Kingman (British horse)

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Kingman at the Irish 2000 Guineas
SireInvincible Spirit
GrandsireGreen Desert
Foaled26 February 2011[1]
CountryGreat Britain
BreederJuddmonte Farms
OwnerKhalid Abdullah
TrainerJohn Gosden
JockeyJames Doyle
Record8: 7–1–0
Major wins
Solario Stakes (2013)
Greenham Stakes (2014)
Irish 2000 Guineas (2014)
St. James's Palace Stakes (2014)
Sussex Stakes (2014)
Prix Jacques Le Marois (2014)
Cartier Horse of the Year (2014)
Cartier Champion Three-year-old Colt (2014)
World's top-rated three-year-old colt (2014)

Kingman (foaled 26 February 2011) is a champion British Thoroughbred racehorse who was the 2014 European Horse of the Year after winning the Irish 2000 Guineas, St. James's Palace Stakes, Sussex Stakes, and Prix Jacques le Marois

He is owned by Khalid Abdullah and trained by John Gosden.

Racing career[edit]

2013: two-year-old season[edit]

Kingman's career began with a six-length win in a maiden race at Newmarket under jockey Ryan Moore. Moore was impressed by the colt but called the ante-post price for the 2000 Guineas of 10/1 an overreaction.[2] His next race was the Group 3 Solario Stakes at Sandown Park Racecourse this time with Khalid Abdullah's new retained jockey James Doyle on board. Kingman won by two lengths from Godolphin's colt Emirates Flyer. Following the win his price for the 2,000 Guineas was again cut. Gosden shared plans for a run in the Dewhurst Stakes[3] but these were scrapped following a bone chip.[4]

2014: three-year-old season[edit]

Following recovery from an operation to remove the bone chip, Kingman made his three-year-old debut in the Greenham Stakes at Newbury Racecourse. He accelerated in the final two furlongs to win by four and a half lengths. Following the victory the Guineas price was once again cut with some bookmakers making Kingman joint favourite to the Aidan O'Brien trained Australia [5] Kingman started favourite for the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket but was beaten into second place by Night of Thunder, with Australia in third place. On 24 May, Kingman recorded his first Group One success when he won the Irish 2000 Guineas at the Curragh Racecourse.

On 18 June at Royal Ascot, Kingman reversed the Newmarket result, beating Night of Thunder by two and a quarter lengths in the St James's Palace Stakes. For his next race, the Sussex Stakes at Goodwood, he was matched against the Richard Hannon-four-year-old Toronado in what was billed as a second Duel on the Downs. He won by a length from Toronado, with Darwin in third. The colt was then sent to France for the Prix Jacques le Marois over 1600 metres at Deauville Racecourse on 17 August. He started the 2/7 favourite against four opponents, headed by the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes winner Olympic Glory. Doyle restrained him at the back of the field before taking the lead 200 metres from the finish and drew clear to win by two and a half lengths from Anodin, who beat Olympic Glory and Rizeena in a close race for second.[6]

Kingman's retirement from racing was announced on 22 September. He had contracted a throat infection which prevented him from being trained for projected runs in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes and the Breeders' Cup Mile.

Stud career[edit]

Kingman has stood at Banstead Manor Stud alongside Frankel since the 2015 breeding season. His first yearlings sold for up to 1.7 million guineas in 2017. In 2018, he sired Group 2 Coventry Stakes winner Calyx at Royal Ascot, Group 3 winner Persian King and three further stakes winners from his first crop of two-year-olds. He was the fourth leading sire in Europe by yearling average behind Galileo, Dubawi and Frankel.

Notable progeny[edit]

c = colt, f = filly, g = gelding

Foaled Name Dam Sex Major Wins
2016 Persian King Pretty Please c Poule d'Essai des Poulains, Prix d'Ispahan, Prix du Moulin de Longchamp
2017 Kinross Ceilidh House c Prix de la Forêt, British Champions Sprint Stakes
2017 Palace Pier Beach Frolic c St James's Palace Stakes, Prix Jacques Le Marois (twice), Lockinge Stakes, Queen Anne Stakes
2017 Domestic Spending Urban Castle g Hollywood Derby, Turf Classic Stakes, Manhattan Stakes
2018 Schnell Meister Serienholde c NHK Mile Cup
2020 Commissioning Sovereign Parade f Fillies' Mile
2020 Feed The Flame Knyazhna c Grand Prix de Paris
2020 King Colorado More Aspen c The J. J. Atkins
2020 Sauterne Salicorne f Prix du Moulin de Longchamp
2020 Zardozi Chanderi f VRC Oaks
2021 Elmalka Nahrain f 1000 Guineas Stakes

Assessment and awards[edit]

In November, Kingman was named Champion Three-year-old Colt and Horse of the Year at the Cartier Racing Awards.[7]

In the 2014 World's Best Racehorse Rankings, Kingman was rated the third-best horse to race anywhere in the world in 2014 behind the Japanese horses Just A Way and Epiphaneia and level with Able Friend, Australia, The Grey Gatsby, and Variety Club, making him the joint top-rated three-year-old.[8]


Pedigree of Kingman (GB), bay colt, 2011[1]
Invincible Spirit (IRE)
Green Desert
Danzig Northern Dancer
Pas de Nom
Foreign Courier Sir Ivor
Courtly Dee
Kris Sharpen Up
Doubly Sure
Eljazzi Artaius
Border Bounty
Zenda (GB)
Gone West Mr Prospector
Zaizafon The Minstrel
Dancing Brave Lyphard
Navajo Princess
Bahamian Mill Reef
Sorbus (Family: 19)


  1. ^ a b "Kingman pedigree". 7 March 2014. Retrieved 13 April 2014.
  2. ^ "Ryan Moore: Temper the Kingman hype... and leave the jockeys' title alone". Retrieved 13 April 2014.
  3. ^ James Burn (31 August 2013). "Sandown Guineas fancy Kingman storms to Solario success". Racing Post. Archived from the original on 13 April 2014. Retrieved 13 April 2014.
  4. ^ "Berkshire, Kingman prep for English 2000 Guineas at Newbury". Daily Racing Form. Retrieved 13 April 2014.
  5. ^ Cornelius Lysaght. "BBC Sport - Newbury: Kingman impressive in Greenham Stakes win". BBC. Retrieved 13 April 2014.
  6. ^ Racing Post
  7. ^ Marcus Armytage (11 November 2014). "Cartier Awards 2014: Double top for star miler Kingman". Daily Telegraph.
  8. ^ "The 2014 World Thoroughbred Rankings". Retrieved 21 January 2015.

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