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Kingman - James Doyle wins

Kingman sweeps to the front under James Doyle at sunny Royal Ascot

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Kingman conquers in St James's Palace Stakes

Report: Royal Ascot, Tuesday

St James's Palace Stakes (Group 1) 3yo, 1m

KINGMAN reversed the 2,000 Guineas form with Night Of Thunder in a devastating victory at Ascot.

In a scintillating performance, the John Gosden-trained winner came from deep with a run that simply swept aside Night Of Thunder, who had unexpectedly got the better of Kingman at Newmarket.

However, the Guineas winner proved no match for Kingman, a horse on the march, having already sauntered to a five-length victory in the Irish 2,000 Guineas last month.

Racing in the colours of Frankel's owner Khalid Abdullah, Kingman proved a far more convincing winner of the race than even his great predecessor, who won by under a length in 2011.

While a freewheeling Frankel had been sent to the front three furlongs from home, Kingman benefited from a more patient ride, being held up by jockey James Doyle and eased into the race down the famous Ascot straight.

He travelled with tremendous power down the outside and closed inexorably on the leaders, including Night Of Thunder, who had been asked to make all by rider Richard Hughes, buoyant with two wins already to his name on the opening day.

At the decisive moment Doyle kicked for home and elicited an astonishing response, Kingman shooting to the front and into a clear lead within the final furlong, requiring only a corrective strike to keep him straight as he stormed to a two and a quarter length win.

"It was awesome - that's the best way to describe it," said Doyle, who placed a silencing finger to his lips as he passed the line. "I'll probably get a bit of stick for that [gesture] but I enjoyed that so much.

"They just can't go quick enough for him, even when you go it seems as if you're going too soon."

Gosden said: "Horses like this are few and far between, but we do not go round comparing ourselves to Frankel."

A few more performances like this, however, and comparisons will be inevitable.

The trainer said his colt would now be given a break, having already raced four times already this term.

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