Juddmonte Farms

In-depth Analysis

By Claire Curry

KINGMAN's grandsire Green Desert is discussed on OASIS DREAM's page. Needless to say he has proven to be a very influential sire of sires through the likes of OASIS DREAM, Cape Cross and Invincible Spirit. His grandsons are also making their mark at stud – Sea The Stars and Showcasing are amongst the leading sires in Europe.

Invincible Spirit is also being ably represented by his stallion sons. Australian Gr.3 winner I Am Invincible, who was second to Takeover Target in a 6f Gr.1 contest, has quickly established himself as one of the leading sires in the Southern Hemisphere. He was the Leading first season sire in Australia in 2013-14 – and in  the 2017-18 season finished second on the Australian sires table. To date Invincible Spirit’s sons standing in the Northern Hemisphere have sired over 100 blacktype performers - but none have made a better start than KINGMAN.

Invincible Spirit is very similar in many ways to KINGMAN's “uncle” OASIS DREAM. They are both sprinting sons of Green Desert who have staying influences in their pedigrees. Invincible Spirit is a son of the 1990 Prix de Diane winner Rafha – whose outstanding stud career produced seven blacktype performers in total including leading sire Kodiac, and the dam of Gr.1-winning two-year-old Nayarra. As with OASIS DREAM, Invincible Spirit has proven himself to be not only a world-class stallion, but also an extremely versatile one, siring Gr.1 winners at distances from 5 to 10.5f. Some of his stars include the outstanding Moonlight Cloud, top miler Charm Spirit, leading two-year-olds Shalaa and Magna Grecia and the high-class sprinters Mayson, Fleeting Spirit, Profitable and Signs Of Blessing – but KINGMAN has achieved the highest Timeform rating of any of Invincible Spirit’s progeny.

Details of KINGMAN’s extended female line can be found on OASIS DREAM's page, so his first dam Zenda will be the focus here. She became ZAMINDAR's first Gr.1 winner, and the first of three Poule d’Essai des Pouliches winners for her sire, when graduating from a Windsor maiden victory to success in the French 1000 Guineas. Narrow defeats in the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot and Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Stakes at Keeneland plus a victory in an Allowance at Saratoga followed – as did the exploits of her year-younger half-brother OASIS DREAM. As a Classic-winning half-sister to a multiple Gr.1 winner Zenda was a rare and valuable commodity when she retired to stud. Although her early broodmare career failed to live up to the high hopes, signs of Zenda’s potential were revealed with the emergence of her talented DANSILI filly Panzanella, a wide-margin maiden winner who achieved a Timeform rating of 94. Better was to come in the shape of the DANSILI colt Remote (TF 119), who put together a three-race winning streak culminating in a victory in the Gr.3 Tercentenary Stakes at Royal Ascot. Nine days after this victory, KINGMAN (TF 133) made his highly-anticipated debut at Newmarket, leaving no one in doubt that they had seen a very special colt.

Zenda has since produced a third blacktype performer – the FRANKEL colt First Eleven, who was very unlucky not to become his dam’s third Royal Ascot winner when an unlucky third in the King George V Stakes. He secured blacktype in the  Cumberland Lodge Stakes Gr.3 and stays in training in 2019.

Zenda has a FRANKEL three-year-old colt called Delphian, a two-year-old colt by Dubawi and a yearling colt by FRANKEL and  is now enjoying her retirement. The aforementioned Panzanella has produced two runners from two winners and has the placed FRANKEL filly Frisella in training with John Gosden and a two-year-old  filly by Camelot. The other daughters of Zenda in the broodmare band are the winner Multilingual (by DANSILI), who has a two-year-old First Defence colt called Tilsit and a yearling colt by English Channel; and the winning BATED BREATH filly Present Tense, who is due to produce her first foal (by KINGMAN’s sire Invincible Spirt) in 2019.

