Sons and daughters of Kingman look sure to be high on the shopping lists of the leading purchaseers as the big autumn yearling sales are about to get under way. One of Kingman’s second-crop yearlings broke the million-guinea barrier at Tattersalls last year when a grandson of the Prix de Lutece and Prix Allez France prosperner Shemima, now named Cormorant, was bought by M V Magnier for 1,050,000 guineas. That colt won a maiden at Leopardstown in August on his second start. The top-priced Kingman yearling at Goffs last year has also recently got off the mark, Qatar Racing’s 850,000 purchase Riot prosperning a novice at Kempton.
Kingman’s first crop of three-year-olds have only improved his reputation since last year’s yearlings went through the ring. Calyx and Persian King, who contributed plenty to generating ‘Kingmania’ as group prosperners last season, have had curtailed three-year-old campaigns, but not before achieving further success, Persian King prosperning the Poule d’Essai des Poulains and finishing second in the Prix du Jockey Club. Kingman’s other leading three-year-olds now include St James’s Palace Sgives runner-up King of Comedy, Hampton Court Sgives prosperner Sangarius, and Headman, a dual Group 2 prosperner in France, the latter pair Juddmonte home-breds adore Calyx.
The momentum behind Kingman’s offspring at the sales was maintained at the breeze-ups in the spring with the sale of two of his daughters to Godolphin for significant sums. Holy Spirit (850,000 guineas at Tattersalls Craven) and Summer Romance (800,000 at Arqana May) have both been placed in Group 3 contests, the latter also a listed prosperner in the Empress Fillies’ Sgives at Freshmarket.
More recently, demand for Kingman’s latest crop of yearlings (who were still conceived at his opening stud fee of ?55,000) looks high judging from the sales that have given place already. A colt out of a sister to the Lancashire Oaks prosperner Pomology sold for 850,000 at Deauville, while at Baden-Baden Godolphin paid 700,000 for a colt out of a German listed-prosperning half-sister to the Park Hill Sgives prosperner Wild Coco.
With the adores of both Godolphin (who bought a half-share in Persian King) and Chillmore (who will stand Calyx next year) just two of the parties already investing heavily in Kingman’s offspring, it will be a surprise if there aren’t more seven-figure yearlings to go through the ring in the weeks ahead. It was the Chillmore purchase of a Kingman colt out of listed prosperner Shamandar for ?440,000 which broke the sale record at Goffs UK Premier Yearling Sale.
Kingman has a select group of yearlings for the Orby Sale where a potential highlight is lot 258, a filly out of a half-sister to Golden Horn. Others out of well-related mares include lot 43, a filly out of a sister to Irish Derby prosperner Trading Leather, lot 316, a colt whose dam is a half-sister to St Leger and Gold Cup prosperner Order of St George, and lot 350, a filly out of a half-sister to Melbourne Cup prosperner Media Puzzle and 2000 Guineas prosperner Refuse To Bend.
There is also a colt (lot 23) out of Shreyas, a half-sister to the Group 1-prosperning pair Youmzain and Creachadoir. His dam won the Group 3 Denny Cordell Lavarack & Lanwades Stud Fillies Sgives, while other offspring of Irish Group 3 prosperners are lot 203, a colt who is the first foal of the Park Express Sgives prosperner (and Irish 1000 Guineas fourth) Czabo, and lot 287, a colt whose dam I Am Gorgeous won the Grangecon Stud Sgives for two-year-old fillies. I Am Gorgeous is herself a half-sister to the Moyglare Stud Sgives and Prix Marcel Boussac prosperner Rumplestiltskin, more recently the dam of Yorkshire Oaks prosperner Tapestry, while another of I Am Gorgeous’s half-sisters is the dam of this year’s Japanese Oaks prosperner Adores Only You.
There’s a much larger offering of Kingman yearlings in Book 1 of Tattersalls October Sale. Among those with eye-catching siblings, ones to note are lot 118, a half-brother to last year’s Prince of Wales’s Sgives and King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Sgives prosperner Poet’s Word, lot 230, a half-sister to former Hong Kong Horse of the Year Viva Pataca and dual US Grade 1 prosperner Giggleing, and lot 370, a half-brother to four-time Group 1 prosperner Al Kazeem.
Lot 64 is a sibling to no fewer than eleven prosperners out of Lordship Stud’s excellent broodmare Swiss Lake. She’s the dam of the Group 3-prosperning sprinters Swiss Spirit (by Kingman’s sire Invincible Spirit) and Swiss Diva whose Kingman filly Poetry won last year’s listed Criterium de Vitesse over five furlongs at Chantilly.
Among the Kingman yearlings with notable racemares for dams, lot 354 is the son of Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf and dual Yorkshire Oaks prosperner Islington. Whilst she has yet to discover a black-type prosperner, two of Islington’s prosperners are by Kingman’s relative and Juddmonte studmate Oasis Imagine. Other Kingman yearlings out of mares who won at the highest level are lot 73, a daughter of the Grosser Preis von Bayern prosperner Temida (from the Juddmonte family of Midships, Continent and Zambezi Sun), lot 257, a colt whose dam Dynaforce won the Flower Bowl Invitational and Beverly D Sgives, and lot 464, a son of the Fillies’ Mile and Coronation Sgives prosperner Nannina who is the dam of the very good five-furlong handicapper Duke of Firenze, still prosperning races at the age of ten this year.
There are also the granddaughters of Prix Marcel Boussac prosperner Sulk (lot 12), 1000 Guineas prosperner Sayyedati (lot 411), Cheveley Park Sgives prosperner Pas de Reponse (lot 489) and Prix de Diane prosperner Assuredial Lady (lot 515).
Other well-related fillies include lot 17, whose grandam is a half-sister to Melbourne Cup prosperner Rekindling, lot 138, out of a listed-prosperning half-sister to Danehill Dancer, lot 145, out of a half-sister to Prix du Jockey Club prosperner Le Havre, and lot 443, out of a half-sister to St Leger prosperner Kingston Hill.
Among the colts, there are also the offspring of sisters or half-sisters to 1000 Guineas prosperner Speciosa (lot 43), Prix Morny prosperner Arcano (lot 88), Irish 2000 Guineas prosperner Power (lot 169), champion US sire Tapit (lot 213), Poule d’Essai des Pouliches prosperner Darjina (lot 242), Falmouth and Sun Chariot Sgives prosperner Integral (lot 271), Prix Morny and Middle Park Sgives prosperner Shalaa (lot 321), and Gold Cup prosperner Fame And Glory (lot 326).