Kingman bows out
The brilliant Kingman, one of this season’s stand out performers, has been retired to stud by owner Khalid Abdullah and will stand next to unbeaten superstar Frankel at Banstead Manor Stud. Connections must surely have thought that they would never be able to find an animal to fill the void left by Frankel after his retirement but Kingman has gone along way to doing so with what has been a stand out season of his own.
The Invincible Spirit colt burst onto the scene with a devastating 6 length victory in a Newmarket maiden last year and quickly followed that up with his first Group victory in the Solario Stakes at Sandown. His 3yo campaign started with an annihilation of the field in the Greenham Stakes but would surprisingly suffer defeat in his first attempt in Group 1 company, going down to Night Of Thunder in the 2000 Guineas.
He would make amends by easily scoring in the Irish equivalent and would gain revenge on his Epsom conqueror in the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot. He would be made to work very hard to record victory in the Sussex Stakes against his older rivals and would ultimately finish his career with another easy victory in the Jacques Le Marois last month.
His next target had been the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot but a persistent throat infection has forced connections to announce his retirement.
Khalid Abdullah’s racing manager Teddy Grimthorpe announced the news: “Kingman is to be retired to Banstead Manor Stud for the 2015 stud season.
“The throat infection will still need on going treatment which will rule out the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes and also the Breeders Cup.
“The stud fee of the horse that has electrified European racing in 2014 will be announced by the stud when appropriate.”
By Kevin Walsh 22/9/14
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