No Hush Gesture Required

It's been an almost exasperating week of racing, with Goodwood & Galway taking centre stage for Britain & Ireland. I can't refrain from highlighting the marvellously talented Kingman. The Hannon/Hughes camp knew they were up against it, but had their own cards to play in the shape of Toronado. Both had their own ideas about how the tactical affair would pan out. O'Brien's Darwin set a slow pace from the off, with Toronado on his outside. All the while, shadowed by Kingman & Outstrip. The race remained quite still, each patiently ridden until the closing stages & the race began to unfold. Toronado was the first to break for home. Shortly followed by Doyle's command upon Kingman. Hearts sank as Doyle, visually on to Kingmanwith no response. Toronado continued to kick on, as Kingman changed his feet & found the rhythm to produce that blistering turn of foot. With the post looming, Kingman pegged back Toronado with every stride to take command of the mile. Gosden revealed plans for Kingman in the not so distant future. "He's in the Prix Jacques Le Marois, which comes up pretty quick on August 17, but the QEII at Ascot has always been the big, big target, and we'll keep winding it back from there."  

On Sunday, Sir Michael Stout sent Integral to Deauville, with Moore booked for the ride. From a gambling angle, there wasn't much to play with at 8/13. But, it suggested Integral would see out the job. Miss France was amongst the four runners for the home team & it was interesting to see how she would fair after winning the 1000 Guineas 3 starts ago. Another tactical affair that got off to a slow pace, nothing separating odds-on favourite from the 12/1 outsider. L'Amour De Ma Vie & Integral made up the front as stable mates, Miss France & Esoterique sat in behind. All equally travelling well throughout. Coming into the closing stages nothing split the quartet as Miss France & Esoterique joined to present their challenge. The less fancied of the Fabre pair Esoterique, showed an impressive turn of foot to put the race to bed. Chased home by Miss France, relegating Integral into 3rd of the four.  

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