James’s Palace Stakes.

- © AFP, 2012

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