Juddmonte Farms


Godolphin’s Summer Romance (KINGMAN) faced just three rivals in yesterday’s (13th June) British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Fillies’ Stakes at Great Yarmouth and outclassed what was placed before her to earn ‘TDN Rising Star’ status at the first attempt.

Taken from the Thoroughbred Daily News, 13th June 2019, by Sean Cronin

The grey had already earned a degree of fame when bettering a 300,000gns price tag at last year’s Tattersalls October Book 1 sale with the second-highest price, €800,000, at last month’s Arqana Breeze-Up sale and doubled up in style on the Norfolk coast. The 8-13 favourite bowled along in second as Huboor set a modest pace. Angled into the clear and shaken up with one and a half furlongs remaining, the response was immediate and she quickened impressively to seize control passing the furlong marker before running on powerfully under negligible cajoling in the closing stages to easily account for Bredenbury by two lengths.

“It’s nice to see Kingman’s progeny doing so well, he’s already had some nice winners and is set to be a great stallion,” said James Doyle, who rode the winner’s sire to victory four times at the highest level. “She breezed very well and, quite rightly, cost a small fortune, but I was keen not to give her a hard race on this sticky ground...we were a little concerned with the going beforehand, but she coped with it fine. Both sire and dam handled similar conditions well and, once we delved into the pedigree, it gave us a little bit of confidence. I knew from her breezing days that she’d be able to drop down and quicken in a short space of time and that’s exactly what she did. She’s been working well with winners at home and there’ll be some nice races coming up for her.”

Date: 14 June 2019