Juddmonte Farms

SUPER STAKES SATURDAY FOR KINGMAN

KINGMAN had two new stakes winners and a new Group winner this Saturday (24th August) in the space of four hours of racing.

Two-year-old filly Boomer went into the Prestige Stakes Gr.3 at Goodwood as the 5-2 favourite following her impressive maiden win at Newbury on 25th July. She held her challengers at bay to win by a neck for owner-breeders Chasemore Farm.

Chasemore's Andrew Black said: "I didn't like her much at the start of the year. She has filled out since Newbury and I love her now. Richard [Kingscote] would not hear of defeat before the race and was not worried about anything. After the race he said it was not easy for him. She lost her action coming round the bend a bit and she didn't pick up as quick as previously. I think she probably wants a mile now." 

Another KINGMAN two-year-old, Joseph O'Brien-trained colt Alligator Alley, was slated as the 11-8 favourite for the Roses Stakes L. at York also on Saturday. Despite being hampered at the start he managed to pull back several lengths deficit from the field and made an impressive surge to take the lead 100 yards from the finish to win by a length. 

Jockey Donnacha O'Brien said: "I didn't break that slow, only half a length slow but I just got sandwiched and he did well to win from there. It's very hard for any horse to make up that ground over five here, so I think you can mark up that performance. I think stepping back to five has been the key to him and really nice ground helps as well. He's all about speed."

Rounding off Saturday's stakes winning trio was Raakib Alhawa at Windsor. He raced freely in the early stages at the tail of the field before being sent to the front of the race with over a furlong to go. He stayed on strongly to win the August Stakes L. by a length and a quarter. 

Date: 26 August 2019