Drakenstein Stud’s exciting new sire Kingsbarns has made a pleasing start to his South African stud career.
The son of Galileo recently had his first mare test in foal, a promising start for a horse who has so much to offer breeders.
Kingsbarns’ first mate to return a positive test was the top class mare My Sanctuary, winner of the Gr2 The Debutante and three of her first four outings at two.
The beautifully bred My Sanctuary, a half sister to the talented stakes performer The Royal Rumba (a runner in Saturday’s Listed Vaal River Handicap), is out of the North American bred mare Temple Goddess, whose sire Pulpit is responsible for North America’s great stallion Tapit, among a host of top class performers.
A top class athlete, Kingsbarns’ won the prestigious G1 Racing Post Trophy at two. This 1600m contest has been won by a number of outstanding classic winning champions over the years, including breed shaping sires Green Dancer, High Chaparral, High Top, and Vaguely Noble.
Other top class performers to land the Racing Post Trophy include Camelot and Authorized (both of whom went on to land the Investec Derby), Celtic Swing, Oaks winner Noblesse, Horse Of The Year Reference Point, and St Nicholas Abbey.
Placed in the G1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes at three, Kingsbarns is one of 50 G1 winners sired by 2001 Epsom Derby hero Galileo, whose successful sire sons include New Approach, Teofilo and the hugely promising Roderic O’Connor.
The beautifully bred Kingsbarns, whose half sister Sweeter Still won the G3 Senorita Stakes, is from an outstanding female line whose members include champion Halling (sire of 2015 Irish Derby winner Jack Hobbs), champion sire Volksraad, and top sprinter Cherokee Rose, to name but a few.