kingmanKingman gained revenge on his QIPCO 2000 Guineas conqueror Night Of Thunder with a sparkling turn of foot in today’s St James’s Palace Stakes.

 Owned and bred by Khalid Abdullah, trained by John Gosden and ridden by James Doyle, Kingman won by two and a quarter lengths, and there was another length back to third-placed Outstrip.

Gosden said: “He showed a lot when winning his maiden last year and they made him favourite for the Guineas, which was a bit hard on the horse, but fortunately he doesn’t read the newspapers. He just sleeps and eats and races.

“He’s been training well and I couldn’t be more delighted with him.”

Richard Hannon ran two horses in the race, the second plus unplaced Toormore, and Gosden said: “I was really impressed with Richard Hannon’s tactics which completely fooled us all. They held Toormore back and sent on Night Of Thunder, who stays really well. That was really clever, but I’m pleased James didn’t think, ‘oh, oh, I’m in trouble now’ when Richard Hughes [on the runner-up] slowed it down [approaching the home straight].

“He was on a horse with a superior turn of foot and he kept his cool. It was the plan to wait to attack until the last furlong. He did and the horse showed his class, which is always exciting to watch. It was an electrifying turn of foot

“Our horse has won in the way I wanted him to do it, and the jockey has shown his skill. A lot of people would have panicked at the head of the straight, seeing their main rival slowing it down, then kicking on and building a good lead, but he waited, which was great.

“It’s two-one to us [in battles with Night Of Thunder] but maybe they’ll meet again in the Sussex Stakes or QE II, or maybe at Deauville.

“We’ve seen a lovely horse win the Queen Anne [Toronado], Hughesie was great on Sole Power and I thought the Coventry winner [The Wow Factor] was superb – this is the supreme day’s racing. We open this meeting with a big bang – it’s like putting the firework display on back to front, but it’s wonderful.”



 The John Gosden-trained Kingman produced a scintillating turn of foot to beat his QIPCO 2000 Guineas conqueror Night of Thunder by two and a quarter lengths. James Doyle the winning jockey expressed his delight: “They can’t go quick enough for him. He has such a good crusing speed and wants to go quicker. The lads at home have done well with him and it is good to pay back the faith given to me by Khalid Abdullah so I want to thank him.

“Despite losing in the Guineas I always took the opinion he was a better horse. He has a potent turn of foot and I enjoyed it so much. You push a button and he is away, it was just brilliant. I could afford to be patient with his turn of foot and today he showed what sort of horse he is.”

Doyle highlighted how he believed that Richard Hannon’s other runner Toormore would lead, rather than Night of Thunder: “The fact they didn’t lead with Toormore threw us off guard a bit. They didn’t go fast and they threw us off guard with their tactics but he is so well relaxed and his turn of foot was blistering. It was fantastic.”

Doyle added:  “I probably let my expressions get the better of me crossing the line, in the heat of the moment as I got so much satisfaction from that. A lot has been said about the QIPCO 2000 Guineas and it just proves that he is the best of the three-year-olds over a mile.”

The jockey also remarked on his belief in the son of Invincible Spirit: “I was very confident coming in to today. I put the QIPCO 2000 Guineas well behind me and I didn’t think Night of Thunder could beat us, no matter how they looked at it. TheQIPCO 2000 Guineas was annoying. He didn’t get beat very far, and it tarnished his record. Everyone thought he wasn’t a champion after that race but he has put that well behind him now and we look forward to the future.”

With regards to future plans, Doyle concluded: “All the top mile races are open to him and with that turn of foot he could even drop down in trip, I doubt we will but it just shows the class and the horse he is.

“It’s been unbelievable, a dream come true. I can’t thank Prince Khalid Abdullah enough for giving me this job, the opportunities are amazing. I felt the ups and downs of it all and I am taking it in and really enjoying it. Of the horses I have ridden, not many horses can compete with Kingman.”



 Richard Hannon is thinking of stepping Night Of Thunder, second to Kingman today in the mile St James’s Palace Stakes, up to 10 furlongs in the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown next month.

The trainer said: “There was not much speed in the race and we wanted to make it a good test. He has run well but was beaten fair and square. Looking at that he might get 10 furlongs. I think the winner probably has a bit more of a turn of foot than us.

“We might go to the Eclipse. We won’t know if he gets 10 furlongs until we try it but I think he will get the trip and we will avoid Kingman!”

Night Of Thunder’s jockey Richard Hughes said he wanted to make the running: “Our understanding was that the Greenham was very slow and Kingman beat us and the Guineas was very fast and we beat him.

“I was drawn one, there were two 50/1 shots drawn two and three and James (Doyle) was drawn in seven, so Kingman was always going to get the clear run down the outside and I didn’t want to be stuck behind and let him get the first run.

“I thought why can’t I make the running? I got it nice and easy, I kicked first and I couldn’t believe one went by me as I was still quickening when Kingman passed me.

“My horse has run a hell of a race – the way we’ve pulled clear. I think the winner is possibly a July Cup winner and we can go to the Eclipse.”

Godolphin’s Outstrip returned to form and rallied to be third. Trainer Charlie Appleby said: “I am delighted as he has run well. It has put the confidence back in us which was slightly knocked out after the Guineas.

“We had a genuine excuse in the Guineas – he scoped dirty that day – and you can now put a line through the run. His preparation today was as good as it was going into the Guineas.

“He has trained on and was beaten here by two good horses. We will sit down and discuss plans but I’d like to see him step up to 10 furlongs.

