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Gosden Wary Of Blue-Blooded Australia
John Gosden believes that his exciting colt Kingman will have to be every bit as good as he thinks he is if he is to be successful in Saturday's Qipco 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket, reports racinguk.com. The Khalid Abdullah-owned colt, who is a dominant pre-post favourite for the Guineas courtesy of his stunning first-up win in the Greenham Stakes at Newbury, will be aiming to give Gosden his first win in the Classic. However, the Clarehaven trainer is acutely aware of the task he faces as Aidan O'Brien has made it abundantly clear just how highly he rates the beautifully bred Australia, a son of the mighty Galileo and champion European mare Ouija Board. When you add the likes of Toormore, Gr1 winner Kingston Hill, and Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf winner Outstrip, then you have a race of considerable depth and quality. "I think it is a really good Guineas," said Gosden, speaking at a lunch to promote the Guineas Festival at Newmarket. "Australia is being talked of as a horse who is head and shoulders above the rest at Ballydoyle. Every year in the northern hemisphere that (Ballydoyle) is the best collection of three-year-olds that can be seen and the fact he is outclassing them all has got to be significant." He added, "I like the Craven winner (Toormore). I think he is one of those really tough horses; if you go by him you will know you have had a race. There's a lot of depth - there's Roger Varian's Racing Post Trophy winner [Kingston Hill]. It's a proper Guineas." Gosden has repeatedly stated all winter that because of the operation Kingman had on his ankle last year, he would be unwilling to risk the colt on quick ground and the lack of recent rain has been a worry. "We would have preferred the rain, but we haven't had much rain (in Newmarket). You look at everywhere else and it's soft or heavy. We are lucky we are racing on decent ground," he said. "As long as the ground is close to good, that's fine. I just don't want to run on firm."