Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Kingman and Al Wow at Weekend

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Kingman and Al Wow at Weekend

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TOP.CLASS Flat and jumps action ensured a fantastic afternoon of racing on Saturday, with Kingman producing a sizzling performance to rocket to Qipco 2000 Guineas favouritism and Al Co putting down a long-term marker for next year's Crabbie's Grand National.

The Aon Greenham Stakes was only his trial race but such was the immaculate return of Kingman at Newbury that bookmakers were forced into a complete overhaul of the betting for the first colts' Classic, with the John Gosden colt usurping the much-vaunted Australia.

The son of Invincible Spirit had been under the microscope ever since his striking debut on Newmarket's July course, some of which could be related to him carrying the colours of Khalid Abdullah, whose Frankel emerged from hibernation in the 2011 Greenham.

Kingman had been James Doyle's first pressurised assignment after signing as the owner's retained jockey in the Solario Stakes, and there were echoes of Abdullah's modernday great as he streaked clear of Night Of Thunder in the final furlong. …

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