Kingman To Claim 2000 Guineas
After his spectacular victory in last month’s Aon Greenham Stakes at Newbury Kingman was briefly available to back for the 2014 Qipco 2000 Guineas at a very generous 3-1 with a couple of bookmakers but those odds quickly disappeared and the John Gosden-trained colt has been a general 11-10 chance during the last week or so. Strong support however for long-time ante-post favourite Australia in recent days has caused the son of Invincible Spirit to drift back out to a standout 2/1 with Paddy Power, a price which looks well worth taking about a horse who could turn out to be an outstanding miler come the end of the season.
The unbeaten mount of James Doyle faces a strong challenge in what could prove to be an above average Guineas but there is little doubt that he has the best form on offer, a remark which can not apply to the Aidan O’Brien first string who only has a maiden and Group 3 victories to his name. It is the son of Oaks winner Ouija Board’s homework and reputation which makes him such a short price ( 4-1 with Stan James ) but he will need to live up to all of the hype if he is to take the first Classic of the season on Saturday afternoon, and on the basis that there are several bigger priced rivals who boast stronger form the mount of Joseph O’Brien has to be passed over until he proves himself on the racecourse.
For those looking for a longshot with a genuine chance of making the frame they could do worse than have an each-way investment in French challenger Charm Spirit at the top price of 50-1 available with Betvictor. Trained by a man ( Freddie Head ) who knows a good horse when he sees one is in bullish mood that the Prix Djebel winner is no forlorn hope despite only scrambling home in that race in a finish of short heads, but the mount of Olivier Peslier is almost certainly better than the bare form would suggest and it would be no surprise for his sire Invincible Spirit be responsible for the first two horses home in the colt’s mile Classic.