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Kingman Wins France Gr1 Prix Jacques le Marois

Monday, 18th August 2014

Outstanding colt Kingman (Invincible Spirit-Zenda, by Zamindar) overcame concerns about the testing ground to record his fourth consecutive top-flight victory in the Gr1 Prix Jacques Le Marois (8 furlongs) at Deauville in France on Sunday. John Gosden's star, whose participation was only confirmed the morning of the race following a dry night in Deauville, added to his wins in the Sussex Stakes, St James's Palace Stakes and Irish 2,000 Guineas when scoring by 2.5-lengths over 4YO entire Anodin (Anabaa-Born Gold, by Blushing Groom) - a brother to former champion French mare Goldikova - and 4YO entire Olympic Glory (Choisir-Acidanthera, by Alzao). Despite registering the slowest winning time in the Gr1 showpiece since Dubai Millennium in 1999, the Khalid Abduallah-owned colt confirmed his position as the premier miler in Europe and will bid for fifth Gr1 title in the QEII Stakes on British Champions Day at Ascot. "It was Prince Khalid's decision to run which made it pretty easy for me," Gosden told racingpost.com. "I thought he quickened well because it's very difficult to get out of this ground. He wasn't in love with the ground but his class showed." Kingman took his record to 6 wins from 7 starts for £957,016 earnings.

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