Calyx storms to Coventry victory to give Kingman first Group win

Filed on 19 Jun 2018 @ 14:26

The John Gosden-trained Calyx (Kingman) was an impressive winner of the Group Two Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot on Tuesday, bursting clear to race alone on the stands' side, beating his group of rivals out of sight. The placed horses all raced on the far side, with Advertise claiming second spot ahead of Sergei Prokoviev.

Gosden was effusive in his praise of Calyx following the race, describing the colt as "a horse that makes you get up in the morning." Calyx made his debut just 10 days ago when making a winning debut at Newmarket by five lengths under Robert Havlin.

Gosden said: "Calyx is very talented. His father was exceptionally talented and Calyx has all of those attributes. I think the high draw might not be the best draw. In the Queen Anne, low numbers were first, second and third. The high draw was a disadvantage and I couldn't believe that Calyx hung on like he did. It was a tough ordeal for him to race on his own on just his second start. If he had horses to race with him, I think that would have been better. It was a big achievement for him to win having raced on his own and he is worth more than the winning margin of a length to say the least.

"We've won this race before but he does make you get up in the morning. Calyx has had to race on his own for the last two furlongs with a huge crowd screaming. That is a big ordeal for him and I think he did amazingly to win. I could have easily seen him getting distracted with nothing to race with.

"Frankie said 'I have to go now, there is nothing carrying me into the race, I have got to go.' In that respect, it was marvellous and he is probably value for more than the winning distance. Calyx is a bit of show-off. I had to give him a bit of time. His father never ran until July whereas this boy has been out in June."

Asked if Calyx is a 2000 Guineas horse, Gosden added: "I don't see why not. He is rateable and was relaxed enough early, but at the moment let's see if we can win a Prix Morny with him and then we will think about stepping up a bit later on. We'll freshen him up and go for the Prix Morny. He has done a lot of racing in 10 days.

"He has got a good bit of scope and is a lovely horse to be around. He is a bit full of himself, but I was just very impressed that he could take the running up because nothing was left on his side.

"I don't put Frankie on two-year-olds first time out ahead of Royal Ascot as I did it to him last year at Yarmouth and he injured his shoulder and missed this meeting. He's ridden him at home but just not on his debut!"

Calyx is the 5/1 favourite from 16/1 with Paddy Power and the 8/1 favourite from 18s with Betway for the 2019 QIPCO 2000 Guineas.

Filed on 19 Jun 2018 @ 14:26