Mare brings Kingman excitement to Gold Coast

Sydney Morning Herald


The final session of another huge Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale is on today and the most intriguing mare (Lot 1726) selling has been brought to the sale by Segenhoe Stud carrying a foal to the latest worldwide stallion sensation Kingman.

The mare in question is Amuletum, by one-time Darley shuttle stallion New Approach from a mare by Redoute’s Choice.

Amuletum’s pedigree page features such group 1 performers as Grand Armee, Drum, Dealer Principal and the former Hong Kong star Genius And Evil.

Kingman was a champion on the track and now his progeny are performing in a phenomenal fashion and capturing the attention of breeders everywhere.

Segenhoe’s Peter O’Brien arranged for several clients to take up southern hemisphere coverings with their mares to bring them to the Australian breeding markets, and already has a number booked in with Juddmonte Farm for 2019 servings.

‘‘Kingman is achieving results which are quite unbelievable,’’ O’Brien said. ‘‘He had five of the eight runners in the Heron Stakes at Sandown [in Britain] a week ago and brought home the trifecta, with the John Gosden-prepared King Of Comedy taking his record to three wins from four starts.’’

The win in the listed race took Kingman’s black-type tally to eight with his oldest progeny just three-year-olds and O’Brien believes the stallion will be a stand-out in Australia.

Gosden had another black-type winner on the same day at Goodwood with Private Secretary landing the Cocked Hat Stakes.

Kingman is a son of Invincible Spirit whose race record was seven wins and a second from eight starts (five group 1s included) and his efforts in 2014 saw him named as the Cartier horse of the year and champion three-year-old colt, and he was the world’s top-rated three-year-old colt.

He carried the silks of one of the world’s most successful owners Khalid Abdullah, who raced the super horse Frankel (Galileo) which stands alongside Kingman at Juddmonte Farms.

Both stallions are too valuable to shuttle to Australia but the stud has arranged southern hemisphere coverings at reduced costs.

O’Brien revealed a number of Australian farms had jumped on the Kingman bandwagon.

Of course, the Invincible Spirit stallion which has become a headline act in Australian racing and breeding is the Mitchell family’s I Am Invincible, which stands at Yarraman Park, Scone. He is the most costly stallion standing in the Hunter Valley in 2019.

Kingman’s southern hemisphere service fee is £75,000 ($137,000) and an indication of his popularity stems from his early sales at European breeding companies.

His yearlings have sold up to 1.7million guineas from his first public auction crop and currently he is the fourth leading European stallion behind Galileo, Dubai and Frankel with an average of £272,900 from 41 yearlings sold.