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Kingman rules in Irish Guineas

Kingman ran out a scintillating winner of the Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas at the Curragh on Saturday.

Beaten into second in the Newmarket equivalent earlier this month, his backers never really had an anxious moment on this occasion as he travelled powerfully throughout in the hands of James Doyle.

The John Gosden-trained colt moved smoothly into contention from his early position in mid-division as the runners came over towards the near rail in the straight, and the response was immediate when James Doyle pressed the button a furlong out.

Sent off the 4-5 favourite, Kingman dispelled any fears over the testing ground as he went five lengths clear of the supplemented Shifting Power, trained by Richard Hannon.

Mustajeeb finished third.

Gosden said afterwards: "It's heavy ground but it was lovely fresh ground where they were running. You could see two out he was cruising and he's a very talented horse."