John Gosden fully expects Kingman to see out the mile in Saturday’s Qipco 2000 Guineas in what will be his first attempt over the trip.
Speaking at a Guineas preview lunch at Newmarket’s Rowley Mile on Tuesday, the 2012 champion trainer was confident his star colt – who has yet to race beyond seven furlongs – will get the extra distance in the opening colts Classic of the season.
The son of Invincible Spirit was pushed to the top of the ante-post betting charts last month for the Group One contest after demolishing his rivals on his seasonal return in the Group Three Aon Greenham Stakes at Newbury.
“Kingman has done nothing wrong since winning his maiden and although he was not overly impressive in the Solario at Sandown he did well the other day and we have been happy since,” said the Newmarket handler.
“He has a high cruising speed and is very relaxed and I think he will get the mile no problem but I don’t think he would go much after that.”
With this year’s Qipco 2000 Guineas shaping up to be one of the most competitive staged in recent years the Newmarket handler has been quick to point out where the immediate dangers lie in stopping the Khalid Abdullah owned colt from making it four straight wins.
“I think it is a really good Guineas. It is an exciting race with a lot of depth,” said Gosden. “Australia is being talked about as being head and shoulders above the rest at Ballydoyle, while I like the Craven winner Toormore.
“I think he is one of those tough horses that will see the mile out and if you go by him you know you will have had a race.”
As far as ground concerns go Gosden, who is seeking his first win in the race, has stated that the only thing that could stop Kingman’s appearance in the race is fast ground.
“We have only had four millimetres of rain since the Craven and we could have done with a little bit more,” said Gosden. “As long as the ground is close to good, that’s fine. I just don’t want to run on firm.”
One man who will be looking to stop Kingman is fellow town trainer Charlie Appleby who is set to saddle Outstrip in the race.
The winner of last year’s Grade One Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf at Santa Anita has largely been overlooked in the build up with him available at odds as big as 25/1.
“Outstrip is a horse who was campaigned at the highest level as a juvenile and performed well,” said Appleby. “If the horse was to finish in the first three I feel as though I would walk away with a winner.
“He was well travelled as a two-year old and it may sound strange in a way, but the week he spent in America he went from a boy to a man mentally.
“He deserves his place in the line-up.”