28th Aug 2014
One year on from Invincible Spirit’s daughter Moonlight Cloud securing a unique double when winning both the Gr.1 Prix Maurice de Gheest and the Gr.1 Prix Jacques le Marois within 7 days of each other, Invincible’s progeny was once again on top at the highest level both on the racecourse and in the sales ring.
The first leg of the double came up in the Prix Jacques le Marois when Kingman was given the green light to contest the Gr.1 over Deauville’s straight mile on ground described as soft. Al Shaqab racing were once again the team who hoped to stand between Kingman and the Gr.1 prize. This time it was their Gr.1 Lockinge Stakes winner Olympic Glory who faced the might of the three year old.
Much like the Sussex Stakes the early fractions were steady with Red Cadeaux reluctantly sent to the front to cut out the running. Kingman was professional and settled at the rear for James Doyle. As the pace started to wind up coming into the final 2 furlongs, Frankie Dettori on Olympic Glory was stealing a glance between his legs as James Doyle cruised up on his outside aboard the speedy three year old.
As Doyle’s opponents got very serious, Kingman showed his class in going by his rivals with consummate ease even on this softer surface. Goldikova’s brother Anodin was 2 ½ lengths second with Olympic Glory back in third.
Kingman’s trainer John Gosden spoke admirably about his charge;
“I thought he quickened well, because it’s very difficult to get out of this ground. He wasn’t in love with the ground but his class showed.”
This is a fourth Gr.1 this season for the son of Invincible Spirit and we wish him all the best in his next outing which is likely to be the Gr.1 QEII Stakes at Ascot’s Champions weekend.
The second leg of Invincible Spirit’s double came at Arqana where his yearling son out of the Listed winner; Prudenzia topped the second session of the sale at €1.1 million. The half- brother to Gr.1 Darley Irish Oaks winner Chicquita was knocked down to Mayfair Speculators and Derek Brugman speaking on behalf of the group said “He was the best colt of the sale in my eyes”. The South African purchasers plan to keep the colt in training in France.
We wish the group and all purchasers of Irish National Stud stock the very best of luck with their horses!