Kingsbarns (horse)

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Kingsbarns and Joseph O'Brien at Leopardstown in 2013.
Sire Galileo
Grandsire Sadler's Wells
Dam Beltisaal
Damsire Belmez
Sex Colt
Foaled 20 February 2010
Country Ireland
Colour Bay
Breeder Ann Marie O'Brien
Owner Mrs John Magnier
Michael Tabor
Derrick Smith
Trainer Aidan O'Brien
Record 8: 2-1-2
Earnings £364,634
Major wins
Racing Post Trophy (2012)

Kingsbarns (foaled 20 February 2010) was an Irish Thoroughbred racehorse who won the Racing Post Trophy in 2012 on his second career start. He was owned by Mrs John Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith and was trained by Aidan O'Brien.


Kingsbarns was a bay colt foaled on 20 February 2010 and bred by Ann Marie O'Brien, the wife of trainer Aidan O'Brien. Kingsbarns was the son of Epsom Derby winner and multiple Champion sire Galileo. Galileo has produced many top horses, including Cape Blanco, Frankel, Nathaniel, New Approach and Rip Van Winkle. Kingsbarns' dam, Beltisaal, is a daughter of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes winner Belmez.[1]

Racing career[edit]

2012: two-year-old season[edit]

Kingsbarns did not race until October 2012, where he easily won a one mile maiden race at Navan Racecourse. Under jockey Joseph O'Brien he beat Risk Return by seven lengths.[2] Having originally not been entered he was supplemented for the Racing Post Trophy at the cost of £17,500.[3]

After being supplemented he was priced as big as 8/1 to win the race, but received significant support and started as the 15/8 favourite. Again ridden by O'Brien, he took the lead with over one furlong left to run. He then pulled away to win the race by one and three quarter lengths from the Richard Hannon, Sr. trained Van Der Neer, who just beat Steeler for second place.[4] After the race Joseph O'Brien said: "He relaxed and travelled very well. I might have got to the front too soon but my momentum took me there."[5] After his victory he was made favourite for the 2013 Epsom Derby and second favourite (behind Dawn Approach) for the 2000 Guineas.[6] In his only two runs as a two-year-old he earned £130,831.[1]

In the 2012 European Thoroughbred Racehorse Rankings, he was given a rating of 118, putting him in second place, six pounds below the top-rated Dawn Approach.[7]

2013: three-year-old season[edit]

In April 2013, Kingsbarns was ruled out of the 2000 Guineas after failing to recover sufficiently from a foot infection.[8] He made his belated seasonal debut in the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown Racecourse on 7 September. He was settled in fourth place by Joseph O'Brien, but dropped away before the turn into the straight and was pulled up in a race won by The Fugue. Kingsbarns was next entered in the Queen Elizabeth II stakes on British Champions Day at Ascot Racecourse. Racing at odds of 14-1, he ran third behind runaway winner Olympic Glory. After the race, Kingsbarns' trainer Aidan O'Brien said: "I'm delighted with that. It all went wrong for him in the spring and this was like our first run of the season. I'd imagine that will be it for this year and we'll look forward to next season with him."[9]

2014: four-year-old season[edit]

Kingsbarns began his third season in the Listed Heritage Stakes at Leopardstown in April. Despite being less than fully fit he was made the 4/6 favourite but finished third of the five runners behind the John Oxx-trained Qewy. The colt was off the racecourse for four and a half months before returning in the Royal Whip Stakes at the Curragh in August, when he finished second, beaten half a length by his stable companion Hall of Mirrors. In September, he was sent to France for the Prix Foy in which he finished fifth of the six runners behind Ruler of the World. On 18 October, Kingbarns ran for the second time in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot. He was among the leaders until the final furlong when he weakened rapidly and finished sixth behind Charm Spirit.


Pedigree of Kingsbarns, bay colt, 2010[10]
Galileo (IRE)
b. 1998
Sadler's Wells (USA)
b. 1981
Northern Dancer*
b. 1961
Fairy Bridge
b. 1975
Bold Reason
Urban Sea (USA)
ch. 1989
ch. 1978
Mr. Prospector
ch. 1978
Beltisaal (FR)
b. 1994
Belmez (USA)
b. 1987
El Gran Senor
b. 1981
Northern Dancer*
Sex Appeal
Grance Note
b. 1982
Top Ville
Val de Grace
Ittisaal (GB)
b. 1987
b. 1980
House Tie
b. 1975
Be Friendly

Note: b. = Bay, ch. = Chestnut

* Kingsbarns was inbred 3 × 4 to Northern Dancer, meaning that the stallion appears once in the third generation and once in the fourth generation of his pedigree.


  1. ^ a b "Kingsbarns". Racing Post. Retrieved 2012-10-28. 
  2. ^ "EBF Maiden result". Racing Post. 10 October 2012. Retrieved 2012-10-28. 
  3. ^ "Kingsbarns heads O'Brien assault". 2010-11-18. Retrieved 2012-10-28. 
  4. ^ "Racing Post Trophy result". Racing Post. 27 October 2012. Retrieved 2012-10-28. 
  5. ^ Heavey, Jason. "Barn to be king!". Daily Star. Retrieved 2012-10-28. 
  6. ^ "Kingsbarns favourite for Derby after becoming Aidan O'Brien's seventh Racing Post Trophy winner". Telegraph. Retrieved 2012-10-28. 
  7. ^ "2012 Flat Classification" (PDF). Horse Racing Ireland. Retrieved 2013-05-04. 
  8. ^ "Aidan O'Brien's Kingsbarns out of 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket". BBC Sport. 2013-04-12. Retrieved 2013-05-02. 
  9. ^ "Olympic Glory strikes gold for team Hannon". Racing Post. Retrieved 2013-10-21. 
  10. ^ "Kingsbarns (IRE) pedigree". 2012-10-28. Retrieved 2012-10-05.