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. He covered an outstanding first book of 143 mares at Banstead Manor Stud, his first crop includes a half-sister to this year's Derby hero Wings Of Eagles (by Pour Moi), and his first foals made up to €320,000.
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), and 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 Group 2 Prix Chaudennay scorer Doha Dream (by Shamardal) and of New Bay (by Dubawi), who has completed his first season at Ballyinch Stud.
New Bay won the Group 1 Prix du Jockey Club (French Derby), Group 2 Prix Guillaume d'Ornano and Group 3 Prix Gontaut Biron, he chased home Make Believe in the Group 1 Poule d'Essai des Poulains (French 2000 Guineas), was third to Golden Horn in the Group 1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, and fourth to Almanzor in a 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 a leading sire.
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.
bf - Aoife Alainn (by Dr Fong) Tattersalls Oct not sold
grf - Chill (by Verglas) Arqana Aug €160,000
bf - Clenor (by Oratorio) Tattersalls Oct 125,000gns
bf - Come Touch The Sun (by Fusaichi Pegasus) Tattersalls Oct 55,000gns
bc - Cubanita (by Selkirk) Goffs Sept €50,000
bf - Cut Short (by Diesis) Tattersalls Oct 550,000gns
bf - Damaniyat Girl (by Elusive Quality) Tattersalls Oct withdrawn
bc - Don't Forget Faith (by Victory Gallop) Tattersalls Oct not sold
bc - Don't Forget Faith (by Victory Gallop) Tattersalls Nov 45,000gns
bf - Faithfilly (by Red Clubs) Arqana Aug €80,000
bc - Fallen In Love (by Galileo) Tattersalls Oct 260,000gns
bc - Fallen Star (by Brief Truce) Tattersalls Oct not sold
bf - Farnesina (by Anabaa) Tattersalls Oct 95,000gns
bc - Gaditana (by Rainbow Quest) Tattersalls Nov 40,000gns
bc - Go Lovely Rose (by Pivotal) Goffs Sept €650,000
bc - Gradara (by Montjeu) Arqana Aug €140,000 (p/s)
bf - Hazel Lavery (by Excellent Art) Arqana Aug €240,000
bf - Hippy Hippy Shake (by Danehill Dancer) Tattersalls Oct not sold
bf - Intense Pink (by Pivotal) Tattersalls Oct 47,000gns
bc - Janicellaine (by Beat Hollow) Arqana Aug €360,000
bf - Justlookdontouch (by Galileo) Tattersalls Oct 1,700,000gns
bc - Liberally (by Statue of Liberty) Goffs Sept €240,000
bf - Lovely Blossom (by Spinning World) Tattersalls Oct not sold
bc - Maganda (by Sadler's Wells) Tattersalls Oct not sold
bf - Making Eyes (by Dansili) Tattersalls Oct 400,000gns
bf - Masaya (by Dansili) Tattersalls Oct 60,000gns
bf - Our Little Secret (by Rossini) Tattersalls Oct 400,000gns
brf - Palitana (by Giant's Causeway) Tattersalls Oct 250,000gns
bc - Phiz (by Galileo) Arqana Aug €340,000
bf - Platonic (by Zafonic) Arqana Aug €300,000
bc - Please Sing (by Royal Applause) Tattersalls Oct 120,000gns
bc - Pontenuovo (by Green Tune) Tattersalls Oct 150,000gns
bf - Quaduna (by Duke of Marmalade) Tattersalls Oct 150,000gns
bc - Rose Et Noire (by Dansili) Arqana Aug €130,000
bf - Sewards Folly (by Rudimentary) Tattersalls Oct 55,000gns
bc - Shimmering Surf (by Danehill Dancer) Tattersalls Oct not sold
bc - Soul of Houdini (by Perfect Soul) Tattersalls Oct 90,000gns
bc - Split Trois (by Dubawi) Tattersalls Oct withdrawn
bc - Stage Presence (by Selkirk) Tattersalls Oct withdrawn
bc - Starfish (by Galileo) Tattersalls Oct 450,000gns
bc - Starlet (by Sea The Stars) Goffs Sept €140,000
bf - Stupendous Miss (by Dynaformer) Tattersalls Oct not sold
bf - Swiss Diva (by Pivotal) Tattersalls Oct withdrawn
bf - The Miniver Rose (by High Chaparral) Tattersalls Oct 45,000gns
bf - Three Mysteries (by Linamix) Tattersalls Oct withdrawn
bc - Toi Et Moi (by Galileo) Tattersalls Oct 32,000gns
bf - Vedela (by Selkirk) Arqana Oct €35,000
bf - Wadaat (by Diktat) Tattersalls Oct 85,000gns
bf - Whirly Bird (by Nashwan) Tattersalls Oct 200,000gns
bc - Wild Mimosa (by Dynaformer) Tattersalls Oct 35,000gns
bf - Wittgenstein (by Shamardal) Arqana Aug not sold
grf - Wrong Answer (by Verglas) Tattersalls Nov withdrawn
grf - Ysoldina (by Kendor) Arqana Aug €750,000
bc - Zacheta (by Polish Precedent) Tattersalls Oct 160,000gns
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, was back at his original base in 2017, and he is an exciting prospect whose first foals made up to 140,000gns.