“I think there is more to come. William (Buick) was very pleased with him and Outstrip settled very well. He is not the most robust of horses but he does take his racing quite well.”


Fourth race result

4.25pm St James’s Palace Stakes (British Champions Series) (Group 1)

£375,000 total prize fund. For 3yo entire colts, 1m (rnd). Weights 9st. Penalty value 1st £212,662.50 2nd £80,625.00 3rd £40,350.00 4th £20,100.00 5th £10,087.50 6th £5,062.50


1) KINGMAN (Khalid Abdullah) John Gosden 3-9-00 James Doyle [7] 8/11f

2) NIGHT OF THUNDER (IRE) (Saeed Manana) Richard Hannon 3-9-00 Richard Hughes [1] 3/1

3) OUTSTRIP (Godolphin) Charlie Appleby 3-9-00 William Buick [2] 33/1

4) WAR COMMAND (USA) (Joseph Allen, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith) Aidan O’Brien IRE p3-9-00 Joseph O’Brien [6]

5) YUFTEN (Saleh Al Homaizi & Imad Al Sagar) William Haggas 3-9-00 Andrea Atzeni [4]

6) TOORMORE (IRE) (Middleham Park Racing IX & James Pak) Richard Hannon 3-9-00 Ryan Moore [5]

7) PRINCE OF ALL (Jaber Abdullah) Paul Deegan IRE 3-9-00 Chris Hayes [3]


7 ran

Time: 1m 39.06s

Distances: 2¼, 1, ½, 1, 1¼, sh

Breeder: Juddmonte Farms Ltd

Breeding: b c Invincible Spirit (IRE) – Zenda (Zamindar (USA))

Tote      Win £1.60          Place £1.10 £1.60          Exacta £2.70


Winning Trainer:-Name: Gosden, John Harry Martin Born: Hove, 30/3/51 Date of first trainer’s licence (Britain): 1988(previously a leading trainer in USA, 1980-1988) Trains at Clarehaven Stables, Bury Road, Newmarket, Suffolk (previously at Manton and Newmarket) First winner in Europe:Intimidate, Kempton, March 27, 1989 English Classic Wins (7): 1,000 Guineas (2000 Lahan), Investec Oaks (2014 Taghrooda), Investec Derby (1997 Benny The Dip), Ladbrokes St Leger (1996 Shantou, 2007 Lucarno, 2010 Arctic Cosmos, 2011 Masked Marvel) Irish Classic Wins (3): Irish 2,000 Guineas (2014 Kingman), Irish St Leger (1992 Mashaallah, 2011 Duncan) French Classic Wins (2): Poule d’Essai des Pouliches (1999 Valentine Waltz, 2002 Zenda)  Royal Ascot Wins (34):Chesham Stakes (1990 Chicarica, 1998 Rhapsodist), Jersey Stakes (1991 Satin Flower, 2000 Observatory), Queen’s Vase (1992 Landowner), King George V Handicap (1993 Learmont, 1997 Heritage), Prince of Wales’s Stakes (1994 & 95 Muhtarram), Britannia Handicap (1996 North Song, 1998 Plan-B, 2000 El Gran Papa, 2001 Analyser), Ascot Stakes (1999 High And Mighty), Norfolk Stakes (1999 Warm Heart), Buckingham Palace Stakes (2002 Demonstrate), Diamond Jubilee Stakes (2002 Malhub), Coventry Stakes (2004 Iceman), King Edward VII Stakes (2005 Plea Bargain, 2011 Nathaniel), Coronation Stakes (2006 Nannina, 2012 Fallen For You), Windsor Forest Stakes (2007 Nannina, 2012 Joviality), Royal Hunt Cup (2007 Royal Oath), Ribblesdale Stakes (2008 Michta), Hardwicke Stakes (2009 Bronze Cannon), Queen Mary Stakes (2010 Maqaasid), Wolferton Handicap (2011 Beachfire, 2012 Gatewood), Albany Stakes (2012 Newfangled), Duke Of Edinburgh Handicap (2012 Camborne), Tercentenary Stakes (2013 Remote), St James’s Palace Stakes (2014 Kingman)First Royal Ascot Win: Chicarica (June 21, 1990 – Chesham Stakes) Wins in a season (1989-2013): 27; 88; 86; 113; 109; 92; 86; 75; 91; 77; 74; 80; 55; 85; 72; 66; 91; 56; 68; 95; 88; 105; 99; 119; 108Champion Trainer: 2012  Wins in 2014: 45


Winning jockey:-Name: Doyle,James Date of birth:April 22, 1988 Background: Mother is former trainer Jacqui Doyle. Retained rider for Prince Khalid Abdullah’s British-trained runners. First Winner:Farnborough, Future Champion Apprentice Handicap, Wolverhampton, June 1, 2005 Irish Classics (1): Irish 2,000 Guineas (2014 Kingman) Big Race Wins Include: Dubai Duty Free (2012 Cityscape), Tattersalls Gold Cup (2013 Al Kazeem), Qatar Bloodstock Jockey Club Stakes (2012 Al Kazeem), Coral Eclipse (2013 Al Kazeem), Moyglare Stud Stakes (2013 Rizeena), Tattersalls Gold Cup (2014 Noble Mission) Royal Ascot Wins (4): Prince Of Wales’s Stakes (2013 Al Kazeem), Royal Hunt Cup (2013 Belgian Bill), Queen Mary Stakes (2013 Rizeena), St James’s Palace Stakes (2014 Kingman)Wins (2005-2013): 8; 73; 41; 52; 28; 29; 76; 80; 82 Wins in 2014: 38