Nothing is guaranteed in this business, but there can be no doubt that Kingman is one of the most exciting horses to have gone to stud in recent decades. Horses such as Sadler's Wells, Galileo and Sea The Stars had such obvious potential when they began their stallion careers, and although Kingman has a monumental task ahead of him to join that elite trio, it is hard to imagine him failing to get winners at the highest levels.
He was a brilliant racehorse, a Timeform 134-rated champion and classic star, a high-class two-year-old who went on to win four Group 1s over a mile, and he has covered an outstanding first book of 143 mares at Banstead Manor Stud.
What makes him such an exciting prospect is that all of this is backed up by a stallion's pedigree.
He is a son of the Group 1-winning sprinter Invincible Spirit (by Green Desert), whose early stallion sons include the Group 1-siring horses Lawman and I Am Invincible, and he is out of Zenda (by Zamindar), the Group 1 Poule d'Essai des Pouliches (French 1000 Guineas) winning half-sister to the triple Group 1 star and outstanding stallion Oasis Dream (by Green Desert).
Their dam, Hope (by Dancing Brave), is an unraced full-sister to the Group 1 Irish Oaks heroine Wemyss Bight and her offspring include the four-times Group/Grade 1 star Beat Hollow (by Sadler's Wells), a sire of top-level winners on the flat and under National Hunt rules. Hope's siblings also include the dam of Group 1-winning stayer Reefscape (by Linamix), of Group 2 scorers Bellamy Cay (by Kris), Coastal Path (by Halling) and Martaline (by Linamix).
Bahamian (by Mill Reef), the Group 2 Prix de Pomone runner-up and Listed Oaks Trial scorer who is the third dam of Kingman, is also the third dam of the recent Group 2 Prix Chaudennay scorer Doha Dream (by Shamardal) and of New Bay (by Dubawi), another potential sire of note whenever he takes up his stallion role.
New Bay won the Group 1 Prix du Jockey Club (French Derby) and Group 2 Prix Guillaume d'Ornano last year, he chased home Make Believe in the Group 1 Poule d'Essai des Poulains (French 2000 Guineas) and was third to Golden Horn in the Group 1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. In 2016 he has added an odds-on success in the Group 3 Prix Gontaut Biron and he finished fourth to Almanzor in that vintage edition of the Group 1 Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown.
This famous Juddmonte family is one of the strongest in the stud book. It has already given us an elite stallion in Oasis Dream, and with Kingman being so closely related to that Banstead Manor Stud standout, there is every reason to hope that he too can become one of the best sires in Europe.
KINGMAN (GB) – b.2011 – Invincible Spirit – Zenda, 7 wins inc Prix Jacques le Marois (Gr1), Sussex Stakes (Gr1), Irish 2000 Guineas (Gr1), St James's Palace Stakes (Gr1), Greenham Stakes (Gr3), Solario Stakes (Gr3), 2nd 2000 Guineas (Gr1). Sire in England. First foals in 2016.
FOALS CATALOGUED (updated)
bc – Anna's Rock (by Rock of Gibraltar) Goffs Nov €320,000
bc – Go Lovely Rose (by Pivotal) Tattersalls Nov 180,000gns
bf – Justlookdontouch (by Galileo) Tattersalls Nov withdrawn
bc – Liberally (by Statue of Liberty) Tattersalls Nov not sold
bf – Lovely Blossom (by Spinning World) Tattersalls Nov 180,000gns
bf – Our Little Secret (by Rossini) Tattersalls Nov 135,000gns
bc – Parisi (by Rahy) Tattersalls Nov 60,000gns
bc – Please Sing (by Royal Applause) Tattersalls Nov not sold
bf – State Treasure (by Mineshaft) Tattersalls Nov 75,000gns
The Green Desert branch of the Danzig (by Northern Dancer) sire line has become one of the strongest in Europe and in Charm Spirit it has a Timeform 127-rated triple Group 1 mile star who comes from a famous sire-producing family. He covered 138 mares in his first season at Tweenhills Farm & Stud, he stood the 2016 season at Haras de Bonneval in France, and he is an exciting prospect.
Charm Spirit was a Group 1-placed winner from three starts as a juvenile and his only defeat from six starts at three was his fifth-place finish in a vintage edition of the Group 1 2000 Guineas at Newmarket. Remarkably, he was not his sire's best son that year as that honour went to the four-times Group 1 star Kingman, and that Timeform 134-rated champion also has his first foals now.
Invincible Spirit (by Green Desert) won the Group 1 Sprint Cup at Haydock and he was not a particularly highly-rated horse for a winner at that level, assessed by Timeform at just 121. As a stallion, however, he has been outstanding and in addition to his long and growing list of top-level winners, he is also excelling with his early stallion sons and broodmare daughters.
I Am Invincible, whose Group 1-winning son Brazen Beau will have his first foals in 2017, added to his tally with Saturday's Group 1 Myer Classic scorer I Am A Star, over a mile at Flemington, and Ballylinch Stud's classic star Lawman was represented by another classic winner when his son Harbour Law won the Group 1 St Leger at Doncaster last month.
