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Kingston Hill

Kingston Hill: as short as 5-1 for the Investec Derby next summer

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Kingston surprised me
in RP Trophy says Atzeni

KINGSTON HILL surprised his rider Andrea Atzeni with his authoritative victory in the Group 1 Racing Post Trophy last month saying that he and trainer Roger Varian had thought the juvenile was "good but not that good".

Owned by Paul Smith, son of Coolmore partner Derrick Smith, Kingston Hill charged on to the scene for the Investec Derby with a four-and-a-half length success at Doncaster.

Kingston Hill is as short as 5-1 for the Derby with William Hill and no bigger than 10-1 for victory at Epsom next summer. He is also a general 10-1 chance for the Qipco 2,000 Guineas.

"He's the sort of horse that everybody dreams about," Atzeni said. "He's very easy to ride and a very laid-back horse with a big engine. We thought he was good but not that good."

High Chaparral, Motivator, Authorized and Camelot have won the Racing Post Trophy this century before following up in the Derby the next year and Atzeni is excited about the prospect of riding a leading chance in the premier Classic.

Speaking on Channel 4 Racing, Atzeni said: "At home he works good but well enough to produce what he did at Doncaster. He's much better on the track then at home. He's really something to look forward to."

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