30.5.19

Kick On declared for QIPCO Prix du Jockey Club

Qatar Racing's Kick On is among 15 runners for the QIPCO Prix du Jockey Club (French Derby) at Chantilly on Sunday.

Kick On won the Listed Feilden Stakes at Newmarket on his return and ran another good race when seventh of 19 to Magna Grecia in the Group 1 QIPCO 2,000 Guineas there. The way Kick On races suggests both the step up to an extended mile and a quarter and return to rain-softened ground in the Jockey Club will suit him.

Kick On had also run a race full of promise when a staying-on sixth behind Magna Grecia and subsequent Irish 2,000 Guineas winner Phoenix of Spain in last autumn's Group 1 Vertem Futurity Trophy at Doncaster.

Kick On is the only runner in the Jockey Club representing John Gosden, who is yet to win the race, as is the colt's rider Oisin Murphy.

Kick On is also a Classic runner for his sire Charm Spirit, who stands with his fellow Qatar Racing-owned stallions at Tweenhills in Gloucestershire. Charm Spirit also shuttles to Windsor Park Stud in New Zealand and spends alternative Northern Hemisphere breeding seasons at The Aga Khan's Haras de Bonneval in France.

The one to beat is the Persian King who completed a five-timer in the French 2,000 Guineas last time. Aidan O'Brien runs three horses, as well as running seven others in the Derby at Epsom the day before.