Kingman is a regal name for a horse who has produced some majestic performances at the beginning of his career.
Home bred by owner Prince Khalid Abdulla, his is a half-brother to the 2013 Royal Ascot winner, Remote, and his dam, Zenda, won the French 1000 Guineas for Abdulla and trainer John Gosden back in 2002.
He made his racecourse debut at Newmarket in July 2013 and immediately got tongues wagging with a brilliant six length Maiden victory. A month later he successfully graduated to Group 3 company in the Solario Stakes and plans were then for him to contest a Group 1 event.
However, he developed a bone chip in one of his ankles which needed to be surgically removed.
Consequently he was returning from a seven and a half month absence when he made his three-year-old debut in the Group 3 Aon Greenham Stakes on April 12th 2014. And what a reappearance it was, his unbeaten record maintained in sumptuous style as he passed the winning post four and a half lengths clear of Night Of Thunder.
However, three weeks later in the first race of the 2014 QIPCO British Champions Series, the QIPCO 2000 Guineas, the tables were turned as he had no answer to the late burst of his Greenham Stakes victim and finished second, beaten half a length.
Next time out he well and truly made up for that defeat, running away with the Irish 2000 Guineas by five lengths.
Next up was the St James’s Palace Stakes where he turned around the form with Night Of Thunder, showing a devastating turn of foot to win by two and a quarter lengths, his first QIPCO British Champions Series victory.
He then went to the QIPCO Sussex Stakes and after a slow pace for much of the race, he showed an amazing burst of speed in the last half furlong to run down last year’s winner, Toronado, with ease. Next he annexed another Group 1 at Deauville, winning the Prix Jacques Le Marois with ease.
He picked up a throat infection in September and has now been retired to Banstead Manor Stud, following in the footsteps of Frankel.