Kingman set to claim the first classic of the flat season after impressive wins at Sandown and Newbury
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Fourteen horses will line up at Newmarket for this one-mile classic, with the 206th running of the 2000 Guineas set be a fascinating showpiece on Saturday.
Aidan O’Brien is no stranger to success in the big races of the flat season and the handler has Australia and War Command in a twin-pronged attempt to scoop the 2000 Guineas, with the former second favourite at 11/4 to claim victory.
Australia has had a 238-day absence from the track following a victory in a Group 3 race at Leopardstown in September, although the vibes are positive about this intriguing colt. While there is little form to feed off, the fact that his trainer has praised him to high heaven means he will have his backers.
However, favourite Kingman looks the part and the horse went to the head of the market following a facile win in the Greenham last month, where the John Gosden horse recorded a four and a half length win over Night Of Thunder, the latter of whom takes his place in this race.
The horse appears to have a fast cruising speed and the ability to go through the gears quickly, with Kingman likely to be the horse that takes all the beating at odds of 7/4 with Betfair sportsbook.
War Command is the O’Brien second string horse in the race although at 9/1 across the board, this is a runner that merits serious respect and the American raider has four wins from five outings in his short career to date.
The latest victory actually came at Newmarket back in October in the Group 1 Dewhurst Stakes and Ryan Moore will be on board the horse that potentially offers the best each-way value.
However, Kingman is the horse to back and we could see the horse go as short as even money on the day.
BETTING TIP: Kingman to win the 2000 Guineas @ 7/4 with Betfair Sportsbook.