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. Classic winner Lawman has produced five Gr.1 winners from his early crops, including Classic winners Just The Judge and Harbour Law. Australian Gr.3 winner I Am Invincible, who was second to Takeover Target in a 6f Gr.1 contest, has also made a good start at stud – with his son Brazen Beau and his daughters Viddora and  I Am A Star scoring at Gr.1 level, backed up by a further twelve Group winners. To date Invincible Spirit’s sons standing in the Northern Hemisphere have sired over 80 blacktype performers. All this bodes very well for the prospects of Invincible Spirit’s best son 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 Tiggy Wiggy’s 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 National Defense 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 a three-year-old FRANKEL colt with John Gosden named First Eleven, a FRANKEL two-year-old colt and a yearling colt by Dubawi. The aforementioned Panzanella’s first foal, the Medicean filly Blending, was a winner. She also has a three-year-old filly by Lawman called Panmolle (this mating has very close links to KINGMAN as Lawman is a son of Invincible Spirit), a two-year-old filly by FRANKEL and a yearling filly by Camelot. The other daughters of Zenda in the broodmare band are Multilingual (by DANSILI), who retired to stud in 2016, the Storm Cat filly Rio Carnival whose Flatter colt Let’s Meet In Rio was second in the Gr.3 Sham Stakes at Santa Anita in 2016, and the winning 2018 maiden mare Present Tense (by BATED BREATH).

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.

KINGMAN has covered top-class books of mares since he retired – with just under 70% of mares covered in his first three seasons being blacktype performers or producers. His first crop of two-year-olds include progeny out of Gr.1 winners African Rose, Aloife Alainn, Emulous, Passage Of Time, Pride, Promising Lead, Proportional and Taghrooda. He also has two-year-old half-siblings to the following Gr.1 winners - Al Kazeem, Aqlaam, Behkabad, Fallen For You Ice Breeze, La Collina, Reckless Abandon, Star Of Seville, Tamarkuz, Wings Of Eagles, Winsili and Workforce. Kingman will have half-siblings to two-year-old Group winners Crazy Horse, English Ballet, Expert Eye, Fair Eva, Hunter Street, Malabar, Probably, Silk Blossom and Zebedee to represent him this year.

The first yearlings by KINGMAN proved popular at the sales, with 37 selling for an average of over £244,000, making him the leading first season sire in Europe and North America by yearling average (and in the top 10 of sires of any age). The highlight was the 1,700,000gns sale of the yearling filly out of Justlookdonttouch from the Ballymacoll Dispersal to Moyglare Stud.  

KINGMAN has covered over 440 mares in his first three seasons at stud - his popularity being testament to his potent mix of pedigree, performance and looks.