08/15/2014 10:59AM

Kingman odds-on choice in Prix Jacques le Marois


Kingman, who has emerged as Europe’s dominant 3-year-old miler this summer, will be a heavy favorite to win his fourth consecutive Group 1 race in Sunday’s Prix Jacques le Marois at Deauville, France.

The Prix Jacques le Marois is part of the Breeders’ Cup Win and You’re In program, offering a fees-paid berth for the winner to the BC Mile at Santa Anita on Nov. 1.

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Trained by John Gosden, Kingman beat older horses in the Group 1 Sussex Stakes at Goodwood Racecourse on July 30, outclassing three rivals as the 2-5 favorite. Similar odds are likely in the Jacques le Marois, run on a straight course.

Earlier this year, Kingman won consecutive Group 1 races for 3-year-olds – the Irish 2000 Guineas at The Curragh in May and the St. James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot in June. By Invincible Spirit, Kingman is owned by breeder Juddmonte Farms and will be ridden by James Doyle.

The Prix Jacques le Marois will be the second trip outside of England for Kingman, who has won 6 of 7 starts. His only loss was a second by a half-length to the longshot Night of Thunder in the English 2000 Guineas in May.

The Prix Jacques le Marois drew a field of six, including Olympic Glory, who was second in the race in 2013. Trained by Richard Hannon Jr., Olympic Glory was ninth in the BC Mile at Santa Anita last November.

This year, Olympic Glory has started twice, winning the Group 1 Lockinge Stakes over a mile at Newbury, England, on May 17 but finishing fourth in the Group 1 Prix d’Ispahan over 1 1/8 miles at Longchamp in Paris eight days later.

The Prix Jacques le Marois has a female presence through Esoterique, the winner of the Group 1 Prix Rothschild for fillies and mares at Deauville on Aug. 3, and Rizeena, the winner of the Group 1 Coronation Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Royal Ascot in June. Rizeena was second in the Group 1 Falmouth Stakes for fillies and mares at Newmarket last month.