Kingman colt wins down under
Hawkes Racing unveiled a rare commodity when Kingsheir made an impressive debut at Newcastle this week.
Backed into short odds, Kingsheir ran to a domineering win over 1300 metres and provided UK stallion Kingman with a perfect Southern Hemisphere record.
Kingman has had two runners in Australia with Neptune’s Fortune and Kingsheir both successful.
That’s a long way behind his Northern Hemisphere career which had been nothing short of phenomenal.
A son of super stallion Invincible Spirit, Kingman stands at Juddmonte’s Banstead Manor in the UK where Frankel is the most expensive resident sire at 175,000 pounds.
However Kingman is not far behind after Juddmonte doubled his service fee for 2020 to 150,000 pounds.
Stud director UK Simon Mockridge said: “We are very privileged to stand two of the most exciting sires in the world in Frankel and Kingman.
“Kingman has had an outstanding start, with Group One winner Persian KIng from his first crop as well as Group 2 winners Calyx and Headman, Musidora Stakes winner Nausha and Hampton Court Stakes winner Sangarius.
"In 2019 the only sire in Europe to have had more three-year-old stakes winners than Kingman was Galileo. Kingman has had four stakes winners from his second crop, including Prestige Stakes winner Boomer, and his third crop proved incredibly popular at the yearling sales.
"Kingman averaged £317,933 for 59 sold, including colts sold for 2.3 million guineas and 1.8 million guineas at Tattersalls Book 1,” said Simon Mockridge.
The Newcastle winner Kingsheir is prepared by John, Michael and Wayne Hawkes for Hong Kong based Orbis Bloodstock which paid 110,000 euro for him at the 2018 Arqana Deauville Yearling Sale.
He’s the second winner from Rose Memory, a half-sister by Elusive City to Group II winner Hard Dream.
The colt had a typical Hawkes Racing preparation with three trials spread over 10 months and he raced straight and true to record a perfect start to his career.