Vale Of York has sired stakes winners, Zebedee is the sire of the high-class sprinter Magical Memory, and Cheveley Park Stud's Group 1-winning sprinter Mayson is one of the leading freshman sires of 2016 with three individual stakes winners among seven blacktype-earning progeny. All of this augurs well for Charm Spirit, Kingman and the other Invincible Spirit colts going to stud now and in the future.
Charm Spirit is the first foal out of the dual French winner L'Enjoleuse (by Montjeu) and that half-sister to Group 3-placed filly Megac Bliss (by Soviet Star) is out of Machaera (by Machiavellian), an unraced half-sister to four stakes winners. One of those was the Group 2 Mill Reef Stakes winner Russian Bond (by Danzig) and another was his Group 2 Temple Stakes-winning full-brother Snaadee, who achieved some success at stud without making an impact.
Their half-sister Sombreffe (by Polish Precedent) did her bit for the family by coming up with the classic-placed German Group 1 scorer Ransom O'War (by Red Ransom), but it is in the fourth generation of the family that you start to find the biggest names in this clan's roll of honour.
The fourth dam of Charm Spirit is the prolific Ciboulette (by Chop Chop) and this means that Somfas (by What A Pleasure), his third dam, was a half-sister to the champion filly and hugely influential broodmare Fanfreluche (by Northern Dancer) and to that star’s full-brother Night Shift, a leading sire whose Group 1 tally included classic winners.
Those who descend from Fanfreluche are distantly related to Charm Spirit, but when you have top stallions such as Flying Spur (by Danehill), Encosta De Lago (by Fairy King) and Holy Roman Emperor (by Danehill) among them, along with others who have had varying levels of success as sires, then that offers hope that their younger relation can also do well in his new role. Depending on the mares, the best of his offspring are likely to effective in the six to 10-furlong range.
CHARM SPIRIT (IRE) – b.2011 – Invincible Spirit – L'Enjoleuse, 6 wins inc Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (Gr1), Prix du Moulin de Longchamp (Gr1), Prix Jean Prat (Gr1), Prix Paul de Moussac (Gr3), Prix Djebel (Gr3), 3rd Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere – Grand Criterium (Gr1). Sire in England & France. First foals in 2016.
FOALS CATALOGUED (updated)
bf – Air Biscuit (by Galileo) Tattersalls Nov 30,000gns
bc – Aqraan (by In The Wings) Goffs Nov €30,000
bc – B Berry Brandy (by Event of The Year) Tattersalls Nov 45,000gns
bf – Bijou A Moi (by Rainbow Quest) Tattersalls Nov 85,000gns
bf – Bryanstown (by Galileo) Tattersalls Nov 21,000gns
bc – Buredyma (by Dutch Art) Tattersalls Nov 38,000gns
bc – Child Bride (by Coronado's Quest) Tattersalls Nov 75,000gns
bf – Czama Roza (by Polish Precedent) Tattersalls Nov 65,000gns
grc – Dabista (by Highest Honor) Goffs Nov €100,000
bc – Dame Lucy (by Refuse To Bend) Goffs Nov €30,000
bf – Eastern Lily (by Eastern Echo) Tattersalls Nov (p/s) 35,000gns
bf – Elusive Pearl (by Medaglia d'Oro) Tattersalls Nov 15,000gns
bf – Fairy Efisio (by Efisio) Tattersalls Nov 48,000gns
bc – Four Eleven (by Arch) Goffs Nov not sold
bf – Garanciere (by Anabaa) Tattersalls Nov 40,000gns
bc – Harryana (by Efisio) Tattersalls Nov 90,000gns
bc – Hokkaido (by Street Cry) Tattersalls Nov not sold
bf – Indignant (by Gold Away) Tattersalls Nov 30,000gns
bc – Kite Mark (by Mark of Esteem) Tattersalls Nov 43,000gns
bc – Ma Bella Paola (by Naaqoos) Tattersalls Nov not sold
bc – Marika (by Marju) Tattersalls Nov 80,000gns
bc – Miss Meltemi (by Miswaki Tern) Tattersalls Nov 82,000gns
bf – Navajo Rainbow (by Rainbow Quest) Tattersalls Nov not sold
bc – Nickels And Dimes (by Teofilo) Goffs Nov €68,000
bc – Pearlofthequarter (by Rock of Gibraltar) Tattersalls Nov not sold
bc – Postale (by Zamindar) Tattersalls Nov 140,000gns
bc – Sassy Gal (by King's Best) Tattersalls Nov 37,000gns
bc - Save Me The Waltz (by Halling) Arqana Dec €48,000
bc – Shuttle Mission (by Sadler's Wells) Tattersalls Nov 33,000gns
bf – Silent Act (by Theatrical) Tattersalls Nov withdrawn
bc – Tawaasul (by Haafhd) Tattersalls Nov 37,000gns
bc – Thankful (by Diesis) Tattersalls Nov 110,000gns
bc – Vintage Gardenia (by Selkirk) Tattersalls Nov 15,000gns
bf – Water Fountain (by Mark of Esteem) Tattersalls Nov withdrawn