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