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 yearlings 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.
Australian-based I Am Invincible is the sire of Group 1-winning son Brazen Beau – who has had his first foals in 2017 – and Ballylinch Stud's classic star Lawman has been represented by the classic winners Group 1 Irish 1000 Guineas heroine Just The Judge and Group 1 St Leger star Harbour Law.
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, one of the leading freshman sires of 2016, already has four individual stakes winners to his name. Born To Sea's first three-year-olds include the classic-placed pattern winner Sea Of Grace, and current freshman Swiss Spirit has already sired several two-year-old winners in his first crop. 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.
bc - Aqraan (by In The Wings) Tattersalls IRE Sept not sold
bc - Arch of Colours (by Monsun) Tattersalls Oct 5,000gns
bc - Astromagick (by Rainbow Quest) Tattersalls Nov 2,500gns
bc - B Berry Brandy (by Event of The Year) Tattersalls Oct 22,000gns
bc - Best Intent (by King's Best) Arqana Oct €110,000
bf - Bijou A Moi (by Rainbow Quest) Goffs UK Aug £105,000
bf - Bryanstown (by Galileo) Tattersalls Oct not sold
bc - Buredyma (by Dutch Art) Tattersalls Oct 67,000gns
bf - Centime (by Royal Applause) Tattersalls Oct 25,000gns
bf - Cheriearch (by Arch) Arqana Oct €100,000
bc - Chicita Banana (by Danehill Dancer) Tattersalls Oct 18,000gns
bc - Child Bride (by Coronado's Quest) Goffs Sept not sold
bf - Commute (by Rail Link) Arqana Oct €24,000
bf - Coventina (by Daylami) Tattersalls Oct 11,000gns
bc - Crystals Sky (by Hernando) Arqana Oct €27,000
bf - Czarna Roza (by Polish Precedent) Tattersalls Oct 100,000gns
bc - Dame Lucy (by Refuse To Bend) Tattersalls Oct not sold
bf - Deraaya (by Mujahid) Goffs Sept withdrawn
bf - Dreamily (by New Approach) Tattersalls Oct 14,000gns
bf - Eastern Lily (by Eastern Echo) Tattersalls Oct withdrawn
bf - Eastern Lily (by Eastern Echo) Tattersalls Nov 25,000gns (p/s)
bf - Elusive Pearl (by Medaglia d'Oro) Goffs Sept €18,000
bf - Enchanted Princess (by Royal Applause) Tattersalls Oct 26,000gns
bc - Examinee (by Monsun) Tattersalls Oct 20,000gns
bf - Fairy Efisio (by Efisio) Tattersalls Oct not sold
bf - Fairy Efisio (by Efisio) Tattersalls Nov withdrawn
bc - Fantacise (by Pivotal) Tattersalls Oct 52,000gns
bc - Four Eleven (by Arch) Tattersalls Oct not sold
bf - Galactic Heroine (by Galileo) Tattersalls Oct 16,000gns
bc - Gotlandia (by Anabaa) Arqana Oct €110,000
bc - Harryana (by Efisio) Tattersalls Oct 130,000gns
bc - Hello Glory (by Zamindar) Tattersalls Oct 85,000gns
bc - Hokkaido (by Street Cry) Tattersalls Oct not sold
bf - Indignant (by Gold Away) Tattersalls Oct 42,000gns
bc - Kartica (by Rainbow Quest) Arqana Aug €500,000
bc - Kelsey Rose (by Most Welcome) Goffs Sept €70,000 (p/s)
bc - Kite Mark (by Mark of Esteem) Tattersalls Oct 115,000gns
bf - Lalectra (by King Charlemagne) Tattersalls Oct not sold
bc - Ma Bella Paola (by Naaqoos) Tattersalls Oct 42,000gns
bf - Macheera (by Machiavellian) Tattersalls Oct withdrawn
bf - Maid For Winning (by Gone West) Tattersalls Oct 120,000gns
bc - Marika (by Marju) Tattersalls Oct 135,000gns
bf - Mill Guineas (by Salse) Goffs Sept €80,000
bc - Miss Meltemi (by Miswaki Tern) Tattersalls Oct 95,000gns
bc - Miss Plimsoll (by Arch) Arqana Aug €120,000
bf - Morning Bride (by Danehill Dancer) Arqana Oct €82,000
bf - Morzine (by Miswaki) Goffs UK Aug £22,000
bf - Naissance Royale (by Giant's Causeway) Arqana Aug €130,000
