Goodwood: approximately 5mm of water applied to 80% of the coursePICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)
Kingman set for Sussex after Goodwood waters
KINGMAN is in line for the latest installment of the ‘Duel on the Downs’ against Toronado in today’s Qipco Sussex Stakes after officials at Goodwood applied approximately 5mm of water to 80 per cent of the course.
The going is described as good to firm but is expected to ride slightly slower than day one when quick ground and a new 5f course record by Cotai Glory resurfaced concerns about Kingman's participation.
However speaking this morning, Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager to Kingman’s owner Khalid Abdullah, said: “Provided they've watered, which I'm assuming they have, and it's safe ground then Kingman will run.”
Trainer John Gosden said at 6.30 am: “Kingman is on his way to Goodwood now.”
The watering process finished at 4am and just after 7am, clerk of the course Seamus Buckley said: “It’s done what we need it to and has taken any sting out of the ground. It certainly walks a bit slower than yesterday.
“We've watered 80 per cent of the course - the less exposed areas like round the back underneath the trees don't need watering- and down the straight it should ride slightly slower than yesterday.”
The forecast suggests it will remain dry today and tomorrow with the threat of rain arriving on Friday and Saturday.
Buckley added: “There are certain areas - like round the back where it dries out quickly - where we are likely to put more water on after racing today, but with the forecast for rain on Friday and Saturday we will have to be careful about watering.”