Kingman justified his short odds of 4-5 favourite to win the Irish 2000 Guineas by a comfortable five lengths under jockey James Doyle at the Curragh.
After suffering a disappointing defeat in the English 2000 Guineas where he was pipped on the line by Night Of Thunder, Kingman showed no signs of tiredness, powering away from his rivals to give Doyle his first classic win.
Trainer John Gosden was "very worried" about the ground at Newmarket three weeks ago but his three-year-old colt responded and will now head to Royal Ascot in June for a rematch with Night Of Thunder.
"I said, sit chilly, sit quiet, wait, wait, wait, because they’ll go strong enough and this mile takes some getting in these conditions. He (James Doyle) rode him beautifully," Gosden told reporters.
The race never threatened to go against Kingman who was drawn against the inside rail.
Gifted a dream run up the middle of the track after the field crossed over to the stands’ side, Doyle had Kingman in perfect position with room on the track three furlongs out.
Approaching the final furlong, Shifting Power, who had led most of the way had nothing left and when Doyle asked Kingman to go, he cruised past his rivals galloping away towards the line.
Leading Irish trainer Aidan O'Brien was unfortunate in having to withdraw War Command before the race, and while that made the race easier for Kingman, it was unlikely that War Command would have beaten the winner.
Doyle, Kingman’s jockey, admitted to having held concerns but, in the end, “straightforward” was the word he used to describe his first Classic success.
"I couldn’t have asked for the race to go any better. He (Kingman) got into a nice rhythm, a lovely rhythm and when I let him down just inside the furlong pole, he really quickened up," he said.
The St James' Palace Stakes is set up nicely for a rematch with Night Of Thunder, with the Ascot festival getting underway 17 June.
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