Eighth Group win for Kinross
Kingman six-year-old Kinross successfully defended his title in the Gr.2 City Of York Stakes on Saturday (26th August), registering his eighth Group win in total.
Taken from the Thoroughbred Daily News, 27th August 2023, by Sean Cronin:
Last term's Gr.1 Prix de la Foret and Gr.1 British Champions Sprint hero backed up a third in Newmarket's Gr.1 July Cup with a second renewal of Goodwood's Gr.2 Lennox Stakes earlier in the month and raced in mid division until turning for home. Making eye-catching headway on the bridle in the centre of the track in the straight, the 9-4 favourite quickened in style to seize control entering the final furlong and was comfortably in command from there as Frankie Dettori afforded himself the luxury of an early salute to the masses. The winning margin at the line was three-quarters-of-a-length back to Audience, who finished a head in front of Sandrine.
"It's great, what a horse and on my last day [riding at York], boom, have that," beamed Frankie Dettori. "He is my favourite horse, he's a great horse and I love him, I had Stradivarius last year and Enable the year before. I've got a pretty nice route. Take him to Ascot [for the Gr.1 British Champions Sprint], France [for the Gr.1 Prix de la Foret], then Hong Kong and be off, be
gone. I thought this could be my last one so I'm going to enjoy it."
Ralph Beckett added: "He's an extraordinary horse and we won't have another like him. He's a proven Group 1 horse and I very much hope we can go for the [Gr.1] Breeders' Cup [Mile] again and the Prix de la Foret in between. He had a sore foot going into Goodwood and had a shoe off after a week. He's done this off one piece of work and has an amazing constitution."
He added: "What a horse he is. To have done what he keeps doing is extraordinary, but he's happiest on a racecourse and that's the bottom line. If he's taking it well we'll keep going, what's the point in hanging around? He's a gelding and what else are we going to do with him? He could go everywhere."