Kingman tops Greenham contenders
Qipco 2000 Guineas hope Kingman is one of 20 possible runners in the Aon Greenham Stakes at Newbury on Saturday.
Last Updated: 07/04/14 4:41pm
Kingman, one of the favourites for the QIPCO 2000 Guineas, is one of 20 possible runners in what could be an epic renewal of the Aon Greenham Stakes at Newbury on Saturday.
The unbeaten John Gosden-trained colt looked the real deal in two starts as a juvenile and will use this Group Three over seven furlongs as a first staging post before the Newmarket Classic on May 3.
Frankel, who carried the same Khalid Abdullah silks, won the Greenham in 2011 before his astonishing Guineas success.
Kingman's presence has hardly scared away the opposition, though, with alleged big-hitters like Berkshire, Night Of Thunder, Be Ready and Lat Hawill still in the frame.
Night Of Thunder is also unbeaten in two starts for the Richard Hannon operation, winning a Listed event over six furlongs at Doncaster in October on his final outing.
The Dubawi colt has been well-backed in recent days for the Guineas, and Hannon said: "Night Of Thunder goes for the Greenham. He likes soft ground and will go well."
Fiscal Focus has been confirmed by Jim Bolger, with compatriot Paul Deegan having left in Prince Of All and Shining Emerald. Fellow Irish handler David Wachman could saddle Hidden Oasis.
Anjaal, Astaire, Patentar, Windfast, Parbold and Saayerr add extra spice to the Classic trial, although the former is expected to join his Hannon-trained stablemate Toormore in the Craven Stakes at Newmarket next week.