bf - Nandiga (by Bernardini) Tattersalls Nov 18,000gns
bf - Nantes (by Night Shift) Arqana Aug €110,000
bc - Nickels And Dimes (by Teofilo) Goffs UK Aug £28,000
bc - No Song (by Zamindar) Tattersalls Oct not sold
bf - Olympic Medal (by Nayef) Tattersalls IRE Sept €28,000
bc - Pearlofthequarter (by Rock of Gibraltar) Tattersalls Oct 10,000gns
bc - Postale (by Zamindar) Tattersalls Oct withdrawn
bc - Postale (by Zamindar) Tattersalls Nov withdrawn
bf - Puzzled (by Peintre Celebre) Tattersalls IRE Sept €32,000
bc - Ravensburg (by Raven's Pass) Tattersalls Oct 60,000gns
bc - Rose Memory (by Elusive City) Arqana Oct €75,000
bc - Ruse (by Diktat) Tattersalls Oct 26,000gns
bc - Sassy Gal (by King's Best) Tattersalls Oct not sold
bc - Save Me The Waltz (by Halling) Arqana Oct €46,000
bf - Sea Chorus (by Singspiel) BBAG Sept €70,000
bf - Seracina (by Nashwan) Arqana Oct €30,000
bc - Supergirl (by Woodman) Arqana Aug €100,000
bc - Tawaasul (by Haafhd) Tattersalls Oct 70,000gns
bc - Thankful (by Diesis) Tattersalls Oct 210,000gns
bc - Trip To The Moon (by Fasliyev) Arqana Aug not sold
bf - Urgele (by Zafonic) Goffs Sept €27,000
bc - Vintage Gardenia (by Selkirk) Tattersalls IRE Sept €21,000
bf - Water Fountain (by Mark of Esteem) Goffs Sept €14,000
bf - You Don't Love Me (by Teofilo) Arqana Oct €32,000
bf - Zomorroda (by Chineur) Osarus Sept €45,000
One of a growing number of stallion sons for the excellent Invincible Spirit (by Green Desert), this Whitsbury Manor Stud resident is by the sire of Lawman, Mayson, Vale Of York, Zebedee and I Am Invincible. There are 73 in his first crop.
Stakes-placed at two and a high-class sprinter at three and four years of age, Swiss Spirit was unlucky not to have won the Group 2 Temple Stakes. He was badly impeded at the start, flew home and was only beaten by a neck by Kingsgate Native.
He is a half-brother to the Group 3 Prix de Meautry and Group 3 Prix du Petit Couvert heroine Swiss Diva (by Pivotal), to the triple stakes-winning sprinter Swiss Dream (by Oasis Dream) and also to Swiss Franc (by Mr Greeley), who was runner-up in the Group 2 Coventry Stakes.
Their dam, Swiss Lake (by Indian Ridge), won the Listed St Hugh's Stakes and Listed Lansdown Stakes, she was runner-up in the Group 2 Flying Childers Stakes, and she is the better of two stakes horses out of listed-placed sprinter Blue Iris (by Petong).
The next dam, juvenile winner Bo' Babbity (by Strong Gale), was a half-sister to Anita's Prince (by Stradavinsky), a Group 1-placed pattern winning sprinter whose progeny included the multiple stakes-winning sprinter and 16-times scorer Carranita.
You will also find the Group 1-placed Group 3 Cornwallis Stakes winner Kier Park (by Foxhound), Group 1 Prix de l'Abbaye de Longchamp hero Maarek (by Pivotal), listed scorers Ruby Rocket (by Indian Rocket), Inzar's Best (by Inzar) and Alexander Alliance (by Danetime), and also this year's Listed Windsor Castle Stakes scorer Ardad (by Kodiac) under branches of the fourth generation of the family.
With his combination of racing and pedigree profile, it is easy to see why Swiss Spirit has been popular, and he looks likely to become a source of speedy juveniles and high-class sprinters, and depending on the mare, some who may stay a mile.
SWISS SPIRIT (GB) – b.2009 – Invincible Spirit – Swiss Lake, 3 wins inc Dubai International Airport World Trophy (Gr3), Carnarvon Stakes (L), 2nd King George Stakes (Gr2), Temple Stakes (Gr2), 3rd Rockingham Stakes (L). Sire in England. First foals in 2015.
