Prince of Zenda
Prince of Zenda
Doncaster - Weatherbys Scientific £300,000 2-Y-O Stakes (GBB Race)
The racehorse that was, and the super sire that is, KINGMAN needs no introduction. Outstanding in his Champion 3yo miler’s career, he’s just about the best young stallion out there. "The Classic winning miler siring Classic winning milers." Read about him here: https://stallions.juddmonte.com/stallion/kingman
Couple that with a Selkirk dam, who has already produced a 100 rated horse, from a family littered with Group 1 performers (the 2nd dam is the mighty MY BRANCH, no less) and we believe we could be onto something really special here.
Two of the top seven Kingman progeny, are out of Selkirk mares: KING OF COMEDY and KINROSS, so that's a good 'nick' from a breeding perspective.
Rarely do we spend in excess of £100 000 on unraced stock at Middleham Park, but when we do, we tend to happen upon BLACK TYPE, STAKES WINNERS e.g., Group 1 winner and St Leger runner up Ventura Storm, Dee Stakes winner Viren’s Army, and currently, the listed winner and Group 3 placed filly Ventura Diamond.
This particular colt oozes speed, “he looks very fast” his trainer has been quoted as saying and he possesses plenty of size and substance; he won’t just be an early 2yo who doesn’t train on, given his imposing stature. He could make up into a high class 3yo too. If he were to emulate horses like Hugo’s Home Of The Brave, Galileo Gold and Ebro River, we wouldn’t be surprised at all. In a market where the bidders were lining up left right and centre at Tattersalls, we’re delighted to bring him in, precisely on the current Kingman nomination budget. You can see what value for money (at this stage, anyway) that this fabulous colt represents.
A strapping son of one of the World’s finest stallions, whose nomination price is set at £150,000 for 2022. This colt is from one of Bjorn Nielsen’s finest families.
We are delighted to report that he has been named Prince of Zenda. The explanation for the name is that it combines a son of Kingman with Kingman’s dam, Zenda, to form an attractive name.
Training Update (24th May): All remains well with him; he’s thriving in his coat at the moment given the recent weather and he looks a million dollars. He’s a fine big colt who we are currently looking at debuting over 7 furlongs. Whilst these races have just opened up, we would be a second half of the season horse. He’s just cantering away at home at the moment but the team are keeping a close eye on him as he’s a horse who albeit is a big horse does have a bit of speed about him so it wouldn’t be a surprise where he to suddenly give them the indication that he’s ready to be upped in his workload. There is no science involved here, it’s all art and down to the trainer and his work rider to feedback and they’ll get the timings right as to when to step him up. Hugo does report that he has a lovely rangy stride which means he covers vast amounts of ground in a single stride, his outlook on life is spot on and he’s a very willing horse on the gallops. All the signs are positive at the moment and he’s still one that they very much like and hold in high regard. His race entries will show on this page - as you can see, he is entered in the £300k Weatherbys Scientific 2-y-o Stakes at Doncaster.
Watch him glide up Warren Hill here:
Here he is at exercise, at the famous Rowley Mile racecourse and in the gallery, you can see all videos of him in the gallery.