On his retirement, KINGMAN was described by the usually restrained John Gosden as “a long way the most exciting colt I have ever trained.” This glowing description is a testament to the impact that the colt made while he was racing – a career which was defined by a most potent turn of foot. KINGMAN was unlucky not to have an unbeaten record – with the splitting field arguably the reason for his defeat in the 2000 Guineas by a horse who had been 4½ lengths behind him in the Greenham Stakes. That day at Newmarket in May was soon forgotten as emphatic victories in the Irish 2000 Guineas, St James’s Palace Stakes, Sussex Stakes and Prix Jacques Le Marois followed. The Irish Guineas was a demolition exercise – with daylight between KINGMAN and his pursuers. Royal Ascot saw an equally easy victory – with Newmarket form reversed with Night Of Thunder. In the Sussex and Prix Jacques Le Marois KINGMAN put the best milers of the older generation to the sword – multiple Gr.1 winners Toronado and Olympic Glory having no answer to the acceleration of the outstanding three-year-old.

KINGMAN's two-year-old career had given more than hint of what he might be able to achieve in the future. His debut victory at Newmarket was so impressive that he was as low as 5/1 for the Guineas afterwards and an equally convincing win in the Gr.3 Solario Stakes marked KINGMAN down as a colt of limitless potential. His three-year-old career confirmed KINGMAN as one of the best racehorses of recent times – possessing a turn of foot rarely seen. This innate talent, coupled with his outstanding bloodlines, make KINGMAN a highly exciting stallion prospect.

The expectations surrounding KINGMAN’s two-year-old’s were sky high – and when the first runner Calyx made a devastatingly impressive winning debut at Newmarket in June the tone was set for the season ahead. Just ten days after breaking his maiden Calyx reappeared in the Gr.2 Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot, and was sent off the 2/1 favourite in a field of 23. Despite being drawn away from his main rivals, Calyx hit the front two furlongs out and raced to an impressive victory, beating the 11 other runners on his side over 6 lengths. Runner up in the Coventry was the subsequent Gr.1 Phoenix Stakes winner Advertise, while the future Gr.3 Cornwallis Stakes winner Sergei Prokofiev was in third.  Unfortunately Calyx suffered a setback before he could run again (he is now back in training), but by the end of the season a further four Stakes winners had emerged and KINGMAN had finished the season joint with No Nay Never as leading first season sire of stakes winners in Europe. Persian King established himself as one of the best French-trained two-year-olds of 2018 with three impressive victories, the final one coming at the expense of future Gr.1 winner Magna Grecia in the Gr.3 Autumn Stakes at Newmarket. Sangarius was a ready winner of the Listed Flying Scotsman Stakes at Doncaster while the fillies Poetry (Criterium de Vitesse) and Look Around (Star Stakes) also struck at Listed level. 

There are also a plethora of lightly-raced KINGMAN progeny who look set to make their mark at three. King Of Comedy (a half-brother to Gr.1 winner Star Of Seville) Raakib Alhawa, Headman, Sparkle Roll (a half-sister to Derby winner Wings Of Eagles, Bell Rock, Nausha, She’s Got You (a half-sister to Gr.1 winners Without Parole and Tamarkuz), Surfman (a half-brother to Gr.1 winner Kitesurf) and Sovereign Grant were amongst his 24 individual winners, while the beautifully bred Queen (out of Gr.1 winner Pride), Clerisy (a half-sister to EXPERT EYE), Kiss For A Jewel (out of Gr.2 winner Sapphire, herself a half-sister to Free Eagle), and Tempus (a half-brother to Gr.2 winner Time Test) all showed innate promise on their only starts.

Yearlings by KINGMAN again proved popular at the sales, He was the fourth leading sire in Europe by yearling average behind Galileo, Dubawi and FRANKEL, with an average of over £272,900 (41 sold). For the second consecutive year had a yearling sell for over a million Guineas at the Tattersalls October Sale (the colt out of Shemya made 1,050,000gns), while the €850,000 paid for the Alexander Queen colt at Goffs Orby was the highest price for a colt at the sale.      

KINGMAN has covered top-class books of mares since he retired – with 66% of mares covered in his first four seasons being blacktype performers or producers. His 2019 two-year-olds include half-siblings to the following Gr.1/2 winners – Cannock Chase, Coronet, Delegator, Dolniya, Father Time, Giofra, Hero Look, Midas Touch, Mutual Trust, Passage Of Time, Penelopa, Pisco Sour, Rizeena, Sixties Icon, Timepiece and Waldgeist, Waldlied and Workforce.