Juddmonte Farms


The Racing Post's Martin Stevens ​takes a close look at the sire's two-year-olds of 2020.

Taken from the Racing Post online, 6th April 2020, by Martin Stevens:

KINGMAN is by now fully certified as the bright young thing of the European stallion ranks. There are 17 stakes winners to have emerged from his first two crops, a top price of 2,300,000gns paid for one of his yearlings last autumn, a covering fee doubled to £150,000 in 2020 and star mares such as Attraction and Taghrooda lined up to be covered by him this season.

This is no rags to riches story, though; for while nothing is ever certain in the bloodstock industry, it always looked a pretty safe bet that the Banstead Manor Stud resident would prove a success. KINGMAN was, after all, an unbeaten Group 3-winning two-year-old who was crowned champion at three after reeling off impressive victories in the Irish 2,000 Guineas, St James's Palace Stakes, Sussex Stakes and Prix Jacques le Marois.

A handsome individual, he was also equipped with a persuasive pedigree, being by the influential Invincible Spirit out of Poule d'Essai des Pouliches heroine Zenda, a half-sister to dual champion turned prolific sire OASIS DREAM who had already produced a Royal Ascot winner in Remote.

KINGMAN was also guaranteed to have the weight of the Juddmonte broodmare band behind him – arguably the strongest in depth belonging to any operation in Europe – which in turn would encourage outside breeders to support him with top-notch mares.

Look no further than the breeding of some of KINGMAN's early racecourse stars for examples of the quality he was granted to help get him off the ground: Calyx is out of Helleborine, a Group 3-winning sister to Sprint Cup winner African Rose, while King Of Comedy is a half-brother to the high-class racemares English Ballet and Star Of Seville.

None of which is to denigrate KINGMAN's achievements, as he earned his right to such an exclusive harem, but the outstanding chances he was given did set expectations sky high. He deserves credit for having met them, when plenty of other sires have failed to live up to being given a similar red carpet treatment.

In all, KINGMAN covered 143 mares in his first book and 137 mares in his second book, including 56 blacktype winners in the first and 41 in the second.

There was no let-up in his third year in service in 2017, when he received 163 mares, with 65 blacktype winners among them.

The resultant resultant offspring, the KINGMAN two-year-olds of 2020, include the following who are out of Group 1-winning dams, with their appointed trainers as recorded by Weatherbys:

Elizabeth Tower, a filly out of Turfdonna; exported to Japan
High Resilience, a colt out of Nannina; exported to Japan
Kings Prince, a colt out of Dynaforce; in training with Mark Johnston
Love Is You, a filly out of Fallen For You; in training with Roger Charlton
Majnoon Laila, a colt out of Islington; in training with David Simcock
Shirazi, a colt out of Sortilege
Talisha, a filly out of Temida; exported to Germany
Under Wraps, a filly out of Confidential Lady
An unnamed filly out of Kinnaird
An unnamed filly out of Mahbooba
An unnamed colt out of Serienholde; exported to Japan

There are a further seven among KINGMAN's juvenile crop who are siblings to top-flight winners:

Duty Of Care, a half-brother to EXPERT EYE
Monsoon Moon, a half-sister to Logician
Vouchsafe, a three-parts sister to Moonlight Cloud; exported to France
An unnamed half-sister to Akeed Mofeed
An unnamed half-brother to Al Kazeem
An unnamed half-sister to Laughing and Viva Pataca; in training with Simon Crisford
An unnamed half-brother to Poet's Word

Among the other KINGMAN two-year-olds with striking pedigrees are Amboseli, a half-sister to Shine So Bright in training with Andre Fabre; Daisy Warwick, a half-sister to 'Budapest Bullet' Overdose with Andrew Balding; and King Capella, a son of Crystal Capella, a Group 2-winning three-parts sister to Crystal Ocean, in training with the 2019 joint world champion's handler Sir Michael Stoute.

KINGMAN's top sellers at the yearling sales were headed by that 2,300,000gns purchase: a colt out of Grace And Favour, a winning Montjeu sister to Fame And Glory who was sold to Godolphin.

He is one of four two-year-olds by the sire listed as in Charlie Appleby's care at present, along with a colt out of Weltmacht, a Listed-winning daughter of Mount Nelson, who cost €700,000 at BBAG; a colt out of the Medaglia D'Oro mare Kamakura who was a 625,000gns Tattersalls October Book 1 yearling; and a half-brother to Dee Stakes scorer Viren's Army bought for 370,000gns as a foal.

Aidan O'Brien also has a number of KINGMAN two-year-olds stabled at Ballydoyle, including Admiral Nelson, a colt out of Listed winner Shamandar who broke the Goffs UK Premier Yearling Sale record when bought for £440,000; Blue Planet, a colt out of the Group 3-winning Encosta De Lago mare One Last Dance who was a 1,800,000gns Book 1 yearling; and Swiss Ace, a half-brother to the classy performers Swiss Diva, Swiss Dream, Swiss Franc and Swiss Spirit acquired for 400,000gns.

Agent Amanda Skiffington also affirmed her faith in KINGMAN by giving €850,000 for his colt out of the Arch mare Miss Plimsoll and €675,000 for a half-brother to the Group 1-placed sprinter Goken at the Arqana August Yearling Sale. They are named Fireworks and Steadyman respectively.

That third crop of beautifully bred offspring should keep KINGMAN's name in lights in the 2020 Flat season, whenever it arrives, along with four of his five top-rated progeny who are set to come back for more at four – King Of Comedy, Persian King, Headman and Roseman – and an abundance of exciting three-year-olds such as Heiress, Palace Pier and Waldkonig.

Date: 06 April 2020