Banstead Manor Stud's brilliant miler Kingman (by Invincible Spirit) is a classic sire with his first crop following the victory today of Persian King in the Group 1 The Emirates Poule d'Essai des Poulains at ParisLongchamp.
The Andre Fabre-trained bay has now won five of his six starts, should be seen to better effect on good or fast ground – it was heavy today – and this latest success was achieved by a margin of one length from Shaman, with San Donato a head back in third and a gap of one and three-quarter lengths back to fourth-placed Graignes.
The colt chased home Anodor on his debut last August but then won a pair of mile contests at Chantilly by a combined margin of 11 lengths. He then beat the subsequent Group 1 Vertems Futurity Trophy Stakes winner Magna Grecia by a neck in the Group 3 Masar Godolphin Autumn Stakes at Newmarket on what was his final start of 2018.
He was impressive when beating Epic Hero by five lengths in the Group 3 Prix de Fontainebleau on good ground at ParisLongchamp on his seasonal reappearance last month and, of course, bypassed Newmarket – where old rival Magna Grecia won the Group 1 Qipco 2000 Guineas – for today's classic.
Kingman's first crop has made quite an impression and it seems that barely a day goes by without another winner for him. His growing tally of blacktype horses includes the exciting and dual pattern-winning sprinter Calyx, who is due to run next in the Group 1 Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot.
The early indications are that the Juddmonte team may have another star stallion on their roster. Kingman is by leading sire Invincible Spirit (by Green Desert) and out of Zenda (by Zamindar), a classic-winning half-sister to fellow Banstead Manor Stud stallion Oasis Dream (by Green Desert).
Persian King, on the other hand, is out of Pretty Please (by Dylan Thomas), which makes him inbred 4x4 to Danzig (by Northern Dancer). He was bred by Dayton Investments (Breeding) Ltd, is the second foal out of a ten-and-a-half-furlong Chantilly winner, and his dam is a half-sister to Planteur (by Danehill Dancer). Indeed, she could be described as being a three-parts sister to that Group 1 Prix Ganay winner.
Planteur also won the Group 2 Prix d'Harcourt and Group 2 Prix Noailles, he was runner-up in the Group 1 Prix du Jockey Club (French Derby), Group 1 Grand Prix de Paris, and two editions of the Group 1 Prix d'Ispahan, and he was twice third in the Group 1 Dubai World Cup. He is standing at Haras du Grand Courgeon after completing five seasons at Haras de Bouquetot, his eldest offspring are four-year-olds, and his blacktype earners include an Italian listed scorer plus Group 2 UAE Derby runner-up Manguzi.
Pretty Please is also a half-sister to the dual Australian listed-race winner Pilote D'Essai (by Oasis Dream), and she is out of Plante Rare (by Giant's Causeway), an unraced half-sister to Policy Maker (by Sadler's Wells) who won the Group 2 Grand Prix de Deauville, Group 2 Prix Foy and two editions of the Group 2 Grand Prix de Chantilly before going on to notable success as a National Hunt stallion.
His siblings include Group 3 Lancashire Oaks winner Place Rouge (by Desert King) and Group 1-placed Group 2-winning stayer Pushkin (by Caerleon), and his dam, Palmeraie (by Lear Fan), is a half-sister to Peinture Bleue (by Alydar). That US Grade 2 scorer is, of course, the dam of classic and Arc hero and Group 1 sire Peintre Celebre (by Nureyev).
Persian King is an exciting young horse who is bred to achieve anything, on the track and potentially at stud. It is expected that he will bid to make it a classic double in next month's Group 1 Prix du Jockey Club at Chantilly, and although his entries also include the Group 1 St James's Palace Stakes over a mile, it catches the eye that he is also engaged in both the Group 1 Grand Prix de Paris and Group 1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe over 12 furlongs.
It remains to be seen whether or not he will stay that trip, and his pedigree gives him a good chance of doing so, but regardless of the distance that ultimately proves to be his best one, this colt looks likely to become one of the brightest stars of 2019.
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