YEARLINGS CATALOGUED (updated)
bc – Al Gharrafa (by Dutch Art) Tattersalls IRE Sept €55,000
bc – Amouage Royale (by Mr Greeley) Goffs UK Aug £6,000
bf – Angry Bark (by Woodman) Goffs Oct €6,000
bc – Anne Bonney (by Jade Robbery) Goffs Oct €120,000
bf – Aqua Vitae (by Camacho) Goffs UK Aug £20,000
bc – Atheera (by Shamardal) Tattersalls Oct 38,000gns
bf – Athwaab (by Cadeaux Genereux) Tattersalls Oct withdrawn
bc – Bossy Kitty (by Avonbridge) Goffs UK Aug £5,500
bc - Buffy Boo (by Agnes World) Arqana Nov €3,000
bc – Carte d'Oro (by Medaglia d'Oro) Goffs Oct €7,000
bc - Carte d'Oro (by Medaglia d'Oro) Goresbridge Oct withdrawn
bc – Catmint (by Piccolo) Goffs UK Aug £52,000
bc – Cheeky Girl (by College Chapel) Goffs Oct €26,000
brf – Diliza (by Dilum) Tattersalls Oct 1,500gns
bc – Dimensional (by Dansili) Goffs UK Aug £42,000
bc – Dyna Bowl (by Dynaformer) Tattersalls IRE Sept €1,000
bc – Easy To Love (by Diesis) Tattersalls IRE Sept €20,000
grc – Enchanting Way (by Linamix) Goffs UK Aug £110,000
brf - Equinox (by Medicean) Goffs UK Oct £2,000
bf – Eurolinka (by Tirol) Tattersalls Oct 3,000gns
bf – Fire Line (by Firebreak) Goffs UK Aug withdrawn
brf – Ginger Cookie (by Bold Edge) Goffs UK Aug £28,000
bf – Harbinger Lass (by Thousand Words) Goffs Feb €13,000
brf – Irrational (by Kyllachy) Tattersalls Oct 30,000gns
bf – Kummel Excess (by Exceed And Excel) Tattersalls Oct 36,000gns
bc – Laminka (by Intikhab) Goffs UK Aug £10,000
bc – Littlemisssunshine (by Oasis Dream) Goffs UK Aug £50,000
bc – Loughtownlady (by Statue of Liberty) Goffs UK Aug not sold
bc – Lucky Dip (by Tirol) Tattersalls IRE Sept €33,000
bf – Luxuria (by Kheleyf) Goffs UK Aug £80,000
bc – Marmot Bay (by Kodiac) Goffs UK Aug £34,000
brf – Mawaared (by Machiavellian) Goffs Oct €8,500
bf – Maybe I Will (by Hawk Wing) Goffs UK Aug withdrawn
bf – Miss Trish (by Danetime) Goffs Feb €8,500
bf – Miss Trish (by Danetime) Tattersalls IRE Sept €8,500
bf – Music Pearl (by Oratorio) Tattersalls Oct 23,000gns
bc – Nolas Lolly (by Lomitas) Tattersalls Oct 35,000gns
bc – Nordic Theatre (by King's Theatre) Goffs Feb €8,000
bc – Nordic Theatre (by King's Theatre) Tattersalls Oct not sold
bf – Piranha (by Exceed And Excel) Tattersalls IRE Sept not sold
bc – Rabshih (by Green Desert) Goffs Feb €15,000
bc – Rabshih (by Green Desert) Goffs UK Aug not sold
brc – Red Mischief (by Red Clubs) Tattersalls IRE Sept not sold
bf – Reveille (by Sakhee's Secret) Tattersalls Oct (p/s) 5,000gns
bc – Rhagori Aur (by Exceed And Excel) Tattersalls IRE Sept €40,000
brc – Sareb (by Indian Ridge) Tattersalls IRE Sept €27,000
bf - Shared Moment (by Tagula) Goffs UK Oct not sold
bc – Silver Rhapsody (by Silver Hawk) Tattersalls IRE Sept €4,500
bf – Silver Sail (by Daylami) Goffs UK Aug £5,000
grc – Skiing (by Sakhee's Secret) Tattersalls Oct 130,000gns
bc – Small Fortune (by Anabaa) Tattersalls Oct 10,000gns
bc – Snow Angel (by Danehill Dancer) Tattersalls Oct 37,000gns
bc – Speed Date (by Sakhee's Secret) Tattersalls Oct 95,000gns
bf – Starbeck (by Spectrum) Goffs UK Aug £38,000
bf – Starbotton (by Kyllachy) Goffs Oct €34,000
bf – Strawberry Leaf (by Unfuwain) Goffs Oct €12,000
bc – Support Fund (by Intikhab) Tattersalls Oct 15,500gns
bf – Timeless (by Tamayuz) Goffs UK Aug £28,000
bf – Triomphale (by Nureyev) Goffs UK Aug £3,500
bc – Verasina (by Woodman) Tattersalls IRE Sept €10,000
bf – Vitta's Touch (by Touch Gold) Tattersalls Oct 19,000gns
bc – Woolfall Rose (by Generous) Tattersalls IRE Sept €11,500
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