THE ONGOING RISE OF KINGMAN
He may have retired in 2014, but the legacy of potent miler KINGMAN is only just beginning. The Racing Post's Maddy Playle looks to the future.
Taken from the Racing Post, 26th March 2020, by Maddy Playle
It would be fair to say the four-time Group 1 winner is one of the most exciting stallion prospects in the world right now and, if his start to life at stud is anything to go by, it is not an over-exaggeration to say he could one day belong in the same breath as all-time greats Galileo and Dubawi.
Standing alongside Frankel at Banstead Manor in Newmarket, his 2020 fee of £150,000 has been justified by some sparkling performances on track so far. Among his best have been French 2,000 Guineas winner Persian King, Royal Ascot hero Sangarius and the fantastic but fragile sprinter Calyx.
His progeny have shown remarkable speed, a potent turn of foot and the ability to stay up to a mile and a half. They are often precocious but have progressed well.
It bodes well for a scorching summer and, with colts like Headman, Roseman and Fox Chairman representing him, Kingman once again has the opportunity to light up the Flat season. Their efforts in 2019 proved he is a brilliant burgeoning sire, but what makes Kingman so exciting is that the best is yet to come.
He has a seemingly endless list of seriously promising juveniles set to return this spring, with Palace Pier, Waldkonig, Khayzaraan, Kinross, King Leonidas, Higher Kingdom and Heiress among those expected to make a splash in the Classics. So hold on, because this season will definitely be worth the wait.
Date: 26 March 2020